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Choosing a Grass


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.

It is important to check all of these aspects of the grass. 

  • 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!

Zoysia Winter Chores


posted on October 19th, 2012 by admin

The cold is approaching. One of the first things you’re going to notice is your grass turning a tawny-brown color. Don’t panic, this is natural. Zoysia is a warm-season grass and, like trees, goes dormant after the first hard frost. This helps the Zoysia survive in colder climates and the luscious green will return come spring.

To get your grass ready for the cold weather ahead, mow it at about 1.5 to 2.5 inches. To prevent dead spots, make sure to clean up all the lawn mower clippings. Do not fertilize your Zoysia now. Unlike cold-season grasses, Zoysia prefers to be fertilized in the late spring to early summer months when the grass is growing. Fertilizing now could actually harm your lawn.

Overall Zoysia grass is strong and fairly self-sufficient. The trick to keeping your Zoysia strong during the winter is to keep it strong during the summer. Dethatching to help water and nutrients reach the soil is fine at this time of year before it goes dormant, but is even better when done in the spring. One of the very best things you can do for your lawn is aerating it and now is the perfect time to do this, once again, do this before it goes dormant. Then, just sit back and enjoy how easy Zoysia is to care for while you wait for spring. It’s a time of rest for you and your lawn.

Zoysia In Drought


posted on September 12th, 2012 by admin

Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy — unless you’re a Zoysia owner.

However, even Zoysia lawns may be under stress during a drought so it is best to limit all activities that might add to that stress. This includes any fertilizing and weed/pest control. Mowing should only be done if absolutely necessary, on the highest setting possible. Excessive use or play in one area should also be avoided.

One of Zoysia’s best perks is its ability to not only survive in dry climates, but flourish. It needs very little water and adores the heat.

Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass. If there has been little rain, as many parts of the country have seen this summer, Zoysia will need a small amount of watering. Water your lawn in the morning, preferably before noon so the grass has time to dry before nightfall.

Check to see if the soil is dry and cracking. If so, it’s time to water. When watering, irrigate deeply and infrequently to mimic natural rainfall. Make sure not to over water or you can cause extensive root damage. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn, or other plants’, watering needs.

The beauty of a Zoysia lawn is that it will stay lush and green in the heat of a normal summer, but Mother Nature can throw some extreme weather our way anytime.

Maintaining Your Zoysia Lawn for Fall


posted on August 21st, 2012 by admin

A good time to do a little maintenance on your Zoysia lawn is just prior to the start of the fall season. One issue to watch for is thatch build up. Zoysia’s tough stem tissue can encourage thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil. Removing it helps water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Use a hard rake to rip up the thatch, this can be a bit of a workout, or try our easy to apply organic liquid thatch remover.

Aerating is the process of poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your lawn. This can be done up to once per season to keep your grass looking great. Make sure the ground is softened by watering the day before aerating. Use an aerator with hollow tines (most equipment rental stores will have them) and criss-cross your lawn putting at least 12 holes per square foot. Make sure not to aerate your lawn during dry, drought conditions when the soil is particularly hard.

Unlike cold weather grasses, Zoysia is best fertilized in the spring, not the fall. Zoysia starts to harden in preparation for the cold weather and fertilizing after August can hinder that natural process.

Protecting Against Weeds and Pests


posted on July 18th, 2012 by admin

Weeds

One of Zoysia’s most attractive features is it’s resiliency to weeds. Unlike other grasses, Zoysia grows out along the ground. It sends out root stalks, or stolons, that create a thick carpet of grass in your yard. This is not only makes Zoysia lush and beautiful, but helps it to choke out most weeds.

In the event that a weed does manage to grow, a few sprays from Weed Be Gone or a similar water soluble product will make quick work of the pesky plants. Make sure you don’t use Roundup, it’s designed to kill grass! Always read labels carefully before applying any product.

If you start to have issues with crabgrass, your best bet is to use a pre-emergent to kill the crabgrass seed before it has a chance to germinate. Our Gluten–8 Organic Herbicide is a great product for this. For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.

Pests

You guessed it, Zoysia is very resilient to most lawn pests, with only a few exceptions. This lets you avoid the cost, time and risk of using pesticides. The few pests that can sometimes pester your Zoysia are grubs, mole crickets, cinch bugs and nematodes, especially when the plugs are still new.

If you have a history of dealing with the mentioned pests, it would be a good idea to treat your lawn for them before planting plugs. If you have treat for them after your lawn has been planted, don’t worry, Zoysia isn’t bothered by the chemicals used.

Caring For Your Zoysia In The Summer Heat


posted on July 2nd, 2012 by admin

Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy. This is one of Zoysia’s biggest strengths. As a warm weather grass, it thrives in hot weather, requiring very little maintenance compared to other grasses visit our website for more information about Zoysia’s perks). Zoysia does require a small amount of summer time work however:

Watering You Zoysia

Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass, and will only need supplemental watering if there has been little rainfall. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease.

A good way to test if your grass needs watering is to look at the surrounding soil. If it’s dry and cracking, it’s time to water your Zoysia grass. Be sure to avoid over watering, because excessive watering can damage the roots. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn (or other plants) watering needs.

Mowing Your Zoysia

Grass maintenance for Zoysia is pretty simple. You will spend less time mowing your lawn (about two-thirds less time, to be exact) because Zoysia doesn’t grow tall as quickly as other grasses.

However, you do want to keep this general rule of thumb in mind: A healthy Zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2“ to 3”. A golden rule when mowing any turf is “never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height.”

Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring


posted on April 9th, 2012 by admin

The time is here. The weather is warming and your grass is starting to green. To get your grass ready for a healthy, lush summer, there are a few maintenance tasks for you to do.

First things first – weeds. While Zoysia grass is incredibly resilient and can choke out many weeds on its own, it is not entirely immune to the occasional weed. Start your spring prep by spot weeding any that have appeared over the winter or early spring. If you find yourself faced with weeds from the crabgrass family, you’ll need to use a pre-emergence product that will kill the seeds before they have a chance to germinate. For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.

As new green shoots start appearing, this is the time to apply your fertilizer. There are two great options for giving your Zoysia a leg up as the growing season starts. First is our water-soluble Nutri–20 fertilizer. Second, we now sell organic Turf Thrive, a concentrated blend of bacteria and microbes that strengthen your lawn naturally. Remember most granulate type fertilizers are not appropriate for zoysia lawns. Read all labels carefully.

If possible, take some time to aerate your lawn. It is one of the single best things a homeowner can do for an established lawn. Aeration is the process of poking holes in your lawn to allow water and nutrients to penetrate to the roots of the grass. Aeration machines are generally available from equipment rental stores. We’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’ts of lawn aeration that can be found here.

Finally, check to see how much thatch is building up in your lawn. This layer of material called “thatch” is an accumulation of cuttings and stems that build up between the grass blades. This buildup can prevent air, water, and light from reaching the surface of the soil. You can remove thatch by using a hard rake or our organic liquid thatch remover. This doesn’t need to be done every year, just when necessary.

How Many Plugs Should You Buy?


posted on March 27th, 2012 by admin

If you’re considering purchasing Zoysia plugs for your lawn, there are a few things you need to consider when placing your order and planting the plugs upon delivery.

Zoysia plugs require less maintenance, produce a heartier lawn and can be planted throughout the growing season.  That said it is important to consider the size of the area you’re interested in planting and how quickly you’d like the area to fill in.  Typically, we suggest planting one plug per square foot.  If you’d like to reduce the amount of time your Zoysia lawn takes to fill in, we recommend planting two plugs per square foot — one plug every six inches.

Need help figuring out square footage and how many plugs to buy for your space?  Try this easy to use Plug Calculator.  Simply divide your lawn into sections, enter the length and width of each and how far apart you’d like to plant your plugs – The calculator will quickly tell you how many plugs you’ll need.

 

Before and After Zoysia


posted on February 8th, 2012 by admin

One of the key reasons customers choose Zoysia is that it has the ability to grow in a variety of soil types, climates, geographical locations and outdoor applications from home lawns to golf courses.

Homeowners and groundskeepers alike prefer Zoysia over other grasses because it thrives with little mowing or watering. In fact, lush, green Zoysia grass can be achieved in just a few growing seasons with very little mowing or watering.

Take a look at the difference Zoysia made for these lawns:

Before: The shade of this Ohio front yard made it difficult for thick, green grass to grow.

After: Despite the shade, this Zoysia lawn has thrived for several years.

Before: This mid-Atlantic backyard was thin and difficult to maintain.

After: Two growing seasons later, the Zoysia grass has filled in the patchy spots that appeared before.

Before: The 13th hole at this Marietta County golf course in Georgia suffered winter-kill turning the second landing area dry and brown.

After: The repaired landing area is once again lush and green – Helping golfers play their best.

 

Zoysia: Kids and Pets


posted on January 10th, 2012 by admin

When you have children or pets, your lawn can take quite a beating. Kids love to run and play. Pets love to dig and run. Having a strong, hearty grass will save your lawn from the abuse and Zoysia is a wonderful grass that can fit the bill for active families.

Zoysia does not require the same dangerous chemicals that other grasses do because Zoysia naturally resists bugs and weeds. This saves you from having to dump harsh pesticides and weed killers on your grass. Established Zoysia also requires very little fertilizing. Pets and children can romp on the lawn without the risks associated with chemicals.

The way Zoysia grows outward along the ground makes it resilient to damage. This means that it can take a beating with very little lasting effect. The kids can play, the dog can run and dad can practice his golf swing, all without worrying about the grass. In the event that your Zoysia lawn *does* get damaged, it will actually heal itself by filling in the hole.

One of the harsh realities of owning a pet is that they use the lawn as a bathroom.  Zoysia is more tolerant to pet waste than other grasses. No grass can survive constant, prolonged exposure in the same spot from pet waste.  Some grasses react to even a little pet waste, turning brown after occasional exposure. Keep pets off of new plugs for the first 30 days while they become established. After that, it’s fine to let Fido enjoy your Zoysia lawn.