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Mow Your Lawn the RIGHT Way: Lawn Care the Old Way


posted on June 15th, 2010 by

Are you really mowing your lawn the right way? Most people aren’t exceptionally fond of this lawn maintenance task, but if you do it the right way, you can enjoy a nice lawn. All About Lawns gives us a few mowing tips that can help to keep the quality of your grass looking great while still saving time.

Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

Cutting your grass to short can help destroy it by making it vulnerable to weeds and insects. You are going to want to keep your blade sharp, too. Dull blades can destroy the grass shaft. One rule of thumb: never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height.

Cut at Appropriate Times

Spring is the time for most grass cutting, which would be about once a week, depending on your personal preferences. During warm weather, grass should be cut a few times a month. Don’t over water; it can help cut down on growth.

Leave Lawn Clippings

This is a key time saver. Don’t waste time with bagging grass. Leaving the clippings on your lawn will help nutrition of your lawn. It can also help retain water so that you don’t have to spend as much time watering it.

Zoysia: The Solution

You could maintain your lawn using the tips we just gave you, or you could invest in 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 of the very nature of zoysia grass, although you do want to keep the general rule of thumb in mind. You won’t ever have to use fertilizers or pesticides, and you will rarely have to water.

Which sounds better to you?

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.

Low Maintenance Lawns: Part II


posted on June 1st, 2010 by

Zoysia Low Maintenance LawnIn our last post, we let you know about some ways that a low maintenance lawn could help save you money while being environmentally friendly. Here are a few more ways that you can save a buck while helping to save the environment.

Lawn Mowing

Lawns need to be cut, which can create an entire set of environmental issues on its own. Lawn mowers can be damaging by emitting air and noise pollution. However, there are some ways to help solve this problem. Rechargeable electric mowers are definitely environmentally friendly (they are friendly to your wallet, too). These are good for lawns up to about ¾ of an acre. An area that is larger than that usually requires a gas powered tractor, which isn’t so friendly to the environment. Newer ones are more efficient and becoming less offensive, but may not be the ideal solution.

The simplest and best solution is to pick a slow growing grass, like zoysia, for your lawn. This will require less mowing, which will ultimately save you time and money while helping the environment by cutting down on emissions. You can even leave the clippings on the lawn to help turn old grass into organic material to keep moisture on your soil.

Fertilization

Another great aspect of low maintenance lawns like zoysia is that you don’t have to fertilize as often, if at all, which will ultimately mean slower growth and less cutting. It also means less potential for harsh chemicals to end up in our waterways. But if you do choose to fertilize, going organic is the best way to go about it. Having a sustainable lawn really means starting with choosing the right grass type suitable to your local conditions. It is key to understanding the characteristics of your grass so that you can know what you can do to help save time, money, and the environment. Putting in the right grass is the first step to a sustainable lawn.

Climate Change Means Lawn Care Change


posted on May 18th, 2010 by

Climate change has changed the way that people are living. Whether it be investing in hybrid cars or using organic products, it has become increasingly important to try to do our part. Surprisingly, small adjustments in your lawn care regiment can have significant benefits. Here are a few reasons to start a zoysia lawn this spring.

Zoysia Going Green1. Watering

Watering and drought restrictions have become a part of life, happening more and more often over the past few years. And with over 80% of water usage during the summer being used towards lawn and garden watering, it is important to find ways to cut back.

To apply one inch of water on a ¼ acre lawn requires 2,000 gallons of water. And some grasses require multiple watering applications a week to stay green in the heat of summer. So having the ability to save a little goes a long way.

Since Amazoy’s root system is deep and extensive, necessary watering is rare. Grass will stay lush all summer with little or no water, which means less work from you.

You can check the drought monitor to see about water usage in your area.

2. Mowing

Amazoy grass is a slow growing grass that really takes the time to establish roots and fill in to form a dense carpet of grass. For this reason, it doesn’t need to be cut as often as other grasses.  Weekly cutting with carbon burning mowers does not need to be the norm anymore.

3. Chemicals

With ordinary grasses, you may experience problems with weeds or pests. This might lead you to use chemicals like herbicides or pesticides to help solve the problem.

However, spraying harsh herbicides and pesticides on your lawn can be harmful to the environment and to the health of you, your kids, and your pets. Luckily, Amazoy attacks these problems by growing a strong dense network that crowds out weeds and doesn’t let weed seed and pests make your lawn their new home.

4. Soil

Attempting to grow grass in an improper soil can be frustrating and require chemicals to help solve the problem. Amazoy thrives in a variety of soils: porous, rocky, sandy, clay, salty, etc. There is no need for frustration or chemical processes because one spring feeding of water-soluble fertilizer will suffice for an entire year. This helps keep harmful chemicals out of the ground.

Starting an Amazoy lawn today can help give a head start on helping the environment. The simple act of changing the type of grass in your lawn will allow you to make steps to have a lush, green lawn all summer while still doing your part.  The nicest side affect will be a healthier wallet, as well.

Spring Cleaning is for Your Lawn, Too!


posted on May 12th, 2010 by

Lush Spring LawnSpring maintenance is important for Zoysia grass upkeep. You should remove dead leaves and other materials from the previous seasons to improve passage of air, nutrients, and water. This will help your zoysia lawn to return to its lush, green appearance after a season of dormancy.

If you have a confined turf area, you can remove this material best by setting the mower at a lower setting to cut at approximately one to two inches height and mowing the lawn in two directions (north to south and east to west). After doing this, use a spring or grass rake to remove all dead materials by vigorously raking. This will promote earlier growth by removing the shade provided by old leaf surface.

You can also use a de-thatcher as well, which will help simplify the project.

Zoysia: Fertilizing New Plugs


posted on April 27th, 2010 by

Amazoy Zoysia is known to grow in virtually any soil: clay, salty, sandy, and even rocky soils. So no matter what kind of soil is under your grass, it is pretty likely that zoysia will grow. But any grass can do with a little nourishment. If you are looking to speed up the process of plug establishment, fertilizer is a great place to start.

Fertilizing Zoysia PlugsIf you do decide that fertilizer is for you, one very important rule is be sure to NOT use granular fertilizers. These can be hazardous to your plugs and can destroy an established zoysia lawn. Using a water-soluble fertilizer, like Nutri-20, is the way to go. These types are better suited for zoysia grass and will help nourish them in the right ways. You can even use it for your garden; water-soluble fertilizers do wonders for vegetables, flowers, and shrubs, too.

Planting Zoysia Grass Plugs


posted on April 20th, 2010 by

Once you have ordered and received your Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs, your next step is actual planting. And with over five decades of experience in harvesting, packaging, delivery, and planting, we have this planting process down to a science. Before you begin planting, there are a few things to think about.

First, be sure it is the right time of year for you to plant. Zoysia can be planted throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but check out our map to see when is the premium season for your region. Next, you must finish separating the plugs with shears. This is because in our attempt to ensure maximum freshness for you, the plugs are not cut entirely through before shipment.

Finally, you must have a planting plan. Using our example diagram, plan where you are going to place your zoysia plugs. Holes should be made no more than a foot apart. If you want your new lawn to fill in more quickly, you can plant your plugs closer together (half a foot apart). When you are finally ready to put the plugs into the ground, consult the planting instructions that come with each order. But just in case you misplace them, you can follow the steps below.

Planting Instructions

1. Mow your existing lawn as low as possible.
2. Ensure that your ground is workable and moist enough for planting.
3. Once you have determined a starting point, insert the plugger into the ground to remove established grass. You can also drill a hole, depending on the tool you are using. Now you will have a hole for your plugs.
4. Put the zoysia plug in the hole you just created, filling in around the edges with loose soil. Make sure to only bury the roots, as the living plant needs sunlight to grow.
5. Lightly compress the plug into the ground with the heel of your foot or hand.
6. Water LIGHTLY.

To see the proper way to plant, check out this video:

Knowing Your Lawn: Soil


posted on April 6th, 2010 by

Keeping your lawn maintained and looking great starts with knowing what is underneath it: soil. You might think “dirt is dirt”, but in fact, soil can have quite the range. Being knowledgeable of what kind of soil you have in your yard will help you make the right choices for your lawn.

There are a few things you should be considering when thinking about soil and lawn care maintenance.

Test Your Soil

First, you should test your soil. Knowing what kind of soil you’ve got will help you know what nutrients you need. You can test your soil using a pH meter or a soil test kit.

Your pH meter will tell you the pH of your soil, which will range from 3 to 10 on the pH scale (see below). A 7 on the scale marks neutrality; any soil above that is considered basic or alkaline, while anything below is considered acidic. Most good soils will range from 5-7.

Discover Your Soil Type

After finding out the pH of your soil, you should grab a handful of your soil to discover the texture and type. If your handful of soil holds shape, it is clay-like. If it doesn’t it will be more sandy.

Clay like soil has a few advantages. It holds moisture and nutrients well, which means less time watering and less money spent on fertilizers. Despite this, there are a few disadvantages.

Clay like soil has poor drainage, allowing it to become oversaturated and deprive plants from the oxygen it needs. It can also warm slowly in spring, shortening the planting season. When it does dry, it can crust or crack, causing plant roots to tear.

Sandy soil has advantages. It drains easily and quickly, allowing for oxygen. It also is easily worked, and warms quickly in spring, allowing for quick planting. Despite these things, it also tends to have a low capacity for holding both moisture, needing more water and fertilizer. It is also subject to erosion.

An ideal soil is something in between sandy and clay like. To read more about soil types, click here.

Fix It

If you’ve got clay like or sandy soil, there are a few things you can do to alter it to your needs. Add a generous amount of organic matter, like compost, manure, or peat moss. Spread a layer, between 3 or 4 inches thick, over your existing soil. Then thoroughly incorporate it into your existing soil. Be sure to do this, because just adding a layer on top won’t help.

Remember, do add organic matter in moderation. Too much can be harmful and toxic to your lawn.

Your Soil and Zoysia Plugs

Luckily, zoysia can grow in a variety of soils. But it is always best to alter your soil before planting plugs. It will help encourage your zoysia lawn establish and grow hearty and lush.

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.

Plug Arrival: Best Time to Plant Your Plugs


posted on March 11th, 2010 by

Not surprisingly, the best time to plant your Amazoy Zoysia plugs is the same day they arrive to you. The plugs are living plants, so the sooner you plant them, the better. However, if you are unable to plant your Zoysia plugs right away, here are a few tips to keep them healthy until you can plant them.

1. Take the plugs out of the box and their plastic packaging.
2. Lay the plugs on a flat surface with the grass side facing up.
3. Keep your plugs in an area that does not get direct sunlight.
4. Keep your plugs well misted, about once a day, with water.

If you follow these four tips, you will have about two to three weeks to get them into your soil. Planting instructions are included in every order, or you can check out planting instructions here.