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Planting Tools for Zoysia


posted on April 22nd, 2017 by

Planting Zoysia is a very simple but sometimes time-consuming process depending on the tools that you have.  The holes for our Zoysia plugs only need to be about 1 ½” deep. Watering before digging the holes will soften the ground and make the process a little easier. Gardeners may decide to purchase new tools that are specifically made for their project, or they may decide that their current tools are just as helpful. Over the years, we have heard many different stories about which tools have been most successful for our customers, and we would like to share them with the world.

4″ Power Auger

To start off, you must determine what you are planting before figuring out which tools to use. We sell many different planting tools that are specifically made for planting our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grass in its different forms.

30″ Stand-Up Auger

For our pre-cut Super Plugs, the best tools to use would be our augers that attach to a 3/8” drill. We either have the 30” stand-up auger or the 4” power auger. The stand-up auger allows the user to remain standing. The 4” auger does require you to bend over while using it, but you do get to maintain better control of it. Both augers have a piece on the bottom that is about 2” in diameter. To make the hole big enough for our 3×3” Super Plugs, you just have to move the augers around in the ground until the hole is the appropriate size. Both augers provide a faster and easier way to plant the plugs.

30″ Step-On Plugger

For our Freestyle Plugs, you cut the 10×15” sheets yourself. You can cut the plugs as small as 1” or as big as you like. We do sell a 30” step-on plugger to make the holes for 1” plugs. This tool is designed for the smallest and most economical plugs. Our garden shears that we sell are also useful in cutting the sheets. You can even cut the freestyle sheets into strips and plant them that way. To do this, you would want to use a flat-edge spade and dig a trench big enough for the strips to fit into.

Floral Shears

If you are not looking to purchase new tools, we have come across other household items you may use in place of our tools. To cut the freestyle sheets, customers have been known to use a sharp knife. Others have used a paper-cutter, a saw blade, and even a sharpened pizza cutter. When making the holes for the plugs, customers have used a simple garden spade or even a bulb planter. In conclusion, gardeners may use any tools that they wish to get their Zoysia planted. Some tools may be more efficient than others but all should be helpful.

Which Cut of Zoysia is Right for Me?


posted on March 30th, 2017 by

Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell the Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grass. Throughout the years, we have taken our customers’ advice and decided to cut our grass in ways that would work best for them. We have three different cuts of our Zoysia: the freestyle plugs, the super plugs, and sod. Even though they are all the exact same type of Zoysia grass, they do have many differences when planting.

Freestyle Sheets

To start off, the freestyle plugs come in a 10×15” sheet that you must cut yourself into plugs. Customers decided that they would rather cut the plugs to their own preferred size and shape. Some believed that 1” plugs were too small to plant, but others love the economy of the 1” plugs. This sheet is not sod, so it cannot be laid down on top of your existing lawn; it will not grow that way. The sheet must be planted. Because Zoysia spreads by the edges, the Zoysia would fill in much faster if cut into smaller plugs. For example: when planting the whole sheet (the roots of the sheet must be covered), the Zoysia can only spread from 4 edges totaling 50 linear inches of spreading; whereas if you cut the sheet into 1” plugs, you will have 600 linear inches for the Zoysia to spread from. The freestyle plugs are more work because you must cut them yourself, but they are the most economical and best value of grass that we sell.

Pre-Cut 3×3″ Super Plugs

Next up is our pre-cut super plugs. These plugs are cut into 3×3” pieces already for you to plant. Because they are bigger, you can actually plant these plugs up to 24” apart rather than 12” like we normally recommend. These plugs are more expensive, but they take a lot of the hard work away from planting. When purchasing the super plugs, there are 15 plugs in each tray. Those plugs can cover up to 60 square feet if planted 24” apart. Both the freestyle plugs and the super plugs can be planted within your existing lawn, causing little to no preparation. Normally they both take about 2-3 years to overtake an entire lawn. The growth of Zoysia depends on your soil, the length of your growing season, and how close together you plant the plugs. Having sandy soil, a long-growing season, and planting plugs 3” apart will produce a lawn the fastest.

Lastly, our final cut of Zoysia is our Zoysia sod. The sod is harvested into 10×15” pieces just like the freestyle plugs mentioned before. However, you must clear out your existing lawn before laying the sod down. This is the most expensive cut of our Zoysia and also requires the most preparation beforehand. However, sod allows you to have immediate coverage. Also, we only ship sod to a 200-mile radius of our location in Taneytown, Maryland. Therefore, it is not available throughout the United States. Plugs however are shipped throughout the U.S. except WA, OR, HI, and AK. Overall, all of our cuts of Zoysia that we harvest are Amazoy Meyer Zoysia. Be sure to look at all of your options before making your final decision.

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!

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Gardeners


posted on December 12th, 2016 by

Are you trying to find the perfect gift for your loved one that enjoys gardening? Well you’ve come to the right place! Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell many products that any gardener can use to plant various items such as grasses and plants. Because it is too late to plant our Zoysia at this time of year, our tools and other products will ship out much faster than usual. We wanted to give you a list of products that would make a great gift this holiday season. Feel free to also check out our website for further prices and information at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/.

To start off, we sell two planting packs that include numerous items for a great price. We sell the advanced planting pack which includes floral shears, Atlas Nitrile gardening gloves, Nutri-20 fertilizer, a hose-end sprayer, and our 4” Amazoy power auger. The other planting pack that we sell is the ultimate planting pack which comes with soft grip shears, Thrive, a pH meter, Nutri-20 fertilizer, a hose-end sprayer, automatic water shut-off, gardening gloves, and our 30” stand-up power auger. These planting packs are a great way to get your gardener all of the tools they will need to plant, and they ship free! Check out the planting packs at http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/category.jsp?id=1.

If your gardener does not need all of those items, you can purchase items separately from those lists. For example, our pH meter will help you test the acidity of your soil and can be purchased separately. It does not need batteries to operate and only takes seconds to give you an accurate reading. Moisture meters are great gifts for gardeners as well. They will give you an accurate reading for indoor plants as well as outdoor plants. They also come with a moisture guide to explain what the correct levels of moisture should be for different plants. Even items as simple as knee pads, gloves, or small spades can be good gift ideas for a gardener. We also carry unique blends of seeds for flowers and herbs you can purchase for next year’s planting. Feel free to check out our website for more descriptions on each product, and we hope that you will find the perfect gift for your gardeners this holiday season!

Part 11 of Methods to Start or Switch to a Zoysia Lawn


posted on May 16th, 2016 by

 

One of the biggest decisions in starting or switching your lawn to a zoysia lawn is deciding on which method to use.   There are several different ways to start your new lawn. The most common ways are plugs, seeds or sod.

Part 1 we went over some of the advantages and disadvantages of using plugs to start a zoysia lawn. Part Two, this week, we will go over seed and sod.

Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using zoysia seed and sod.

                                             Zoysia Seed

  • Advantages
  • Quicker to fill in
  • Less time needed to plant

 

  • Disadvantages
  • Must have a tilled, level seed bed
  • More expensive initially than plugs less than sod
  • Needs Lots of Water
  • Small Percentage of seed germinates
  • Overall growth can be uneven
  • Less winter hardy
  • Has a shortest planting period each year  

 

  • Zoysia Sod
  • Advantages
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  • Longer planting season
  • Less watering same as plugs

 

  • Disadvantages
  • Most Expensive
  • Must have a tilled, level bed
  • Must be planted right away
  • Heavy repetitive lifting
  • Most labor intensive

The Benefits of a Nice Lawn When Selling Your House


posted on March 24th, 2016 by

Curb appeal of a house is often reflected in the aesthetics and functionality of your lawn. This can determine whether the buyer wants to look further into your sale. If the landscaping is not great it can detour many potential buyers from even looking at the inside of your home.

Part of the American dream is a beautiful, well-manicured lawn that is weed free and ready for use.   You can have that lawn.  Depending on the type of grass you have will determine how much maintenance is needed to achieve and maintain the lawn.ZoysiaLawn

Amazoy zoysia grass produces a very thick, lush green lawn that is very pleasing to look at and inviting to walk on. Starting a new lawn takes time, so it is best to start as soon as possible.   Once an Amazoy zoysia lawn is fully established it requires little maintenance. Less mowing than most grasses, is very drought tolerate so it requires little watering and one of the great benefits of this grass is its tight growth pattern which chokes out most summer weeds.  All of this will reduce the cost of maintenance.

If you are thinking about putting your house up for sale or want to be prepared in the future to sell your home, you would want to improve the curb appeal as soon as possible. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.

Making a List for Success


posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Making a list

The year seems to have flown by, there are only 21 days left in 2015. Time seems to get away from us before we know it. Usually, at the end of the year we look back and are happy with the projects we completed and wonder why we didn’t get the other projects finished.

Many of our projects can only be done outside which limits our time to complete them. Making a list of the steps needed to complete a project can help to keep you on track. You can actually start the list now. For instance, if you want to beautify your lawn, you would need to assess the yard. What are you hoping to accomplish, are there bare spots in the lawn that need to be filled in? Do you want to switch the type of grass in your lawn or does it just need some maintenance?

Once you decide what the project will be,then you need to start a list of steps to accomplish the task. Such as, how large are the spots or size of your lawn? This will help you decide how much material such as plugs, seed or sod you will need to cover the areas. Next you would need to see what steps are needed to make sure the grass is successful. For instance, are there any amendments that need to be made to the soil? Is the product you are considering compatible with your growing condition, such as amount of sunlight, soil pH and drainage?

Check all the labels and make sure anything that you apply to the area is safe for the grass you have chosen. Be careful and follow the label instructions on when to apply and the waiting period after applying before planting. Once planted, how much and how often does the grass need to watered? How long to limit traffic on the area? When do you fertilize, etc.?

Having all of the information prepped and checking when the needed products will be available even possibly having some of the products ready will allow you to start as soon as the weather allows.

Make achieving your 2016 projects possible by planning now for success later.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

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!