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Fall Maintenance for Zoysia


posted on September 24th, 2018 by

Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass. Once established, there is little that you need to do to keep your Zoysia lawn alive and healthy. Because the end of the growing season is coming soon, here are some activities you can do to get your lawn ready for the cold weather approaching.

  • Mow– During the spring and summer months, Zoysia should be kept anywhere between 1 ½” to 3” depending on your preference. For your final mow of the season, you should raise your deck by about ½” to keep the grass a little taller for the colder weather.

  • Aerate– You can aerate your lawn each spring and fall to keep your soil from becoming heavily compacted. It also aids in preventing/ removing thatch build-up. Aerating will help root development as well.

  • Dethatch-Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. It can prevent light and water from getting to your plants. You can get rid of thatch by power-raking by hand or even by using a spray-on, organic liquid thatch remover.

  • Fertilize– During the growing season, you can fertilize 2-3 times per year. May, June, and September are usually the best months to fertilize.

 

Overall, Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass. By completing these tasks, you can benefit your Zoysia lawn in many ways. However, each of these duties are completely optional. They will just help prepare your lawn for the cold weather coming.

Is that Rust on My Lawn?


posted on August 16th, 2018 by

Have you been noticing an orange or yellowish powder on your grass blades? If so, it is possible that “rust” has caused this discoloration. This is a fungus which while not attractive, rarely kills grasses. It tends to occur in late summer, early fall whenever the weather is dry. It usually develops on grasses that grow very slowly, like Zoysia. Depending on the “rust”, it may appear as a yellow, red, or brown color.

If you start noticing a color change on your lawn, get down to examine the blades closely. If the culprit is rust, you will notice powdery, rust spores on the grass blades. They will easily rub off on your hand. It is regularly spread by air, water, shoes, or lawn equipment. If you are also having excessive rain for a long period of time, rust outbreaks are more common once conditions dry out.

There are ways to eliminate a rust problem. First, you should maintain your grass by properly watering, mowing, and fertilizing. You should water early in the day, so the grass will dry quickly. If you have thatch built up, you should get rid of that as well. Lastly, by pruning your trees and shrubs, you will allow good airflow over the rust site, which will assist you in defeating it in time.

Overall, rust can develop in your lawn for a number of reasons. Most of the reasons are based on the weather conditions, which you unfortunately cannot control. Do not worry though because there are many ways that you can eliminate rust without the use of harmful products. There are organic fungicides now available. Natural growth is the best solution; however a little fertilizer will speed that process.

My Zoysia Is Not As Green As It Was Before


posted on July 17th, 2018 by

Zoysia may lose its deep green color for many reasons. Most of these reasons can easily be fixed without much hassle. There is no need to be alarmed by the brownish color during the winter months though because of the normal dormancy stage.

  • Dormancy- Zoysia does enter the dormant stage (turn brown) after you receive the first hard frost of the year. This process is normal, and it allows the Zoysia to protect itself during the extreme cold conditions to later achieve its nice green color in the spring. Like deciduous trees and many shrubs, this is natural for all plants.

  • Over-watering– Being drought-resistant is one of the many benefits of a Zoysia lawn. Experiencing heavy rain or having a watering system in low areas like the bottoms of hills can cause the grass to turn a yellowish-green color. Watering shady areas can have the same effect. To grow successfully, Zoysia must receive at least 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day.

  • Fungus– Sometimes, there may be a fungus in your lawn. You may not notice it at first until you see the Zoysia turn white, yellow, or a brownish red in some spots. If you notice this, you should take a sample of your grass to a local nursery and have it tested. If you find that you do have a fungus, you can use a fungicide. Here is one we supply: http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/prodspec.jsp?id=16F7&cat=30. This product will eliminate the fungus for you and is Zoysia-safe as well.

  • Incorrect pH– If you notice that your Zoysia is growing well in some areas but not others, this can be caused by the fluctuation in pH. Zoysia thrives whenever the pH is between 6 and 7, and the pH can be different throughout your lawn especially near trees. This can be solved by applying lime if the pH is below 6, or by adding sulfur if the pH is above 7.

  • Using Granular Products or Other Unsafe Products for Zoysia- Granular products should never be used on established Zoysia. The granules tend to sit on the leaves of the Zoysia and cause them to burn. Sometimes, certain fertilizers and weed killers contain harsh products that can kill off the Zoysia as well causing it to brown out. This can be solved by checking all of your products before applying them onto Zoysia. If you are unsure if your product is Zoysia-safe, you should contact the manufacturer of the product or just test out a small area in your lawn. Many lawn-care companies are not familiar with Zoysia and may not use Zoysia-safe products.

 

Overall, Zoysia may change color for a number of reasons. Most of the problems have an easy solution or time will correct the issues. If an area of your lawn was accidentally damaged, the Zoysia may repair itself because of the spreading nature it has.

Amazoy-Endorsed Zoysia Seed


posted on June 5th, 2018 by

Zoysia seed is a good alternative way to start a Zoysia lawn. The main difference between plugs and seed is the need for a seed bed. Depending on the area and soil conditions, a good seed bed can be a labor-intensive undertaking. Zoysia seeds should only be planted when the temperatures are consistently above 70 degrees. The summer months are usually the best in northern areas, but late spring and early fall are possible further south.

With the seeds, you must clear out all of the existing lawn and weeds before creating a seed bed. You may use a non-selective herbicide to do so; Round-Up is usually commonly available. After all of the vegetation and dead debris has been cleared, you should rototill to a depth of 4-8 inches. You will want to rake the ground so that it is level before spreading the seeds.

Next, it is desirable to check the pH of your soil. Zoysia grows well whenever the pH is between 6 and 7. If you find that the pH is below 6, you should add lime to the soil. If it is above 7, you should add sulfur. Once the soil has been prepared, it is time to spread the seeds. Use a seed spreader to be sure the seeds are evenly distributed. You should not sprinkle the seeds around with your hands; it will not give you even distribution. Two pounds of our Zoysia seeds will cover 1,000-2,000 square feet.

Once the seeds have been laid, you should lightly rake and add some top soil to achieve good seed to soil contact. However, be sure that you do not bury the seeds by more than ¼ inch. The seeds need light to grow. If possible, roll the area smooth with a drum roller. Lastly, you should water immediately after planting. Continue watering daily or twice daily to keep the seeds and soil moist until you start to notice the green shoots. Whenever you start to notice the green shoots, you should water less often.

Overall, the Zoysia seeds require more care and maintenance opposed to the plugs. The seeds however will fill in faster than the plugs. Within a year’s time, you could achieve a full Zoysia lawn. If you are trying to achieve a full Zoysia lawn without a long wait period, this option would be the best for you.

Organic Products to Use on Zoysia


posted on April 24th, 2018 by

Have you been looking for ways to improve your Zoysia lawn, but are unsure of what products are safe? Zoysia Farms is a great source as they only sell Zoysia-safe products. They have many easy to use, organic products that can benefit your beautiful, established Zoysia lawn with a little help from your hose.

  • Liquid Thatch Remover– Lawn thatch is the layer of (mainly) dead turfgrass tissue lying between the green vegetation of the grass above and the root system and soil below. Thatch prevents oxygen and water from reaching the root system. This product can solve your thatch problem in just 2-3 months. It turns the thatch in your lawn into a rich, organic fertilizer, which eliminates the need for power raking. The product itself however contains no fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. This is safe for use around pets and does not interfere with other lawn treatments. One container will treat 5,000 square feet and should be applied three times per year if you have a thatch issue. Just be sure that the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees before applying. This product is not available for use in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Minnesota.

  • Turf Thrive– This product allows you to grow beautiful grass in dry areas or if you want to use less water. It strengthens the roots of your grass and stimulates growth. The increased root structure can then lessen evaporation, which results in less watering. It improves fertilizer effectiveness and is also pet-friendly. One container will cover 5,000 square feet and can be applied three times per year. For best results, you should apply the product in the evening followed by a light watering. Again, be sure that the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees. This product is not available for use in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Minnesota either.

  • Café Lime Organic Liquid Lime- Lastly, a common soil issue is too much acidity. This product reduces the acidity in your soil and acts as a quick soil pH buffer. For Zoysia, the best pH range is between 6 and 7, so this product should be used if the pH is below 6. It provides essential ingredients for increased photosynthesis as well. One quart represents 125 pounds of bagged lime and will treat approximately 16,000 square feet.

 

Overall, there are more and more organic products that are Zoysia-safe and can help improve your lawn within a short period of time. Feel free to check out Zoysia Farms’ website for other organic products that are not listed in this blog, which can eliminate pests and fungi from your lawn as well.

10 Secrets for Successfully Planting Economical Zoysia Plugs


posted on March 27th, 2018 by

  1. Mow your existing lawn and weeds to the lowest setting before planting plugs.
  2. Do not be alarmed if the plugs arrive brown and dry. This is perfectly normal for Zoysia because the plugs tend to revert into a dormant state during the shipping process.
  3. Do not leave the grass in the shipping container for more than 2-3 days after receipt.
  4. Make sure the planting area gets at least 2-3 hours of direct sunlight for the plugs to thrive.
  5. Dampen the grass sheets before cutting with a sharp tool of your choice.
  6. Put the roots of the plug within the hole you have created and make the plugs even with your existing lawn. Only cover the roots, not the entire plug.
  7. Step on each plug firmly to make sure the roots are in contact with the soil. You will not harm the plugs.
  8. Using a gentle spray, water the plugs every day for the first 3 weeks after planting. After that initial 3 weeks, you must stop watering completely. Too much water will kill the Zoysia. Continuing to water after 3 weeks is the #1 reason plugs fail.
  9. Only use water-soluble spray-on products on Zoysia, never dry granular.
  10. Do not use any weed control on the plugs for at least 45 days after planting.

Zoysia is Earth Friendly


posted on January 10th, 2018 by

Are you looking to have a beautiful lawn and want to help the environment? Amazoy Zoysia is the right choice for you! Zoysia is very earth friendly and can have a positive impact on the environment. It is also very low-maintenance, so once it’s established, there is less work to keep your lawn beautiful!

  • Because Zoysia is very low-maintenance, it can reduce fossil fuel use, water use and fertilizer applications. It also assists in filtering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, helping to clean the air we breathe.

 

  • Unlike most grasses, Zoysia grows well on slopes by reducing erosion from excessive water and high winds. It grows very densely and helps limit the movement of pesticides and nutrients to non-targeted sites such as rivers and streams.

  • Zoysia withstands temperatures up to 120 degrees, which reduces the need for water.

 

  • By absorbing the heat of the summer, Zoysia also reduces the air temperatures around your house, resulting in lower cooling costs as well.

 

  • Lastly, Zoysia requires less mowing than other grasses, which reduces your carbon footprint.

 

Easy to maintain Zoysia requires very little care and still manages to be safe for the environment. Once established, you can enjoy a beautiful Zoysia lawn while remaining earth-friendly.

Common Reasons that Zoysia Fails


posted on June 15th, 2017 by

Amazoy Meyer Zoysia is a very low-maintenance grass and there is little preparation needed before planting. Once it gets started, it will continue to spread causing you to have the greenest lawn possible. While 98% of our customers are successful, there are failures, most of which are preventable. Because we stand behind our product, we will replace plugs that fail to grow after 45 days of being planted. Before receiving replacements, customers must take a brief survey which helps us determine why the plugs failed to grow. Overtime, we have gathered the information from those surveys to present some common mistakes that cause our Zoysia grass to fail.

Overwatering-The most frequent mistake made is overwatering the Amazoy Zoysia. Our Zoysia is a very drought-resistant grass and thrives in hot and dry conditions. This grass must only be watered every day for the first three weeks (just a light mist). After that initial three weeks, you must stop watering. Continuing to water actually causes the root system of our grass to rot. Normally, watering is not necessary ever again unless the ground is cracking and crumbling from severe drought.

Keeping in Box-This is a living plant, so this grass must be taken out of the box within two to three days after receiving it. It might arrive brown and dry due to the shipping process, but it has just gone back into dormancy. If you follow the planting instructions, you will see growth within the first 45 days. Sometimes you may have a busy schedule and you are unable to plant right away which is fine. Just be sure to take the grass out of the box, keep it in a shaded area, and keep it moist. This will give you about 2-3 weeks to get all of the grass planted. It cannot remain in the box for that period of time.

Not Enough Sunlight & Incorrect pH-Amazoy Meyer Zoysia thrives on the heat and does require a minimum of 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day. If the plugs do not receive that much sunlight, they should not be planted in that area. You can also check the pH of your soil before planting, especially near trees. Sometimes different trees can affect the pH of your soil, and the pH is best between 6.0 and 7.0 pH for our plugs to grow. Acidic soil and shade are a poor combination for Zoysia. Also, remember to only cover the roots of the plugs when planting.

Using Granular Fertilizers-Lastly, you should never use granular fertilizers on our grass. We have found that the granular fertilizers can burn the runners of our Zoysia causing it to die off. You should only use water-soluble fertilizers such as our Nutri-20 fertilizer or even Miracle Grow.

Because we stand by our product, we are confident that our grass will grow if you follow these instructions. Some may be used to planting other types of Zoysia, grasses, and plants, and they may not be used to the low-maintenance needed for Amazoy Zoysia. The key is to let Zoysia thrive itself and to kick back and relax!

Which Cut of Zoysia is Right for Me?


posted on March 30th, 2017 by

Here at Zoysia Farms, we sell the Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grass. Throughout the years, we have taken our customers’ advice and decided to cut our grass in ways that would work best for them. We have three different cuts of our Zoysia: the freestyle plugs, the super plugs, and sod. Even though they are all the exact same type of Zoysia grass, they do have many differences when planting.

Freestyle Sheets

To start off, the freestyle plugs come in a 10×15” sheet that you must cut yourself into plugs. Customers decided that they would rather cut the plugs to their own preferred size and shape. Some believed that 1” plugs were too small to plant, but others love the economy of the 1” plugs. This sheet is not sod, so it cannot be laid down on top of your existing lawn; it will not grow that way. The sheet must be planted. Because Zoysia spreads by the edges, the Zoysia would fill in much faster if cut into smaller plugs. For example: when planting the whole sheet (the roots of the sheet must be covered), the Zoysia can only spread from 4 edges totaling 50 linear inches of spreading; whereas if you cut the sheet into 1” plugs, you will have 600 linear inches for the Zoysia to spread from. The freestyle plugs are more work because you must cut them yourself, but they are the most economical and best value of grass that we sell.

Pre-Cut 3×3″ Super Plugs

Next up is our pre-cut super plugs. These plugs are cut into 3×3” pieces already for you to plant. Because they are bigger, you can actually plant these plugs up to 24” apart rather than 12” like we normally recommend. These plugs are more expensive, but they take a lot of the hard work away from planting. When purchasing the super plugs, there are 15 plugs in each tray. Those plugs can cover up to 60 square feet if planted 24” apart. Both the freestyle plugs and the super plugs can be planted within your existing lawn, causing little to no preparation. Normally they both take about 2-3 years to overtake an entire lawn. The growth of Zoysia depends on your soil, the length of your growing season, and how close together you plant the plugs. Having sandy soil, a long-growing season, and planting plugs 3” apart will produce a lawn the fastest.

Lastly, our final cut of Zoysia is our Zoysia sod. The sod is harvested into 10×15” pieces just like the freestyle plugs mentioned before. However, you must clear out your existing lawn before laying the sod down. This is the most expensive cut of our Zoysia and also requires the most preparation beforehand. However, sod allows you to have immediate coverage. Also, we only ship sod to a 200-mile radius of our location in Taneytown, Maryland. Therefore, it is not available throughout the United States. Plugs however are shipped throughout the U.S. except WA, OR, HI, and AK. Overall, all of our cuts of Zoysia that we harvest are Amazoy Meyer Zoysia. Be sure to look at all of your options before making your final decision.

Why Pick Zoysia?


posted on March 15th, 2017 by

Zoysia is a very hardy and drought-resistant grass. It grows well in a variety of conditions and is lush and carpet-like when fully established. When Herbert Friedberg launched Amazoy Zoysia, he knew that this grass would be the answer for America’s lawns, and we are here today to explain why Zoysia is a great choice to achieve the most beautiful lawn.

Drought-Resistant & Slow-Growing– To start off, Zoysia is a very drought-resistant grass and thrives on heat. It withstands temperatures as high as 120 degrees in summer and as low as -30 degrees in winter. When planting, you must only water the grass once a day (a light mist) for the first 3 weeks. After the first 3 weeks, you actually stop watering completely and let the heat take over. This cuts water bills tremendously. Because Zoysia is a slow-growing grass as well, it cuts down mowing by about 2/3. Most Zoysia customers mow once for every 3 times they’ve mowed other grasses.

Chokes out Summer Weeds & Insects– Zoysia is a very hardy grass, and it grows differently than most grasses. It spreads by stolons that expand sideways more than they grow tall causing the grass to have a very strong root system. Because of this, the grass will grow thick and carpet-like. Weeds cannot hold up to the thickness of our Zoysia grass. Zoysia will choke out most of the peskiest weeds and insects. This comes naturally for the grass, so this reduces your family’s risk of being exposed to weed killers and pesticides as well. Overall, Zoysia can heal itself from most common lawn issues.

Grows in Most Soils & on Slopes– Our Amazoy Meyer Zoysia grows in all different types of soils. It does well in clay, salty, sandy, and rock-like soils. If you feel that your soil is too rocky, you can always mix top soil in the same hole when planting a plug. Remember to never put top soil on top of the plugs after planting because this will block oxygen and sunlight from entering the plants. Because Zoysia grows in most soils, it does well in areas that other grasses may not thrive in. Amazoy Meyer is great to use on slopes, play areas, and bare spots.

In conclusion, Zoysia can solve almost every homeowner’s problem when it comes to achieving a perfect lawn. Not only does it grow in most areas, but it also helps you save money in numerous ways. Once established, Zoysia will last a lifetime giving you a beautiful lawn.