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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.

Are Weeds Invading Your Lawn?


posted on February 28th, 2017 by

All gardeners know that weeds can become a great hassle for newly-planted grasses. Some or all of these weeds can find their way into existing Zoysia lawns sometimes even before it comes out of dormancy. When the Zoysia does come up, it will start to crowd out these weeds. Regularly mowing your lawn can eliminate some of these issues. Below, we have provided a list of common weeds with a picture and short description to help you identify what is invading your lawn.

Crabgrass

Summer Annual Weeds (Warm Seasons):

  • Crabgrass- Seeds germinate from spring to late summer. Mowing the lawn too short can cause this to thrive. It also thrives along the edges of hot surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks. It is known to survive until the first frost of the year.

    Dandelion

  • Dandelion- This is one of the first plants to bloom in spring and continues to grow all summer long. They can be found almost everywhere, but especially in open ground, disturbed soil, and gardens. They can also be used as a food source if nothing else works.

    Black Medic

  • Black Medic- This weed grows between June and August. It colonizes dry, infertile spots where little else will grow. Plants stay close to the ground until flowers bloom.

    Ground Ivy

  • Ground Ivy– It grows in a sprawling carpet-like mass, putting down roots as it creeps along horizontally. It goes by many names such as Creeping Charlie and Cat’s Foot. Because it grows best in semi-shaded areas and wetlands, ground ivy is not usually an issue in Zoysia. It may come out at certain times of the year in Zoysia whenever a specific area is getting shadier or wetter than usual.

    Wild Violet

  • Wild Violet– Violets bloom between March and May. They normally prefer cooler weather.

 

Winter Annual Weeds (Cool Seasons):

Common Chickweed

These weeds normally come up whenever Zoysia enters dormancy. Because the Zoysia is not active at that time, the weeds are able to occupy that area for the time being. When the Zoysia springs back up, it will overtake these weeds.

 

  • Common Chickweed- Seeds germinate from late fall to early spring. It thrives in cool, moist weather. It disappears under high temperature stress.

    White Clover

  • White Clover- It grows best during cool, moist weather on well-drained, fertile soils. White clover propagates by seed or creeping stolons which root at the nodes. They are especially difficult to get rid of.

    Buttercup

  • Buttercup- Reproduction is normally seeds. The plant can be very difficult to control due to its long spidery roots that can re-sprout a new plant if left in the ground. It grows in woodland beds and borders in shade.

    Spurweed

  • Spurweed- Spurweed becomes a major problem in the landscape in mid-late spring when it flowers and sets fruit that are surrounded by razor sharp spines. There is little that can be done once it has flowered and produced its spines. These weeds should be eliminated with an herbicide if noticed.

    Field Pennycress

  • Field Pennycress- Field pennycress may produce from 1600 to 15,000 seeds that scatter readily.

 

While Zoysia is great at crowding out most summer weeds, it cannot prevent all weeds from getting started. Millions of weed seeds are blown from other lawns and forest areas every year. A few are bound to find some soil in which to start growing. Keeping your lawn mowed regularly will help you control these weeds and have a healthier lawn. Organic and non-organic weed killers can be used as well.

When is the Best Time to Plant Zoysia?


posted on February 15th, 2017 by

The best time to plant our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia is at the start of your growing season. We actually start shipping when the grass is still dormant here in Maryland to ensure that it will have the safest travel possible. When dormant, the plugs actually retain moisture a lot more during the shipping process. At this time, they will arrive to you looking a little brown and dry, and this is actually a good sign. After being planted, you will see some growth within the first 45 days. Plugs can go into dormancy post-harvesting as a way to protect themselves but will start growing again once planted.

Even though the best time to plant Zoysia is at the beginning of your growing season, it is still fine to plant during your growing season as well. The plugs may arrive to you with a few green sprigs on them during this time, so they must be planted soon after you receive them to ensure the best growth. If you wait too long to plant during hot summer months, the Zoysia will be under additional stress. The Zoysia thrives in the hot conditions; although you may not prefer the heat. You can always plant at the beginning or end of the day during these months to avoid the hot conditions.

Lastly, you can also plant up to 45-60 days before the first hard frost in your area. When planting at the end of the growing season, you may not see too much growth that year. You will water for the first three weeks, and the plugs will then soon go into dormancy; this reduces the risk of overwatering. It will also give you a head-start for growth the following year. It is not necessary to water the following spring.

Each year, we closely monitor the temperatures throughout the United States to determine when we can start shipping Zoysia to each state. Here at Zoysia Farms, we only ship out the plugs whenever the conditions are suitable enough for you to plant. Although we have a rough estimate of when to start shipping to your area, it is different each year due to the temperatures. Also, sometimes different parts of each state may heat up faster than others, but we only start to ship whenever the temperatures are consistent for the whole state. Feel free to call in or check out our website at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/shiparea.jsp to determine the shipping times for your area. Happy planting!

Frequently Asked Questions From Customers:


posted on January 25th, 2017 by

Q: Is the shipping cost the same no matter where you are located and what you order?

A: The shipping cost is determined by the weight of the product only and not where you are located.


Q: Do you sell other gardening merchandise such as tomatoes, bushes, or small trees?

A: No, we do not sell any of those products. Sometimes we send information for other companies when we send out our planting instructions with your order. We do not however sell their products. You must contact the number you see on those specific flyers to purchase those products.


Q: If my freestyle plugs failed to grow, can I get super plugs as a replacement instead or vice versa?

A: No, our guarantee is to replace the plugs that failed from what you originally ordered. If you purchased freestyle plugs that failed, we will only replace them with freestyle plugs. There is a significant price difference between the two, so we cannot exchange one for the other. You can however, cut your freestyle sheets into 3×3” plugs if you prefer them to be that size.


Q: If I order so many plugs, do I get a free tool along with them?

A: No, the tools are sold separately. We do run promotions from time to time which may offer free planting tools, usually only early in the season. Please check our website for current prices and offers.


Q: Can you call me when my order is about to be shipped?

A: Due to the high volume of customers, we find it to be more efficient to e-mail them this information. You can include your e-mail address with us when you place the order, and we will send out an e-mail once your order ships. The e-mail will even include the tracking information.


Q: Can you ship out my order on a specific date or have it arrive on a specific date?

A: Due to variable harvesting conditions and the high volume of orders, we cannot guarantee a specific date that your order will ship out. When you place the order over the phone, you may give us a week that you would like your order shipped out, and we can fulfill that request; however it is impossible to guarantee a specific date. Because of this, it is not possible to guarantee your order to arrive on a specific date either. If you place your order on-line, please be sure to follow-up with a phone call if you need to make a request concerning shipping. If you are unsure about when you will be home, do not worry! We do not require a signature for the package when it is delivered by Fed-Ex; they will just leave the package at your door.


Q: My order arrived when I was on vacation for a few weeks, and I could not plant it. Can I send it back for a refund or replacement?

A: No, because we ship out a live agricultural product, it is very important that it gets planted right away. If you are going away, please be sure to notify us to put a hold on your order. Once the order ships out, we cannot stop it, and we can’t accept the grass back after you have received it. By the time it would come back to us, it would no longer be good to use. We recommend that you still try to plant the Zoysia and see if it takes off.  Our grass is very resilient. Remember that our guarantee still applies as long as the grass is planted.


Q: I live in one of the regulated states that requires inspection before shipment, and I missed the deadline for this month. Can you make an exception for me and ship out an order anyway?

A: Due to the strict agricultural regulations in certain states, all plants must be inspected before they can enter those states. We have multiple inspections a year, and it would be illegal to ship out grass that has not been inspected for those states. If you miss a shipment, you must wait until the next available shipment. With this in mind, be sure to place your order ahead of time to ensure that it will go out in your preferred shipment.


Q: Your company no longer recommends planting in my area this year due to temperatures, but I still want to try out the grass now anyway. Can you still ship it to me?

A: We harvest our grass from Maryland; therefore the weather conditions limit us from shipping out year-round. Depending on the harvesting conditions, we may be able to ship to you, even if we do not recommend planting in your area at that time. However, if you request us to ship grass to you when we believe the conditions are not suitable, you must waive our guarantee to replace the plugs if they fail to grow. We do monitor the temperatures in every state to determine when to start/end shipments to your area for the year.


Q: I cannot get the Zoysia to grow in my lawn at all. Can I just get a refund?

A: Our guarantee is to replace plugs that fail to grow; we do not offer refunds. We only ship Zoysia to areas that we know it will grow well in. Whenever grass fails to grow, we do a troubleshooting survey with the customer to help us determine what could have gone wrong with the grass. It is very rare that the grass would fail a second time after fixing the issues discussed during the survey. Also, only a small percentage of our customers ask for replacements.


Q: What is the best time to plant?

A: The best time to plant is at the beginning of your growing season. You can continue to plant throughout your growing season as well. Just be sure that the plugs are planted at least 45-60 days before your first hard frost of the year.


Q: If I live close by, can I pick up an order?

A: Yes, be sure to call in your order at least 24 hours before picking up. We ask that you do this, so we can harvest your order for you before you arrive. If picking up sod, give us at least a 48 hour notice.


Q: Can I lay the freestyle sheets down like sod, and do you recommend this?

A: Yes, if the ground is prepared properly, you can. However, you cannot lay down the sheets on top of an existing lawn; it will not grow that way. The old grass must be completely cleared, so the sheets can be planted in bare ground. We do not recommend doing this because Zoysia spreads from the edges. Therefore, when you plant the sheet, you only are giving the Zoysia minimal edge area to spread from. This will take much longer for the sheet to spread out. We normally recommend that you cut the freestyle sheets into plugs to achieve the maximum amount of growth. The more plugs you plant, the more spreading you will see.


 

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 Grass in the Summer or Brown Grass in the Winter?


posted on September 25th, 2014 by

 

OR ZOYSIA DURING HOT DRY SUMMERS

                 OR                  ZOYSIA DURING HOT DRY SUMMERS

COOL SEASON GRASS DURING DRY HOT SUMMERS

COOL SEASON GRASS DURING DRY HOT SUMMERS

This is a decision that has to be made when choosing what type of grass you want for your lawn. Someone once said, “No matter what type of grass you have you will have a brown lawn at some point of the year.” Why does the grass go brown? Depending on the type of grass you have would determine when and why it turns brown.

Zoysia is a warm weather grass.  As a way to protect itself from the cold temperatures Zoysia goes dormant (to sleep) for the winter. When the grass is dormant it turns a light honey brown color, it is not dead. When dormant the grass does not require any type of care or maintenance. It will keep its well manicured look, since it does stop growing during this time.  Not all zoysia grasses  can withstand the colder climates. Amazoy zoysia is the most cold tolerant of all of the zoysia grasses, it can withstand temperatures to 30 below zero.

On the other hand, cool weather grasses do not go dormant in the winter, however many do go dormant in the hot dry summer months. These grasses turn brown and even die when the temperatures get really hot. The only way to keep them green is to water, water and water the lawn! Extra watering is becoming more difficult to do because of the droughts, cost of water, watering restrictions, well limitations and the time it takes to stay on schedule.

Do I want my grass to be green in the winter months, when it is not used much and in some areas covered with snow? Or, do I want my grass to be green and lush in the summer months when it is used the most?

If you want green grass in the summer then you want a warm weather grass like Amazoy zoysia grass!

Why is My Zoysia Grass Brown?


posted on March 24th, 2010 by

After the first hard frost, you may be wondering why your grass has started to turn a tawny-brown tone. You don’t need to worry! Zoysia grass, like a deciduous tree, goes dormant after the first hard frost, when cold weather is moving in. The lush green color will fade.

In fact, most grasses have the tendency to go dormant at some point in the year. Winter causes dormancy for zoysia grass because it is categorized as a “warm season” grass. Cool season grasses are the opposite, and can go dormant in warm summer month, just when most people want to enjoy their lawn.

These photos, found at Gardens Gardens blog, show exactly what zoysia dormancy looks like.

This is healthy, and a part of the grass’ process. Zoysia’s ability to go dormant in winter helps it withstand colder temperatures, while still allowing it to come back lush every spring and remain green even in the full heat of summer.

In fact, some of you may not experience this dormancy at all. If you live in a region with mild winters, your lawn will remain lush and green all year round. But if you do experience dormancy, there is no need to worry, once winter is over, your grass will be back in no time at all, without any effort needed from you.

Click here to see more pictures of dormant zoysia grass.