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Planting Tools for Zoysia


posted on April 22nd, 2017 by

Planting Zoysia is a very simple but sometimes time-consuming process depending on the tools that you have.  The holes for our Zoysia plugs only need to be about 1 ½” deep. Watering before digging the holes will soften the ground and make the process a little easier. Gardeners may decide to purchase new tools that are specifically made for their project, or they may decide that their current tools are just as helpful. Over the years, we have heard many different stories about which tools have been most successful for our customers, and we would like to share them with the world.

4″ Power Auger

To start off, you must determine what you are planting before figuring out which tools to use. We sell many different planting tools that are specifically made for planting our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grass in its different forms.

30″ Stand-Up Auger

For our pre-cut Super Plugs, the best tools to use would be our augers that attach to a 3/8” drill. We either have the 30” stand-up auger or the 4” power auger. The stand-up auger allows the user to remain standing. The 4” auger does require you to bend over while using it, but you do get to maintain better control of it. Both augers have a piece on the bottom that is about 2” in diameter. To make the hole big enough for our 3×3” Super Plugs, you just have to move the augers around in the ground until the hole is the appropriate size. Both augers provide a faster and easier way to plant the plugs.

30″ Step-On Plugger

For our Freestyle Plugs, you cut the 10×15” sheets yourself. You can cut the plugs as small as 1” or as big as you like. We do sell a 30” step-on plugger to make the holes for 1” plugs. This tool is designed for the smallest and most economical plugs. Our garden shears that we sell are also useful in cutting the sheets. You can even cut the freestyle sheets into strips and plant them that way. To do this, you would want to use a flat-edge spade and dig a trench big enough for the strips to fit into.

Floral Shears

If you are not looking to purchase new tools, we have come across other household items you may use in place of our tools. To cut the freestyle sheets, customers have been known to use a sharp knife. Others have used a paper-cutter, a saw blade, and even a sharpened pizza cutter. When making the holes for the plugs, customers have used a simple garden spade or even a bulb planter. In conclusion, gardeners may use any tools that they wish to get their Zoysia planted. Some tools may be more efficient than others but all should be helpful.

Which Cut of Zoysia is Right for Me?


posted on March 30th, 2017 by

Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell the Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grass. Throughout the years, we have taken our customers’ advice and decided to cut our grass in ways that would work best for them. We have three different cuts of our Zoysia: the freestyle plugs, the super plugs, and sod. Even though they are all the exact same type of Zoysia grass, they do have many differences when planting.

Freestyle Sheets

To start off, the freestyle plugs come in a 10×15” sheet that you must cut yourself into plugs. Customers decided that they would rather cut the plugs to their own preferred size and shape. Some believed that 1” plugs were too small to plant, but others love the economy of the 1” plugs. This sheet is not sod, so it cannot be laid down on top of your existing lawn; it will not grow that way. The sheet must be planted. Because Zoysia spreads by the edges, the Zoysia would fill in much faster if cut into smaller plugs. For example: when planting the whole sheet (the roots of the sheet must be covered), the Zoysia can only spread from 4 edges totaling 50 linear inches of spreading; whereas if you cut the sheet into 1” plugs, you will have 600 linear inches for the Zoysia to spread from. The freestyle plugs are more work because you must cut them yourself, but they are the most economical and best value of grass that we sell.

Pre-Cut 3×3″ Super Plugs

Next up is our pre-cut super plugs. These plugs are cut into 3×3” pieces already for you to plant. Because they are bigger, you can actually plant these plugs up to 24” apart rather than 12” like we normally recommend. These plugs are more expensive, but they take a lot of the hard work away from planting. When purchasing the super plugs, there are 15 plugs in each tray. Those plugs can cover up to 60 square feet if planted 24” apart. Both the freestyle plugs and the super plugs can be planted within your existing lawn, causing little to no preparation. Normally they both take about 2-3 years to overtake an entire lawn. The growth of Zoysia depends on your soil, the length of your growing season, and how close together you plant the plugs. Having sandy soil, a long-growing season, and planting plugs 3” apart will produce a lawn the fastest.

Lastly, our final cut of Zoysia is our Zoysia sod. The sod is harvested into 10×15” pieces just like the freestyle plugs mentioned before. However, you must clear out your existing lawn before laying the sod down. This is the most expensive cut of our Zoysia and also requires the most preparation beforehand. However, sod allows you to have immediate coverage. Also, we only ship sod to a 200-mile radius of our location in Taneytown, Maryland. Therefore, it is not available throughout the United States. Plugs however are shipped throughout the U.S. except WA, OR, HI, and AK. Overall, all of our cuts of Zoysia that we harvest are Amazoy Meyer Zoysia. Be sure to look at all of your options before making your final decision.

Why Pick Zoysia?


posted on March 15th, 2017 by

Zoysia is a very hardy and drought-resistant grass. It grows well in a variety of conditions and is lush and carpet-like when fully established. When Herbert Friedberg launched Amazoy Zoysia, he knew that this grass would be the answer for America’s lawns, and we are here today to explain why Zoysia is a great choice to achieve the most beautiful lawn.

Drought-Resistant & Slow-Growing– To start off, Zoysia is a very drought-resistant grass and thrives on heat. It withstands temperatures as high as 120 degrees in summer and as low as -30 degrees in winter. When planting, you must only water the grass once a day (a light mist) for the first 3 weeks. After the first 3 weeks, you actually stop watering completely and let the heat take over. This cuts water bills tremendously. Because Zoysia is a slow-growing grass as well, it cuts down mowing by about 2/3. Most Zoysia customers mow once for every 3 times they’ve mowed other grasses.

Chokes out Summer Weeds & Insects– Zoysia is a very hardy grass, and it grows differently than most grasses. It spreads by stolons that expand sideways more than they grow tall causing the grass to have a very strong root system. Because of this, the grass will grow thick and carpet-like. Weeds cannot hold up to the thickness of our Zoysia grass. Zoysia will choke out most of the peskiest weeds and insects. This comes naturally for the grass, so this reduces your family’s risk of being exposed to weed killers and pesticides as well. Overall, Zoysia can heal itself from most common lawn issues.

Grows in Most Soils & on Slopes– Our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grows in all different types of soils. It does well in clay, salty, sandy, and rock-like soils. If you feel that your soil is too rocky, you can always mix top soil in the same hole when planting a plug. Remember to never put top soil on top of the plugs after planting because this will block oxygen and sunlight from entering the plants. Because Zoysia grows in most soils, it does well in areas that other grasses may not thrive in. Amazoy Meyer is great to use on slopes, play areas, and bare spots.

In conclusion, Zoysia can solve almost every homeowner’s problem when it comes to achieving a perfect lawn. Not only does it grow in most areas, but it also helps you save money in numerous ways. Once established, Zoysia will last a lifetime giving you a beautiful lawn.

Are Weeds Invading Your Lawn?


posted on February 28th, 2017 by

All gardeners know that weeds can become a great hassle for newly-planted grasses. Some or all of these weeds can find their way into existing Zoysia lawns sometimes even before it comes out of dormancy. When the Zoysia does come up, it will start to crowd out these weeds. Regularly mowing your lawn can eliminate some of these issues. Below, we have provided a list of common weeds with a picture and short description to help you identify what is invading your lawn.

Crabgrass

Summer Annual Weeds (Warm Seasons):

  • Crabgrass- Seeds germinate from spring to late summer. Mowing the lawn too short can cause this to thrive. It also thrives along the edges of hot surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks. It is known to survive until the first frost of the year.

    Dandelion

  • Dandelion- This is one of the first plants to bloom in spring and continues to grow all summer long. They can be found almost everywhere, but especially in open ground, disturbed soil, and gardens. They can also be used as a food source if nothing else works.

    Black Medic

  • Black Medic- This weed grows between June and August. It colonizes dry, infertile spots where little else will grow. Plants stay close to the ground until flowers bloom.

    Ground Ivy

  • Ground Ivy– It grows in a sprawling carpet-like mass, putting down roots as it creeps along horizontally. It goes by many names such as Creeping Charlie and Cat’s Foot. Because it grows best in semi-shaded areas and wetlands, ground ivy is not usually an issue in Zoysia. It may come out at certain times of the year in Zoysia whenever a specific area is getting shadier or wetter than usual.

    Wild Violet

  • Wild Violet– Violets bloom between March and May. They normally prefer cooler weather.

 

Winter Annual Weeds (Cool Seasons):

Common Chickweed

These weeds normally come up whenever Zoysia enters dormancy. Because the Zoysia is not active at that time, the weeds are able to occupy that area for the time being. When the Zoysia springs back up, it will overtake these weeds.

 

  • Common Chickweed- Seeds germinate from late fall to early spring. It thrives in cool, moist weather. It disappears under high temperature stress.

    White Clover

  • White Clover- It grows best during cool, moist weather on well-drained, fertile soils. White clover propagates by seed or creeping stolons which root at the nodes. They are especially difficult to get rid of.

    Buttercup

  • Buttercup- Reproduction is normally seeds. The plant can be very difficult to control due to its long spidery roots that can re-sprout a new plant if left in the ground. It grows in woodland beds and borders in shade.

    Spurweed

  • Spurweed- Spurweed becomes a major problem in the landscape in mid-late spring when it flowers and sets fruit that are surrounded by razor sharp spines. There is little that can be done once it has flowered and produced its spines. These weeds should be eliminated with an herbicide if noticed.

    Field Pennycress

  • Field Pennycress- Field pennycress may produce from 1600 to 15,000 seeds that scatter readily.

 

While Zoysia is great at crowding out most summer weeds, it cannot prevent all weeds from getting started. Millions of weed seeds are blown from other lawns and forest areas every year. A few are bound to find some soil in which to start growing. Keeping your lawn mowed regularly will help you control these weeds and have a healthier lawn. Organic and non-organic weed killers can be used as well.

When is the Best Time to Plant Zoysia?


posted on February 15th, 2017 by

The best time to plant our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia is at the start of your growing season. We actually start shipping when the grass is still dormant here in Maryland to ensure that it will have the safest travel possible. When dormant, the plugs actually retain moisture a lot more during the shipping process. At this time, they will arrive to you looking a little brown and dry, and this is actually a good sign. After being planted, you will see some growth within the first 45 days. Plugs can go into dormancy post-harvesting as a way to protect themselves but will start growing again once planted.

Even though the best time to plant Zoysia is at the beginning of your growing season, it is still fine to plant during your growing season as well. The plugs may arrive to you with a few green sprigs on them during this time, so they must be planted soon after you receive them to ensure the best growth. If you wait too long to plant during hot summer months, the Zoysia will be under additional stress. The Zoysia thrives in the hot conditions; although you may not prefer the heat. You can always plant at the beginning or end of the day during these months to avoid the hot conditions.

Lastly, you can also plant up to 45-60 days before the first hard frost in your area. When planting at the end of the growing season, you may not see too much growth that year. You will water for the first three weeks, and the plugs will then soon go into dormancy; this reduces the risk of overwatering. It will also give you a head-start for growth the following year. It is not necessary to water the following spring.

Each year, we closely monitor the temperatures throughout the United States to determine when we can start shipping Zoysia to each state. Here at Zoysia Farms, we only ship out the plugs whenever the conditions are suitable enough for you to plant. Although we have a rough estimate of when to start shipping to your area, it is different each year due to the temperatures. Also, sometimes different parts of each state may heat up faster than others, but we only start to ship whenever the temperatures are consistent for the whole state. Feel free to call in or check out our website at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/shiparea.jsp to determine the shipping times for your area. Happy planting!

Last Day to Order for Free Shipping!


posted on January 31st, 2017 by

Today is the last day to order to receive free shipping on grass! 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 M182 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!

Free Shipping on Grass Orders for 5 Days Only, Starting Today!


posted on January 26th, 2017 by

Starting today, we are offering free shipping on all grass orders for the next 5 days! Offer is valid until January 31st. 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 M181 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!

Frequently Asked Questions From Customers:


posted on January 25th, 2017 by

Q: Is the shipping cost the same no matter where you are located and what you order?

A: The shipping cost is determined by the weight of the product only and not where you are located.


Q: Do you sell other gardening merchandise such as tomatoes, bushes, or small trees?

A: No, we do not sell any of those products. Sometimes we send information for other companies when we send out our planting instructions with your order. We do not however sell their products. You must contact the number you see on those specific flyers to purchase those products.


Q: If my freestyle plugs failed to grow, can I get super plugs as a replacement instead or vice versa?

A: No, our guarantee is to replace the plugs that failed from what you originally ordered. If you purchased freestyle plugs that failed, we will only replace them with freestyle plugs. There is a significant price difference between the two, so we cannot exchange one for the other. You can however, cut your freestyle sheets into 3×3” plugs if you prefer them to be that size.


Q: If I order so many plugs, do I get a free tool along with them?

A: No, the tools are sold separately. We do run promotions from time to time which may offer free planting tools, usually only early in the season. Please check our website for current prices and offers.


Q: Can you call me when my order is about to be shipped?

A: Due to the high volume of customers, we find it to be more efficient to e-mail them this information. You can include your e-mail address with us when you place the order, and we will send out an e-mail once your order ships. The e-mail will even include the tracking information.


Q: Can you ship out my order on a specific date or have it arrive on a specific date?

A: Due to variable harvesting conditions and the high volume of orders, we cannot guarantee a specific date that your order will ship out. When you place the order over the phone, you may give us a week that you would like your order shipped out, and we can fulfill that request; however it is impossible to guarantee a specific date. Because of this, it is not possible to guarantee your order to arrive on a specific date either. If you place your order on-line, please be sure to follow-up with a phone call if you need to make a request concerning shipping. If you are unsure about when you will be home, do not worry! We do not require a signature for the package when it is delivered by Fed-Ex; they will just leave the package at your door.


Q: My order arrived when I was on vacation for a few weeks, and I could not plant it. Can I send it back for a refund or replacement?

A: No, because we ship out a live agricultural product, it is very important that it gets planted right away. If you are going away, please be sure to notify us to put a hold on your order. Once the order ships out, we cannot stop it, and we can’t accept the grass back after you have received it. By the time it would come back to us, it would no longer be good to use. We recommend that you still try to plant the Zoysia and see if it takes off.  Our grass is very resilient. Remember that our guarantee still applies as long as the grass is planted.


Q: I live in one of the regulated states that requires inspection before shipment, and I missed the deadline for this month. Can you make an exception for me and ship out an order anyway?

A: Due to the strict agricultural regulations in certain states, all plants must be inspected before they can enter those states. We have multiple inspections a year, and it would be illegal to ship out grass that has not been inspected for those states. If you miss a shipment, you must wait until the next available shipment. With this in mind, be sure to place your order ahead of time to ensure that it will go out in your preferred shipment.


Q: Your company no longer recommends planting in my area this year due to temperatures, but I still want to try out the grass now anyway. Can you still ship it to me?

A: We harvest our grass from Maryland; therefore the weather conditions limit us from shipping out year-round. Depending on the harvesting conditions, we may be able to ship to you, even if we do not recommend planting in your area at that time. However, if you request us to ship grass to you when we believe the conditions are not suitable, you must waive our guarantee to replace the plugs if they fail to grow. We do monitor the temperatures in every state to determine when to start/end shipments to your area for the year.


Q: I cannot get the Zoysia to grow in my lawn at all. Can I just get a refund?

A: Our guarantee is to replace plugs that fail to grow; we do not offer refunds. We only ship Zoysia to areas that we know it will grow well in. Whenever grass fails to grow, we do a troubleshooting survey with the customer to help us determine what could have gone wrong with the grass. It is very rare that the grass would fail a second time after fixing the issues discussed during the survey. Also, only a small percentage of our customers ask for replacements.


Q: What is the best time to plant?

A: The best time to plant is at the beginning of your growing season. You can continue to plant throughout your growing season as well. Just be sure that the plugs are planted at least 45-60 days before your first hard frost of the year.


Q: If I live close by, can I pick up an order?

A: Yes, be sure to call in your order at least 24 hours before picking up. We ask that you do this, so we can harvest your order for you before you arrive. If picking up sod, give us at least a 48 hour notice.


Q: Can I lay the freestyle sheets down like sod, and do you recommend this?

A: Yes, if the ground is prepared properly, you can. However, you cannot lay down the sheets on top of an existing lawn; it will not grow that way. The old grass must be completely cleared, so the sheets can be planted in bare ground. We do not recommend doing this because Zoysia spreads from the edges. Therefore, when you plant the sheet, you only are giving the Zoysia minimal edge area to spread from. This will take much longer for the sheet to spread out. We normally recommend that you cut the freestyle sheets into plugs to achieve the maximum amount of growth. The more plugs you plant, the more spreading you will see.


 

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Gardeners


posted on December 12th, 2016 by

Are you trying to find the perfect gift for your loved one that enjoys gardening? Well you’ve come to the right place! Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell many products that any gardener can use to plant various items such as grasses and plants. Because it is too late to plant our Zoysia at this time of year, our tools and other products will ship out much faster than usual. We wanted to give you a list of products that would make a great gift this holiday season. Feel free to also check out our website for further prices and information at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/.

To start off, we sell two planting packs that include numerous items for a great price. We sell the advanced planting pack which includes floral shears, Atlas Nitrile gardening gloves, Nutri-20 fertilizer, a hose-end sprayer, and our 4” Amazoy power auger. The other planting pack that we sell is the ultimate planting pack which comes with soft grip shears, Thrive, a pH meter, Nutri-20 fertilizer, a hose-end sprayer, automatic water shut-off, gardening gloves, and our 30” stand-up power auger. These planting packs are a great way to get your gardener all of the tools they will need to plant, and they ship free! Check out the planting packs at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/category.jsp?id=1.

If your gardener does not need all of those items, you can purchase items separately from those lists. For example, our pH meter will help you test the acidity of your soil and can be purchased separately. It does not need batteries to operate and only takes seconds to give you an accurate reading. Moisture meters are great gifts for gardeners as well. They will give you an accurate reading for indoor plants as well as outdoor plants. They also come with a moisture guide to explain what the correct levels of moisture should be for different plants. Even items as simple as knee pads, gloves, or small spades can be good gift ideas for a gardener. We also carry unique blends of seeds for flowers and herbs you can purchase for next year’s planting. Feel free to check out our website for more descriptions on each product, and we hope that you will find the perfect gift for your gardeners this holiday season!

Part 11 of Methods to Start or Switch to a Zoysia Lawn


posted on May 16th, 2016 by

 

One of the biggest decisions in starting or switching your lawn to a zoysia lawn is deciding on which method to use.   There are several different ways to start your new lawn. The most common ways are plugs, seeds or sod.

Part 1 we went over some of the advantages and disadvantages of using plugs to start a zoysia lawn. Part Two, this week, we will go over seed and sod.

Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using zoysia seed and sod.

                                             Zoysia Seed

  • Advantages
  • Quicker to fill in
  • Less time needed to plant

 

  • Disadvantages
  • Must have a tilled, level seed bed
  • More expensive initially than plugs less than sod
  • Needs Lots of Water
  • Small Percentage of seed germinates
  • Overall growth can be uneven
  • Less winter hardy
  • Has a shortest planting period each year  

 

  • Zoysia Sod
  • Advantages
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  • Longer planting season
  • Less watering same as plugs

 

  • Disadvantages
  • Most Expensive
  • Must have a tilled, level bed
  • Must be planted right away
  • Heavy repetitive lifting
  • Most labor intensive