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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.

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

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.

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.

What Is the Big Deal about Soil PH? – Part 1


posted on October 30th, 2013 by

 

 What is soil pH?  What are the numbers about? What does it do?   

Most of us do not realize the importance of the proper soil pH or what it is.  The soil pH is the acidity level of your soil, which allows your plants to take up the necessary nutrients from the soil.  The level has a tremendous impact on the overall health of your plants, it also helps fertilizers and pesticides to be more effective. Poor pH whether it is too high or too low can make your grass week, susceptible to disease problems and be a light green or yellow in color. 

Every type of soil has a pH level.  There are several factors that help determine what your soil pH is, such as your region, the type of parent material your soil is, such as clay, sand, organic matter, etc.  The age of the soil, the amount of precipitation and temperatures are also main factors. 

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

Follow our blog for information in our next article on how to test and adjust your soil pH. It is not hard to do!