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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.

FREE SHIPPING ON GRASS ORDERS FOR 5 DAYS ONLY, STARTING TODAY!


posted on January 25th, 2018 by

Starting today, we are offering free shipping on all grass orders for the next 5 days! Offer is valid until January 30th. The free shipping offer is valid for both our freestyle plugs and our 3×3″ pre-cut super plugs.  This allows you to place your order before spring comes to ensure that your order will be one of the first to go out and get a savings while doing so. We will not ship out the grass orders until it is OK to plant, so do not worry. Use the code M211 when placing your order on-line to get this deal. Feel free to also call in your order at 410-756-2311 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST. Share this offer with a friend! This offer is only done once a year, so order now before it is too late!

Last Day to Order for Free Shipping!


posted on January 31st, 2017 by

Today is the last day to order to receive free shipping on grass! The free shipping offer is valid for both our freestyle plugs and our 3×3″ pre-cut super plugs.  This allows you to place your order before spring comes to ensure that your order will be one of the first to go out and get a savings while doing so. We will not ship out the grass orders until it is OK to plant, so do not worry. Use the code M182 when placing your order on-line to get this deal. Feel free to also call in your order at 410-756-2311 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST. Share this offer with a friend! This offer is only done once a year, so order now before it is too late!

Free Shipping on Grass Orders for 5 Days Only, Starting Today!


posted on January 26th, 2017 by

Starting today, we are offering free shipping on all grass orders for the next 5 days! Offer is valid until January 31st. The free shipping offer is valid for both our freestyle plugs and our 3×3″ pre-cut super plugs.  This allows you to place your order before spring comes to ensure that your order will be one of the first to go out and get a savings while doing so. We will not ship out the grass orders until it is OK to plant, so do not worry. Use the code M181 when placing your order on-line to get this deal. Feel free to also call in your order at 410-756-2311 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST. Share this offer with a friend! This offer is only done once a year, so order now before it is too late!

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Methods Used to Start or Switch to a Zoysia Lawn – Part One


posted on April 7th, 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.

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                                                                                                 

  • Advantages

 

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  • 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
  • Needs less wateringSod

 

  • Disadvantages

 

  • 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
  • Advantages

 

  • Packed and Shipped in TraySuper plug Hands with Dirt-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

 

  • Disadvantages

 

  • More expensive
  • Best used for smaller areas
  • Must make a hole in soil to place the plug in

Amazoy Zoysia Grass and the Environment


posted on October 22nd, 2015 by

 

Most people don’t realize that by planting Amazoy zoysia grass you are helping the man mowing lawnenvironment.

Lawns look beautiful but the environment issues are clear.  Mowing an ordinary lawn emits more pollution, per hour, into our atmosphere than eleven cars. We are seeing more water restrictions being implemented in our country. Too keep an average lawn green it takes about lawn sprinkler2,000 gallons of water each time it’s watered. Chemicals from all of the fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides that we apply to our lawns can end up in our waterways.

Amazoy zoysia grass is different. It is a very slow growing grass, therefore requires a lot less mowing than other types of lawns. The amount of pollution you are eliminating by planting zoysia grass alone is amazing.

Amazoy zoysia grass needs about 80% less water or rain than most grasses. The tap root of this grass can grow up to two feet in length, allowing Amazoy to reach many water sources that regular grasses cannot. The ability to reach these other water sources saves millions of gallons each day, as well as cutting the cost of your water bill.

The tight growth pattern of Amazoy zoysia grass makes it a very lush thick lawn. The thickness of the grass will prevent most weeds from germinating and will deter insects. With less or no more need for herbicides and pesticides we can help keep these chemicals out of our waterways.

Amazoy zoysia lawn can save time, work and money, while helping our environment.

Aerating A Lawn


posted on September 4th, 2015 by

 

Aerating is the act of perforating the soil with small holes to reduce compacted soil. This will aeratorimprove air circulation as well as water and fertilizer intake that leads to a healthier lawn.

What causes the soil to become compacted? Usually a lawn that has heavy traffic on it, such as dogs and/or children playing, a riding lawn mower, etc. the ground can become very compacted. A thatch build up can also cause the soil to compact. If there is a thatch build up you need to remove it before aerating the lawn. Also the lawns of new homes or lawns that have been sodded can have compacted soil.

Your lawn needs to be moist when aerating. The day following a nice rain provides excellent soil conditions for aerating your lawn. Fall or spring is the best time to aerate since your soil is soft and moist then.

Aerating is done with either a spike aerator or a plug aerator. The spike aerator pokes small holes in your soil, helping to break up the compacted soil. The plug aerator is more effective since it makes the holes about ½ to ¾ of an inch wide and goes deeper into the ground extracting a core of soil. This will break the compacted soil more than a hole made by the spike.

If the plugs do not breakdown by themselves after a couple of rain showers, you can break the plugs down using the back of a rake or even running your lawn mower over your grass.

After aerating, continue to use and care for your lawn as normal.

Zoysia Grass Is Great for Hills, Slopes and Banks


posted on May 29th, 2015 by

 

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That horrible ugly hill!! I can’t seem to keep any grass on it! If this sounds familiar we have the solution for you!

Hills, slopes and banks can be very challenging when it comes to growing grass. Many types of grass such as fescue, rye, Bermuda and St. Augustine do not have very long roots. This makes it hard for these grasses to hold on during heavy rains and down pours. Once the grass washes away it allows erosion to start. This allows your topsoil to wash away making gullies and making it more difficult to grow new grass.

When trying to repair the erosion, planting grass seed on hills and slopes can be very frustrating. After sowing the seed, if you have a rain, the seeds may wash away or the birds eat and carry them away leaving little to take a roothold. What seeds do take are easily washed away even in light rain causing more soil erosion. Even watering becomes difficult as the top of the hill dries out and the bottom is too wet.

This is not the case with Amazoy zoysia grass plugs. Amazoy zoysia grass is excellent on hills, slopes and banks. This grass is planted as plugs, which gives the roots more to hold on to from the beginning, allowing the grass to take a good hold. Amazoy zoysia grass roots can reach up to 2 feet in length once established. With roots like that you will never have to worry about erosion again. Instead you will be enjoying a thick full carpet of grass on your hills, slopes and banks.

You also get an added bonus. Amazoy is also a much slower growing grass resulting in a lot less mowing, which is also great when it comes to hills and slopes.  Especially going uphill!

Not Tending To This Could Destroy Your Lawn


posted on April 30th, 2015 by

man dethatchingHave you ever noticed the dead plant material like leaves and stems that builds up between the soil and the living grass? That is Thatch! Thatch is a natural process and is necessary to help protect the roots, however excessive thatch prevents moisture, oxygen and nutrients from penetrating the soil.

Allowing the thatch to build up can result in an unhealthy lawn.  Thatch also increases the chance of problems with pest, fungus and lawn diseases. If your lawn has less than ½ inch of thatch it is fine. If you have a layer of thatch ½ of an inch or more then its time to de-thatch.

To remove a build up of thatch there are a few approaches you can take. You can do the dreaded vigorously raking in two directions. Or, to make the job a little easier you can use a de-thatching machine. The easiest way to get rid of thatch is by using a water soluble thatch remover, such as our “Liquid thatch removerThatch Remover” product. Just attach the container to your garden hose and spray your lawn.

Using a rake or a de-thatching machine can be hard on the turf, so you only want to de-thatch when the grass is actively growing and has time to recover before the winter weather. Early spring, after the grass has greened up, is good time to de-thatch a lawn. Do not de-thatch your lawn when it is in a dormant state, this can damage your lawn.

 

Converting a Regular Lawn into a Zoysia Lawn


posted on April 8th, 2015 by

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Converting a regular lawn to a zoysia lawn using plugs is a good home project that is not as difficult and complicated as some may think. Where to start?!!

The first step is to determine how many square feet your lawn or the area you want to convert is. This can be accomplished by measuring the width and length then multiplying them together. Example your lawn is 40 feet long 35 feet wide, your square footage would be 1400 square feet.

Once you have determined your square footage the next step would be deciding how close you want to place the plugs. The closer they are placed the quicker the fill in time will be. We recommend at least one plug every square foot. If possible planting one plug every six inches, two plugs per square foot, will give you a full zoysia lawn quicker. The plugs can be placed as close as you want. You can visit our plug calculator at www.zoysiafarms.com  and let it calculate the needed plugs for you.

If you are planting the plugs in a regular lawn, fescue, rye, Kentucky bluegrass, etc. you can plant right within these types of grasses. There is no need to remove your current lawn, add soil or start from scratch. As the plugs start to spread they will choke out these grasses.

If you are planting in a Bermuda or St. Augustine lawn, it would be best to clear a few inches around each plug to eliminate the competition since they are aggressive grasses. Once the plugs become strong enough the zoysia plugs will choke out the St. Augustine or Bermuda.

Follow the planting instructions received with the plugs or watch the video on our website, under the tab “Planting Zoysia” and you are on your way to a beautiful, lush zoysia lawn. You will be glad you did for many years to come.