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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!

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!

Making a List for Success


posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Making a list

The year seems to have flown by, there are only 21 days left in 2015. Time seems to get away from us before we know it. Usually, at the end of the year we look back and are happy with the projects we completed and wonder why we didn’t get the other projects finished.

Many of our projects can only be done outside which limits our time to complete them. Making a list of the steps needed to complete a project can help to keep you on track. You can actually start the list now. For instance, if you want to beautify your lawn, you would need to assess the yard. What are you hoping to accomplish, are there bare spots in the lawn that need to be filled in? Do you want to switch the type of grass in your lawn or does it just need some maintenance?

Once you decide what the project will be,then you need to start a list of steps to accomplish the task. Such as, how large are the spots or size of your lawn? This will help you decide how much material such as plugs, seed or sod you will need to cover the areas. Next you would need to see what steps are needed to make sure the grass is successful. For instance, are there any amendments that need to be made to the soil? Is the product you are considering compatible with your growing condition, such as amount of sunlight, soil pH and drainage?

Check all the labels and make sure anything that you apply to the area is safe for the grass you have chosen. Be careful and follow the label instructions on when to apply and the waiting period after applying before planting. Once planted, how much and how often does the grass need to watered? How long to limit traffic on the area? When do you fertilize, etc.?

Having all of the information prepped and checking when the needed products will be available even possibly having some of the products ready will allow you to start as soon as the weather allows.

Make achieving your 2016 projects possible by planning now for success later.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

A Few Final Chores Before Enjoying the Holidays


posted on November 18th, 2015 by

happy thanksgivingThe season is winding down. Many of us are looking forward to sitting back and relaxing during the winter months, but there are some end of season tasks that should be done.
It is time to put our lawn mowers away for the season, some homeowners are not happy about this. Many enjoy mowing their lawns whether it is to relieve stress, get some exercise or just for the joy of it. We all have to admit there is something special about a freshly mowed lawn.
There are some end of season chores that still need to be done. Be sure to empty any gas from you lawn mower. Examine electrical cords to any of your lawn tools, checking for any breaks, nicks or exposed wires. Also now is the time to clean and service your grass trimmer and other yard tools, so they are ready for the spring.
Many of us will welcome the silence of lawn mowers, but miss the smell of a fresh cut lawn and a chance to walk barefoot on the soft green grass. Switching into the new season replaced with falling leaves, the holiday’s right around the corner and the landscape maybe even covered in pure white snow.
I hope everyone will enjoy the fall and winter seasons and for those who don’t, spring will be here before you know it!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Zoysia Grass In The Fall


posted on October 6th, 2015 by

fall leaves

 

There may be changes in your Zoysia lawn with the approaching colder weather. As the ground temperatures slowly drop or we get a hard frost, zoysia grass will start to go into its dormant state. When this happens the grass may start to turn yellowish and eventually a complete tawny brown. It is often thought that the grass is actually dying, however it is not, the grass is only going to sleep because of the colder weather upon us. This is how Zoysia grass protects itself from the winter elements and cold temperatures.

Many of us are preparing for our final grass cutting for the year. It is best to mow your Zoysia lawn about 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in height, this should keep your lawn looking well manicured during the winter months.

Once that final cut is done, it is a great time for aerating your lawn, while the soil is soft and moist. Check out our post on September 4, 2015 “Aerating a Lawn” for more information on aerating.

Then just sit back and enjoy the change in the seasons, the turning of the leaves, colder weather and snow falling.

When winter has passed and spring has arrived, your zoysia grass will start to come out of dormancy. Once the temperatures maintain around 70 degrees or higher you will start to see new green blades of grass growing from your lawn. In no time at all you will have your beautiful zoysia lawn back.

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

zoysia plant

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.