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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: 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!

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:  https://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=16F7&cat=30.

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 (https://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=5698&cat=31), which can kill visible weeds within 48 hours as well as protect your lawn for up to 6 months. Our Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide (https://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=D141&cat=30) 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.

FREE SHIPPING ON GRASS ORDERS STARTING TODAY! OFFER VALID FOR 5 DAYS ONLY!


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!

5 Point Checklist for Finding a Zoysia Lawn Care Expert


posted on November 21st, 2018 by

Sometimes landscape, lawn-care, and garden professionals are not familiar with Zoysia grass and the proper care and planting procedure. Many times, they can be the reason for a Zoysia lawn to become unsuccessful. Here is a checklist to help you determine if your guy really knows how to handle Zoysia and its characteristics.

  1. Does your gardener understand the correct planting procedure?

Your gardener should be familiar with the type of grass you are planting. In this case he/she should be aware that Zoysia should be planted before or during your growing season. It is a warm season grass, so it should not be planted heading into the winter months.

  1. Do they use Zoysia-safe products?

Most lawn-care companies are not aware that some products can harm Zoysia lawns. Be sure that they are not applying any granular products onto your lawn. The granules tend to sit on top of established Zoysia and actually burn the grass. Do not use Round-Up on the lawn as a weed killer, as this will kill the grass too.

  1. Are they familiar with the watering procedure for Zoysia?

Zoysia should only be watered for the first three weeks after planting. Continuous watering after that will actually kill the grass because it is so drought-resistant. Many times, gardeners over-water the grass because other grasses usually need immense watering. Zoysia is the exception; less water is better. No need for a lawn irrigation system.

  1. Do they know when it is time to mow and when it is not?

Amazoy Zoysia is a very slow-growing grass, so it cuts mowing by about two-thirds compared to other grasses. Once established, Zoysia should be kept at a height of 1 ½” to 3”. Some people like to keep Zoysia very low; however, that is not the best option.

  1. Do they guarantee their work?

Your gardener/ lawn-care company should own up to their mistakes.  If they do not follow the planting instructions or perform the correct care and maintenance, they should be responsible for their actions.

Removing Zoysia from Unwanted Areas


posted on October 15th, 2018 by

Has your Zoysia started invading areas that you did not want it to? Do not worry because there is a solution! Zoysia tends to spread even once established, which is beneficial because it can heal itself. However, if the right precautions are not taken, it may spread into unwanted areas.

Round-Up herbicide is one of the easiest ways to kill any vegetation, including Zoysia. It comes in an easy spray container, and it should be applied whenever a plant is green. Remember that this product will kill anything that you spray. You should not soak the grass; only give the unwanted grass a light mist with the product. For the best results, it should be applied in a zig-zag pattern. Round-Up is rain-proof in as little as four hours, but it is still best to apply it on a sunny day.

For a none-chemical solution, you can always put a plastic or metal border at least 4-6” deep into the ground to stop the Zoysia from spreading as well. This way, you will not have to remove the Zoysia from that area because the border will prevent it from ever entering the area. Overall, there are many solutions to get rid of Zoysia in unwanted areas; however your timing determines which solution you will have to go with.

Fall Maintenance for Zoysia


posted on September 24th, 2018 by

Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass. Once established, there is little that you need to do to keep your Zoysia lawn alive and healthy. Because the end of the growing season is coming soon, here are some activities you can do to get your lawn ready for the cold weather approaching.

  • Mow– During the spring and summer months, Zoysia should be kept anywhere between 1 ½” to 3” depending on your preference. For your final mow of the season, you should raise your deck by about ½” to keep the grass a little taller for the colder weather.

  • Aerate– You can aerate your lawn each spring and fall to keep your soil from becoming heavily compacted. It also aids in preventing/ removing thatch build-up. Aerating will help root development as well.

  • Dethatch-Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. It can prevent light and water from getting to your plants. You can get rid of thatch by power-raking by hand or even by using a spray-on, organic liquid thatch remover.

  • Fertilize– During the growing season, you can fertilize 2-3 times per year. May, June, and September are usually the best months to fertilize.

 

Overall, Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass. By completing these tasks, you can benefit your Zoysia lawn in many ways. However, each of these duties are completely optional. They will just help prepare your lawn for the cold weather coming.

Is that Rust on My Lawn?


posted on August 16th, 2018 by

Have you been noticing an orange or yellowish powder on your grass blades? If so, it is possible that “rust” has caused this discoloration. This is a fungus which while not attractive, rarely kills grasses. It tends to occur in late summer, early fall whenever the weather is dry. It usually develops on grasses that grow very slowly, like Zoysia. Depending on the “rust”, it may appear as a yellow, red, or brown color.

If you start noticing a color change on your lawn, get down to examine the blades closely. If the culprit is rust, you will notice powdery, rust spores on the grass blades. They will easily rub off on your hand. It is regularly spread by air, water, shoes, or lawn equipment. If you are also having excessive rain for a long period of time, rust outbreaks are more common once conditions dry out.

There are ways to eliminate a rust problem. First, you should maintain your grass by properly watering, mowing, and fertilizing. You should water early in the day, so the grass will dry quickly. If you have thatch built up, you should get rid of that as well. Lastly, by pruning your trees and shrubs, you will allow good airflow over the rust site, which will assist you in defeating it in time.

Overall, rust can develop in your lawn for a number of reasons. Most of the reasons are based on the weather conditions, which you unfortunately cannot control. Do not worry though because there are many ways that you can eliminate rust without the use of harmful products. There are organic fungicides now available. Natural growth is the best solution; however a little fertilizer will speed that process.