posted on February 1st, 2013 by admin
What is the right grass for you?
With so many different types of grasses available, how do you know what grass is right for you? There are several different aspects you will need to consider. First you need to decide what kind of grass you are going to plant, fescue, rye, Bermuda, St. Augustine, zoysia, etc. Be sure to check on the different strains the grasses have, each one is a little different.
It is best to look at the main characteristic such as, how is the grass planted; seed, plugs, sod, etc. Consider what you want from your grass, such as color, maintenance, water requirements, growth pattern, blade size, dormancy, reproduction and durability as well as cost.
- Color – Some are a light green, deep green, dark green, blue green, etc.
- Maintenance – How much is required? How frequent does the lawn need to be mowed, watered, fertilized, weed control applied, etc.
- Watering requirements - Is the grass drought resistant? Does your area have water restrictions? What is the average amount of water the grass requires?
- Blade Size and texture - Do you want a thin blade, medium blade or wide blade? Do you want a grass that feels course, soft grass or a grass that feels like carpet?
- Growth pattern - Is the grass a spreading grass or does it need to be reseeded each year?
- Seasons – Do you want a grass that will stay green all summer, then you want a “warm” weather grass. Do you want a cold weather grass that can brown out in summer during extreme heat but stays green in the winter?
- Durability – How much wear and tear can the grass tolerant? Will it hold up to children and pets?
- Slopes – Do you want a grass with low maintenance and good erosion control or seed the area and hope the seeds take before washing away?
There is a lot to consider and research, however remember your lawn is something you will want to enjoy for a long, long time. The right decision can make a huge difference!
posted on October 19th, 2012 by admin
The cold is approaching. One of the first things you’re going to notice is your grass turning a tawny-brown color. Don’t panic, this is natural. Zoysia is a warm-season grass and, like trees, goes dormant after the first hard frost. This helps the Zoysia survive in colder climates and the luscious green will return come spring.
To get your grass ready for the cold weather ahead, mow it at about 1.5 to 2.5 inches. To prevent dead spots, make sure to clean up all the lawn mower clippings. Do not fertilize your Zoysia now. Unlike cold-season grasses, Zoysia prefers to be fertilized in the late spring to early summer months when the grass is growing. Fertilizing now could actually harm your lawn.
Overall Zoysia grass is strong and fairly self-sufficient. The trick to keeping your Zoysia strong during the winter is to keep it strong during the summer. Dethatching to help water and nutrients reach the soil is fine at this time of year before it goes dormant, but is even better when done in the spring. One of the very best things you can do for your lawn is aerating it and now is the perfect time to do this, once again, do this before it goes dormant. Then, just sit back and enjoy how easy Zoysia is to care for while you wait for spring. It’s a time of rest for you and your lawn.
posted on September 12th, 2012 by admin
Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy — unless you’re a Zoysia owner.
However, even Zoysia lawns may be under stress during a drought so it is best to limit all activities that might add to that stress. This includes any fertilizing and weed/pest control. Mowing should only be done if absolutely necessary, on the highest setting possible. Excessive use or play in one area should also be avoided.
One of Zoysia’s best perks is its ability to not only survive in dry climates, but flourish. It needs very little water and adores the heat.
Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass. If there has been little rain, as many parts of the country have seen this summer, Zoysia will need a small amount of watering. Water your lawn in the morning, preferably before noon so the grass has time to dry before nightfall.
Check to see if the soil is dry and cracking. If so, it’s time to water. When watering, irrigate deeply and infrequently to mimic natural rainfall. Make sure not to over water or you can cause extensive root damage. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn, or other plants’, watering needs.
The beauty of a Zoysia lawn is that it will stay lush and green in the heat of a normal summer, but Mother Nature can throw some extreme weather our way anytime.
posted on September 5th, 2012 by admin
This is post was written by Jennifer Winder at her lovely blog Healthy Life Deals. Thanks to Jennifer for the kind words.
The Review from My Lawn’s Perspective:
It was the beginning of summer and I was feeling kinda yellow.
I was getting a mowing when they decided to take my picture.
I was not in the mood for pictures because I was NOT feeling like my green self.
Like really, do you want your picture taken when you are feelin’ yellow??
Right after my mow I felt an awesome sensation. I was being sprayed with water but this was NOT just any water. It was special. The water had Zoysia Farm Liquid Thatch in it. This Zoysia Farms Liquid Thatch helped me sprout up new grass where my old yellow spots were. It wasn’t an instant change but everyday I could feel myself getting greener and greener. Finally grass seed was able to sprout where it couldn’t before. I have had these yellow spot for years. No other product has been able to fix it.
A few weeks later to my delight my wonderful lawn parents sprayed me with another healthy water with Zoysia Farms Turf Thrive added to it. They put the Zoysia Farms Turf Thrive bottle onto the hose and gave me a good soaking. You don’t know how happy I am. I am so lucky they took the time to spray these wonderful Zoysia Farms products on me. I feel greener than I have ever been.
My roots feel so much stronger and I feel myself growing stronger.
I am prepared for the hot weather St louis is known for.
And I look GOOD!
Bring on the pictures!
My Review :
I am majorly impressed with how well the Zoysia Farm products work. I don’t like to spray stuff on my yard or garden due to the chemicals they usually have. They would all say not to allow the dog or kids on the yard- that just freaks me out. Well NOT Zoysia Farm products- they are all fully organic and obtain microbes that occur in nature so no fear of kids or dogs walking on the products because it is SAFE! And it is amazing that is has really impressed me.
I sprayed the Earth Harvest on my bushes that were badly damaged from our garage fire last year. The bushes looked dead so I trimmed the dead stuff off and then sprayed it with the Earth Harvest and a week later with CaFe Lime to see if I could revive them. It worked they look amazing! You can’t even tell they were damaged. They look so healthy and have grown 3 times their size.
I then sprayed the garden and lawn with Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide to help control the weeds. Usually by this time of year I am battling weed in my garden. So far it has been so easy. I really think the Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide has made a difference in the amount of weeds.
I am giving Zoysia Farms a GLOWING review because I really love these products. Each one has proven to be very effective.
posted on August 21st, 2012 by admin
A good time to do a little maintenance on your Zoysia lawn is just prior to the start of the fall season. One issue to watch for is thatch build up. Zoysia’s tough stem tissue can encourage thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil. Removing it helps water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Use a hard rake to rip up the thatch, this can be a bit of a workout, or try our easy to apply organic liquid thatch remover.
Aerating is the process of poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your lawn. This can be done up to once per season to keep your grass looking great. Make sure the ground is softened by watering the day before aerating. Use an aerator with hollow tines (most equipment rental stores will have them) and criss-cross your lawn putting at least 12 holes per square foot. Make sure not to aerate your lawn during dry, drought conditions when the soil is particularly hard.
Unlike cold weather grasses, Zoysia is best fertilized in the spring, not the fall. Zoysia starts to harden in preparation for the cold weather and fertilizing after August can hinder that natural process.
posted on July 18th, 2012 by admin
One of Zoysia’s most attractive features is it’s resiliency to weeds. Unlike other grasses, Zoysia grows out along the ground. It sends out root stalks, or stolons, that create a thick carpet of grass in your yard. This is not only makes Zoysia lush and beautiful, but helps it to choke out most weeds.
In the event that a weed does manage to grow, a few sprays from Weed Be Gone or a similar water soluble product will make quick work of the pesky plants. Make sure you don’t use Roundup, it’s designed to kill grass! Always read labels carefully before applying any product.
If you start to have issues with crabgrass, your best bet is to use a pre-emergent to kill the crabgrass seed before it has a chance to germinate. Our Gluten–8 Organic Herbicide is a great product for this. For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.
You guessed it, Zoysia is very resilient to most lawn pests, with only a few exceptions. This lets you avoid the cost, time and risk of using pesticides. The few pests that can sometimes pester your Zoysia are grubs, mole crickets, cinch bugs and nematodes, especially when the plugs are still new.
If you have a history of dealing with the mentioned pests, it would be a good idea to treat your lawn for them before planting plugs. If you have treat for them after your lawn has been planted, don’t worry, Zoysia isn’t bothered by the chemicals used.
posted on July 2nd, 2012 by admin
Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy. This is one of Zoysia’s biggest strengths. As a warm weather grass, it thrives in hot weather, requiring very little maintenance compared to other grasses visit our website for more information about Zoysia’s perks). Zoysia does require a small amount of summer time work however:
Watering You Zoysia
Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass, and will only need supplemental watering if there has been little rainfall. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease.
A good way to test if your grass needs watering is to look at the surrounding soil. If it’s dry and cracking, it’s time to water your Zoysia grass. Be sure to avoid over watering, because excessive watering can damage the roots. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn (or other plants) watering needs.
Mowing Your Zoysia
Grass maintenance for Zoysia is pretty simple. You will spend less time mowing your lawn (about two-thirds less time, to be exact) because Zoysia doesn’t grow tall as quickly as other grasses.
However, you do want to keep this general rule of thumb in mind: A healthy Zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2“ to 3”. A golden rule when mowing any turf is “never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height.”
posted on May 31st, 2012 by admin
One of the newest items in our store is an organic product called Turf Thrive. In cooperation with plant fertilizers to improve your lawn, Turf Thrive works by adding living organisms to the soil called mycorrhizal fungi. What are these, you ask?
Mycorrhizal fungi are an important part of the soil life. They attach themselves to the roots of your grass, effectively making the roots longer. The fungi help your roots absorb more water and nutrients from further away. Lack of water and nutrients can cause stunted growth and brown patches, so the fungi are very important for the health of your lawn.
The fungi are beneficial in other ways. They help your plants fight against toxins and other contaminates in the soil. They also help protect against overly acidic soil and make the plant more resistant to diseases. Think of the fungi as your lawn’s best friend.
Usually mycorrhizal fungi occur naturally in the soil. However, if the soil has been tampered with, including tilling, removal of topsoil, erosion and the application of fertilizer, fungicide or pesticide, the normal fungi in the soil can be affected. Turf Thrive returns these natural fungi that overworked soil has lost. It is not a full replacement for a plant fertilizer, but a compliment to it – Think of them as the dynamic duo of healthy lawns.
posted on May 8th, 2012 by admin
Composting is the natural process that turns organic material like leaves, grass clippings and twigs into a dark rich substance that is fantastic for lawns and gardens. By adding compost to your Zoysia lawn, it will help the grass grow in thicker and healthier. This is because an organic matter in the compost helps soil retain nutrients and water.
Uses of Compost
- soil conditioning
- lawn dressing
- erosion control
- a potting soil component
Benefits of Compost
As opposed to some fertilizers, composting won’t burn your grass if you accidentally use too much and it won’t stain your walkways or concrete patios around your lawn. It is also prone to show results quickly.
Placing Compost on Your Zoysia Lawn
Compost can be used as a natural fertilizer for planting new lawns or for maintaining your existing lawn.
When distributing compost across bare ground for a new lawn, be sure to use a generous amount. Mix 4 to 6 inches of compost into the soil. Once the grass plugs are planted, thoroughly water the area.
When distributing compost across your existing lawn, place piles of a shovel-full throughout your lawn about one foot apart. Using a rake spread the compost throughout the lawn until the compost is in a thin layer about ¼ to ½ inch thick. A thin layer of compost will break down quickly, releasing nutrients into the lawn without smothering your grass. After the compost is distributed, water your lawn well.
Compost works as a conditioner to your lawn, keeping it healthy and green. It is safe, organic, and with just 1 – 2 applications per year it can make a significant positive impact on your lawn’s health. Interested in composting? Read more about how to create compost from grass clippings to use on your Zoysia lawn.
posted on April 24th, 2012 by admin
As the weather warms up, that sprinkler system does start to get tempting. Sure, it’s an investment, but it will make sure the grass and garden alike are watered just right, with little thought. And hey – the kids will enjoy it too!
Of course, Zoysia grass doesn’t need much watering! Unless there hasn’t been any rain for some time, it will do just fine with very little maintenance. But what about those flower beds?
While sprinklers might seem like a great solution, unfortunately they tend to waste a lot of water. As OrganicGardening.com points out, we’ve all seen that sprinkler that waters the sidewalk more than the garden! Not only are sprinklers far from “green” when it comes to conservation, they can actually encourage plant diseases, which could mean an end to the green in your lawn and garden, too. Instead, we recommend judicious hand watering with a hand sprayer or even a watering can.
So, how do you know if it’s time to water your garden? A good measure is that green thumb of yours! Stick it in the soil about two inches, and if the soil is not moist, it’s time for a little shower. For those looking for a more precise way to measure your garden’s moisture we offer an easy-to-use Moisture Meter. Just be sure not to overwater – the soil should get nice and damp, not soggy, when you’re finished.
To make the most of your water, put it on your plants early in the morning before the hot sun comes and evaporates it. This way the garden has time to drink it up and you’ll get more bang for your drop!
Of course, the best way to conserve water and make sure that your garden doesn’t get thirsty is to let Mother Nature do the job. Watch the forecast carefully and schedule your regular watering so it doesn’t fall too closely to an upcoming rainfall.