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Brown Grass in the Summer or Brown Grass in the Winter?


posted on September 25th, 2014 by

 

OR ZOYSIA DURING HOT DRY SUMMERS

                 OR                  ZOYSIA DURING HOT DRY SUMMERS

COOL SEASON GRASS DURING DRY HOT SUMMERS

COOL SEASON GRASS DURING DRY HOT SUMMERS

This is a decision that has to be made when choosing what type of grass you want for your lawn. Someone once said, “No matter what type of grass you have you will have a brown lawn at some point of the year.” Why does the grass go brown? Depending on the type of grass you have would determine when and why it turns brown.

Zoysia is a warm weather grass.  As a way to protect itself from the cold temperatures Zoysia goes dormant (to sleep) for the winter. When the grass is dormant it turns a light honey brown color, it is not dead. When dormant the grass does not require any type of care or maintenance. It will keep its well manicured look, since it does stop growing during this time.  Not all zoysia grasses  can withstand the colder climates. Amazoy zoysia is the most cold tolerant of all of the zoysia grasses, it can withstand temperatures to 30 below zero.

On the other hand, cool weather grasses do not go dormant in the winter, however many do go dormant in the hot dry summer months. These grasses turn brown and even die when the temperatures get really hot. The only way to keep them green is to water, water and water the lawn! Extra watering is becoming more difficult to do because of the droughts, cost of water, watering restrictions, well limitations and the time it takes to stay on schedule.

Do I want my grass to be green in the winter months, when it is not used much and in some areas covered with snow? Or, do I want my grass to be green and lush in the summer months when it is used the most?

If you want green grass in the summer then you want a warm weather grass like Amazoy zoysia grass!

A Grass That Holds Up To Children and Pets!


posted on July 16th, 2014 by

                     

Soccer_boots_being_tied1Do you need a grass to stand up to the children playing and the dogs running? Some grasses are soft, some thicker and some are more durable. Zoysia is one grass that combines all three. A lawn filled with Amazoy zoysia grass is a good solution for heavy traffic areas.dogs with stick

 Once Amazoy zoysia grass is established you will not need to worry about how rough the children play on the grass or how fast and hard the dog runs through the lawn. Amazoy not only grows upward but also outward and has a very tight growth pattern. This makes the grass extremely durable and it feels like you are walking on a plush carpet. Think of how much better this would be for the children if they were to take a tumble or fall. It’s almost like there is a built in cushion.

Because zoysia is a spreading grass and repairs itself, if a bare area would appear, the grass will automatically start to fill in the space. In time you will never know that there was any damage at all. 

Another great thing about Amazoy zoysia grass is that it is not only durable but also more tolerant to pet urine than most grasses. Even if an area does start to yellow, apply a little lime on the spot and it will help neutralize the ground. This will help the zoysia turn back to its luscious green color. 

Amazoy zoysia grass is ideal for your children and pets.

MOWING TIPS FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY LAWN


posted on May 15th, 2014 by

 

Lawn_MowerFor those that have Amazoy zoysia grass you know that mowing is no longer a huge chore. Amazoy zoysia grass is a slow growing grass and requires infrequent mowing. However, proper mowing practices are necessary to maintain an Amazoy zoysia lawn that is the envy of any neighborhood

Whether you use a rotary or reel mower, the key step in proper mowing is to make sure your mower blade is sharp. If you use a dull blade this will just rip the grass and not cut it. Your mower blade should be sharpened about every 8 mows or once per year. If the grass is not properly cut it can lead to the tips turning yellow the day after mowing.

The recommend height for zoysia grass is around 2 inches. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the blade. What that means is if you maintain your zoysia lawn at 2 inches once the grass reaches 3 inches it is time to mow, you only want to remove 1 inch of the blade.

You can measure the mowing height by setting the mower on a flat surface, making sure all four wheels are at the same setting. Then measure the distance between the ground and blade.

It is advisable to change the mowing direction. If you’ve mowed in horizontal lines a few times, change it up and mow in a vertical pattern. Switching directions with each mow will help your lawn to avoid a build up of thatch and stay healthy and beautiful!

Organic Solutions to Common Lawn Problems


posted on April 15th, 2014 by

With all of the chemicals being dumped into our waterways, the laws are changing more and more as to what can be applied to lawns. We all need to think about organic solutions for our lawn problems.

Did you know there are competitively priced effective organic solutions for almost all of our lawn problems? Everything from fertilizer, lime, fungicides, insecticides, thatch remover, soil enhancers and weed killers.  

The first step to having a delightful, lush, full lawn is prevention.  Early spring is the best time to apply soil enhancers, pre-emergent weed killers, fertilizers, lime and insecticides.

One of the great organic products is the liquid thatch remover.  This product takes the drudgery out of raking out the previous year’s debris from your lawn.  If you have never tried our liquid Thatch it certainly makes this chore much easier.

The better the soil, the better your lawn will perform and look.  It is important to have your soil pH in correct range so your plants thrive.  The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0.  The ph can be altered if needed by using lime, such as our Cafe Lime if the soil pH is below a 6.0 and sulfur if it is above 7.0.

Most of us fight weeds all summer long.  One of the best defenses against the weeds is using a pre-emergent to kill the weed seed before the plants even show.  Our Gluten 8 is a good organic pre-emergent.  Gluten 8 is made from the nontoxic byproduct of corn processing and becomes more and more effective with continued use.

Applying an organic fungicide before you see signs of fungus or disease is the best way to prevent these from forming in your lawn.

There are also organic products used to kill those unwanted insects, such as fleas, ticks, chinch bugs, ants, mites, etc.  Many lawns also suffer from the damage of moles & voles. Did you know we offer a Mole & Vole Repellant to keep these pest away?

Is it time for you to switch to organic solutions for your lawn? Be sure to check our full line of organic products at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/category.jsp?id=30

Keeping Weeds Under Control


posted on March 26th, 2014 by

 

Weeds! Weeds! Weeds!!

How do you control them? Tried pulling, spraying, digging, etc. but they keep coming back!

The first line of defense against the weed is to know what type of weed(s) you have.  Most weeds are either summer or winter annuals or perennials. Summer annual weeds emerge when the soil temperatures warm up and germinate throughout the summer, finally dying out by frost. Winter annual weeds germinate in the fall and winter, and then actively grow during the spring, dying out once the hot summer temperatures arrive. Perennials are a weed that grows for many years and does not die after flowering. These weeds store food in underground parts keeping them alive during the winter and emerging in the spring.

Through out the year, one type of weed or another is dropping seeds and germinating. The seeds fall into your soil or can be blown in from a neighbor’s yard or other areas around your home. The key to controlling the weeds and keeping them under control year after year is to destroy the seed! The easiest and best way to kill weed seeds is by applying a pre-emergent,  like our Gluten 8.  Applying a pre-emergent several times a year will help eliminate and control most weeds.  Keep in mind different weeds go to seed at different times, so it will take multiple applications.

For the few seeds and weeds that may survive you can apply a post emergent on the weed once it has emerged from the ground.

Remember to always check the label of any product that you apply and see if it is safe for zoysia lawns.

WINTER WEATHER AND AMAZOY ZOYSIA GRASS


posted on March 14th, 2014 by

 BRRR!!!!! It sure has been a cold, snowy, icy winter and it keeps coming.  Who ever heard of us having a “Polar Vortex”?  It is amazing that a warm weather grass can withstand these types of conditions.  Not to worry, if you have Amazoy zoysia grass, it has not been nearly cold enough or icy enough to damage.  This grass can withstand temperatures anywhere from 120 degrees to -30 degrees.  That’s the beauty of Amazoy zoysia grass it is the most cold tolerant of all the zoysias.  Unfortunately, many zoysia grasses can winter kill if subject to conditions like we had this year and would need to be replanted in the spring. 

Once the ground temperatures drop to 50 degrees or lower Amazoy zoysia grass will go dormant.  This is a nature process that helps the grass tolerate extreme cold temperatures and conditions. Once the temperatures reach and maintain 70 degrees or higher Amazoy zoysia grass will regain its lush green color back. 

 It sure is nice not to have to worry about your Amazoy zoysia lawn during these harsh months!

Most Common Suspects When Zoysia Plugs Don’t Grow


posted on March 11th, 2014 by

                  

Why didn’t my plugs work, it says they will grow anywhere?  When this question is asked we play detective to find the reason why.   CSI Zoysia has a list of suspects, let’s investigate.

Suspect #1 – Left in the Box

Plant the plugs as soon as you can.  If you cannot plant right away, that’s fine but the plugs must be taken out of the box, laid grass side up, kept out of the direct sunlight and sprinkled daily.  The plugs can actually survive 2 to 3 weeds before planting if these steps are followed.  Do not leave the grass in the box!

Suspect #2 – Gets Enough Sun

Before planting the grass check out the area and make sure it gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day or the plugs will not grow well.

Suspect #3 – Not Following Label Instructions

By not stopping and reading the label of products applied to your lawn, such as weed killers, fertilizers, etc you could end up with dead plugs.  You want to check and be sure it is safe for zoysia grass, follow their recommend applications and waiting period before planting.

Suspect #4 – Too Much Water

Over watering is the Prime Suspect for the plugs to fail.  Amazoy zoysia is very drought resistant, too much water can damage its root system. When first planted the plugs do need to be watered daily but only about 10 to 15 minutes once a day, for the first three weeks.  Do not over water the plugs, this can kill them. 

Suspect #5 – Covering the Plugs

Do not cover the entire plug. Only cover the roots of the plugs, leaving the blades above ground level.   After covering the roots step on the plug firmly to eliminate any air pockets.

Suspect # 6 – Too Many Weeds

Until the plugs have completely filled in, they still need help with weed control. If you let the weeds take over, they can choke out the plugs.  Once the plugs are established, they will choke out most summer weeds.

Making sure none of these suspects are threats to your plugs, you should start to see new green blades of grass growing from each plug and you are on your way to a beautiful zoysia lawn!

Getting Lawn Ready for Spring


posted on February 14th, 2014 by

With spring at our heels, it is time to start preparing our lawns for the summer months ahead.  Spring maintenance will help you to have a beautiful, healthy, green lawn this year. 

To get started it is best to de-thatch your lawn, once it has greened up.  It is helpful to remove dead leaves and thatch material resulting from the previous season’s growth to improve the passage of air, water, and nutrients through the turf.

The easiest method to de-thatch your lawn is by using a Liquid Thatch Remover.  This is a product we offer that is a natural liquid microbial treatment.  Four treatments during the growing season will keep your lawn thatch free. Simply attached the 32 oz hose end sprayer to your hose and spray. It’s that easy!

After de-thatching your lawn applying a pre-emergent will help rid your lawn of weed and crabgrass seeds before they have a chance to germinate. Our Gluten–8 Organic Herbicide is the ideal product for this. Gluten 8 is simple and easy to use it’s very effective in reducing new weeds from ever starting.  Do it early. Do it more than once.

This is also a great time to test the soil pH in your lawn. For the best results from your zoysia lawn we recommend the soil pH be between 6 and 7.  If the soil pH is below a 6 then you should apply some lime, if the pH is above a 7 you should apply sulfur.  Please follow the label instructions for the proper application.  At our website you will find a soil pH Meter and a Rapitest soil kit as well as our Café Lime if your lawn needs lime. Sulfur products are best purchased from your local Garden Center.

Aerating your lawn, which is great for your grass, is also best done in spring to help loosen the soil and improve air flow and root growth.  You can rent portable power aerating machines or most lawn care companies offer this service.

When Is The Best Time To Plant Zoysia?


posted on January 14th, 2014 by

                                     When Is The Best Time To Plant Zoysia?

Everyone knows fall is a great time to plant grass.  No, I hear spring is the best and we all know you don’t plant during the hot summer months. Wait a minute this is Amazoy zoysia grass plugs!

The planting time for zoysia grass plugs is not the same as a lot of other types of grasses. Zoysia is one of the few grass that can be planted through the heat of summer.  Zoysia loves the dry warm weather.

The best planting time is from early March to late September.  Even though some states have milder temperatures than others, it is best not to plant in the late fall or winter months.  With the changing weather patterns, you never know when you may get hit with a frost or cold weather that could harm newly planted plugs. 

 To make sure you are receiving quality plugs and they will be successful, our plugs are only shipped when the local planting times are best.

You can start to plant the plugs once you are past the threat of snow, ice or freezing temperatures and your ground is workable (thawed).  You can continue to plant as long as the plugs are planted at least 45 days before the first hard fall frost. Yes, you can plant all summer long as long as you follow the watering instructions.  The plugs need 10 to 15 minutes once a day for the first three weeks.  After that you should only water if you are having drought type conditions, then no more than 2 to 3 times a week, again only for 10 to 15 minutes.

The sooner you get your plugs planted the sooner you will be on your way to a beautiful Amazoy zoysia lawn.

What is the Big Deal About Soil pH? part 2


posted on December 3rd, 2013 by

How do I know what my soil pH is? Do I need to change it?  How do I correct it?

Answers and solutions to these questions are very easy!

Different plants prefer different soil pH levels.  For zoysia grass the recommended soil pH levels are between 6 and 7.

To find out the level of your soil pH you would need to test the soil.  Different parts of your property may have different pH levels, it is best to check several areas.  This can be done by taking samples of your soil to your local Agriculture Office, which can be found online,  just enter your state name and Agriculture Extension Office,  or you can simply test it yourself.  If testing the soil yourself you only need a soil pH tester, such as our Soil pH Meter.

Adjusting the soil pH is simple.  If your soil pH is below a 6 your soil is acidic. To bring the pH up you would need to add lime to your lawn.  Since it can take several months to alter your soil pH it is best to apply lime in the fall or winter, however it can be applied at any time of the year.  When choosing a lime product, please keep in mind the smaller the lime particles are the more effective they are. Lime can also be applied as a liquid. Check out our liquid Café Lime!

If your soil pH is above a 7 your soil is alkaline.  To lower the pH you would need to apply Aluminum Sulfate or Sulfur.  These products can be applied at any time, please be sure to follow the package instructions or over applying could burn your lawn. Your local garden center should carry these products.