Granulated vs. Organic Fertilizer


posted on March 7th, 2012 by

Granulated chemical fertilizers are those little colored balls that you sprinkle all over your lawn and try to keep your pets from eating. They are rich with nitrogen and phosphorus, which are great for plant growth, however they have to seep into the ground to be absorbed through the plants’ roots. Often the fertilizer will soak all the way into the water table and eventually into lakes and rivers. Even worse, when you spread the granulated fertilizer on your lawn, it often gets flung onto sidewalks, streets and driveways. The fertilizer then gets washed directly into water sources when it rains.

When fertilizer gets into water sources, it upsets the balance of the water ecosystem causing organisms to die out. The scary part is that American homeowners tend to use four times as much fertilizer per square foot of land as farmers do. That is *way* too much fertilizer. Most cold weather grasses only need to be fertilized twice a year, at the beginning and end of the season. Zoysia needs even less fertilizer, once a year at the beginning of the season. This is why Zoysia Farms is very particular about the fertilizer we use and sell.

Our main fertilizer, Nutri-20, is different than the typical granulated chemical fertilizer that you sprinkle all over your lawn. Nutri-20 is a water soluble fertilizer and is absorbed through the leaves of the grass or plants instead of the roots. This is more environmentally friendly as the fertilizer does not lay on the ground where it can wash into the river system or soak into the water table.

This year Zoysia Farms has also added a whole line of new organic outdoor products to its store. These products are made from microbes that naturally exist in soil, instead of being man made. Turf Thrive is one such product, using microbes to stimulate root growth and make soil healthy for your grass. You can complement this with Gluten-8, a corn gluten solution that keeps weeds from germinating, killing weed seeds off before they even start growing. There are a number of other products like these that can be used to naturally enhance your lawn and garden. These include herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, plant food and thatch remover.

Chemicals can be dangerous to your children, pets, plants and the environment as a whole. We’re very proud of only carrying products that let you enhance your lawn and garden naturally and safely. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about Nutri-20 or our new organic product line and how they can work for your lawn.

Before and After Zoysia


posted on February 8th, 2012 by

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

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.

 

Fun Zoysia Facts


posted on December 15th, 2011 by

Around here, we’re quite passionate about Zoysia. That’s why we’ve devoted ourselves to helping others enjoy it! One of the reasons we love Zoysia so much is that it’s a very unique and special grass.

Here are some fun facts we bet you didn’t know about your Zoysia lawn:

- Zoysia was originally a wild grass native to China before being recognized as a good, fast covering grass.

- Over 5,000 years ago, Zoysia was used to cover earthen grave sites so loved ones would have the covering of nature to protect them.

- Instead of just growing vertically like most grasses, Zoysia grows out. It forms a thick network of runner that fills your yard and creates a dense, arterial root system below ground.

- The way Zoysia grows out instead of only up makes it very resilient to damage and able to fill in quickly if it does get hurt. This makes it popular in areas that take heavy abuse, such as golf courses and pathways.

- Zoysia can survive in extreme conditions, withstanding temperatures from 120˚ to –30˚ Fahrenheit. No other turf grass can survive such a range of temperature.

- Zoysia requires about two-thirds less mowing than other grasses. Awesome right?

    Preparing for Winter Dormancy


    posted on November 7th, 2011 by

    With the cold snap imminent, some of you are going to notice your grass turning a tawny-brown color. No need to worry, this is quite natural. Zoysia, like trees, goes dormant after the first hard frost — But instead of losing leaves, its green color fades.

    Zoysia’s dormancy is a safeguard against colder temperatures, up to -30˚ F in fact! Just like trees that regrow their leaves in the spring, Zoysia will come back lush each spring once the soil reaches 50˚F. This behavior is what let’s Zoysia thrive in even the hottest summers.

    Most grasses go dormant at some point in the year. “Cool season” grasses do the opposite, they go dormant and brown in the warm summer months. Zoysia is categorized as a “warm season” grass, so it goes dormant in the winter and is green in the summer, just when you want your grass nice and lush.

    Depending on where you live, your Zoysia may not go dormant at all. If your winters are mild, your lawn will be green year round. Either way, come spring, your lawn will be back to its lush, beautiful green in no time!

     

    Winter Preparation


    posted on October 4th, 2011 by

    With winter coming, it is time to get your lawn ready for the cold. Zoysia grass is a “warm season” grass and goes dormant in the cold months, turning a tawny-brown color after the first hard frost. This is a good thing! Dormancy helps the grass survive the cold months while still coming back as the temperature warms. It is a very normal process and the grass will be back in no time without any work needed from you.

    To get your grass ready, mow it at about 1.5 to 2.5 inches during the fall. Make sure to collect any of the grass clippings so that you don’t get dead spots come spring. You don’t need to fertilize your grass at this time. Fertilizing is better done in the summer months when the grass is growing.

    Overall Zoysia grass is strong and fairly self-sufficient. Keeping your Zoysia strong during summer will let it go into winter strong. Dethatch to help water and nutrients reach the soil is fine at this time of year, even better done in the Spring. One of the very best thing you can do for your lawn is aerating it. Fall is a great time to do this. Then just sit back and enjoy how easy Zoysia is while you wait for Spring.

     

    Fall Planting


    posted on September 8th, 2011 by

    Summer is finally winding down, but that doesn’t mean your Zoysia grass is done for the season. On the contrary, you have a few great months left to enjoy that lush green. It also means you have to make sure to keep taking care of your Zoysia while you wait for winter preparations.

    It is best to fertilize your Zoysia during the spring and summer, when the grass is at its peak growing. After August, fertilizing may interfere with Zoysia’s natural preparation for the winter dormant period.

    Zoysia’s stem tissue results in a buildup of thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil — Removing it help water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Aerating can also help prevent the buildup of thatch and aid in getting nutrients to the roots of the Zoysia.  This is one of the best things you can do for any lawn.

    When mowing your Zoysia during the summer, it should be cut low to remove dead leaf tissue. In the fall, you should raise your mower height to about an inch. You can also begin to water your grass less or even not at all. Proper mowing and thatch control can help you build a very drought tolerant lawn.

    Make sure you’re prepared to care for your Zoysia lawn during the fall and winter seasons; don’t forget to stop by our Taneytown, MD store before it closes for the season on September 23rd.

     

    Zoysia: Not Just for Your Yard


    posted on July 25th, 2011 by

    Zoysia is a tough, hardy grass that thrives in a variety of conditions and environments. Its adaptability makes it ideal for home lawns because it requires little maintenance on the homeowner’s part and can withstand some extreme conditions. But did you know that Zoysia is also favored by golf course superintendents and caretakers of public lawns as well?

    Below is just a brief list of some of the more interesting places sporting Zoysia lawns:

    Maryland Soccer Complex – Germantown, MD

    Zoysia’s lush, carpet-like surface makes an ideal playing field for sports like soccer and football. It stands up to high traffic and damage and still requires less maintenance than other grasses. Zoysia grass is also ideal for playing surfaces because it doesn’t require the use of poisonous chemicals to prevent weeds and other intrusions – Making it a safe play surface for children and adults alike.

    The National Mall and Reagan National Airport – Washington, DC

    Zoysia grass is an ideal choice for the National Mall because it can withstand the damage caused by heavy foot traffic. It also thrives in heat and stays healthy with little maintenance. Groundskeepers at Reagan National Airport prefer Zoysia grass around terminal buildings because it grows at a slower pace than other grasses and stays lush and green with little watering.

    Southwind Golf and Country Club – Memphis, TN

    The home of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind uses Zoysia grass on many of its fairways. Amateur and professional golfers alike prefer playing on Zoysia fairways because the ball tees up nicely – Making shots easier. Course superintendents love that it can withstand extreme conditions with very little maintenance and still stay beautiful.

    Aside from these places, you’ll also find lush Zoysia lawns on the grounds of the FDA building and the US Court House in Washington DC and the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, MD. Zoysia grass as also been used as the playing surface of the Daejeon stadium in Seoul, South Korea during the 2002 World Cup.

    Zoysia: The Sustainable Lawn


    posted on June 17th, 2011 by

    Zoysia Grass Water Drop“Greening” your home doesn’t have to stop with a switch to non-chemical household cleaning products or energy-saving practices.  In fact, you can take your green efforts all the way outside with an environmentally friendly Zoysia lawn.

    In terms of sustainability, Zoysia is a top performer with very low maintenance – This helps reduce your carbon footprint through limited fossil fuel and water use as well as fewer fertilizer applications.  Zoysia grass also has the ability to filter carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, cleaning the air we breathe. Not to mention, Zoysia’s ability to absorb heat and withstand high temperatures, which limit the movement of pesticides and reduce erosion. So, you can boost your family’s “greening” efforts.

    Now “going green” doesn’t just refer to the color of your grass. Instead, it refers to making a positive impact on the earth and the environment with a little help from your Zoysia lawn.

    The Dangers of Pesticides


    posted on May 12th, 2011 by

    Lawns come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, so do the weeds, insects and unwanted grasses that can pop up from time to time.  Luckily, the thick growth pattern of a Zoysia lawn can help prevent them from making a home in your yard.

    If you do find yourself with intruders, it’s natural to want to get rid of them. However, it’s extremely important to be mindful of the method in which you choose to do this. It is a widely known fact that the chemicals in many pesticides can be harmful to your family and pets – but these chemicals also have the potential to damage your lawn as well. In fact, pesticides have the potential to harm our entire eco-system.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has declared many pesticides carcinogenic, and these chemicals have the potential to cause serious health complications in adults and children. Pesticides also pollute rivers and water supplies and pose a significant danger to wildlife. In recent years, though, there have been advancements in alternatives to traditional pesticides (often organic, non-chemical formulas) that can help you rid your yard of a variety of insects and weeds while protecting you, your family and our delicate eco-system.

    With a Zoysia lawn, you can avoid pesticides or non-chemical weed killers all together since Zoysia tends to naturally resist many unwanted intruders – protecting you and your family from the dangers of pesticides in your own backyard.