The Big Thaw: Getting Your Lawn Ready For Spring


posted on March 2nd, 2011 by Julie

It’s that time of year again – The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and, here at Zoysia Farms, we’ve just harvested the first grass of the year.

With spring just around the corner, people across the U.S. are placing their Zoysia orders. In fact, orders will begin shipping to warmer states in the next few days — Milder states, like Texas and Florida, should begin receiving their orders in early March.

If you already have a Zoysia lawn, once the ground temperature reaches 50 degrees, your grass will begin to come out of its dormant state and return to its lush, green color. To keep your lawn looking its best, it may require a bit of spring cleaning. Removing dead leaves will help improve passage of air and nutrients to help your grass return from dormancy.

Whether you’ve just placed your first order for Zoysia plugs or have had your Zoysia lawn for years, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your grass for years to come.

Zoysia’s Deep Root System


posted on November 4th, 2010 by Steve Schug

A unique advantage of maintaining a Zoysia lawn is that the grass plugs grow with a deep and thick root structure. This root system allows Zoysia to grow in thick and plush with a carpet-like grass that feels great on bare feet.

Benefits of a Deep Root System:

- Allows the roots to more effectively extract water from deeper soil, reducing your needs to water your Zoysia lawn.

- Amazoy plugs make it easy to plant the grass on steep areas and slopes.

- Since Zoysia grows so thick with deep roots, it crowds out weeds and crab grasses so they are unable to germinate.

- Thick roots work to replace unwanted existing grasses in the lawn.

- Zoysia is able to grow in all types of dense clay soils because the strong roots are strong enough to penetrate the ground and create air passages allowing root development.

- Once the root system is fully established (reaching about 2 feet), the thickness of the turf will work to reduce slope erosion.

For more information about Zoysia’s root system read about the low maintenance needs of your Zoysia lawn, and the process of Zoysia plug growth.

Dethatching Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on October 28th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Dethatching Your LawnDethatching is the mechanical removal of the layer of cuttings and stems that build up between green blades and soil in a lawn. This layer of material called “thatch” accumulates in your lawn when air, water, and light cannot reach the surface of the soil. In order to repair your lawn it is necessary to remove the thatch. After dethatching, your lawn will look bare briefly, but this will lead to new and healthy grass growth.

An alternative to the traditional dethatching method which can be exhausting is using Liquid Thatch Remover. This dethatching process takes only 4 minutes to spray the contents of the bottle over the lawn space, which is much easier and less work than the typical raking method. Liquid Thatch Remover turns thatch into a rich, organic fertilizer, and is environmentally friendly and involves o chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

This product treats up to 5,000 square feet and is used by spraying the product directly on the lawn space when the ground temperature is at least 45 degrees for best results. Use the product three times a year, and the need for power raking will be eliminated.

Benefits of Dethatching:

- Preserves actively growing grass.

- Allows nutrients and water to easily reach the soil and grass roots.

- Discourages insect and disease problems.

- Allows fertilizer applications to be more effective.

- Improves appearance and health of the lawn.

Read more about fertilizing, mowing, watering needs, and other lawn care tips for your Zoysia lawn.

Landscaping Ideas to Show off Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on October 20th, 2010 by Julie

Landscaping your yard is a great way to transform the surroundings of your house into a charming outdoor area for your family and friends to enjoy. Give your yard a whole new look with landscaping and create your ideal personal space.

LandscapingIdeas to Make Over Your Yard:
- Rocks and Stones
- Flower Beds
- Trees and Shrubs
- Fountain and Ponds
- Retaining Walls
- Lighting
- Fences

Using several of these outdoor features can help distinguish your yard and give it a polished look for your entire home landscape. Yard landscaping can also improve the use of your outdoors and improve the value of your home. To find out more about adding to your Zoysia lawn, read about yard elements that can help beautify your home.

Grasscycling


posted on October 14th, 2010 by John

Grasscycling is a simple and “green” way to nourish your Zoysia lawn. This process is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil to nourish your Zoysia lawn.

Advantages of Grasscycling

- No bagging or raking of the lawn required.

- Plastic bags full of lawn clippings don’t end up in the landfill.

- Clippings help your Zoysia lawn reach its fertilizing needs, reducing both time and money spent fertilizing.

- Grasscycling reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, reducing pollution to the environment and chemicals in your yard.

- Does not cause thatch, making your lawn more durable.

How to Grasscycle Effectively

- Cut up to 1/3 of the leaf surface while mowing, but no more.

- Mow when the lawn is dry.

- Mow using a sharp mower blade. Dull blades bruise and tear at grass, leading to a ragged tip on the top of the blade.

Aerate your lawn. This will open up the soil and increase the movement of water, fertilizer, and air by speeding up decomposition of the grass clippings and enhancing deep root growth.

Water when necessary.

- Follow the lawn care schedule for your type of Zoysia grass.

Grasscycling is environmentally responsible, and an opportunity for homeowners to reduce their waste while saving both time and energy. For more information about what you can do to protect the environment while caring for your Zoysia lawn, learn about organic lawn care.

Say Goodbye to Weeds


posted on October 6th, 2010 by John

One of the many benefits of growing a Zoysia lawn is its ability to easily choke out weeds. Zoysia is even considered to be a “weed fighter” grass, keeping your lawn healthy lush and weed free.

How does this work? Zoysia grows with a horizontal stem called a rootstalk (stolons). This growth pattern allows Zoysia to grow and spread over an area, overgrowing any weeds or unwanted crab grasses. The thick, firm, and dense turf prevents new weeds from sprouting and takes over existing weed growth. The leaves of the grass grow freely in the summer, and after a few mowings can crowd out weeds all together. Because of this, less herbicide is needed to maintain a plush and green Zoysia lawn.

Should a weed happen to pop up in your Amazoy lawn, read more about on the spot weed removal. We hope you enjoy your beautiful Zoysia lawn!

Composting, Part II


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
- mulching

Benefits of Compost

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.

CompostingPlacing Compost on Your Zoysia Lawn

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.

Tools for Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on September 22nd, 2010 by Julie

Tools for Your Zoysia LawnOnce 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.

Easy Edge – Keep grass from creeping into walkways and flowerbeds. Read about the benefits of lawn edging.

Gloves - Protect and cushion palms and fingertips while working outside.

Moisture Meter - Use for on the spot moisture measurement.

pH meter – Measure the acidity or alkalinity of your soil. Read about the benefits of monitoring your soil.

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.

Caring for Your Zoysia Lawn: The Fall Season


posted on September 15th, 2010 by admin

As the temperature gets cooler and we get closer to the fall season, it’s important to continue caring for your Zoysia lawn. Using these techniques to maintain your grass will get you the best results throughout all seasons of the year.

Mow - During the spring and summer, Zoysia should be cut at the lower setting on your mower to remove dead leaf tissue. By September, this is unnecessary and the mower blade height should be raised by 1/2 to 1 inch for fall.

Aerate Your Lawn – To keep your Zoysia grass healthy, you should aerate your lawn each spring and fall. This helps prevent compaction of the soil and aids in preventing and removing thatch problems.

Dethatch - Zoysia grass can accumulate thatch because of its tough stem tissue. Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Dethatching helps keeps the turf healthy by moving excess vegetation from the thatch layer.

Avoid Fertilization – Fertilizing your lawn in the fall (after August) may interfere with the natural hardening process which takes place before winter. Instead of fertilizing, leave your Zoysia in its natural state of preparation for the winter dormant period.

Zoysia responds dramatically well when treated with the right care. By following the plan for watering, fertilizing, mowing, weeding, and maintaining a clean lawn, your Zoysia will develop into a beautiful and inviting thick lawn.

Read more about care and maintenance for your Zoysia lawn.

Lawn Aeration


posted on September 1st, 2010 by John

Plush GrassLawn aeration is probably the single best thing a homeowner can do for an established lawn.

To look its best, a lawn should be aerated at least once per year. Aeration is the process of mechanically poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your grass.

The best time to aerate your Zoysia lawn is in the spring, just before your grass beings to grow rapidly. Aeration machines are generally available from equipment rental stores.

Aerating your Zoysia Lawn Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

- Make sure the ground is soft enough. Water your lawn the day before you aerate.
- Use an aerator with hollow tines which pull up plugs of earth as the machine travels along.
- Use a criss-cross pattern. Direct the machine over the entire lawn, going back and forth in one direction. Then direct the machine to cross over the first set of rows in the opposite direction.
- Put at least 12 holes per two square feet of lawn.
- If you would like to remove the plugs of soil on the grass surface, let them dry a few days, then drag a small piece of carpet across the lawn to break them apart.
- Aerate in late April, just as the lawn is ready for vigorous growth.

Don’t:

- Use solid-tine spike aerators, which provide less benefits to your lawn.
- Aerate if your Zoysia is suffering from drought, the ground is hard and dry.
- Aerate during a dormant growth period.
- Aerate your lawn within the first year of establishment.

Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

- Allows oxygen to get to the roots and the soil, allowing it to breathe.
- Increases grass growth.
- Allows organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system.
- Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system.
- Helps to break up thatch.
- Loosens compacted soils, allowing the root system to grow.
- Allows pesticides to become more effective.
- Reduces the amount of weeds.

Aerating is ecologically friendly and can significantly improve the quality and consistency of your lawn growth. Read more about organic lawn care for your Zoysia lawn.