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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.

Repairing or Starting a New Lawn?


posted on March 13th, 2015 by

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When establishing or repairing a warm season lawn either plugs, sod and sometime seeds are used. To help you determine which is best for you here is a little information on each.

A grass plug is a square of sod that is usually 1 inch by 1 inch or larger. Plugs are usually used to establish a spreading warm season lawn. Grasses such as Zoysia, St Augustine and Bermuda are the most common grasses planted as plugs.

Zoysia Grass PlugPlugs are the most economical way to start a new lawn and ideal for the homeowner to do. Plugging a lawn has a much higher success rate than seeds. When planting plugs, the area does not have to be tilled, you can plant within an existing lawn. Plugging a lawn does require patience while waiting for the lawn to fill in. Keep in mind the closer the plugs are planted the quicker you will have a full lawn.

Sod will give you an instant lawn, however it is very expensive and is best © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationdone by a professional. Sod is usually purchased in sheets or rolls. When laying sod, the area does have to be tilled, cleared and leveled before planting. If the sod is not laid correctly it can leave an uneven lawn.

Many strains of zoysia grasses are not available in seed form. The few that are can also be expensive with © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationa low success rate and can require a lot of care when starting. Seeding a warm weather lawn is best done by a professional. Most zoysia seeds are not as cold tolerant as the plugs and sod.

All three methods will give you a great lawn. However, plugs are a great way for homeowners to successfully start a new or revive an existing lawn at an economical price!

Answers to the Importance of Applying Lime to a Lawn


posted on February 26th, 2015 by

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To understand the importance of applying lime to your lawn you need to know what lime actually is and when your lawn needs some.

Lime is a soil amendment or conditioner it is not a fertilizer. Lime is used to balance the acidity level of your soil. You can test your soil using a soil test kit, pH meter or having it professionally tested.

This may not seem important, however once you understand what the soil pH means to your lawn you will understand how valuable lime can be.

The soil pH is calculated on a scale from 1-14. One meaning your soil is very acidic and 14 meaning your soil is very alkaline. Zoysia lawns thrive in soil pH levels between 6 and 7. The pH in your soil affects how minerals behave as a result how easily grass and plants can absorb them. Even though most minerals and nutrients are present in your soil if your pH is too low or too high they are not available to your plants.

The best time to add lime to your lawn is in the fall, winter or early spring. Lime can be applied using powder, pellet or liquid lime, such as our Café Lime which you simply attached to your hose and spray. This will allow for better and even distribution. The amount of lime will vary with the degree of acidity. It is recommended to follow the package instructions.

Don’t get discouraged if your pH levels do not reach the desired range after one application of lime, it may take a few years to get your soil pH in the correct range.

Tired of Fighting Weeds all Summer – Try This


posted on February 5th, 2015 by

19899585-three-dandelion-blowballs-on-blue-backgroundIt won’t be long until those ugly weeds start sprouting up in lawns. You can get a handle on the weeds before they even show themselves if you use a pre-emergent.

A pre-emergent is a weed killer that targets the weed seeds already in the soil from the previous year.  To get ahead of those summer weeds applying a pre-emergent in early March or once your soil temperature reaches about 52 degrees, will destroy the weed seeds. The pre-emergent MUST be applied before the weeds emerge. Once the weeds have emerged a pre-emergent will not have any effect on the weeds.

Pre-emergent applied in the early spring will control weeds such as, crabgrass, dandelions, foxtails, goose grass, clover, plantains and many more. Be sure to read the label on the pre-emergent to verify what type of grass it is safe for, the types of weeds it destroys and the proper application instructions. A pre-emergent will not harm Amazoy zoysia grass because it does not propagate from seed.

Multiple applications will best control the wide variety of weeds and their varying germination periods. You may want to check out our organic pre-emergent “Gluten 8.” You simply attach the applicator bottle to your garden hose and spray.

This simple step can save you a lot of aggravation, time and energy allowing you to enjoy a more beautiful lawn.

The Anatomy of A Zoysia Grass Plant


posted on December 4th, 2014 by

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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.

When Will I Have a Full Zoysia Lawn?


posted on August 21st, 2014 by

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When establishing a zoysia lawn from plugs the length of time it takes for the plugs to completely fill and produce a full lawn depends on several factors.

In most parts of our country it will take an average of 2-3 growing seasons to completely fill in. If you are in a warmer state that has a longer growing season this will help the plugs to fill in quicker. No matter what area you are in, you can shorten the time to fill in if you decide

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to plant the plugs closer together.

It is not recommended to place the plugs any further apart than one plug per square foot. You can plant the plugs as close together as you like. The closer the plugs are planted the quicker the area will fill in.

You can also cut the plugs larger in size, this can help the area to fill in sooner. Keep in mind that Amazoy zoysia grass only spreads from the edges so you may not want to make the plugs any larger than 3×3 inches and a minimum of 1×1 inch.

Another factor is the type of soil you are planting in. Even though Amazoy zoysia grass will grow in any type of soil,  it can make a difference in the fill in time. If you have a soft sandy or loam type soil the plugs will spread more quickly. If you have a dense soil, like clay or rocky soil, it will take the plugs longer to spread.

In most states you still have time to get the plugs planted this year. By planting them now, they will have time to take a good roothold and green up before the colder weather moves in. Then when spring is here the plugs will already be established in their new home and will start to spread. Remember, the sooner you plant the plugs the sooner you will be able to enjoy a full, beautiful lawn.

Fertilizing Before the Heat of Summer


posted on June 24th, 2014 by

THIRD GREEN SIGNThere is still time to apply another application of fertilizer to keep your lawn strong and healthy during the hot summer heat.

Even though Amazoy zoysia grass will grow in virtually any soil from heavy clay to sandy, salty beach areas. It is obvious that your zoysia lawn will be its most luxurious and healthy if it is fertilized.

It is best to apply the fertilizer when the zoysia is at least 50% green and your daytime temperatures is below 85 degrees when applied. For zoysia lawns we recommend using a water soluble fertilizer like our own Nutri 20 or our all natural Organic Fertilizer.Nutri 20

If you are just starting a zoysia lawn, we recommend applying an application of our Nutria 20 when first planted and then again in 2 weeks, this will help them to take roothold and green up. You should not fertilize your lawn any sooner than every 2 weeks.

Many granular fertilizers found at local box stores can be harmful to zoysia lawns. Please be sure to read the label and follow the directions for proper application and to ensure it is safe for zoysia lawns.

To keep your zoysia lawn beautiful and healthy it is best to apply an application of fertilizer in May, June and September, as long as you apply the fertilizer when your temperature is less than 85 degrees and you do not apply it in the heat of the day.

 

MOWING TIPS FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY LAWN


posted on May 15th, 2014 by

 

Lawn_MowerFor those that have Amazoy zoysia grass you know that mowing is no longer a huge chore. Amazoy zoysia grass is a slow growing grass and requires infrequent mowing. However, proper mowing practices are necessary to maintain an Amazoy zoysia lawn that is the envy of any neighborhood

Whether you use a rotary or reel mower, the key step in proper mowing is to make sure your mower blade is sharp. If you use a dull blade this will just rip the grass and not cut it. Your mower blade should be sharpened about every 8 mows or once per year. If the grass is not properly cut it can lead to the tips turning yellow the day after mowing.

The recommend height for zoysia grass is around 2 inches. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the blade. What that means is if you maintain your zoysia lawn at 2 inches once the grass reaches 3 inches it is time to mow, you only want to remove 1 inch of the blade.

You can measure the mowing height by setting the mower on a flat surface, making sure all four wheels are at the same setting. Then measure the distance between the ground and blade.

It is advisable to change the mowing direction. If you’ve mowed in horizontal lines a few times, change it up and mow in a vertical pattern. Switching directions with each mow will help your lawn to avoid a build up of thatch and stay healthy and beautiful!

Keeping Weeds Under Control


posted on March 26th, 2014 by

 

Weeds! Weeds! Weeds!!

How do you control them? Tried pulling, spraying, digging, etc. but they keep coming back!

The first line of defense against the weed is to know what type of weed(s) you have.  Most weeds are either summer or winter annuals or perennials. Summer annual weeds emerge when the soil temperatures warm up and germinate throughout the summer, finally dying out by frost. Winter annual weeds germinate in the fall and winter, and then actively grow during the spring, dying out once the hot summer temperatures arrive. Perennials are a weed that grows for many years and does not die after flowering. These weeds store food in underground parts keeping them alive during the winter and emerging in the spring.

Through out the year, one type of weed or another is dropping seeds and germinating. The seeds fall into your soil or can be blown in from a neighbor’s yard or other areas around your home. The key to controlling the weeds and keeping them under control year after year is to destroy the seed! The easiest and best way to kill weed seeds is by applying a pre-emergent,  like our Gluten 8.  Applying a pre-emergent several times a year will help eliminate and control most weeds.  Keep in mind different weeds go to seed at different times, so it will take multiple applications.

For the few seeds and weeds that may survive you can apply a post emergent on the weed once it has emerged from the ground.

Remember to always check the label of any product that you apply and see if it is safe for zoysia lawns.

WINTER WEATHER AND AMAZOY ZOYSIA GRASS


posted on March 14th, 2014 by

 BRRR!!!!! It sure has been a cold, snowy, icy winter and it keeps coming.  Who ever heard of us having a “Polar Vortex”?  It is amazing that a warm weather grass can withstand these types of conditions.  Not to worry, if you have Amazoy zoysia grass, it has not been nearly cold enough or icy enough to damage.  This grass can withstand temperatures anywhere from 120 degrees to -30 degrees.  That’s the beauty of Amazoy zoysia grass it is the most cold tolerant of all the zoysias.  Unfortunately, many zoysia grasses can winter kill if subject to conditions like we had this year and would need to be replanted in the spring. 

Once the ground temperatures drop to 50 degrees or lower Amazoy zoysia grass will go dormant.  This is a nature process that helps the grass tolerate extreme cold temperatures and conditions. Once the temperatures reach and maintain 70 degrees or higher Amazoy zoysia grass will regain its lush green color back. 

 It sure is nice not to have to worry about your Amazoy zoysia lawn during these harsh months!