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Can Zoysia Overtake My Lawn?


posted on October 3rd, 2017 by

Bahia Grass

Because Zoysia is a spreading grass, it is known to overtake other grasses and weeds in all types of soil conditions. Overtime, we have researched exactly which types our customers are working with to determine if Zoysia is able to overtake their lawns. Below, we have created a list of the common grasses that Zoysia will take over. There are many more grasses that Zoysia can beat out, but here are just a few.

  • Bahia- This grass has a coarse blade and requires frequent mowing during hot weather. This grass does not do well on sandy embankments, whereas Zoysia thrives. Also, grassy weeds in Bahia grass can be difficult to get rid of.

    Bermuda Grass

  • Bermuda- This grass has a medium texture and turns brown with the first drop in temperature. Zoysia does not go dormant until after the first hard frost of the year. Also, once Bermuda grass is established, it is very hard to get rid of and actually grows flat. It also does not grow well in shady areas and needs to be watered weekly.

    Centipede Grass

  • Centipede- Due to severe iron deficiencies in the soil, this grass cannot grow in the western US; it thrives in moderately acidic soils. Hard freezes can kill the leaves of this grass, so it does not do well in areas that have intense winters. Also, this grass is very slow-growing and is not very salt tolerant. Zoysia is much better in these situations.

    St. Augustine Grass

  • St. Augustine- This grass does not tolerate a lot of traffic. It is a big thatch producer and requires much moisture. Because it is so aggressive, it must be mowed frequently to keep it under control. It cannot thrive in areas where temperatures dip below ten degrees for several hours. Zoysia is preferable because it requires so little water, less mowing, and is more cold tolerant.

    Kentucky Bluegrass

  • Kentucky Bluegrass– This grass will go dormant in hot, dry weather as well as during the cold winter months. It does very poorly in shaded areas and requires frequent watering to survive. Zoysia really thrives in hot and dry conditions and will remain green during summer heat.

    Rye grass

  • Rye– Annual varieties of this grass can’t be used as a permanent grass so it is generally used only for over-seeding your current lawn. It prefers cool environments where conditions are not too extreme. It requires very frequent watering as well.

 

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia can outdo almost every type of grass in most any situation. The grasses above are only a few of the common grasses that Zoysia can overtake. You can always take a sample of your lawn to a local nursery to determine what type of grass you have if you are unsure. Zoysia is a warm season grass and does go dormant during the winter months in northern states. Keep in mind that Zoysia is very slow-growing, so it can take about 2-3 years to completely take over these other grasses. The benefits though last for a lifetime.

Aerating Your Zoysia Lawn:


posted on September 5th, 2017 by

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. Many people do this to alleviate compacted soil in their lawns. Although it isn’t necessary, it can be very beneficial to your grass. Below we have listed some reasons to help you figure out if your lawn is a good candidate for aeration.

Soil is Heavily Compacted- If you get very heavy traffic on your lawn, it should be aerated during the growing season. If you have children or pets running over your yard, this can cause soil to be heavily compacted.

Newly Constructed Home– If you just moved into a newly constructed home, usually the construction equipment has caused the soil to become heavily compacted. Normally the topsoil from a newly constructed lawn is stripped or buried, and the subsoil is destroyed by the construction taking place.

Dries Out Easily– If your lawn dries out easily and feels spongy, you should aerate. Sometimes this means that you could have a heavy thatch build-up. You can always test this by digging out a piece of your lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch build-up is greater than ½”, you should aerate.

For Zoysia, the best time to aerate is in the late spring. This way, the grass will be able to heal and take over the parts that you removed from the lawn.  You should also make sure that the ground is soft and moist before aerating. It is normally efficient to aerate the day after a nice rain. You can either use a spike aerator which pokes little holes in the ground with a fork-like tool or a plug aerator which removes larger pieces from the ground for better results. Plug aerators are usually more successful for a lawn. Remember to continue the normal care for your lawn after you have aerated.  Aerating is not necessary, but it can be very helpful in the long run.

Solution for Spreading Zoysia:


posted on August 18th, 2017 by

Amazoy Zoysia is great for filling in slopes and bare spots in your lawn. It is known to grow in all types of soils and in a wide range of climates. Once established, the deep root system and the thickness of the turf causes it to heal itself when faced with common lawn issues. Because Zoysia spreads once it gets started, it is known to start creeping into flower beds and sometimes your neighbor’s lawn if you do not take the right precautions. Do not worry because there is a solution!

The safest solution is to put a plastic or metal border at least six inches deep into the ground to prevent the Zoysia from spreading. Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell the Easy-Edge Lawn Edging as well as a Step-On Edger to help you put it down. The edging stops the Zoysia from spreading into flower beds, neighbors’ lawns, and even driveways. It is very simple to install too as you can see from this video on our website, http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=7F6E&cat=3. This product withstands -30 degree temperatures and will last for many years to come.

If you did not take the right precautions in time and Zoysia has already crept into an unwanted area, there are a few ways you can get rid of it. The first way would be to spray Round-Up on the Zoysia when it is green. Keep in mind that the Round-Up will kill anything that you have sprayed. Do not soak the grass; just give it a light mist with the product. If the Zoysia that you are trying to destroy is too established, the only other option would be to try to dig up the Zoysia. This can be a very time-consuming project, so that is why it is very important to take the correct precautions before it gets too late.

In conclusion, Zoysia is a very hardy grass. It can be the solution to fix many common lawn issues with its spreading ability. Even though this is great for Zoysia lovers, sometimes it can be difficult to get rid of if it spreads into unwanted areas. It is best to take precautions when you start planting to prevent the Zoysia from invading undesirable spaces. It is always best to plan ahead!

Need Help with Pests in Your Lawn?


posted on July 24th, 2017 by

As temperatures become warmer, Zoysia is beginning to green back up for a new year of growth. Unfortunately, those pesky insects and other pests are starting to appear as well. Zoysia is very resistant to the effects of most insects and diseases. It also resists injury from most chemicals when pest control is needed. Whether you have Zoysia or any other grass, do not worry because we have the solution to these pest issues!

At one time, society could only trap and relocate the mammals invading their lawn. Pesky animals like moles, voles, and armadillos would be able to dig holes and even burrow in their lawn before they were able to do anything. Now, we have products you can use just by attaching them to your hose! Here, we sell a Mole & Vole Repellent as well as Armadillo Repellent. One bottle covers up to 3,000 square feet and protects for up to 3 months.  We also sell deer repellent and rabbit repellent if you have issues with those animals in your lawn as well.

Sometimes, insects can be invading your lawn during this time of year too. Normally, this will not be an issue for Zoysia grass, but insects can do much damage to many other grasses. Our Essential-1 Organic Pesticide will protect against ants, chinch bugs, mole crickets, Japanese beetles, bees, mites, and many more. It even leaves behind a nice smell of cedar too.

Overall, do not worry if you have pests in your lawn; everyone does! Planting Zoysia will help to reduce damage and even eliminate your time spent trying to destroy these nuisances. Feel free to check out our website for more information on our products to help as well. Each product is safe for your children, pets, and environment but will still do the job. Just attach the bottle to your hose, and you will have the problem solved in no time.

Common Reasons that Zoysia Fails


posted on June 15th, 2017 by

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass and there is little preparation needed before planting. Once it gets started, it will continue to spread causing you to have the greenest lawn possible. While 98% of our customers are successful, there are failures, most of which are preventable. Because we stand behind our product, we will replace plugs that fail to grow after 45 days of being planted. Before receiving replacements, customers must take a brief survey which helps us determine why the plugs failed to grow. Overtime, we have gathered the information from those surveys to present some common mistakes that cause our Zoysia grass to fail.

Overwatering-The most frequent mistake made is overwatering the Amazoy Zoysia. Our Zoysia is a very drought-resistant grass and thrives in hot and dry conditions. This grass must only be watered every day for the first three weeks (just a light mist). After that initial three weeks, you must stop watering. Continuing to water actually causes the root system of our grass to rot. Normally, watering is not necessary ever again unless the ground is cracking and crumbling from severe drought.

Keeping in Box-This is a living plant, so this grass must be taken out of the box within two to three days after receiving it. It might arrive brown and dry due to the shipping process, but it has just gone back into dormancy. If you follow the planting instructions, you will see growth within the first 45 days. Sometimes you may have a busy schedule and you are unable to plant right away which is fine. Just be sure to take the grass out of the box, keep it in a shaded area, and keep it moist. This will give you about 2-3 weeks to get all of the grass planted. It cannot remain in the box for that period of time.

Not Enough Sunlight & Incorrect pH-Amazoy Meyer Zoysia thrives on the heat and does require a minimum of 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day. If the plugs do not receive that much sunlight, they should not be planted in that area. You can also check the pH of your soil before planting, especially near trees. Sometimes different trees can affect the pH of your soil, and the pH is best between 6.0 and 7.0 pH for our plugs to grow. Acidic soil and shade are a poor combination for Zoysia. Also, remember to only cover the roots of the plugs when planting.

Using Granular Fertilizers-Lastly, you should never use granular fertilizers on our grass. We have found that the granular fertilizers can burn the runners of our Zoysia causing it to die off. You should only use water-soluble fertilizers such as our Nutri-20 fertilizer or even Miracle Grow.

Because we stand by our product, we are confident that our grass will grow if you follow these instructions. Some may be used to planting other types of Zoysia, grasses, and plants, and they may not be used to the low-maintenance needed for Amazoy Zoysia. The key is to let Zoysia thrive itself and to kick back and relax!

Fertilizing Your Zoysia Lawn with Nutri-20:


posted on May 19th, 2017 by

Although Zoysia can prosper in most soils, it can still be helpful to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizing your Zoysia lawn can help speed up growth and improve the color, as well as giving the grass nutrients. However, it is only safe to apply a water-soluble fertilizer to our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia. Granular fertilizers are known to burn the runners of the Zoysia causing it to die out in some areas. Your lawn will be the healthiest if you fertilize it once a year in late May or early June.

Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell a fertilizer specifically made for our Amazoy Zoysia; this product is called Nutri-20. It is even safe to use on other plants, vegetables, etc. The easiest way to apply it is by using a hose-end sprayer. We do sell the Chameleon hose-end sprayer that will cover 350 square feet of lawn with fertilizer. Just put one cup of Nutri-20 in the sprayer, fill it to the top with water, shake it up, and set the dial to 1.5 oz-2 oz. before spraying. When the sprayer is empty, this means your job is complete. One bag of Nutri-20 will actually cover a total of 4,000 square feet if used properly. When fertilizing other garden plants, Nutri-20 should still be dissolved in water. You should only use one teaspoon of Nutri-20 per gallon of water.

Chameleon Hose-End Sprayer

Fertilizing your lawn with Nutri-20 comes with so many benefits. You will have a healthier lawn in less than 60 minutes after applying. All plant foods must be dissolved in water before plants are able to accept them, and because Nutri-20 is applied with water, this helps to speed up the nutrient intake. Nutri-20 can even save your plants from “root-rot” and help them recover from diseases as well.

Overall, fertilizing your Zoysia lawn can result in a greener and healthier lawn. Our Nutri-20 fertilizer allows customers to save their declining plants and also to boost their already successful lawns. Just remember to always use water-soluble fertilizers on Zoysia grass, and you will have the healthiest and greenest lawn in your neighborhood.

Acidity & How to Cope


posted on May 3rd, 2017 by

The acidity of soil can sometimes hinder the growth of plants.  Phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium can become much less available to plants when soil is acidic. Also, the levels of other harmful elements such as aluminum can increase, causing toxicity.

Acidification is a natural process but can also be sped up by many factors. Nitrogen in fertilizer and the breakdown of organic matter can speed up the process causing an issue for Zoysia grass. Applying lime will help to maintain the soil to the appropriate levels for plant growth, providing a solution. Before applying, you will want to test the pH of the soil. You should not apply lime without doing so because too much lime can be just as harmful as too little.

Soil pH is a measurement of the acidity in soil. In general, most plants thrive when the pH levels are between 5.8 and 6.5 pH. Zoysia thrives when the pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0 pH. When the levels are below 6.0 pH, plant growth is limited by aluminum toxicity. When they are above 7.0 pH, manganese and zinc become less available.  Liming helps to lower the acidity of the soil causing better growth for plants. One application can last for two to three years, and it should be applied two to four weeks before planting new grass or plants. If you find that your soil is too alkaline, you can apply sulfur to raise the acidity.

Liming supplies calcium and magnesium to the soil. It can come in different forms. The most time-efficient and easiest form for gardeners is liquid lime. Our organic Café Lime here at Zoysia Farms comes in liquid form that is sprayed on with an attached hose-end sprayer. It improves major nutrient uptake and can boost the pH by as much as one point in as little as 10 days. Powdered lime and pelletized lime are other options but tend to be more expensive and more difficult to apply. All are effective in reducing soil acidity however. Overall, lime is very effective in treating the acidity in soils. It can also produce many benefits such as a healthier, disease-resistant lawn. Be sure to apply lime when necessary, so you can achieve the greenest lawn in your neighborhood.

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.