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Winter Preparation

posted on October 4th, 2011 by

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.


Fall Planting

posted on September 8th, 2011 by

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.


The Dangers of Pesticides

posted on May 12th, 2011 by

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.

Managing Your pH

posted on April 27th, 2011 by

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.


Your Zoysia Lawn and Pre-emergents

posted on April 14th, 2011 by

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.

The Big Thaw: Getting Your Lawn Ready For Spring

posted on March 2nd, 2011 by

It’s that time of year again – The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and, here at Zoysia Farms, we’ve just harvested the first grass of the year.

With spring just around the corner, people across the U.S. are placing their Zoysia orders. In fact, orders will begin shipping to warmer states in the next few days — Milder states, like Texas and Florida, should begin receiving their orders in early March.

If you already have a Zoysia lawn, once the ground temperature reaches 50 degrees, your grass will begin to come out of its dormant state and return to its lush, green color. To keep your lawn looking its best, it may require a bit of spring cleaning. Removing dead leaves will help improve passage of air and nutrients to help your grass return from dormancy.

Whether you’ve just placed your first order for Zoysia plugs or have had your Zoysia lawn for years, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your grass for years to come.

Dethatching Your Zoysia Lawn

posted on October 28th, 2010 by

Dethatching Your LawnDethatching is the mechanical removal of the layer of cuttings and stems that build up between green blades and soil in a lawn. This layer of material called “thatch” accumulates in your lawn when air, water, and light cannot reach the surface of the soil. In order to repair your lawn it is necessary to remove the thatch. After dethatching, your lawn will look bare briefly, but this will lead to new and healthy grass growth.

An alternative to the traditional dethatching method which can be exhausting is using Liquid Thatch Remover. This dethatching process takes only 4 minutes to spray the contents of the bottle over the lawn space, which is much easier and less work than the typical raking method. Liquid Thatch Remover turns thatch into a rich, organic fertilizer, and is environmentally friendly and involves o chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

This product treats up to 5,000 square feet and is used by spraying the product directly on the lawn space when the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees for best results. Use the product three times a year, and the need for power raking will be eliminated.

Benefits of Dethatching:

– Preserves actively growing grass.

– Allows nutrients and water to easily reach the soil and grass roots.

– Discourages insect and disease problems.

– Allows fertilizer applications to be more effective.

– Improves appearance and health of the lawn.

Read more about fertilizing, mowing, watering needs, and other lawn care tips for your Zoysia lawn.

Landscaping Ideas to Show off Your Zoysia Lawn

posted on October 20th, 2010 by

Landscaping your yard is a great way to transform the surroundings of your house into a charming outdoor area for your family and friends to enjoy. Give your yard a whole new look with landscaping and create your ideal personal space.

LandscapingIdeas to Make Over Your Yard:
– Rocks and Stones
– Flower Beds
– Trees and Shrubs
– Fountain and Ponds
– Retaining Walls
– Lighting
– Fences

Using several of these outdoor features can help distinguish your yard and give it a polished look for your entire home landscape. Yard landscaping can also improve the use of your outdoors and improve the value of your home. To find out more about adding to your Zoysia lawn, read about yard elements that can help beautify your home.


posted on October 14th, 2010 by

Grasscycling is a simple and “green” way to nourish your Zoysia lawn. This process is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil to nourish your Zoysia lawn.

Advantages of Grasscycling

– No bagging or raking of the lawn required.

– Plastic bags full of lawn clippings don’t end up in the landfill.

– Clippings help your Zoysia lawn reach its fertilizing needs, reducing both time and money spent fertilizing.

– Grasscycling reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, reducing pollution to the environment and chemicals in your yard.

– Does not cause thatch, making your lawn more durable.

How to Grasscycle Effectively

– Cut up to 1/3 of the leaf surface while mowing, but no more.

– Mow when the lawn is dry.

– Mow using a sharp mower blade. Dull blades bruise and tear at grass, leading to a ragged tip on the top of the blade.

– Aerate your lawn. This will open up the soil and increase the movement of water, fertilizer, and air by speeding up decomposition of the grass clippings and enhancing deep root growth.

– Water when necessary.

– Follow the lawn care schedule for your type of Zoysia grass.

Grasscycling is environmentally responsible, and an opportunity for homeowners to reduce their waste while saving both time and energy. For more information about what you can do to protect the environment while caring for your Zoysia lawn, learn about organic lawn care.

Say Goodbye to Weeds

posted on October 6th, 2010 by

One of the many benefits of growing a Zoysia lawn is its ability to easily choke out weeds. Zoysia is even considered to be a “weed fighter” grass, keeping your lawn healthy lush and weed free.

How does this work? Zoysia grows with a horizontal stem called a rootstalk (stolons). This growth pattern allows Zoysia to grow and spread over an area, overgrowing any weeds or unwanted crab grasses. The thick, firm, and dense turf prevents new weeds from sprouting and takes over existing weed growth. The leaves of the grass grow freely in the summer, and after a few mowings can crowd out weeds all together. Because of this, less herbicide is needed to maintain a plush and green Zoysia lawn.

Should a weed happen to pop up in your Amazoy lawn, read more about on the spot weed removal. We hope you enjoy your beautiful Zoysia lawn!