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Why is My Zoysia Grass Brown?


posted on March 24th, 2010 by Steve Schug

After the first hard frost, you may be wondering why your grass has started to turn a tawny-brown tone. You don’t need to worry! Zoysia grass, like a deciduous tree, goes dormant after the first hard frost, when cold weather is moving in. The lush green color will fade.

In fact, most grasses have the tendency to go dormant at some point in the year. Winter causes dormancy for zoysia grass because it is categorized as a “warm season” grass. Cool season grasses are the opposite, and can go dormant in warm summer month, just when most people want to enjoy their lawn.

These photos, found at Gardens Gardens blog, show exactly what zoysia dormancy looks like.

This is healthy, and a part of the grass’ process. Zoysia’s ability to go dormant in winter helps it withstand colder temperatures, while still allowing it to come back lush every spring and remain green even in the full heat of summer.

In fact, some of you may not experience this dormancy at all. If you live in a region with mild winters, your lawn will remain lush and green all year round. But if you do experience dormancy, there is no need to worry, once winter is over, your grass will be back in no time at all, without any effort needed from you.

Click here to see more pictures of dormant zoysia grass.

Geographic Location: Where You Are Matters


posted on March 22nd, 2010 by Julie

One of the great things about our Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs is that they grow in a multitude of growing regions and climates. The plugs can survive through an array of conditions: heat, cold, drought, and rain. Because of this, we ship our grass plugs throughout the continental United States, with the exception of Washington and Oregon (our years of experience with grass plugs shows that the conditions there are not conducive to the successful growth of Amazoy Zoysia) Zoysia loves hot and dry weather, which contributes to the reason why Zoysia can stay green, even in the hottest of summers.

Because of the variety of terrain and temperaments of our country, certain states and regions have different growing seasons, as seen in the map below. So depending on your location, your shipment of plugs will arrive to you when it is best to plant them. We also take weather and field conditions into consideration, so if you are having weather that will inhibit the successful growth of Zoysia, we will wait until better weather arrives to send them to you. Conditions on our farm can affect shipment, too; if our farms are too wet, we are unable to harvest. Mother Nature holds influence over when shipment occurs.

To see your region’s optimal planting season or when your plugs will ship to you, check out our map here or below.

Plug Arrival: Best Time to Plant Your Plugs


posted on March 11th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Not surprisingly, the best time to plant your Amazoy Zoysia plugs is the same day they arrive to you. The plugs are living plants, so the sooner you plant them, the better. However, if you are unable to plant your Zoysia plugs right away, here are a few tips to keep them healthy until you can plant them.

1. Take the plugs out of the box and their plastic packaging.
2. Lay the plugs on a flat surface with the grass side facing up.
3. Keep your plugs in an area that does not get direct sunlight.
4. Keep your plugs well misted, about once a day, with water.

If you follow these four tips, you will have about two to three weeks to get them into your soil. Planting instructions are included in every order, or you can check out planting instructions here.

Zoysia Growth: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait


posted on March 4th, 2010 by Steve Schug

How much time have you spent messing around with grass seeds that you hoped would improve your lawn? Having a beautiful lawn may not be quick fix. The solution starts with a product that is appropriate for your needs.

Zoysia is the right solution for sunny and partly shady lawns. When planted one plug per square foot, (the minimum we recommend), Amazoy Zoysia will take two to three growing seasons (2 to 3 years) to fill in completely. If you choose to plant plugs closer together, your estimated growth time will decrease. If you want to calculate how many plugs you may need, check out our plug calculator.

Two to three years may sound like a lot, but Zoysia’s process of growth is part of its strength. It actually grows differently than other grasses, sending our runners or “stolons,” expanding sideways more than it grows tall. Zoysia’s slow spreading tendencies help it to become strong and sturdy, withstanding heavy traffic and erosion. So over those few growing seasons, Zoysia will grow lush, even, and green, while simultaneously crowding out the summer weeds, ultimately creating a beautiful lawn for you to enjoy.

Zoysia Grass: Seeds vs. Plugs


posted on March 1st, 2010 by John

If you are considering purchasing zoysia for your lawn, you may be considering a few different options. In your research, you may find that zoysia is not an all-inclusive term. Not only are there are different types of zoysia, there are also different ways to plant it: seeds or plugs.

Seeds

Seeds are a new option for planting your Zoysia, although it tends to be more expensive and can require more to cover a comparable area. Seeds can be planted from May to June, resulting in a very short planting period of about 6 weeks in most regions of the country.

The area to be seeded must be well prepared, flat and with no competition from other grasses or weeds.  The seeded area must be watered frequently and kept moist until established, and must be covered with an erosion cloth to reduce surface distribution caused by this watering. They are also sensitive to light and temperature. Because of this, seed has generally only been successful when planted by professions, such as golf course managers.

The grass that results from Zoysia seed is a medium to coarse textured lawn. It can grow unevenly and in mounds. The resulting grass is also not very resilient against cold temperatures, sometimes resulting in death during winter.

Plugs

Here at Zoysia Farms, we believe in the power of plugs. Although plugs require more time to fill in than seed, the success rate is virtually 100%. Even more so, they require less maintenance overall. You don’t have to water often, and the grass isn’t light sensitive. The grass is thick and tough enough that erosion isn’t a problem. Grass resulting from plugs is an even lawn that proves to be hardier in colder temperatures.

Planting is easier, too. We have already done all of the hard work for you. We ship you the product, and you plant exactly what we provide to you: a living plant. The planting period is much longer, too. Rather than the 6 week planting period for seeds, zoysia grass plugs have a planting season that spans from early spring to fall.

Amazoy Zoysia: What’s the Difference?


posted on February 25th, 2010 by Steve Schug

As we have mentioned, Zoysia is a particularly hardy grass that grows well in a wide range of conditions. We also let you know a little bit about its history, both historically and company specific.

But zoysia isn’t just a catchall. There are many different types of zoysia. They act similarly, but can look and grow differently. Read more below about the most popular types of zoysia on the market today.

Amazoy / Meyer Z-52

This is the type of zoysia we specialize in. It has a medium, dark green color and an intermediate leaf texture and shoot density (thickness). It is known for fast spring green up (gain color back if it goes dormant) and is the most cold tolerant. It is sold as plugs and sod.

Emerald

Emerald zoysia is a hybrid of zoysia, and was developed in Georgia. It is dark green in color, with a very fine leaf texture. It grows more quickly than other zoysia, but is only available as sod. This hybrid grass has fair shade tolerance and high shoot density, but doesn’t have superb cold weather tolerance.

Matrella / Manila

Zoysia matrella or manila grass originated on the island of Manila, hence its name. It has an intermediate leaf texture and shoot density. It does not hold up well in colder temperatures and is slow to establish.

Zenith

Similar to Meyer Z-52 in appearance, but grows less dense. It does not do well in areas that are shaded and its ability to withstand cold temperatures is questionable.

Empire

This type of zoysia is from Brazil. It has a courser texture than other zoysia and is the least cold tolerant.

To see descriptions of other zoysia grasses, click here.

Zoysia: Solution for Spreading


posted on February 15th, 2010 by Julie

Sometimes Amazoy Zoysia can be a little, well, eager. It is a spreading grass and sometimes finds its way into flowerbeds, gardens, and neighbor’s yards (in which case it might help the whole neighborhood look great). But maybe you don’t want it in your garden and maybe your neighbor doesn’t want it in his yard.

No problem, there is an easy solution. Inserting plastic or metal borders inserted about 6” into the ground will keep the grass from spreading in places where it isn’t wanted. Here at Zoysia Farms, we recommend Easy-Edge® lawn edging. The flexible and easy to install plastic edging will take care of any unwanted spreading.

To see how to accurately install borders, check out the video below.

Removing Weeds from Zoysia Grass


posted on February 11th, 2010 by Steve Schug

What weeds?

Just kidding. We know that even though Amazoy Zoysia is good at choking out weeds because of its density and thickness, a few may pop up every now and then. No need to worry, this can be easily taken care of.

Using a weed killer will solve the problem. Weed Be Gone is an efficient product and a good place to start. Using this on your weeds will kill them without killing the grass itself. You can also check out our Hose-End Sprayer if you want to apply water-soluble components. But steer clear of Round-Up; it is designed to kill grass!

If you are attempting to get rid of crabgrass, the best solution is to attack it with a pre-emergence product that will kill the seeds before they germinate. Any product like this must be applied in the early spring.

So when (or should we say if?) weeds pop-up, maintenance is easy and simple. Just get the right product and your weeds will be taken care of and Amazoy Zoysia will help prevent them from coming back.

Zoysia vs. Regular Grass: The Bottom Line


posted on February 10th, 2010 by Steve Schug

When it comes to making decisions, sometimes it really is about the bottom line. This is especially true of a home investment purchases, like an improved lawn. When comparing Amazoy Zoysia to other grasses like Kentucky Blue or Rye, there is quite a difference in continual costs and maintenance.

Mowing

With Amazoy Zoysia, mowing is reduced to about once per month. In regions with a growing season of 6 months, that is only six times a year. Other grasses require more, often about once a week during the active growing season. That is 26 times a year! And if you put that in terms of cost of a lawn service or gas for your mower, mowing less would obviously save you money.

Fertilizing

Grasses like Kentucky Blue require a multi-step program throughout the growing season, so you would have to pay for and apply fertilizer three to four times a year. With Amazoy, you can choose to apply fertilizer, but you will only need to do so one time at the start of the growing season.

Watering

Amazoy Zoysia also requires less watering, if any at all. Many grasses require at least one, if not multiple, watering each week to stay green in the heat of the summer, resulting in a higher water bill or strain on your well, and more of your time.

Weed Control

Less densely growing grasses tend to need weed control, requiring costly general applications and spot treatments. Densely growing Zoysia will choke out most existing summer weeds once it has become established, but if a weed or two pops up, a quick spot application should take care of it.

The Evolution of Zoysia


posted on February 5th, 2010 by John

So, what is zoysia? Where did it come from? Maybe you have heard the term or have seen advertisements, but in this blog post, we are going help you out a bit.

Zoysia grass, native to southeastern and eastern Asia, is a genus of eight species of spreading grass named after Austrian botanist Karl von Zois. Of the eight species, three are common in the United States: Zoysia Japonica, Zoysia Matrella, and Zoysia Tenuifolia. Meyer Zoysia, which we specialize in here at Zoysia Farm Nurseries, is a strain of the Japonica species.

As mentioned in our last blog post, zoysia made its first appearance in America when botanist C.V. Piper brought it over from Manila. Prior to that, zoysia was popular in Asian culture, dating as far back as the early 12th century.

Here at Zoysia Farm Nurseries, we specialize in Meyer Zoysia, which has a history all its own. According to the USGA Journal and Turf Management, the Meyer Z-52 strain was discovered in 1906 by Frank N. Meyer, a plant explorer for the Division of Plant Exploration. He brought it back to the United States from Korea, where it was filed with the Department of Agriculture as Zoysia pungens. Over time, it became Zoysia japonica, the species name it carries now. It was released by the USDA for commercial development in 1951.

Today, zoysia is used in a wide variety of ways, including golf course fairways, athletic fields, playgrounds, park areas, and home lawns.