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posted on January 23rd, 2020 by

Starting today, we are offering free shipping on all grass orders for the next 5 days! Offer is valid until January 28, 2020. The free shipping offer is valid for both our freestyle plugs and our 3×3″ pre-cut super plugs.  This allows you to place your order before spring comes to ensure that your order will be one of the first to go out and get a savings while doing so. We will not ship out the grass orders until it is OK to plant, so do not worry. Use the code M272 when placing your order on-line to get this deal. Feel free to also call in your order at 410-756-2311 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST. Share this offer with a friend! This offer is only done once a year, so order now before it is too late!

Grow Your Own Soil This Year!

posted on January 7th, 2020 by

Are you an avid gardener and want to get your hands dirty even in this cold weather? Did you know that you can grow your own soil? It is not too early to start prepping your lawn for the growing season. Over the years, erosion and degradation have caused yards to lose a good portion of their topsoil. Poorly managed and depleted soils can actually release carbon into the atmosphere. How about growing your own soil and creating a healthier environment this season?

            Growing your own soil is not a complicated process. You can do so in your very own yards and gardens. To stop erosion and start building soil quality, it is best to keep your soil covered with plants or mulches. Plant perennials instead of annuals whenever possible. Reduce foot and vehicular traffic to minimize soil compaction. Also, avoid working the soil when it is really wet. Build your soil and improve its quality by adding organic matter such as compost. Use a pH meter to get to know your soil to determine its nutritional values and needs before applying any additives such as fertilizers, lime, etc. By completing these tasks, you will achieve a much healthier lawn and even a healthier living environment.

            Topsoil contains minerals, gasses, liquids, organic matter, and living creatures that work together to create and sustain life in your yard. More importantly, our soil cleans, captures, and stores water, and it provides a habitat for creatures that play their own parts in having healthy plants and lawns. Healthier lawns lead to a healthier life. Because many organisms need soil to survive, including ourselves, why not protect it and grow it when we can? Get started today!

Out With the Brown, In With the Green

posted on September 13th, 2019 by

Are you tired of your Zoysia lawn turning brown during the winter months? Do you just want your lawn to be a luscious green color year-round? Unfortunately, there is no way to change the genetic make-up of Zoysia to fix this issue, but we do have some other solutions for you to try out.


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   If you live in a warmer climate area, you may over-seed your Zoysia with rye grass seed to liven the color of your lawn. Because the Zoysia is dormant, it will not be harmed by the over-seeding. Rye grass can’t survive the heat of summer and will be overtaken by your Zoysia. As long as your temperatures are fairly warm year-round, this is the best solution for you.


    However, if you live in a cooler climate area, you may choose to dye your Zoysia lawn green. Yes, I said dye it! A simple solution such as liquid food coloring will do the trick. Just use a sprayer to broadcast the dye over your lawn that has gone dormant. We see golf courses on TV that do this all the time to make everything look nice and green. There are more long-lasting commercial products also available.


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      If you don’t wish to do anything to your lawn and you live in a more northern climate, you could always hope for snow to come and blanket your property! Grab a hot chocolate and pull up a chair by the fireplace and admire the view!

Keep Calm and Mow Your Lawn

posted on August 16th, 2019 by

As we are nearing the end of the Zoysia season, you will want to be sure you are keeping your lawn at the correct height. Each year, our grasses grow at different rates depending on the amount of rainfall we receive and amount of sunlight our grasses get. Due to this, the mowing season and frequency varies depending on your location.


      Mowing your grass too short can result in numerous issues. We recommend keeping Zoysia mowed between 1 ½” to 3”. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Removing too much causes the root system to use most of its energy to repair itself rather than growing healthier green shoots. Mowing some grasses too short can expose the stem tissue of the grass, causing it to turn a brownish-yellow color. The heat of the summer may start to burn those grasses because they have been too exposed to the sunlight and heat; although this will not usually happen for Zoysia because it thrives in the hot and dry conditions.


     Not mowing your grass enough could also be very destructive to your lawn. Because the grass will be so high, the mower may actually just lay the grass blades down rather than cut them. This may then prevent the grass underneath from getting enough sunlight and moisture, which may cause it to die out.

            In conclusion, be sure to keep your Zoysia lawn mowed between 1 ½” and 3”. Never mow more than 1/3 of your grass blade at any given time. You can use any mower to keep your lawn looking neat, but it is very important to keep the cutting blade sharp for the best results. Nicest of all, Zoysia is a very slow growing grass, so it will reduce your mowing frequency considerably.

How Long Will It Take for My Zoysia Lawn to be Complete?

posted on July 19th, 2019 by

Zoysia is a slow-growing grass however, once established, can have endless benefits. The good news is that Zoysia is also very low-maintenance. Although it takes a while for Zoysia to fill-in, there is no need to water after the Zoysia has been planted for three weeks. Fertilizing is not necessary either, but can be beneficial to the Zoysia as long as you are using water-soluble, Zoysia-safe products.


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    The first factor that can determine how long your Zoysia lawn will take is based on where you live and how long your growing season is. The warmer the temperatures you have and the longer the growing season, the faster you will notice the Zoysia spread. If you have a short growing season, the Zoysia will still take off, but it may take a little longer to fill-in completely. The beauty of plugs is the ability to plant within your current lawn and have it transition to a Zoysia lawn.


      Some other factors would include how far apart you are planting the plugs and how big the plugs are that you are planting. The closer you plant and the bigger the plug, the faster you will notice the Zoysia fill-in. For example, if you are planting a 1” plug about a foot apart, it can take about 2-3 growing seasons for the Zoysia to fill-in. In another instance, a 1” plug planted 6” apart can reduce the timing to 1 ½ to 2 growing seasons. Lastly, if you plant a 1” plug about 4” apart, you should notice the plugs filling in within 1 to 1 ½ growing seasons. Keep in mind, these comparisons are all using a 1” plug. Therefore, if you are using a bigger plug, you will notice even faster results.


      On another note, Zoysia seeds tend to fill-in faster than the plugs. You can notice germination within the first 10-14 days after planting, and they usually fill-in within the first year. However, you must remove your existing lawn completely including all grasses and weeds in order for the Zoysia seeds to germinate. The other major concern is that the temperatures must be consistently above 70 degrees for the seeds to germinate.

            Overall, you are really in control when it comes to how fast your Zoysia lawn will spread together. Even though you can’t change your weather and growing season, there are still other planting methods that can help you speed up the slow-growth process of your Zoysia lawn.

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:

            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:

            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!

When It Rains It Pours: Problems with Lawn Flooding

posted on February 27th, 2019 by

Last year, many Zoysia lawns were super saturated by the amount of rainfall that occurred throughout the country. Many of you may be wondering how to fix some of the issues that have arisen from these frequent rain showers. In this blog, we have come up with some solutions to the most common issues that occur after a Zoysia lawn has been flooded.

First, you should try to look for signs of a fungus in your lawn. Usually Zoysia is resistant to most types of diseases; however a fungus may occur if your lawn has been flooded.  A fungus may turn your lawn brown in those areas, or it may appear as a thread, ring or slime. Remember not to confuse dormant Zoysia with a fungus however. If you are unsure, you can always take a sample of your grass to a local nursery, and they can test your grass for a fungus. We do sell a Zoysia-safe fungicide here to treat your lawn if you find this is the issue. Here is a link to that product:

Another common issue that flooding can cause is weeds. Weed seeds may be brought in by wind and water, causing your lawn to be infested. We actually sell some Zoysia-safe pre-emergents here that you can use to prevent the seeds from germinating. We have Season-Long Weed Control (, which can kill visible weeds within 48 hours as well as protect your lawn for up to 6 months. Our Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide ( is also a pre-emergent, which prevents weed seeds from germinating and helps lawns compete with annual grasses and broadleaf weeds as well.

In addition to the other issues, your soil may unfortunately become compacted after a flood. Aerating your lawn will help eliminate this compaction caused by rain, soil saturation, and flooding. Also remember to wait until your lawn has greened up for the year before fertilizing. If you fertilize while the Zoysia is dormant, it will not be able to accept the nutrients.

Overall, your lawn may not be in the best shape now; however Zoysia is a very hardy grass and can mend itself overtime. Because it has the winter months to recover, most if not all Zoysia lawns should repair themselves with a little help.


posted on January 24th, 2019 by

Starting today, we are offering free shipping on all grass orders for the next 5 days! Offer is valid until January 29th. The free shipping offer is valid for both our freestyle plugs and our 3×3″ pre-cut super plugs.  This allows you to place your order before spring comes to ensure that your order will be one of the first to go out and get a savings while doing so. We will not ship out the grass orders until it is OK to plant, so do not worry. Use the code M270 when placing your order on-line to get this deal. Feel free to also call in your order at 410-756-2311 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST. Share this offer with a friend! This offer is only done once a year, so order now before it is too late!