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Zoysia: The Sustainable Lawn


posted on June 17th, 2011 by John

Zoysia Grass Water Drop“Greening” your home doesn’t have to stop with a switch to non-chemical household cleaning products or energy-saving practices.  In fact, you can take your green efforts all the way outside with an environmentally friendly Zoysia lawn.

In terms of sustainability, Zoysia is a top performer with very low maintenance – This helps reduce your carbon footprint through limited fossil fuel and water use as well as fewer fertilizer applications.  Zoysia grass also has the ability to filter carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, cleaning the air we breathe. Not to mention, Zoysia’s ability to absorb heat and withstand high temperatures, which limit the movement of pesticides and reduce erosion. So, you can boost your family’s “greening” efforts.

Now “going green” doesn’t just refer to the color of your grass. Instead, it refers to making a positive impact on the earth and the environment with a little help from your Zoysia lawn.

Your Zoysia Lawn and Pre-emergents


posted on April 14th, 2011 by John

While Zoysia grass is incredibly resilient and can choke out many weeds on its own, it is not entirely immune to the occasional weed.

From time to time, you may be faced with a weed – Not to worry!  Many weeds can be taken care of quickly with a product like Weed Be Gone or a water-soluble component.  However, if you find yourself faced with weeds from the crabgrass family, you’ll need to use a pre-emergence product that will kill the seeds before they have a chance to germinate.  It is extremely important that you do not combine a pre-emergent with a weed and feed or fertilizer or use a product that contains both – This combination of chemicals could be detrimental to the health and beauty of your lawn.

For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.

To prevent weeds and keep your Zoysia lawn healthy, mow at a higher height, water less and aerate your lawn annually.  To retard weed growth, mow your lawn more frequently during the spring months.

Grasscycling


posted on October 14th, 2010 by John

Grasscycling is a simple and “green” way to nourish your Zoysia lawn. This process is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil to nourish your Zoysia lawn.

Advantages of Grasscycling

- No bagging or raking of the lawn required.

- Plastic bags full of lawn clippings don’t end up in the landfill.

- Clippings help your Zoysia lawn reach its fertilizing needs, reducing both time and money spent fertilizing.

- Grasscycling reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, reducing pollution to the environment and chemicals in your yard.

- Does not cause thatch, making your lawn more durable.

How to Grasscycle Effectively

- Cut up to 1/3 of the leaf surface while mowing, but no more.

- Mow when the lawn is dry.

- Mow using a sharp mower blade. Dull blades bruise and tear at grass, leading to a ragged tip on the top of the blade.

Aerate your lawn. This will open up the soil and increase the movement of water, fertilizer, and air by speeding up decomposition of the grass clippings and enhancing deep root growth.

Water when necessary.

- Follow the lawn care schedule for your type of Zoysia grass.

Grasscycling is environmentally responsible, and an opportunity for homeowners to reduce their waste while saving both time and energy. For more information about what you can do to protect the environment while caring for your Zoysia lawn, learn about organic lawn care.

Say Goodbye to Weeds


posted on October 6th, 2010 by John

One of the many benefits of growing a Zoysia lawn is its ability to easily choke out weeds. Zoysia is even considered to be a “weed fighter” grass, keeping your lawn healthy lush and weed free.

How does this work? Zoysia grows with a horizontal stem called a rootstalk (stolons). This growth pattern allows Zoysia to grow and spread over an area, overgrowing any weeds or unwanted crab grasses. The thick, firm, and dense turf prevents new weeds from sprouting and takes over existing weed growth. The leaves of the grass grow freely in the summer, and after a few mowings can crowd out weeds all together. Because of this, less herbicide is needed to maintain a plush and green Zoysia lawn.

Should a weed happen to pop up in your Amazoy lawn, read more about on the spot weed removal. We hope you enjoy your beautiful Zoysia lawn!

Lawn Aeration


posted on September 1st, 2010 by John

Plush GrassLawn aeration is probably the single best thing a homeowner can do for an established lawn.

To look its best, a lawn should be aerated at least once per year. Aeration is the process of mechanically poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your grass.

The best time to aerate your Zoysia lawn is in the spring, just before your grass beings to grow rapidly. Aeration machines are generally available from equipment rental stores.

Aerating your Zoysia Lawn Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

- Make sure the ground is soft enough. Water your lawn the day before you aerate.
- Use an aerator with hollow tines which pull up plugs of earth as the machine travels along.
- Use a criss-cross pattern. Direct the machine over the entire lawn, going back and forth in one direction. Then direct the machine to cross over the first set of rows in the opposite direction.
- Put at least 12 holes per two square feet of lawn.
- If you would like to remove the plugs of soil on the grass surface, let them dry a few days, then drag a small piece of carpet across the lawn to break them apart.
- Aerate in late April, just as the lawn is ready for vigorous growth.

Don’t:

- Use solid-tine spike aerators, which provide less benefits to your lawn.
- Aerate if your Zoysia is suffering from drought, the ground is hard and dry.
- Aerate during a dormant growth period.
- Aerate your lawn within the first year of establishment.

Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

- Allows oxygen to get to the roots and the soil, allowing it to breathe.
- Increases grass growth.
- Allows organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system.
- Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system.
- Helps to break up thatch.
- Loosens compacted soils, allowing the root system to grow.
- Allows pesticides to become more effective.
- Reduces the amount of weeds.

Aerating is ecologically friendly and can significantly improve the quality and consistency of your lawn growth. Read more about organic lawn care for your Zoysia lawn.

Zoysia: Grass for Every Climate


posted on August 12th, 2010 by John

ZoysiaLawnZoysia is an especially resilient grass that grows well in a wide range of climates and conditions, and requires less watering and mowing than most grasses.

Testimonials from Customers: Zoysia Provides Great Results

Zoysia grass is a warm season grass that thrives in summer heat. It stays green all summer long without supplemental watering, allowing minimal water use.

Survives summer heat and drought
“I just want to comment how happy my husband and I are with this lawn. We bought our plugs about 5 years ago. When we were on our hands and knees putting in each plug I thought this better be worth it. Well our yard is the envy of the neighborhood. Each year we could see it spreading. Now it is like a carpet. It is so thick. Last year in the dry weather everyone’s yard was brown. Ours looked great. I know people thought we were watering in the dark of night. My husband and I are so proud of our Zoysia yard.” — K.M.

Zoysia grass is so thick that it physically prevents weeds from entering. The lawn that forms will crowd out weeds, reducing your need for weed control chemicals.

No more weeds
“Although it was a lot of work planting the plugs (we had a large lawn) the work was well worth the effort. After about two growing seasons, our lawn looked so beautiful, without any weeds, that our lawn was the envy of the neighborhood.” — U.D.

Zoysia Prospers in Every Region

New England/Northeast — CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT

Mid-Atlantic – DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, and WV

Southeast — AL, FL, GA, NC, MS, SC, and TN

South Central — AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX

North Central — IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, and WI

Southwest — AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, and UT

Northwest & Plains — ID, MN, MT, ND, NE, SD, and WY

Read more testimonials from customers of Zoysia Farm Nurseries, and see how Zoysia grass thrives in every climate.

Your Zoysia Lawn: Fertilizing Established Lawns


posted on June 7th, 2010 by John

Zoysia FertilizerOnce you have planted your zoysia lawn, you might be curious about how to care for it once it has become established. In this post, we will let you know what to do about fertilizing established grass plugs.

Your zoysia lawn will be its most luxurious and healthy if it is fertilized once it is actively growing in the spring before the heat of summer.  May through early June is ideal for most of the country. You should NOT use ordinary, granular fertilizers because they can burn or cause serious damage to your zoysia lawn. You must use a water-soluble fertilizer, like our Nutri-20, that has been specially formulated for use on turf grasses. Nutri-20 is great for other stuff, too, like shrubs or vegetables.

When applying fertilizer, you should apply it with a hose-end sprayer, that supplies necessary water along with the fertilizer. Always be wary of directions, carefully following the recommendations, when applying fertilizer of any kind; you don’t want to overfeed your lawn, which may result in a chemical burn.

Climate Change Means Lawn Care Change


posted on May 18th, 2010 by John

Climate change has changed the way that people are living. Whether it be investing in hybrid cars or using organic products, it has become increasingly important to try to do our part. Surprisingly, small adjustments in your lawn care regiment can have significant benefits. Here are a few reasons to start a zoysia lawn this spring.

Zoysia Going Green1. Watering

Watering and drought restrictions have become a part of life, happening more and more often over the past few years. And with over 80% of water usage during the summer being used towards lawn and garden watering, it is important to find ways to cut back.

To apply one inch of water on a ¼ acre lawn requires 2,000 gallons of water. And some grasses require multiple watering applications a week to stay green in the heat of summer. So having the ability to save a little goes a long way.

Since Amazoy’s root system is deep and extensive, necessary watering is rare. Grass will stay lush all summer with little or no water, which means less work from you.

You can check the drought monitor to see about water usage in your area.

2. Mowing

Amazoy grass is a slow growing grass that really takes the time to establish roots and fill in to form a dense carpet of grass. For this reason, it doesn’t need to be cut as often as other grasses.  Weekly cutting with carbon burning mowers does not need to be the norm anymore.

3. Chemicals

With ordinary grasses, you may experience problems with weeds or pests. This might lead you to use chemicals like herbicides or pesticides to help solve the problem.

However, spraying harsh herbicides and pesticides on your lawn can be harmful to the environment and to the health of you, your kids, and your pets. Luckily, Amazoy attacks these problems by growing a strong dense network that crowds out weeds and doesn’t let weed seed and pests make your lawn their new home.

4. Soil

Attempting to grow grass in an improper soil can be frustrating and require chemicals to help solve the problem. Amazoy thrives in a variety of soils: porous, rocky, sandy, clay, salty, etc. There is no need for frustration or chemical processes because one spring feeding of water-soluble fertilizer will suffice for an entire year. This helps keep harmful chemicals out of the ground.

Starting an Amazoy lawn today can help give a head start on helping the environment. The simple act of changing the type of grass in your lawn will allow you to make steps to have a lush, green lawn all summer while still doing your part.  The nicest side affect will be a healthier wallet, as well.

Traffic on Your Lawn: Let the Kids Play Away!


posted on March 29th, 2010 by John


Are you worried about keeping your lawn looking nice, even after your kids play on it or your pets run through it? Well, with zoysia, you don’t really need to worry.

Zoysia’s tolerance to heavy traffic is one of its many strengths. The soft grass that grows from the plugs is a resulting hardy, thick, and durable lawn. And because you don’t have to use chemicals on your lawn, it is completely safe for your children and pets. Even more so, once the plugs are established, you don’t need to worry about your kids’ or pets’ outdoor habits ruining your lawn. Zoysia’s durability makes for a strong grass that is resilient against heavy traffic.

The only time you may want to keep the kids and pets off the lawn is when you are first planting Zoysia plugs. This will help ensure that the plugs establish and are given the chance to grow. But once the roots have taken hold and the grass plugs have become established, feel free to let the kids and pets play.

Zoysia Grass: Seeds vs. Plugs


posted on March 1st, 2010 by John

If you are considering purchasing zoysia for your lawn, you may be considering a few different options. In your research, you may find that zoysia is not an all-inclusive term. Not only are there are different types of zoysia, there are also different ways to plant it: seeds or plugs.

Seeds

Seeds are a new option for planting your Zoysia, although it tends to be more expensive and can require more to cover a comparable area. Seeds can be planted from May to June, resulting in a very short planting period of about 6 weeks in most regions of the country.

The area to be seeded must be well prepared, flat and with no competition from other grasses or weeds.  The seeded area must be watered frequently and kept moist until established, and must be covered with an erosion cloth to reduce surface distribution caused by this watering. They are also sensitive to light and temperature. Because of this, seed has generally only been successful when planted by professions, such as golf course managers.

The grass that results from Zoysia seed is a medium to coarse textured lawn. It can grow unevenly and in mounds. The resulting grass is also not very resilient against cold temperatures, sometimes resulting in death during winter.

Plugs

Here at Zoysia Farms, we believe in the power of plugs. Although plugs require more time to fill in than seed, the success rate is virtually 100%. Even more so, they require less maintenance overall. You don’t have to water often, and the grass isn’t light sensitive. The grass is thick and tough enough that erosion isn’t a problem. Grass resulting from plugs is an even lawn that proves to be hardier in colder temperatures.

Planting is easier, too. We have already done all of the hard work for you. We ship you the product, and you plant exactly what we provide to you: a living plant. The planting period is much longer, too. Rather than the 6 week planting period for seeds, zoysia grass plugs have a planting season that spans from early spring to fall.