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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

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.

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!

Healthy Life Deals: Review of Our Organic Products


posted on September 5th, 2012 by

This is post was written by Jennifer Winder at her lovely blog Healthy Life Deals. Thanks to Jennifer for the kind words.

The Review from My Lawn’s Perspective:

It was the beginning of summer and I was feeling kinda yellow.
I was getting a mowing when they decided to take my picture.

I was not in the mood for pictures because I was NOT feeling like my green self.
Like really, do you want your picture taken when you are feelin’ yellow??

Right after my mow I felt an awesome sensation. I was being sprayed with water but this was NOT just any water. It was special. The water had Zoysia Farm Liquid Thatch in it. This Zoysia Farms Liquid Thatch helped me sprout up new grass where my old yellow spots were. It wasn’t an instant change but everyday I could feel myself getting greener and greener. Finally grass seed was able to sprout where it couldn’t before. I have had these yellow spot for years. No other product has been able to fix it.

A few weeks later to my delight my wonderful lawn parents sprayed me with another healthy water with Zoysia Farms Turf Thrive added to it. They put the Zoysia Farms Turf Thrive bottle onto the hose and gave me a good soaking. You don’t know how happy I am. I am so lucky they took the time to spray these wonderful Zoysia Farms products on me. I feel greener than I have ever been.

My roots feel so much stronger and I feel myself growing stronger.
I am prepared for the hot weather St louis is known for.
And I look GOOD!
Bring on the pictures!

My Review :
I am majorly impressed with how well the Zoysia Farm products work. I don’t like to spray stuff on my yard or garden due to the chemicals they usually have. They would all say not to allow the dog or kids on the yard- that just freaks me out. Well NOT Zoysia Farm products- they are all fully organic and obtain microbes that occur in nature so no fear of kids or dogs walking on the products because it is SAFE! And it is amazing that is has really impressed me.

I sprayed the Earth Harvest on my bushes that were badly damaged from our garage fire last year. The bushes looked dead so I trimmed the dead stuff off and then sprayed it with the Earth Harvest and a week later with CaFe Lime to see if I could revive them. It worked they look amazing! You can’t even tell they were damaged. They look so healthy and have grown 3 times their size.

I then sprayed the garden and lawn with Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide to help control the weeds. Usually by this time of year I am battling weed in my garden. So far it has been so easy. I really think the Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide has made a difference in the amount of weeds.

I am giving Zoysia Farms a GLOWING review because I really love these products. Each one has proven to be very effective.

Fertilizing with Mycorrhizal Fungi


posted on May 31st, 2012 by

Fertilizing for Zoysia GrassOne of the newest items in our store is an organic product called Turf Thrive. In cooperation with plant fertilizers to improve your lawn, Turf Thrive works by adding living organisms to the soil called mycorrhizal fungi. What are these, you ask?

Mycorrhizal fungi are an important part of the soil life. They attach themselves to the roots of your grass, effectively making the roots longer. The fungi help your roots absorb more water and nutrients from further away. Lack of water and nutrients can cause stunted growth and brown patches, so the fungi are very important for the health of your lawn.

The fungi are beneficial in other ways. They help your plants fight against toxins and other contaminates in the soil. They also help protect against overly acidic soil and make the plant more resistant to diseases. Think of the fungi as your lawn’s best friend.

Usually mycorrhizal fungi occur naturally in the soil. However, if the soil has been tampered with, including tilling, removal of topsoil, erosion and the application of fertilizer, fungicide or pesticide, the normal fungi in the soil can be affected. Turf Thrive returns these natural fungi that overworked soil has lost. It is not a full replacement for a plant fertilizer, but a compliment to it – Think of them as the dynamic duo of healthy lawns.

 

Composting


posted on May 8th, 2012 by

Composting is the natural process that turns organic material like leaves, grass clippings and twigs into a dark rich substance that is fantastic for lawns and gardens. By adding compost to your Zoysia lawn, it will help the grass grow in thicker and healthier. This is because an organic matter in the compost helps soil retain nutrients and water.

Uses of Compost

- soil conditioning

- lawn dressing

- erosion control

- a potting soil component

- mulching

Benefits of Compost

As opposed to some fertilizers, composting won’t burn your grass if you accidentally use too much and it won’t stain your walkways or concrete patios around your lawn. It is also prone to show results quickly.

Placing Compost on Your Zoysia Lawn

Compost can be used as a natural fertilizer for planting new lawns or for maintaining your existing lawn.

When distributing compost across bare ground for a new lawn, be sure to use a generous amount. Mix 4 to 6 inches of compost into the soil. Once the grass plugs are planted, thoroughly water the area.

When distributing compost across your existing lawn, place piles of a shovel-full throughout your lawn about one foot apart. Using a rake spread the compost throughout the lawn until the compost is in a thin layer about ¼ to ½  inch thick. A thin layer of compost will break down quickly, releasing nutrients into the lawn without smothering your grass. After the compost is distributed, water your lawn well.

Compost works as a conditioner to your lawn, keeping it healthy and green. It is safe, organic, and with just 1 – 2 applications per year it can make a significant positive impact on your lawn’s health. Interested in composting? Read more about how to create compost from grass clippings to use on your Zoysia lawn.

 

Granulated vs. Organic Fertilizer


posted on March 7th, 2012 by

Granulated chemical fertilizers are those little colored balls that you sprinkle all over your lawn and try to keep your pets from eating. They are rich with nitrogen and phosphorus, which are great for plant growth, however they have to seep into the ground to be absorbed through the plants’ roots. Often the fertilizer will soak all the way into the water table and eventually into lakes and rivers. Even worse, when you spread the granulated fertilizer on your lawn, it often gets flung onto sidewalks, streets and driveways. The fertilizer then gets washed directly into water sources when it rains.

When fertilizer gets into water sources, it upsets the balance of the water ecosystem causing organisms to die out. The scary part is that American homeowners tend to use four times as much fertilizer per square foot of land as farmers do. That is *way* too much fertilizer. Most cold weather grasses only need to be fertilized twice a year, at the beginning and end of the season. Zoysia needs even less fertilizer, once a year at the beginning of the season. This is why Zoysia Farms is very particular about the fertilizer we use and sell.

Our main fertilizer, Nutri-20, is different than the typical granulated chemical fertilizer that you sprinkle all over your lawn. Nutri-20 is a water soluble fertilizer and is absorbed through the leaves of the grass or plants instead of the roots. This is more environmentally friendly as the fertilizer does not lay on the ground where it can wash into the river system or soak into the water table.

This year Zoysia Farms has also added a whole line of new organic outdoor products to its store. These products are made from microbes that naturally exist in soil, instead of being man made. Turf Thrive is one such product, using microbes to stimulate root growth and make soil healthy for your grass. You can complement this with Gluten-8, a corn gluten solution that keeps weeds from germinating, killing weed seeds off before they even start growing. There are a number of other products like these that can be used to naturally enhance your lawn and garden. These include herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, plant food and thatch remover.

Chemicals can be dangerous to your children, pets, plants and the environment as a whole. We’re very proud of only carrying products that let you enhance your lawn and garden naturally and safely. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about Nutri-20 or our new organic product line and how they can work for your lawn.

Fertilizing Your Zoysia Lawn: Granular vs. Water Soluble Fertilizers


posted on July 14th, 2010 by

There are many different types of fertilizers that claim to help nourish your lawn. With all the options that are out there, it is difficult to know which is right for your lawn. You should be aware of what kind of fertilizer is right for an Amazoy zoysia lawn.

Granular Fertilizers

Granular fertilizers are probably the type of fertilizer you are most familiar with. While these are most common and popular with homeowners, they are not best for your zoysia lawn.

Granular fertilizers tend to simply sit on the surface of grass, causing burns that could damage your plugs. The nutrients never reach the roots, where they are most needed.

Water Soluble Fertilizers

Water Soluble Fertilizers allow for the fertilizer to dissolve in the water, which takes the nutrients directly to the roots. This provides your grass with vital food elements that help it grow to become lush and healthy.

Read more about our own fertilizer, Nutri-20, and how to apply it.

Directions for Nutri-20 Fertilizer


posted on June 22nd, 2010 by

Directions for Applying Nutri-20 To Your LawnZoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer helps you have a beautiful, lush green lawn. But it doesn’t stop there. It will help you grow plumper, tastier tomatoes, sweeter melons, bigger roses, and healthier shrubs.

Nutri-20 is different than granular fertilizers, which simply sit on the surface, causing burns that would damage the plugs. Our fertilizer is water soluble, which helps release nutrients much faster. Since zoysia grass is thick and hearty, the water soluble nature of the Nutri-20 fertilizer allows for the nutrients to reach the roots, providing your grass plugs with vital food elements that help it grow.

If you are looking to use Nutri-20 for your lawn, note that a 5 lb. bag will cover approximately 4,000 square feet of lawn. The tips below will help you apply Nutri-20 to your lawn, plants, and shrubs.

Gilmour Hand Held Sprayer:

1.      Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.      Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.      Shake well to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.      Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.      Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.      When sprayer is empty fertilizing is complete.

Ortho Dial Sprayer:

First, set your dial to 8 ounces. Then follow the instructions below.

1.       Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.       Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.       Shake will to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.       Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.       Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.    When water in sprayer is clear fertilizing is complete.

For Watering Can:

  1. Use 2 teaspoons per gallon of water.

See additional information about Zoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer.

Your Zoysia Lawn: Fertilizing Established Lawns


posted on June 7th, 2010 by

Zoysia FertilizerOnce you have planted your zoysia lawn, you might be curious about how to care for it once it has become established. In this post, we will let you know what to do about fertilizing established grass plugs.

Your zoysia lawn will be its most luxurious and healthy if it is fertilized once it is actively growing in the spring before the heat of summer.  May through early June is ideal for most of the country. You should NOT use ordinary, granular fertilizers because they can burn or cause serious damage to your zoysia lawn. You must use a water-soluble fertilizer, like our Nutri-20, that has been specially formulated for use on turf grasses. Nutri-20 is great for other stuff, too, like shrubs or vegetables.

When applying fertilizer, you should apply it with a hose-end sprayer, that supplies necessary water along with the fertilizer. Always be wary of directions, carefully following the recommendations, when applying fertilizer of any kind; you don’t want to overfeed your lawn, which may result in a chemical burn.