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posted on February 1st, 2013 by admin
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 September 27th, 2010 by Steve Schug
Composting is the natural process that turns organic material like leaves, grass clippings, and twigs into a dark rich substance. By adding compost to your Zoysia lawn, it will help the grass grow in thicker and healthier. This is because an organic matter in the compost helps soil retain nutrients and water, to help benefit your plants.
Uses of Compost
- soil conditioning
- lawn dressing
- erosion control
- a potting soil component
As opposed to some fertilizers, composting won’t burn your grass if you accidentally use too much. Also, it won’t stain your walkways or concrete patios around your lawn. It is also prone to show results quickly.
Compost can be used as a natural fertilizer when planting new lawns as well as maintaining your existing lawn.
When distributing compost across a new lawn, use generous amounts of compost. Mix 4 to 6 inches of compost into the soil. Once the grass plugs are planted, thoroughly water the area.
When distributing compost across your existing lawn, place piles of about one shovel-full throughout your lawn. Using a rake, spread the compost throughout the lawn until the compost is in a thin layer about 1/2 inch thick. A thin layer of compost will break down quickly, releasing nutrients into the lawn without smothering your grass. After the compost is distributed, water your lawn well.
Compost works as a conditioner to your lawn, keeping it healthy and green. It is safe, organic, and with just 1 – 2 applications per year it can make a significant positive impact on your lawn’s health. Interested in composting? Read more about how to create compost from grass clippings to use on your Zoysia lawn.
posted on September 22nd, 2010 by Julie
Once you’ve decided to grow Zoysia grass in your yard, it’s time to plan for planting and maintaining your grass plugs. Knowing the right tools and how to use them can help you create a luxurious lawn that is easy to maintain!
Where to Begin When Planting and Maintaining Your Zoysia Lawn
Using the most efficient tools to care for your Zoysia lawn will save you both time and energy, while leaving your lawn in the best shape possible for you and your family to enjoy.
Listed below are tools you may want to use while establishing your Zoysia lawn:
Planting Grid – Create a planting grid to help aid you disperse your plugs during the planting process.
Step-On Plugger - Cut away unwanted growth while digging a hole for your plugs.
Amazoy Bulb Planter – Leave soil loose for easy planting of bulbs and plugs.
Shears - Cut and separate Zoysia grass plugs.
Gloves - Protect and cushion palms and fingertips while working outside.
Moisture Meter - Use for on the spot moisture measurement.
Trowel - Use for moving yard material.
Planting a new lawn takes time, but once your Zoysia lawn is established, you’ll be left with a green, lush, and cushioned lawn. By following establishing your Zoysia lawn with regular care, you will keep it healthy and looking its best.