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Answers to the Importance of Applying Lime to a Lawn


posted on February 26th, 2015 by

LIME?

LIME?

To understand the importance of applying lime to your lawn you need to know what lime actually is and when your lawn needs some.

Lime is a soil amendment or conditioner it is not a fertilizer. Lime is used to balance the acidity level of your soil. You can test your soil using a soil test kit, pH meter or having it professionally tested.

This may not seem important, however once you understand what the soil pH means to your lawn you will understand how valuable lime can be.

The soil pH is calculated on a scale from 1-14. One meaning your soil is very acidic and 14 meaning your soil is very alkaline. Zoysia lawns thrive in soil pH levels between 6 and 7. The pH in your soil affects how minerals behave as a result how easily grass and plants can absorb them. Even though most minerals and nutrients are present in your soil if your pH is too low or too high they are not available to your plants.

The best time to add lime to your lawn is in the fall, winter or early spring. Lime can be applied using powder, pellet or liquid lime, such as our Café Lime which you simply attached to your hose and spray. This will allow for better and even distribution. The amount of lime will vary with the degree of acidity. It is recommended to follow the package instructions.

Don’t get discouraged if your pH levels do not reach the desired range after one application of lime, it may take a few years to get your soil pH in the correct range.

Tired of Fighting Weeds all Summer – Try This


posted on February 5th, 2015 by

19899585-three-dandelion-blowballs-on-blue-backgroundIt won’t be long until those ugly weeds start sprouting up in lawns. You can get a handle on the weeds before they even show themselves if you use a pre-emergent.

A pre-emergent is a weed killer that targets the weed seeds already in the soil from the previous year.  To get ahead of those summer weeds applying a pre-emergent in early March or once your soil temperature reaches about 52 degrees, will destroy the weed seeds. The pre-emergent MUST be applied before the weeds emerge. Once the weeds have emerged a pre-emergent will not have any effect on the weeds.

Pre-emergent applied in the early spring will control weeds such as, crabgrass, dandelions, foxtails, goose grass, clover, plantains and many more. Be sure to read the label on the pre-emergent to verify what type of grass it is safe for, the types of weeds it destroys and the proper application instructions. A pre-emergent will not harm Amazoy zoysia grass because it does not propagate from seed.

Multiple applications will best control the wide variety of weeds and their varying germination periods. You may want to check out our organic pre-emergent “Gluten 8.” You simply attach the applicator bottle to your garden hose and spray.

This simple step can save you a lot of aggravation, time and energy allowing you to enjoy a more beautiful lawn.

Brown Patches in My Lawn


posted on January 9th, 2015 by

damaged grass 2What is causing brown patches to show up in my zoysia lawn? It was doing really well a few months ago!

 Although rare, common causes for brown patches to form in an otherwise healthy lawn are a thatch buildup, fungus, disease or an insect problem. All of these problems can be solved with a little effort. 

A thatch build up can cause the grass to start dying, turning brown in color, allowing other weeds, fungus and grasses to invade your zoysia lawn.   To correct the build up you would need to use a dethatching machine or vigorously rake the thatch out. Only do this when the grass is actively growing. For an easier solution a product such as our “Liquid Thatch Remover” can be sprayed on the lawn to rid and prevent a thatch build up.

There are many different types of fungus and disease that can affect the grass. If you suspect any of these it is very important to treat the area right away. Most fungus and disease are caused by thatch buildup, over fertilizing, hot humid temperatures, poor drainage and circulation. Correcting these conditions and if necessary the application of a fungicide can eliminate most fungus and disease. We do carry an organic fungicide, NPP Broad Spectrum Fungicide. If you are not sure you have a fungus or disease in your lawn it would be best to take a sample to your local garden center. 

Some insects that live in the soil will eat the roots of lawn grasses. These insects are grubs, chinch bugs, nematodes and mole crickets. An infestation of these insects will cause the grass to die and turn brown. The use of an insecticide would need to be applied.  Be sure to check the label and verify that what you are using will kill these types of insects not all insecticides will. 

These are some of the most common causes of brown patches in your lawn.

The Anatomy of A Zoysia Grass Plant


posted on December 4th, 2014 by

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Understanding how your Zoysia grows and spreads can help you to maintain and care for your lawn properly.

There are several parts to a zoysia plant. I am going to touch on some of the main parts, the crown, roots, rhizome, stolons, leaf blade and seedhead.

The crown is the main shaft of the plant which is attached to the tap roots. The tap roots can grow up to 2 feet long. The tap root is where the plant absorbs water under ground. Due to the long length of this root it can reach a lot of water that other grasses can not.

The crown also produces Rhizomes, which are roots that are underground about 4-5 inches and grow outward and upward, producing new plants. This is how the grass spreads underground.

From the crown stolons also form and run along the top of the soil. About every inch there is a small cluster, called a node. This node will eventually take a roothold forming a new plant. The stolons are how zoysia grass spreads above ground.

Most importantly, water, sunlight and nutrients are absorbed through the leaf blade and soil. These are past from the leaf blade down to the roots of the plant and then fed to the rest of the plant.

The seedhead usually does not grow if the grass is kept mowed. The seeds that are produced on most zoysia grasses are not used to propagate zoysia. The success rate is very low if at all. Successful zoysia lawns are most often grown from plugs, sprigs or sod.

Fun Facts About Zoysia Grass


posted on October 23rd, 2014 by

 

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Wow! Zoysia has been around for a long time. Did you know that zoysia was a staple grass from as far back as the 12th century in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea? Zoysia grass has blanketed the Imperial Place grounds in Tokyo – Japan since the 14th century. Zoysia grass has been used for ages in Japanese Gardens which are used for inspiring and soothing the soul and for the love of nature and peace.

In 1801 zoysia grass was named after a “country gentleman” Karl Von Zois also an amateur botanist and plant collector. Not until 1951 was zoysia grass released for commercial development in the US and finally to homeowners in 1953.

Zoysia can be found almost anywhere from our nation’s capital, Washington, DC to Korea. These are a few places zoysia grass has been used, on the grounds of the National Mall and Regan Airport also the FDA building and US Court House. Some of the other places zoysia can be found are the Naval Academy Golf Course, in Annapolis, Md., Southwind Golf and Country Club in Memphis, TN. The use of Zoysia is as diverse as the Md. Soccer Complex in Germantown, Md. to the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Pa.

Zoysia is becoming more and more popular in other sports centers. Zoysia grass was used in the World Cup of Soccer in Korea and even the Olympics. When players take a tumble or fall on the zoysia grass it is like they are falling on a carpet instead of the hard ground. Your children will love the softness of zoysia grass as much as the athletics do.

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.