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posted on August 21st, 2012 by admin
A good time to do a little maintenance on your Zoysia lawn is just prior to the start of the fall season. One issue to watch for is thatch build up. Zoysia’s tough stem tissue can encourage thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil. Removing it helps water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Use a hard rake to rip up the thatch, this can be a bit of a workout, or try our easy to apply organic liquid thatch remover.
Aerating is the process of poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your lawn. This can be done up to once per season to keep your grass looking great. Make sure the ground is softened by watering the day before aerating. Use an aerator with hollow tines (most equipment rental stores will have them) and criss-cross your lawn putting at least 12 holes per square foot. Make sure not to aerate your lawn during dry, drought conditions when the soil is particularly hard.
Unlike cold weather grasses, Zoysia is best fertilized in the spring, not the fall. Zoysia starts to harden in preparation for the cold weather and fertilizing after August can hinder that natural process.
posted on July 18th, 2012 by admin
One of Zoysia’s most attractive features is it’s resiliency to weeds. Unlike other grasses, Zoysia grows out along the ground. It sends out root stalks, or stolons, that create a thick carpet of grass in your yard. This is not only makes Zoysia lush and beautiful, but helps it to choke out most weeds.
In the event that a weed does manage to grow, a few sprays from Weed Be Gone or a similar water soluble product will make quick work of the pesky plants. Make sure you don’t use Roundup, it’s designed to kill grass! Always read labels carefully before applying any product.
If you start to have issues with crabgrass, your best bet is to use a pre-emergent to kill the crabgrass seed before it has a chance to germinate. Our Gluten–8 Organic Herbicide is a great product for this. For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.
You guessed it, Zoysia is very resilient to most lawn pests, with only a few exceptions. This lets you avoid the cost, time and risk of using pesticides. The few pests that can sometimes pester your Zoysia are grubs, mole crickets, cinch bugs and nematodes, especially when the plugs are still new.
If you have a history of dealing with the mentioned pests, it would be a good idea to treat your lawn for them before planting plugs. If you have treat for them after your lawn has been planted, don’t worry, Zoysia isn’t bothered by the chemicals used.
posted on July 2nd, 2012 by admin
Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy. This is one of Zoysia’s biggest strengths. As a warm weather grass, it thrives in hot weather, requiring very little maintenance compared to other grasses visit our website for more information about Zoysia’s perks). Zoysia does require a small amount of summer time work however:
Watering You Zoysia
Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass, and will only need supplemental watering if there has been little rainfall. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease.
A good way to test if your grass needs watering is to look at the surrounding soil. If it’s dry and cracking, it’s time to water your Zoysia grass. Be sure to avoid over watering, because excessive watering can damage the roots. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn (or other plants) watering needs.
Mowing Your Zoysia
Grass maintenance for Zoysia is pretty simple. You will spend less time mowing your lawn (about two-thirds less time, to be exact) because Zoysia doesn’t grow tall as quickly as other grasses.
However, you do want to keep this general rule of thumb in mind: A healthy Zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2“ to 3”. A golden rule when mowing any turf is “never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height.”
posted on April 9th, 2012 by admin
The time is here. The weather is warming and your grass is starting to green. To get your grass ready for a healthy, lush summer, there are a few maintenance tasks for you to do.
First things first – weeds. While Zoysia grass is incredibly resilient and can choke out many weeds on its own, it is not entirely immune to the occasional weed. Start your spring prep by spot weeding any that have appeared over the winter or early spring. If you find yourself faced with weeds from the crabgrass family, you’ll need to use a pre-emergence product that will kill the seeds before they have a chance to germinate. For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.
As new green shoots start appearing, this is the time to apply your fertilizer. There are two great options for giving your Zoysia a leg up as the growing season starts. First is our water-soluble Nutri–20 fertilizer. Second, we now sell organic Turf Thrive, a concentrated blend of bacteria and microbes that strengthen your lawn naturally. Remember most granulate type fertilizers are not appropriate for zoysia lawns. Read all labels carefully.
If possible, take some time to aerate your lawn. It is one of the single best things a homeowner can do for an established lawn. Aeration is the process of poking holes in your lawn to allow water and nutrients to penetrate to the roots of the grass. Aeration machines are generally available from equipment rental stores. We’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’ts of lawn aeration that can be found here.
Finally, check to see how much thatch is building up in your lawn. This layer of material called “thatch” is an accumulation of cuttings and stems that build up between the grass blades. This buildup can prevent air, water, and light from reaching the surface of the soil. You can remove thatch by using a hard rake or our organic liquid thatch remover. This doesn’t need to be done every year, just when necessary.
posted on January 10th, 2012 by admin
When you have children or pets, your lawn can take quite a beating. Kids love to run and play. Pets love to dig and run. Having a strong, hearty grass will save your lawn from the abuse and Zoysia is a wonderful grass that can fit the bill for active families.
Zoysia does not require the same dangerous chemicals that other grasses do because Zoysia naturally resists bugs and weeds. This saves you from having to dump harsh pesticides and weed killers on your grass. Established Zoysia also requires very little fertilizing. Pets and children can romp on the lawn without the risks associated with chemicals.
The way Zoysia grows outward along the ground makes it resilient to damage. This means that it can take a beating with very little lasting effect. The kids can play, the dog can run and dad can practice his golf swing, all without worrying about the grass. In the event that your Zoysia lawn *does* get damaged, it will actually heal itself by filling in the hole.
One of the harsh realities of owning a pet is that they use the lawn as a bathroom. Zoysia is more tolerant to pet waste than other grasses. No grass can survive constant, prolonged exposure in the same spot from pet waste. Some grasses react to even a little pet waste, turning brown after occasional exposure. Keep pets off of new plugs for the first 30 days while they become established. After that, it’s fine to let Fido enjoy your Zoysia lawn.
posted on October 4th, 2011 by admin
With winter coming, it is time to get your lawn ready for the cold. Zoysia grass is a “warm season” grass and goes dormant in the cold months, turning a tawny-brown color after the first hard frost. This is a good thing! Dormancy helps the grass survive the cold months while still coming back as the temperature warms. It is a very normal process and the grass will be back in no time without any work needed from you.
To get your grass ready, mow it at about 1.5 to 2.5 inches during the fall. Make sure to collect any of the grass clippings so that you don’t get dead spots come spring. You don’t need to fertilize your grass at this time. Fertilizing is better done in the summer months when the grass is growing.
Overall Zoysia grass is strong and fairly self-sufficient. Keeping your Zoysia strong during summer will let it go into winter strong. Dethatch to help water and nutrients reach the soil is fine at this time of year, even better done in the Spring. One of the very best thing you can do for your lawn is aerating it. Fall is a great time to do this. Then just sit back and enjoy how easy Zoysia is while you wait for Spring.
posted on September 8th, 2011 by admin
Summer is finally winding down, but that doesn’t mean your Zoysia grass is done for the season. On the contrary, you have a few great months left to enjoy that lush green. It also means you have to make sure to keep taking care of your Zoysia while you wait for winter preparations.
It is best to fertilize your Zoysia during the spring and summer, when the grass is at its peak growing. After August, fertilizing may interfere with Zoysia’s natural preparation for the winter dormant period.
Zoysia’s stem tissue results in a buildup of thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil — Removing it help water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Aerating can also help prevent the buildup of thatch and aid in getting nutrients to the roots of the Zoysia. This is one of the best things you can do for any lawn.
When mowing your Zoysia during the summer, it should be cut low to remove dead leaf tissue. In the fall, you should raise your mower height to about an inch. You can also begin to water your grass less or even not at all. Proper mowing and thatch control can help you build a very drought tolerant lawn.
Make sure you’re prepared to care for your Zoysia lawn during the fall and winter seasons; don’t forget to stop by our Taneytown, MD store before it closes for the season on September 23rd.
posted on May 12th, 2011 by Steve Schug
Lawns come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, so do the weeds, insects and unwanted grasses that can pop up from time to time. Luckily, the thick growth pattern of a Zoysia lawn can help prevent them from making a home in your yard.
If you do find yourself with intruders, it’s natural to want to get rid of them. However, it’s extremely important to be mindful of the method in which you choose to do this. It is a widely known fact that the chemicals in many pesticides can be harmful to your family and pets – but these chemicals also have the potential to damage your lawn as well. In fact, pesticides have the potential to harm our entire eco-system.
The Environmental Protection Agency has declared many pesticides carcinogenic, and these chemicals have the potential to cause serious health complications in adults and children. Pesticides also pollute rivers and water supplies and pose a significant danger to wildlife. In recent years, though, there have been advancements in alternatives to traditional pesticides (often organic, non-chemical formulas) that can help you rid your yard of a variety of insects and weeds while protecting you, your family and our delicate eco-system.
With a Zoysia lawn, you can avoid pesticides or non-chemical weed killers all together since Zoysia tends to naturally resist many unwanted intruders – protecting you and your family from the dangers of pesticides in your own backyard.
posted on April 27th, 2011 by Steve Schug
As we mentioned earlier this month, understanding the type of soil you’re working with when planting your Zoysia lawn is the first step in achieving the best possible results. Once you’ve determined soil type, it’s time to test its pH level to help you figure out what, if any, extra nutrients your soil may require.
While your Zoysia lawn can grow in a variety of soil types and pH levels, ideally your soil’s pH should be between 6 and 7. Since the pH of your soil determines how well plants absorb nutrients, it’s important to test it prior to planting – You can do this easily with a handheld pH meter.
If your soil tests below the ideal level, it is considered acidic. Acidic soil contains more sulfur and aluminum sulfate than neutral soils – And while acidic soil does help plants absorb iron more easily, it can also hinder the ability to absorb molybdenum.
Soil that tests above the ideal lever is considered alkaline. Alkaline soils tend to contain an abundance of lime or wood ash and help plants absorb potassium. However, alkaline soils can cause difficulty in the absorption of manganese.
Overall, most plants, including your Zoysia lawn, will thrive in a neutral soil. You can alter the level of your soil’s pH by adding granulated lime to raise the pH level or adding small quantities of sulfur to lower the pH level.
posted on April 14th, 2011 by John
While Zoysia grass is incredibly resilient and can choke out many weeds on its own, it is not entirely immune to the occasional weed.
From time to time, you may be faced with a weed – Not to worry! Many weeds can be taken care of quickly with a product like Weed Be Gone or a water-soluble component. However, if you find yourself faced with weeds from the crabgrass family, you’ll need to use a pre-emergence product that will kill the seeds before they have a chance to germinate. It is extremely important that you do not combine a pre-emergent with a weed and feed or fertilizer or use a product that contains both – This combination of chemicals could be detrimental to the health and beauty of your lawn.
For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.
To prevent weeds and keep your Zoysia lawn healthy, mow at a higher height, water less and aerate your lawn annually. To retard weed growth, mow your lawn more frequently during the spring months.