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The Secrets to Mowing Zoysia Grass


posted on April 24th, 2018 by

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia is a slow-growing grass. When planting at a foot apart, it can take up to 2-3 growing seasons for plugs to completely fill in. Bigger plugs or planting closer together will speed the fill-in process. Much depends on the length of your growing season. Also, the benefit to this slow growth rate is that you will not have to mow nearly as often as you would for other grasses. Zoysia actually only needs to be mowed one time for every three times many other grasses must be cut. However, we have some tips to help you achieve the healthiest Zoysia lawn whenever it comes to mowing.

To start off, Zoysia spreads in a lateral manner, putting its energy into growing thick and lush rather than just tall. This explains why you do not need to mow Zoysia as often as other grasses. However, the first step is to be sure that your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades tend to rip the grass ends, and they do not actually cut the grass. Whenever this occurs, your lawn may look a yellowish color. Ragged grass blades take up more water resulting in a possible increase in disease. The type of mower is less important. Sharp blades are the keys to success.

Whenever you are mowing, be sure that you do not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. Zoysia does best whenever the grass is 1 ½” to 3” tall. It is possible to maintain your Zoysia lawn as low as ½”, but you just want to be sure that you are not scalping the lawn.

Whenever you are mowing, you do not have to worry about picking up the grass clippings either. Studies have shown that the grass clippings add more nitrogen to your soil causing a decrease in fertilizer use. Whenever the Zoysia goes dormant for the winter months, it is not necessary to mow or to perform any other maintenance. Low-maintenance is one of the top reasons why homeowners prefer a Zoysia lawn.

Organic Products to Use on Zoysia


posted on April 24th, 2018 by

Have you been looking for ways to improve your Zoysia lawn, but are unsure of what products are safe? Zoysia Farms is a great source as they only sell Zoysia-safe products. They have many easy to use, organic products that can benefit your beautiful, established Zoysia lawn with a little help from your hose.

  • Liquid Thatch Remover– Lawn thatch is the layer of (mainly) dead turfgrass tissue lying between the green vegetation of the grass above and the root system and soil below. Thatch prevents oxygen and water from reaching the root system. This product can solve your thatch problem in just 2-3 months. It turns the thatch in your lawn into a rich, organic fertilizer, which eliminates the need for power raking. The product itself however contains no fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. This is safe for use around pets and does not interfere with other lawn treatments. One container will treat 5,000 square feet and should be applied three times per year if you have a thatch issue. Just be sure that the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees before applying. This product is not available for use in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Minnesota.

  • Turf Thrive– This product allows you to grow beautiful grass in dry areas or if you want to use less water. It strengthens the roots of your grass and stimulates growth. The increased root structure can then lessen evaporation, which results in less watering. It improves fertilizer effectiveness and is also pet-friendly. One container will cover 5,000 square feet and can be applied three times per year. For best results, you should apply the product in the evening followed by a light watering. Again, be sure that the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees. This product is not available for use in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Minnesota either.

  • Café Lime Organic Liquid Lime- Lastly, a common soil issue is too much acidity. This product reduces the acidity in your soil and acts as a quick soil pH buffer. For Zoysia, the best pH range is between 6 and 7, so this product should be used if the pH is below 6. It provides essential ingredients for increased photosynthesis as well. One quart represents 125 pounds of bagged lime and will treat approximately 16,000 square feet.

 

Overall, there are more and more organic products that are Zoysia-safe and can help improve your lawn within a short period of time. Feel free to check out Zoysia Farms’ website for other organic products that are not listed in this blog, which can eliminate pests and fungi from your lawn as well.

Amazoy Zoysia Will Grow in Your Soil!


posted on March 27th, 2018 by

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grows in a variety of soil conditions. Although it thrives in some better than others, it will do great in almost all soil types. Zoysia thrives whenever the pH of your soil is neutral (between 6 and 7), and it can prosper in all of these soil types:


• Clay Soil- Amazoy Zoysia has strong roots which are able to penetrate dense, clay soil and create air passages for good root development. The Zoysia we harvest here in Maryland is actually grown in red clay soil.
• Rock-Like Soil- Plugs will grow in rock-like soils and granite soils that seeds will not. Just be sure to mix a little top soil in the hole when planting the plugs.
• Salty Soil- Zoysia is very salt tolerant, so it is recommended for coastlines where salty, sandy soils are often found. It even does well near roads and driveways that are salted to melt winter ice and snow.
• Sandy Soil- Amazoy Zoysia plugs grow especially well in sandy soil because there is much airspace that allows Zoysia’s roots to penetrate, providing quicker root development. We also harvest some of our grass from our farm in Delaware, which comes with sandier soil. Zoysia’s drought tolerance makes it ideal for sandy soils as well.


Zoysia will grow well in a variety of soil conditions; however soil type is not the only consideration. If you are planting near trees or have recently had trees removed, you should certainly check the pH of your soil. Feel free to check out our pH meter to assist you with this, which can be found at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=40BE&cat=3. As long as you have the acceptable pH and you are sure that your area gets 2-3 hours of direct sunlight per day, the Zoysia should be successful in your lawn.

10 Secrets for Successfully Planting Economical Zoysia Plugs


posted on March 27th, 2018 by

  1. Mow your existing lawn and weeds to the lowest setting before planting plugs.
  2. Do not be alarmed if the plugs arrive brown and dry. This is perfectly normal for Zoysia because the plugs tend to revert into a dormant state during the shipping process.
  3. Do not leave the grass in the shipping container for more than 2-3 days after receipt.
  4. Make sure the planting area gets at least 2-3 hours of direct sunlight for the plugs to thrive.
  5. Dampen the grass sheets before cutting with a sharp tool of your choice.
  6. Put the roots of the plug within the hole you have created and make the plugs even with your existing lawn. Only cover the roots, not the entire plug.
  7. Step on each plug firmly to make sure the roots are in contact with the soil. You will not harm the plugs.
  8. Using a gentle spray, water the plugs every day for the first 3 weeks after planting. After that initial 3 weeks, you must stop watering completely. Too much water will kill the Zoysia. Continuing to water after 3 weeks is the #1 reason plugs fail.
  9. Only use water-soluble spray-on products on Zoysia, never dry granular.
  10. Do not use any weed control on the plugs for at least 45 days after planting.

Zoysia-Safe Weed Killers


posted on February 28th, 2018 by

Once established, Amazoy Zoysia can overtake many of the pesky weeds that try to invade your beautiful lawn. Zoysia grows very thick and dense, so crabgrass and most summer weed seeds are unable to germinate.

However, whenever you first plant Zoysia, it needs some time to spread to be able to crowd out the weeds. Here at Zoysia Farms, we have researched and recently introduced a few different types of weed killers that are Zoysia-safe and will help keep your lawn weed-free while it gets fully established.

  • Bonide Weed Beater Ultra– This new weed killer is mainly used for broadleaf weeds as well as over 200 of the most common weeds. It is ready to use in its pump and spray container, which eliminates any mixing. The container holds 1.33 gallons of the product, so that is enough to kill thousands of weeds. This is not for sale in Alaska or Hawaii. As stated above, it is also safe for Zoysia, so it will only harm the weeds not your lawn.

 

  • Season-Long Weed Control– We have recently introduced this weed control, which kills and prevents over 200 lawn weeds. It conveniently attaches to your hose for an easy application. It is designed to kill the weeds you can see and the seeds you can’t see. It may be used in spring, summer, or fall. This product protects your lawn for up to six months, and you can see results within 48 hours. One container will cover up to 7500 square feet, and it should be used whenever the grass is green (post-dormancy). This product is not for sale in New York.

 

  • Gluten-8 Organic Herbicide- This product is water-soluble and is derived from corn gluten meal. It prevents weed seeds from germinating, and it helps lawns better compete with other annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. Two quarts treat approximately 2000 square feet, and it conveniently attaches to your hose for an easy application.

 

Attacking the weeds before they start producing seeds is the key to eliminating these nuisances. Weed identification is always a challenge, but most weed killers are formulated to get rid of a broad range of weeds. If you are having trouble identifying the weeds in your lawn, feel free to check out these sites for additional information: The Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide http://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~flessner/weedguide/, the University of California Weed Photo Gallery http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/weeds_all.html , and the University of Minnesota Extension Service “Is this plant a weed?” https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/weed/ .

Overall, our Amazoy Zoysia is able to stand up to most invading lawn weeds. It just needs some time to become established enough to fight those weeds. We have introduced these products to help protect your Zoysia lawn and allow it to be weed-free right from the start. Being Zoysia-safe eliminates the worry of using a product that may be harmful to your grass.

Aerating Your Zoysia Lawn:


posted on September 5th, 2017 by

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. Many people do this to alleviate compacted soil in their lawns. Although it isn’t necessary, it can be very beneficial to your grass. Below we have listed some reasons to help you figure out if your lawn is a good candidate for aeration.

Soil is Heavily Compacted- If you get very heavy traffic on your lawn, it should be aerated during the growing season. If you have children or pets running over your yard, this can cause soil to be heavily compacted.

Newly Constructed Home– If you just moved into a newly constructed home, usually the construction equipment has caused the soil to become heavily compacted. Normally the topsoil from a newly constructed lawn is stripped or buried, and the subsoil is destroyed by the construction taking place.

Dries Out Easily– If your lawn dries out easily and feels spongy, you should aerate. Sometimes this means that you could have a heavy thatch build-up. You can always test this by digging out a piece of your lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch build-up is greater than ½”, you should aerate.

For Zoysia, the best time to aerate is in the late spring. This way, the grass will be able to heal and take over the parts that you removed from the lawn.  You should also make sure that the ground is soft and moist before aerating. It is normally efficient to aerate the day after a nice rain. You can either use a spike aerator which pokes little holes in the ground with a fork-like tool or a plug aerator which removes larger pieces from the ground for better results. Plug aerators are usually more successful for a lawn. Remember to continue the normal care for your lawn after you have aerated.  Aerating is not necessary, but it can be very helpful in the long run.

Solution for Spreading Zoysia:


posted on August 18th, 2017 by

Amazoy Zoysia is great for filling in slopes and bare spots in your lawn. It is known to grow in all types of soils and in a wide range of climates. Once established, the deep root system and the thickness of the turf causes it to heal itself when faced with common lawn issues. Because Zoysia spreads once it gets started, it is known to start creeping into flower beds and sometimes your neighbor’s lawn if you do not take the right precautions. Do not worry because there is a solution!

The safest solution is to put a plastic or metal border at least six inches deep into the ground to prevent the Zoysia from spreading. Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell the Easy-Edge Lawn Edging as well as a Step-On Edger to help you put it down. The edging stops the Zoysia from spreading into flower beds, neighbors’ lawns, and even driveways. It is very simple to install too as you can see from this video on our website, http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=7F6E&cat=3. This product withstands -30 degree temperatures and will last for many years to come.

If you did not take the right precautions in time and Zoysia has already crept into an unwanted area, there are a few ways you can get rid of it. The first way would be to spray Round-Up on the Zoysia when it is green. Keep in mind that the Round-Up will kill anything that you have sprayed. Do not soak the grass; just give it a light mist with the product. If the Zoysia that you are trying to destroy is too established, the only other option would be to try to dig up the Zoysia. This can be a very time-consuming project, so that is why it is very important to take the correct precautions before it gets too late.

In conclusion, Zoysia is a very hardy grass. It can be the solution to fix many common lawn issues with its spreading ability. Even though this is great for Zoysia lovers, sometimes it can be difficult to get rid of if it spreads into unwanted areas. It is best to take precautions when you start planting to prevent the Zoysia from invading undesirable spaces. It is always best to plan ahead!

Need Help with Pests in Your Lawn?


posted on July 24th, 2017 by

As temperatures become warmer, Zoysia is beginning to green back up for a new year of growth. Unfortunately, those pesky insects and other pests are starting to appear as well. Zoysia is very resistant to the effects of most insects and diseases. It also resists injury from most chemicals when pest control is needed. Whether you have Zoysia or any other grass, do not worry because we have the solution to these pest issues!

At one time, society could only trap and relocate the mammals invading their lawn. Pesky animals like moles, voles, and armadillos would be able to dig holes and even burrow in their lawn before they were able to do anything. Now, we have products you can use just by attaching them to your hose! Here, we sell a Mole & Vole Repellent as well as Armadillo Repellent. One bottle covers up to 3,000 square feet and protects for up to 3 months.  We also sell deer repellent and rabbit repellent if you have issues with those animals in your lawn as well.

Sometimes, insects can be invading your lawn during this time of year too. Normally, this will not be an issue for Zoysia grass, but insects can do much damage to many other grasses. Our Essential-1 Organic Pesticide will protect against ants, chinch bugs, mole crickets, Japanese beetles, bees, mites, and many more. It even leaves behind a nice smell of cedar too.

Overall, do not worry if you have pests in your lawn; everyone does! Planting Zoysia will help to reduce damage and even eliminate your time spent trying to destroy these nuisances. Feel free to check out our website for more information on our products to help as well. Each product is safe for your children, pets, and environment but will still do the job. Just attach the bottle to your hose, and you will have the problem solved in no time.

Fertilizing Your Zoysia Lawn with Nutri-20:


posted on May 19th, 2017 by

Although Zoysia can prosper in most soils, it can still be helpful to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizing your Zoysia lawn can help speed up growth and improve the color, as well as giving the grass nutrients. However, it is only safe to apply a water-soluble fertilizer to our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia. Granular fertilizers are known to burn the runners of the Zoysia causing it to die out in some areas. Your lawn will be the healthiest if you fertilize it once a year in late May or early June.

Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell a fertilizer specifically made for our Amazoy Zoysia; this product is called Nutri-20. It is even safe to use on other plants, vegetables, etc. The easiest way to apply it is by using a hose-end sprayer. We do sell the Chameleon hose-end sprayer that will cover 350 square feet of lawn with fertilizer. Just put one cup of Nutri-20 in the sprayer, fill it to the top with water, shake it up, and set the dial to 1.5 oz-2 oz. before spraying. When the sprayer is empty, this means your job is complete. One bag of Nutri-20 will actually cover a total of 4,000 square feet if used properly. When fertilizing other garden plants, Nutri-20 should still be dissolved in water. You should only use one teaspoon of Nutri-20 per gallon of water.

Chameleon Hose-End Sprayer

Fertilizing your lawn with Nutri-20 comes with so many benefits. You will have a healthier lawn in less than 60 minutes after applying. All plant foods must be dissolved in water before plants are able to accept them, and because Nutri-20 is applied with water, this helps to speed up the nutrient intake. Nutri-20 can even save your plants from “root-rot” and help them recover from diseases as well.

Overall, fertilizing your Zoysia lawn can result in a greener and healthier lawn. Our Nutri-20 fertilizer allows customers to save their declining plants and also to boost their already successful lawns. Just remember to always use water-soluble fertilizers on Zoysia grass, and you will have the healthiest and greenest lawn in your neighborhood.

Acidity & How to Cope


posted on May 3rd, 2017 by

The acidity of soil can sometimes hinder the growth of plants.  Phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium can become much less available to plants when soil is acidic. Also, the levels of other harmful elements such as aluminum can increase, causing toxicity.

Acidification is a natural process but can also be sped up by many factors. Nitrogen in fertilizer and the breakdown of organic matter can speed up the process causing an issue for Zoysia grass. Applying lime will help to maintain the soil to the appropriate levels for plant growth, providing a solution. Before applying, you will want to test the pH of the soil. You should not apply lime without doing so because too much lime can be just as harmful as too little.

Soil pH is a measurement of the acidity in soil. In general, most plants thrive when the pH levels are between 5.8 and 6.5 pH. Zoysia thrives when the pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0 pH. When the levels are below 6.0 pH, plant growth is limited by aluminum toxicity. When they are above 7.0 pH, manganese and zinc become less available.  Liming helps to lower the acidity of the soil causing better growth for plants. One application can last for two to three years, and it should be applied two to four weeks before planting new grass or plants. If you find that your soil is too alkaline, you can apply sulfur to raise the acidity.

Liming supplies calcium and magnesium to the soil. It can come in different forms. The most time-efficient and easiest form for gardeners is liquid lime. Our organic Café Lime here at Zoysia Farms comes in liquid form that is sprayed on with an attached hose-end sprayer. It improves major nutrient uptake and can boost the pH by as much as one point in as little as 10 days. Powdered lime and pelletized lime are other options but tend to be more expensive and more difficult to apply. All are effective in reducing soil acidity however. Overall, lime is very effective in treating the acidity in soils. It can also produce many benefits such as a healthier, disease-resistant lawn. Be sure to apply lime when necessary, so you can achieve the greenest lawn in your neighborhood.