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Zoysia: Not Just for Your Yard


posted on July 25th, 2011 by Julie

Zoysia is a tough, hardy grass that thrives in a variety of conditions and environments. Its adaptability makes it ideal for home lawns because it requires little maintenance on the homeowner’s part and can withstand some extreme conditions. But did you know that Zoysia is also favored by golf course superintendents and caretakers of public lawns as well?

Below is just a brief list of some of the more interesting places sporting Zoysia lawns:

Maryland Soccer Complex – Germantown, MD

Zoysia’s lush, carpet-like surface makes an ideal playing field for sports like soccer and football. It stands up to high traffic and damage and still requires less maintenance than other grasses. Zoysia grass is also ideal for playing surfaces because it doesn’t require the use of poisonous chemicals to prevent weeds and other intrusions – Making it a safe play surface for children and adults alike.

The National Mall and Reagan National Airport – Washington, DC

Zoysia grass is an ideal choice for the National Mall because it can withstand the damage caused by heavy foot traffic. It also thrives in heat and stays healthy with little maintenance. Groundskeepers at Reagan National Airport prefer Zoysia grass around terminal buildings because it grows at a slower pace than other grasses and stays lush and green with little watering.

Southwind Golf and Country Club – Memphis, TN

The home of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind uses Zoysia grass on many of its fairways. Amateur and professional golfers alike prefer playing on Zoysia fairways because the ball tees up nicely – Making shots easier. Course superintendents love that it can withstand extreme conditions with very little maintenance and still stay beautiful.

Aside from these places, you’ll also find lush Zoysia lawns on the grounds of the FDA building and the US Court House in Washington DC and the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, MD. Zoysia grass as also been used as the playing surface of the Daejeon stadium in Seoul, South Korea during the 2002 World Cup.

How Many Plugs Should You Buy?


posted on March 31st, 2011 by Julie

If you’re considering purchasing Zoysia plugs for your lawn, there are a few things you need to consider when placing your order and planting the plugs upon delivery.

Zoysia plugs require less maintenance, produce a heartier lawn and can be planted throughout the growing season.  That said it is important to consider the size of the area you’re interested in planting and how quickly you’d like the area to fill in.  Typically, we suggest planting one plug per square foot.  If you’d like to reduce the amount of time your Zoysia lawn takes to fill in, we recommend planting two plugs per square foot — one plug every six inches.

Need help figuring out square footage and how many plugs to buy for your space?  Try this easy to use Plug Calculator.  Simply divide your lawn into sections, enter the length and width of each and how far apart you’d like to plant your plugs – The calculator will quickly tell you how many plugs you’ll need.

 

The Big Thaw: Getting Your Lawn Ready For Spring


posted on March 2nd, 2011 by Julie

It’s that time of year again – The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and, here at Zoysia Farms, we’ve just harvested the first grass of the year.

With spring just around the corner, people across the U.S. are placing their Zoysia orders. In fact, orders will begin shipping to warmer states in the next few days — Milder states, like Texas and Florida, should begin receiving their orders in early March.

If you already have a Zoysia lawn, once the ground temperature reaches 50 degrees, your grass will begin to come out of its dormant state and return to its lush, green color. To keep your lawn looking its best, it may require a bit of spring cleaning. Removing dead leaves will help improve passage of air and nutrients to help your grass return from dormancy.

Whether you’ve just placed your first order for Zoysia plugs or have had your Zoysia lawn for years, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your grass for years to come.

Landscaping Ideas to Show off Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on October 20th, 2010 by Julie

Landscaping your yard is a great way to transform the surroundings of your house into a charming outdoor area for your family and friends to enjoy. Give your yard a whole new look with landscaping and create your ideal personal space.

LandscapingIdeas to Make Over Your Yard:
- Rocks and Stones
- Flower Beds
- Trees and Shrubs
- Fountain and Ponds
- Retaining Walls
- Lighting
- Fences

Using several of these outdoor features can help distinguish your yard and give it a polished look for your entire home landscape. Yard landscaping can also improve the use of your outdoors and improve the value of your home. To find out more about adding to your Zoysia lawn, read about yard elements that can help beautify your home.

Tools for Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on September 22nd, 2010 by Julie

Tools for Your Zoysia LawnOnce you’ve decided to grow Zoysia grass in your yard, it’s time to plan for planting and maintaining your grass plugs. Knowing the right tools and how to use them can help you create a luxurious lawn that is easy to maintain!

Where to Begin When Planting and Maintaining Your Zoysia Lawn
Using the most efficient tools to care for your Zoysia lawn will save you both time and energy, while leaving your lawn in the best shape possible for you and your family to enjoy.

Listed below are tools you may want to use while establishing your Zoysia lawn:

Planting Grid – Create a planting grid to help aid you disperse your plugs during the planting process.

Step-On Plugger - Cut away unwanted growth while digging a hole for your plugs.

Amazoy Bulb Planter – Leave soil loose for easy planting of bulbs and plugs.

Shears - Cut and separate Zoysia grass plugs.

Easy Edge – Keep grass from creeping into walkways and flowerbeds. Read about the benefits of lawn edging.

Gloves - Protect and cushion palms and fingertips while working outside.

Moisture Meter - Use for on the spot moisture measurement.

pH meter – Measure the acidity or alkalinity of your soil. Read about the benefits of monitoring your soil.

Trowel - Use for moving yard material.

Planting a new lawn takes time, but once your Zoysia lawn is established, you’ll be left with a green, lush, and cushioned lawn. By following establishing your Zoysia lawn with regular care, you will keep it healthy and looking its best.

Spend More Time Outside: Add New Elements to Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on August 19th, 2010 by Julie

While having a lush green Amazoy lawn is a great start, you may find that you want to add special elements to make your yard more appealing for outdoor activities. A yard with the right set up can be the perfect spot for hosting cookouts, family gatherings, casual conversation, or relaxing outside.

Remember your personal style, your needs, and the purpose of your outdoor space. With that in mind, you can express your individual style while still creating an amazing area.

Some Options for a More Inviting Yard

These elements can help you spruce up your yard and make it a more inviting, comfortable place.

- fire pit
garden
- patio
- outdoor furniture
- deck
lighting
- pool
- fountain
wind chimes
bird feeder, bath, or house

Bring your family together for outdoor fun any enjoy your Zoysia lawn. Read more about the benefits of Zoysia grass in your yard.

Directions for Nutri-20 Fertilizer


posted on June 22nd, 2010 by Julie

Directions for Applying Nutri-20 To Your LawnZoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer helps you have a beautiful, lush green lawn. But it doesn’t stop there. It will help you grow plumper, tastier tomatoes, sweeter melons, bigger roses, and healthier shrubs.

Nutri-20 is different than granular fertilizers, which simply sit on the surface, causing burns that would damage the plugs. Our fertilizer is water soluble, which helps release nutrients much faster. Since zoysia grass is thick and hearty, the water soluble nature of the Nutri-20 fertilizer allows for the nutrients to reach the roots, providing your grass plugs with vital food elements that help it grow.

If you are looking to use Nutri-20 for your lawn, note that a 5 lb. bag will cover approximately 4,000 square feet of lawn. The tips below will help you apply Nutri-20 to your lawn, plants, and shrubs.

Gilmour Hand Held Sprayer:

1.      Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.      Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.      Shake well to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.      Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.      Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.      When sprayer is empty fertilizing is complete.

Ortho Dial Sprayer:

First, set your dial to 8 ounces. Then follow the instructions below.

1.       Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.       Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.       Shake will to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.       Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.       Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.    When water in sprayer is clear fertilizing is complete.

For Watering Can:

  1. Use 2 teaspoons per gallon of water.

See additional information about Zoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer.

Geographic Location: Where You Are Matters


posted on March 22nd, 2010 by Julie

One of the great things about our Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs is that they grow in a multitude of growing regions and climates. The plugs can survive through an array of conditions: heat, cold, drought, and rain. Because of this, we ship our grass plugs throughout the continental United States, with the exception of Washington and Oregon (our years of experience with grass plugs shows that the conditions there are not conducive to the successful growth of Amazoy Zoysia) Zoysia loves hot and dry weather, which contributes to the reason why Zoysia can stay green, even in the hottest of summers.

Because of the variety of terrain and temperaments of our country, certain states and regions have different growing seasons, as seen in the map below. So depending on your location, your shipment of plugs will arrive to you when it is best to plant them. We also take weather and field conditions into consideration, so if you are having weather that will inhibit the successful growth of Zoysia, we will wait until better weather arrives to send them to you. Conditions on our farm can affect shipment, too; if our farms are too wet, we are unable to harvest. Mother Nature holds influence over when shipment occurs.

To see your region’s optimal planting season or when your plugs will ship to you, check out our map here or below.

I Can Order Grass Online!?


posted on February 23rd, 2010 by Julie

You may be wondering how such a thing is possible. Well, it is, and we pride ourselves on providing you zoysia grass plugs through online ordering. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about ordering online.

Maximum Order

It just so happens that Amazoy is pretty popular. And because only so much is available per season, we must limit the maximum plug order to 13,300 plugs at one time. However, re-orders can be made every 60 days. To calculate how much you might need, check out our plug calculator.

Shipping

We ship throughout the continental United States, with the exception of Washington and Oregon. These two states’ wet weather conditions are not conducive to the successful growth of Amazoy zoysia.

Credit card charge will only be processed when the order has been harvested and on its way to you.

Guarantee

Our years of experience and confidence in our methods allows us to make a unique guarantee not traditionally found in the garden industry. Our guarantee is that we will replace any plugs that fail to grow within 45 days of planting.

Retail Store

If you would prefer to pick up your plugs rather than have them shipped directly to you, we do have a retail store, located in Taneytown, Maryland. Our retail store hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, (and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm between late March and the end of June). All orders are harvested individually and a call (410-756-2311) the day before visiting the farm will ensure your grass is ready when you arrive.

To see our address, click here. To get directions, click here.

Zoysia: Solution for Spreading


posted on February 15th, 2010 by Julie

Sometimes Amazoy Zoysia can be a little, well, eager. It is a spreading grass and sometimes finds its way into flowerbeds, gardens, and neighbor’s yards (in which case it might help the whole neighborhood look great). But maybe you don’t want it in your garden and maybe your neighbor doesn’t want it in his yard.

No problem, there is an easy solution. Inserting plastic or metal borders inserted about 6” into the ground will keep the grass from spreading in places where it isn’t wanted. Here at Zoysia Farms, we recommend Easy-Edge® lawn edging. The flexible and easy to install plastic edging will take care of any unwanted spreading.

To see how to accurately install borders, check out the video below.