Archive for June, 2019

Let’s Hear About Your Zoysia Lawn!


posted on June 26th, 2019 by

In the winter months in Maryland, it is tough on Zoysia lovers like us as our Zoysia has been dormant for quite some time. We would like to see your beautiful, established Zoysia lawns. We want to hear your stories about how your Zoysia got started. Was it slow to take off but has turned into the most beautiful lawn since? Were you skeptical at first about the many benefits of Zoysia? Did you plant it on your own, or was your lawn already Zoysia when you moved in your home? We would love to hear your stories. Please take a moment of your time to tell us about your Zoysia experience. Feel free to include a picture of your Zoysia lawn this summer for all to see the perks of having an appealing Zoysia lawn. 

Preventing Invasive Crabgrass in Your Zoysia Lawn:


posted on June 13th, 2019 by

Each year, many homeowners struggle to eliminate the crabgrass that has appeared throughout their lawns, particularly where the lawn meets sidewalks and driveways. It is best to get a head-start and wipe it out before the seeds start germinating. Crabgrass however, is very invasive and is one of the most troublesome weeds found in lawns. Each plant produces thousands of seeds so it is important to eliminate them before the seeds start spreading. This year at Zoysia Farms, we are on the attack to terminate crabgrass!

            We have two new weapons. Our Bonide Weed Beater Plus Crabgrass (spot application on individual weeds) kills right down to the root of over 200 common broadleaf weeds including crabgrass. There is no mixing necessary, and it comes with trigger spray for complete control. The container comes with full instructions as well as a list of the weeds it controls. Due to its one-gallon container, you can now kill thousands of weeds with it. Check out the link to this product at: https://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=04CB&cat=31.

            Next is our Bonide Weed Beater Plus Crabgrass (broadcast application).  This comes with a convenient hose-end attachment for application. It can cover a whole lawn (6600 square feet) in one application, and also comes with full instructions as well. Here is a link to this product: https://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=8DD9&cat=31.

            Both weed killers are Zoysia-safe, and should be used as a post-emergent. They are now available, so please try them out and see what these wonderful products can do! Crabgrass keeps growing all season long from spring to fall. Getting rid of it early will allow your Zoysia to fill-in and help prevent future invasions.

What Do the Three Numbers on Fertilizer Stand For?


posted on June 13th, 2019 by

Have you ever wondered what the three numbers on your bag of fertilizer stand for? The three bold numbers represent the primary nutrients that are present in each bag. They each stand for a certain percentage of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). In this blog, we will use a bag of our Nutri-20 fertilizer to explain how each primary nutrient is helpful to grasses and plants alike. We will give you a scientific explanation along with a basic explanation.

Scientific Explanation: The first number in the sequence represents the percentage of nitrogen (N) in the bag. Our Nutri-20 is 20 percent nitrogen. Nitrogen is very important as it is a major component of chlorophyll, which allows plants to undergo photosynthesis and gives them their green color. It is also a major component of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. The proteins can then be used to grow new leaves and even defend against pests. Without these proteins, plants would not be able to survive. Lastly, nitrogen is a major component of DNA, which allows plants to grow and reproduce as well.

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Basic Explanation: Nitrogen helps plants grow and defend against pests as well as gives them deep green color.

Scientific Explanation: The second number represents the phosphorus (P). Phosphorus helps transfer energy from one point to another in a plant. This way, energy from the stem of each plant can travel to the tips of the leaves. It is a very critical nutrient to the roots as well. Because our Nutri-20 fertilizer is formulated for established Zoysia lawns, it does not contain phosphorus. However, our Stim-U-Root starter fertilizer does as it should be applied after you first plant to strengthen the root system of the Zoysia.

Basic Explanation: Phosphorus mainly helps with root growth.

Scientific Explanation: The last number in this sequence represents the percentage of potassium. Potassium is responsible for plant metabolism and also affects the water pressure inside and outside of the plants. Our Nutri-20 fertilizer is 20 percent potassium, which helps the Zoysia to be more drought-tolerant than it already is.

Basic Explanation: Potassium allows Zoysia to be heat, cold, and drought tolerant as well as helps defend against diseases.

            Overall, it is important to know what the numbers represent on your bag of fertilizer. Keep in mind that only water-soluble fertilizers should be used on Zoysia; never anything granular. Our Nutri-20 fertilizer should be mixed with water and applied using a hose-end sprayer. For our Stim-U-Root starter fertilizer, that can be applied using a simple watering can. Just be sure to follow the instructions on any fertilizer that you choose, and your Zoysia will be even stronger than before!