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Is that Rust on My Lawn?


posted on August 16th, 2018 by

Have you been noticing an orange or yellowish powder on your grass blades? If so, it is possible that “rust” has caused this discoloration. This is a fungus which while not attractive, rarely kills grasses. It tends to occur in late summer, early fall whenever the weather is dry. It usually develops on grasses that grow very slowly, like Zoysia. Depending on the “rust”, it may appear as a yellow, red, or brown color.

If you start noticing a color change on your lawn, get down to examine the blades closely. If the culprit is rust, you will notice powdery, rust spores on the grass blades. They will easily rub off on your hand. It is regularly spread by air, water, shoes, or lawn equipment. If you are also having excessive rain for a long period of time, rust outbreaks are more common once conditions dry out.

There are ways to eliminate a rust problem. First, you should maintain your grass by properly watering, mowing, and fertilizing. You should water early in the day, so the grass will dry quickly. If you have thatch built up, you should get rid of that as well. Lastly, by pruning your trees and shrubs, you will allow good airflow over the rust site, which will assist you in defeating it in time.

Overall, rust can develop in your lawn for a number of reasons. Most of the reasons are based on the weather conditions, which you unfortunately cannot control. Do not worry though because there are many ways that you can eliminate rust without the use of harmful products. There are organic fungicides now available. Natural growth is the best solution; however a little fertilizer will speed that process.

Amazoy-Endorsed Zoysia Seed


posted on June 5th, 2018 by

Zoysia seed is a good alternative way to start a Zoysia lawn. The main difference between plugs and seed is the need for a seed bed. Depending on the area and soil conditions, a good seed bed can be a labor-intensive undertaking. Zoysia seeds should only be planted when the temperatures are consistently above 70 degrees. The summer months are usually the best in northern areas, but late spring and early fall are possible further south.

With the seeds, you must clear out all of the existing lawn and weeds before creating a seed bed. You may use a non-selective herbicide to do so; Round-Up is usually commonly available. After all of the vegetation and dead debris has been cleared, you should rototill to a depth of 4-8 inches. You will want to rake the ground so that it is level before spreading the seeds.

Next, it is desirable to check the pH of your soil. Zoysia grows well whenever the pH is between 6 and 7. If you find that the pH is below 6, you should add lime to the soil. If it is above 7, you should add sulfur. Once the soil has been prepared, it is time to spread the seeds. Use a seed spreader to be sure the seeds are evenly distributed. You should not sprinkle the seeds around with your hands; it will not give you even distribution. Two pounds of our Zoysia seeds will cover 1,000-2,000 square feet.

Once the seeds have been laid, you should lightly rake and add some top soil to achieve good seed to soil contact. However, be sure that you do not bury the seeds by more than ¼ inch. The seeds need light to grow. If possible, roll the area smooth with a drum roller. Lastly, you should water immediately after planting. Continue watering daily or twice daily to keep the seeds and soil moist until you start to notice the green shoots. Whenever you start to notice the green shoots, you should water less often.

Overall, the Zoysia seeds require more care and maintenance opposed to the plugs. The seeds however will fill in faster than the plugs. Within a year’s time, you could achieve a full Zoysia lawn. If you are trying to achieve a full Zoysia lawn without a long wait period, this option would be the best for you.

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.

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 is Earth Friendly


posted on January 10th, 2018 by

Are you looking to have a beautiful lawn and want to help the environment? Amazoy Zoysia is the right choice for you! Zoysia is very earth friendly and can have a positive impact on the environment. It is also very low-maintenance, so once it’s established, there is less work to keep your lawn beautiful!

  • Because Zoysia is very low-maintenance, it can reduce fossil fuel use, water use and fertilizer applications. It also assists in filtering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, helping to clean the air we breathe.

 

  • Unlike most grasses, Zoysia grows well on slopes by reducing erosion from excessive water and high winds. It grows very densely and helps limit the movement of pesticides and nutrients to non-targeted sites such as rivers and streams.

  • Zoysia withstands temperatures up to 120 degrees, which reduces the need for water.

 

  • By absorbing the heat of the summer, Zoysia also reduces the air temperatures around your house, resulting in lower cooling costs as well.

 

  • Lastly, Zoysia requires less mowing than other grasses, which reduces your carbon footprint.

 

Easy to maintain Zoysia requires very little care and still manages to be safe for the environment. Once established, you can enjoy a beautiful Zoysia lawn while remaining earth-friendly.

Can Zoysia Overtake My Lawn?


posted on October 3rd, 2017 by

Bahia Grass

Because Zoysia is a spreading grass, it is known to overtake other grasses and weeds in all types of soil conditions. Overtime, we have researched exactly which types our customers are working with to determine if Zoysia is able to overtake their lawns. Below, we have created a list of the common grasses that Zoysia will take over. There are many more grasses that Zoysia can beat out, but here are just a few.

  • Bahia- This grass has a coarse blade and requires frequent mowing during hot weather. This grass does not do well on sandy embankments, whereas Zoysia thrives. Also, grassy weeds in Bahia grass can be difficult to get rid of.

    Bermuda Grass

  • Bermuda- This grass has a medium texture and turns brown with the first drop in temperature. Zoysia does not go dormant until after the first hard frost of the year. Also, once Bermuda grass is established, it is very hard to get rid of and actually grows flat. It also does not grow well in shady areas and needs to be watered weekly.

    Centipede Grass

  • Centipede- Due to severe iron deficiencies in the soil, this grass cannot grow in the western US; it thrives in moderately acidic soils. Hard freezes can kill the leaves of this grass, so it does not do well in areas that have intense winters. Also, this grass is very slow-growing and is not very salt tolerant. Zoysia is much better in these situations.

    St. Augustine Grass

  • St. Augustine- This grass does not tolerate a lot of traffic. It is a big thatch producer and requires much moisture. Because it is so aggressive, it must be mowed frequently to keep it under control. It cannot thrive in areas where temperatures dip below ten degrees for several hours. Zoysia is preferable because it requires so little water, less mowing, and is more cold tolerant.

    Kentucky Bluegrass

  • Kentucky Bluegrass– This grass will go dormant in hot, dry weather as well as during the cold winter months. It does very poorly in shaded areas and requires frequent watering to survive. Zoysia really thrives in hot and dry conditions and will remain green during summer heat.

    Rye grass

  • Rye– Annual varieties of this grass can’t be used as a permanent grass so it is generally used only for over-seeding your current lawn. It prefers cool environments where conditions are not too extreme. It requires very frequent watering as well.

 

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia can outdo almost every type of grass in most any situation. The grasses above are only a few of the common grasses that Zoysia can overtake. You can always take a sample of your lawn to a local nursery to determine what type of grass you have if you are unsure. Zoysia is a warm season grass and does go dormant during the winter months in northern states. Keep in mind that Zoysia is very slow-growing, so it can take about 2-3 years to completely take over these other grasses. The benefits though last for a lifetime.

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.

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.

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!