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posted on April 7th, 2016 by SecureAdminZ
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.
I will be going over some of the advantages and disadvantages for the different planting methods to start a zoysia lawn. Let’s start with plugs. Part Two (Next Week) we will go over seeds and sod.
Freestyle Plugs – You choose the size plug to cut
- Most cost efficient
- Ability to choose what size plugs to cut (anywhere from a 1 inch plug to a 3 inch plug)
- Most economical way to cover large areas
- Can be planted in an established lawn or bare soil
- More labor intense
- Plugs have to be separated using a sharp cutting tool
- Must make a hole in soil to place the plug in
- Longer to fill in
- New 3 inch by 3 inch plug
- Plugs are pre-cut
- Ready to plant
- Less time to plant
- Can be planted in an established lawn or bare soil
- Needs less watering
- More expensive
- Best used for smaller areas
- Must make a hole in soil to place the plug in
posted on December 11th, 2015 by SecureAdminZ
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!
posted on July 24th, 2015 by SecureAdminZ
In the long run planting living zoysia is always more successful than planting zoysia from seed. Now you have options on which size living plant to use, 1 inch, 3×3 inch super plugs or sod. What is the difference between these? The difference lies in the time, effort, money and how soon you want a full zoysia lawn. The same Amazoy zoysia grass is used in all of these methods.
One inch plugs are the most cost efficient way to go and best for larger areas. With these plugs you do have to finish separating the plugs which adds an additional step when planting. Planting one inch plugs takes more time and longer for your lawn to fill in when planted 12 inches apart.
The Super Plug, the three by three inch plug, is a better way to plant, however it is not as economical as the smaller plugs. The 3 inch x 3 inch plugs cut down on the time and effort in planting the plugs. The Super Plugs come already cut into 3 inch x 3 inch squares. All you have to do is take them out of the tray and place them right in the hole you have made, fill in around the roots, step on the plug and water.
No matter which way you decide to plant your zoysia lawn, all will provide a beautiful, full, thick carpet of Amazoy zoysia grass for decades to come.
posted on June 23rd, 2015 by SecureAdminZ
The stolon, often called a “runner”, is growing from the main plant. About every inch on the runner there is a small cluster. These clusters will eventually take a roothold and start to produce another plant. When the stolons finally come into contact with other stolons they will fill in the lawn making the grass thicker and fuller.
If the runners start to invade an area you do not want grass, such as, trying to grow over your sidewalk, driveway or in your flower bed, then you would need to trim or cut them. The cut stolon can even be replant in other areas you may want to add more grass too. Be sure the soil is loosened when replanting the runners and the little clusters are making contact with the soil. The runner will eventually take a roothold and start forming new plants.
posted on December 4th, 2014 by Zoysia Farms
Understanding how your Zoysia grows and spreads can help you to maintain and care for your lawn properly.
There are several parts to a zoysia plant. I am going to touch on some of the main parts, the crown, roots, rhizome, stolons, leaf blade and seedhead.
The crown is the main shaft of the plant which is attached to the tap roots. The tap roots can grow up to 2 feet long. The tap root is where the plant absorbs water under ground. Due to the long length of this root it can reach a lot of water that other grasses can not.
The crown also produces Rhizomes, which are roots that are underground about 4-5 inches and grow outward and upward, producing new plants. This is how the grass spreads underground.
From the crown stolons also form and run along the top of the soil. About every inch there is a small cluster, called a node. This node will eventually take a roothold forming a new plant. The stolons are how zoysia grass spreads above ground.
Most importantly, water, sunlight and nutrients are absorbed through the leaf blade and soil. These are past from the leaf blade down to the roots of the plant and then fed to the rest of the plant.
The seedhead usually does not grow if the grass is kept mowed. The seeds that are produced on most zoysia grasses are not used to propagate zoysia. The success rate is very low if at all. Successful zoysia lawns are most often grown from plugs, sprigs or sod.
posted on September 25th, 2014 by Zoysia Farms
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!
posted on March 11th, 2014 by Zoysia Farms
Why didn’t my plugs work, it says they will grow anywhere? When this question is asked we play detective to find the reason why. CSI Zoysia has a list of suspects, let’s investigate.
Suspect #1 – Left in the Box
Plant the plugs as soon as you can. If you cannot plant right away, that’s fine but the plugs must be taken out of the box, laid grass side up, kept out of the direct sunlight and sprinkled daily. The plugs can actually survive 2 to 3 weeds before planting if these steps are followed. Do not leave the grass in the box!
Suspect #2 – Gets Enough Sun
Before planting the grass check out the area and make sure it gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day or the plugs will not grow well.
Suspect #3 – Not Following Label Instructions
By not stopping and reading the label of products applied to your lawn, such as weed killers, fertilizers, etc you could end up with dead plugs. You want to check and be sure it is safe for zoysia grass, follow their recommend applications and waiting period before planting.
Suspect #4 – Too Much Water
Over watering is the Prime Suspect for the plugs to fail. Amazoy zoysia is very drought resistant, too much water can damage its root system. When first planted the plugs do need to be watered daily but only about 10 to 15 minutes once a day, for the first three weeks. Do not over water the plugs, this can kill them.
Suspect #5 – Covering the Plugs
Do not cover the entire plug. Only cover the roots of the plugs, leaving the blades above ground level. After covering the roots step on the plug firmly to eliminate any air pockets.
Suspect # 6 – Too Many Weeds
Until the plugs have completely filled in, they still need help with weed control. If you let the weeds take over, they can choke out the plugs. Once the plugs are established, they will choke out most summer weeds.
Making sure none of these suspects are threats to your plugs, you should start to see new green blades of grass growing from each plug and you are on your way to a beautiful zoysia lawn!
posted on January 14th, 2014 by Zoysia Farms
When Is The Best Time To Plant Zoysia?
Everyone knows fall is a great time to plant grass. No, I hear spring is the best and we all know you don’t plant during the hot summer months. Wait a minute this is Amazoy zoysia grass plugs!
The planting time for zoysia grass plugs is not the same as a lot of other types of grasses. Zoysia is one of the few grass that can be planted through the heat of summer. Zoysia loves the dry warm weather.
The best planting time is from early March to late September. Even though some states have milder temperatures than others, it is best not to plant in the late fall or winter months. With the changing weather patterns, you never know when you may get hit with a frost or cold weather that could harm newly planted plugs.
To make sure you are receiving quality plugs and they will be successful, our plugs are only shipped when the local planting times are best.
You can start to plant the plugs once you are past the threat of snow, ice or freezing temperatures and your ground is workable (thawed). You can continue to plant as long as the plugs are planted at least 45 days before the first hard fall frost. Yes, you can plant all summer long as long as you follow the watering instructions. The plugs need 10 to 15 minutes once a day for the first three weeks. After that you should only water if you are having drought type conditions, then no more than 2 to 3 times a week, again only for 10 to 15 minutes.
The sooner you get your plugs planted the sooner you will be on your way to a beautiful Amazoy zoysia lawn.
posted on February 25th, 2013 by Zoysia Farms
When you are ready to start your Amazoy zoysia lawn, the first thing you need to do is measure the area for the square footage. Following the steps below will assist you in calculating how many plugs you will need. We recommend 2 plugs per every square foot. Planting at this rate it will take about 1 to 1 1/2 seasons (years) for your zoysia plugs to completely fill in. You can increase or decrease the number of plugs per square foot, however this will alter the fill in time.
To determine the total number of plugs required, measure the length and width of the area to be covered. There is no need to be exact, getting the approximate length by width and adding a bit to both will ensure you order enough plugs. It may make it easier if you break the area down in sections, for example if you are planting your entire lawn your backyard would be one section, side lawn would be the second section and front lawn would be the third section.
Once you have the measurements, enter them in our plug calculator and it will determine the number of plugs you need whether you are planting one plug every square foot or up to 4 plugs per square foot. The calculator will help figure out how many plugs you need if your lawn is circular, triangular, or free-form in shape, just break these areas down into smaller blocks. You can enter up to eight areas on the calculator at one time.
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.