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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

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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

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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.

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

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!

Final Fall Chores for Your Zoysia Lawn

posted on October 4th, 2013 by

It is fall already, where did the summer go?  As we start to approach the cooler weather our lawn chores, at least if you have a zoysia lawn, becomes much less. This is the time of the year you can enjoy some outside activities or just sit back and relax! This is one of the great advantages of having zoysia grass. 

If you live in an area where the temperatures get cold, over the next few weeks you will be doing your final mowing for this year.  After the final mowing and the weather gets cold enough, zoysia will go dormant, turning a tawny brown color.  But, you will not have to worry about the looks of your zoysia lawn over the months ahead, it will keep a very manicured look and be worry free! 

To have and keep a beautiful zoysia lawn, there are a few steps you should take before the grass goes dormant.  It is a good practice to fertilize your established lawn in the early fall in advance of any frost.  If you have not fertilized and it is still early enough, you may want to apply a water soluble fertilizer, such as our Nutri 20. Please do not use granular fertilizer, some of them can destroy zoysia grass.  Remember to always read the label before applying anything to your lawn to ensure the product is safe for zoysia grass.  

This is the time of year you would also apply a pre-emergent to kill the weed seeds that are already in the ground for the spring weeds.  Appling a pre-emergent now will save a lot of time in the spring and summer and prevent most of the spring weeds from ever germinating and growing. 

After these task are completed, sit back and enjoy the rest of the fall and winter months, you are finished with your zoysia lawn tasks until the spring!

Fall Pre-emergent Weed Control

posted on August 29th, 2013 by

Don’t attack the weed, kill the seed. A pre-emergent weed killer applied in the spring and fall will help eliminate most weeds before the weed emerges by killing the weed seeds.  

Fall weed controls the winter annuals which germinate in autumn or winter, then bloom in winter or spring. Some of the most common winter annuals are chickweed, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, wild mustard, prickly lettuce, annual bluegrass, etc.

You would need to know what type of weed(s) you want to eliminate in order to pick a product that is going to be effective on your weed(s). There are 2 types of weeds leaves broadleaf and grassy; the same herbicide may not be effective on both types of weeds.  It would be best if you check with your local nursery and inquire what type of weed control is recommended. If you are using an organic product such as our Gluten-8, it can be applied to any type of grass and used in any state.

Many weed killers may have a specific timing or temperature requirements.   Fall weed control is usually done in early October.It is also very important to know what type of grass you have, not every product is safe for all types of grasses. 

Remember, to read the entire label of whatever product you choose and follow the instructions for applying. Do not increase the recommended dosage, thinking this will help to kill more of the weeds or kill them quicker.  Instead you could end up killing your lawn.