posted on April 27th, 2011 by Steve Schug
As we mentioned earlier this month, understanding the type of soil you’re working with when planting your Zoysia lawn is the first step in achieving the best possible results. Once you’ve determined soil type, it’s time to test its pH level to help you figure out what, if any, extra nutrients your soil may require.
While your Zoysia lawn can grow in a variety of soil types and pH levels, ideally your soil’s pH should be between 6 and 7. Since the pH of your soil determines how well plants absorb nutrients, it’s important to test it prior to planting – You can do this easily with a handheld pH meter.
If your soil tests below the ideal level, it is considered acidic. Acidic soil contains more sulfur and aluminum sulfate than neutral soils – And while acidic soil does help plants absorb iron more easily, it can also hinder the ability to absorb molybdenum.
Soil that tests above the ideal lever is considered alkaline. Alkaline soils tend to contain an abundance of lime or wood ash and help plants absorb potassium. However, alkaline soils can cause difficulty in the absorption of manganese.
Overall, most plants, including your Zoysia lawn, will thrive in a neutral soil. You can alter the level of your soil’s pH by adding granulated lime to raise the pH level or adding small quantities of sulfur to lower the pH level.
posted on April 14th, 2011 by John
While Zoysia grass is incredibly resilient and can choke out many weeds on its own, it is not entirely immune to the occasional weed.
From time to time, you may be faced with a weed – Not to worry! Many weeds can be taken care of quickly with a product like Weed Be Gone or a water-soluble component. However, 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. It is extremely important that you do not combine a pre-emergent with a weed and feed or fertilizer or use a product that contains both – This combination of chemicals could be detrimental to the health and beauty of your lawn.
For the best results, pre-emergence products should be used in early spring and again in the fall.
To prevent weeds and keep your Zoysia lawn healthy, mow at a higher height, water less and aerate your lawn annually. To retard weed growth, mow your lawn more frequently during the spring months.
posted on April 14th, 2011 by Steve Schug
The soil underneath of your Zoysia lawn supplies your grass with nutrients and water as it grows. While Zoysia grows well in a variety of soils, in order to be sure your lawn will grow successfully and look its best, it’s important to know the type of soil you’re working with.
Sandy soil is made of larger rock particles that fit loosely together. While this type of soil does not lend itself to remaining moist, its roomy airspaces allow Zoysia’s roots to penetrate and provide quicker root development. Prior to planting, though, this type of soil might require some alteration in the form of manure or compost if it is more sand than soil.
Silt-based soils are made of medium-sized particles that can often only be seen with the aide of a microscope. These types of soils shed water quickly, but feel slick to the touch when they are wet. They tend to be rich in nutrients and a great growing environment.
Clay-like soils are made of tiny particle that stick tightly together. These soils hold water and nutrients well, but they are also susceptible to “winter heaving” which can be harmful to perennial plants. It is best to mix your clay soil well with an organic matter to reduce its compaction, making it easier for roots to grow.
Organic matter is made of organic materials like compost, decomposed manure and shredded leaves. When applied to sandy or clay-like soils, it helps to maintain ideal moisture levels and creates airspace to help roots grow as needed. By adding organic matter in moderation, you alter your existing soil and give your Zoysia lawn the best chance to grow and thrive.
Remember, a big part of keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful is knowing what’s underneath it. Knowing what type of soil you have prior to planting your Zoysia lawn will help it to grow and thrive for years to come.
posted on March 31st, 2011 by Julie
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.
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.
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.
posted on October 28th, 2010 by Steve Schug
Dethatching 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.
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.
Ideas to Make Over Your Yard:
- Rocks and Stones
- Flower Beds
- Trees and Shrubs
- Fountain and Ponds
- Retaining Walls
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.
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.
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!