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posted on October 4th, 2013 by Zoysia Farms
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!
posted on February 15th, 2013 by Zoysia Farms
Many people do not realize that there are numerous strains of zoysia grass, all are a little different. Below are a few of the commonly used strains of zoysia to show you how they are different. Let’s start with Amazoy our name for Meyers, Z-52 the original zoysia grass.
Amazoy – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, very tight growth pattern, low maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and very cold tolerant but will not suffer winter damage from cold. Is usually planted as plugs, can be laid as sod.
Emerald – Fine leaf blade, dark green color, tight growth pattern, high maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and warm weather only, cold weather can damage it, is usually planted professionally as sod, can be planted as plugs.
Zenith – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, tight growth pattern, drought resistant, average maintenance, moderate shade tolerance, good cold tolerance, usually planted by seed (recommended to be done by professionals) can be planted by plugs.
Let’s compare, Amazoy has a medium leaf blade, grows very tight (crowds out weeds the best), giving it the feel of walking on a deep carpet, low maintenance. Only needs mowing a few times during the season; Amazoy is very drought resistant, therefore requires less watering. Amazoy will grow in partial shade and can withstand cold temperatures, up to 30 below.
Emerald has a fine leaf, tight growth pattern, (not as tight as Amazoy), requires high maintenance. It requires about 1 ½ inches of water a week and mowing about every 7 to 10 days, will grow in partial shade, but only grows well in warm weather.
Zenith has a medium blade, tight growth pattern, drought resistant and is fairly cold tolerant. Zenith is usually planted from seed however you must have a bare seedbed, if planted within an existing lawn there is a high failure rate. Can only be planted from spring to early summer and must be kept moist at least 15 to 25 days and then watered at least once a day for the next 8 to 10 weeks. Seeding is recommended for professionals only.
posted on February 1st, 2013 by Zoysia Farms
What is the right grass for you?
With so many different types of grasses available, how do you know what grass is right for you? There are several different aspects you will need to consider. First you need to decide what kind of grass you are going to plant, fescue, rye, Bermuda, St. Augustine, zoysia, etc. Be sure to check on the different strains the grasses have, each one is a little different.
It is best to look at the main characteristic such as, how is the grass planted; seed, plugs, sod, etc. Consider what you want from your grass, such as color, maintenance, water requirements, growth pattern, blade size, dormancy, reproduction and durability as well as cost.
- Color – Some are a light green, deep green, dark green, blue green, etc.
- Maintenance – How much is required? How frequent does the lawn need to be mowed, watered, fertilized, weed control applied, etc.
- Watering requirements - Is the grass drought resistant? Does your area have water restrictions? What is the average amount of water the grass requires?
- Blade Size and texture - Do you want a thin blade, medium blade or wide blade? Do you want a grass that feels course, soft grass or a grass that feels like carpet?
- Growth pattern - Is the grass a spreading grass or does it need to be reseeded each year?
- Seasons – Do you want a grass that will stay green all summer, then you want a “warm” weather grass. Do you want a cold weather grass that can brown out in summer during extreme heat but stays green in the winter?
- Durability – How much wear and tear can the grass tolerant? Will it hold up to children and pets?
- Slopes – Do you want a grass with low maintenance and good erosion control or seed the area and hope the seeds take before washing away?
There is a lot to consider and research, however remember your lawn is something you will want to enjoy for a long, long time. The right decision can make a huge difference!
posted on October 14th, 2010 by John
Grasscycling is a simple and “green” way to nourish your Zoysia lawn. This process is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil to nourish your Zoysia lawn.
Advantages of Grasscycling
- No bagging or raking of the lawn required.
- Plastic bags full of lawn clippings don’t end up in the landfill.
- Clippings help your Zoysia lawn reach its fertilizing needs, reducing both time and money spent fertilizing.
- Grasscycling reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, reducing pollution to the environment and chemicals in your yard.
- Does not cause thatch, making your lawn more durable.
How to Grasscycle Effectively
- Cut up to 1/3 of the leaf surface while mowing, but no more.
- Mow when the lawn is dry.
- Mow using a sharp mower blade. Dull blades bruise and tear at grass, leading to a ragged tip on the top of the blade.
- Aerate your lawn. This will open up the soil and increase the movement of water, fertilizer, and air by speeding up decomposition of the grass clippings and enhancing deep root growth.
- Follow the lawn care schedule for your type of Zoysia grass.
Grasscycling is environmentally responsible, and an opportunity for homeowners to reduce their waste while saving both time and energy. For more information about what you can do to protect the environment while caring for your Zoysia lawn, learn about organic lawn care.
posted on September 15th, 2010 by Zoysia Farms
As the temperature gets cooler and we get closer to the fall season, it’s important to continue caring for your Zoysia lawn. Using these techniques to maintain your grass will get you the best results throughout all seasons of the year.
Mow - During the spring and summer, Zoysia should be cut at the lower setting on your mower to remove dead leaf tissue. By September, this is unnecessary and the mower blade height should be raised by 1/2 to 1 inch for fall.
Aerate Your Lawn – To keep your Zoysia grass healthy, you should aerate your lawn each spring and fall. This helps prevent compaction of the soil and aids in preventing and removing thatch problems.
Dethatch - Zoysia grass can accumulate thatch because of its tough stem tissue. Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Dethatching helps keeps the turf healthy by moving excess vegetation from the thatch layer.
Avoid Fertilization – Fertilizing your lawn in the fall (after August) may interfere with the natural hardening process which takes place before winter. Instead of fertilizing, leave your Zoysia in its natural state of preparation for the winter dormant period.
Zoysia responds dramatically well when treated with the right care. By following the plan for watering, fertilizing, mowing, weeding, and maintaining a clean lawn, your Zoysia will develop into a beautiful and inviting thick lawn.
posted on July 7th, 2010 by Steve Schug
Most grasses only require an inch of water per week, and with zoysia grass, that is even less. Be wary of how much you are watering; too much can be bad for your lawn and your wallet.
To give the grass the water it needs, water in the early morning or evening so that less evaporation occurs. Also, think about using rain barrels to reduce dependence on your town or city’s water source. It can also save you money.
While electric mowers can save gas emissions, they still use up energy resources. Try using a reel mower. While older reel mowers might have a bad reputation, newer reel mowers have sharp blades and cut just as well as electric
Next time you think to buy fertilizer for your lawn, consider leaving lawn clippings. Lawn clippings can provide as a great natural fertilizer and don’t cause thatch buildup.
When adding nutrient to alter your soil, make sure that you are using organic products like organic lime or elemental sulfur. This will help your soil absorb sunlight and water the appropriate way, ultimately conserving resources.
posted on June 15th, 2010 by Steve Schug
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?
posted on June 1st, 2010 by Steve Schug
In 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.
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.
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.
posted on May 18th, 2010 by John
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted on May 5th, 2010 by Steve Schug
Zoysia grass is a great solution for low-maintenance lawn care. But occasional upkeep is necessary, but not difficult. Although mowing is less frequent with Zoysia, cutting your lawn can help it looking healthy and lush.
Newly Planted Plugs
It is important to give newly planted plugs the time they need to establish. With that being said, you should NOT mow newly planted plugs for at least one month. After green growth is apparent, cut the grass at your highest lawn mower setting for the first few times. Be sure to use a sharp rotary or reel mower.
Amazoy’s slow growth rate and spreading process really helps decrease the amount of mowing you have to do. Ordinary grasses require mowing about once a week, whereas our Amazoy zoysia requires about once a month, if that!
But when you do have to mow, there aren’t any secret tricks. While Amazoy can be cut below one inch, the mowing height of two to three inches is much preferred, and ensuring that the blade is sharp will make a lawn look its best. A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade.
Zoysia’s low maintenance upkeep allows you more time to enjoy your lawn and less time working on it.