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What is the Big Deal About Soil pH? part 2


posted on December 3rd, 2013 by admin

How do I know what my soil pH is? Do I need to change it?  How do I correct it?

Answers and solutions to these questions are very easy!

Different plants prefer different soil pH levels.  For zoysia grass the recommended soil pH levels are between 6 and 7.

To find out the level of your soil pH you would need to test the soil.  Different parts of your property may have different pH levels, it is best to check several areas.  This can be done by taking samples of your soil to your local Agriculture Office, which can be found online,  just enter your state name and Agriculture Extension Office,  or you can simply test it yourself.  If testing the soil yourself you only need a soil pH tester, such as our Soil pH Meter.

Adjusting the soil pH is simple.  If your soil pH is below a 6 your soil is acidic. To bring the pH up you would need to add lime to your lawn.  Since it can take several months to alter your soil pH it is best to apply lime in the fall or winter, however it can be applied at any time of the year.  When choosing a lime product, please keep in mind the smaller the lime particles are the more effective they are. Lime can also be applied as a liquid. Check out our liquid Café Lime!

If your soil pH is above a 7 your soil is alkaline.  To lower the pH you would need to apply Aluminum Sulfate or Sulfur.  These products can be applied at any time, please be sure to follow the package instructions or over applying could burn your lawn. Your local garden center should carry these products.

Final Fall Chores for Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on October 4th, 2013 by admin

It is fall already, where did the summer go?  As we start to approach the cooler weather our lawn chores, at least if you have a zoysia lawn, becomes much less. This is the time of the year you can enjoy some outside activities or just sit back and relax! This is one of the great advantages of having zoysia grass. 

If you live in an area where the temperatures get cold, over the next few weeks you will be doing your final mowing for this year.  After the final mowing and the weather gets cold enough, zoysia will go dormant, turning a tawny brown color.  But, you will not have to worry about the looks of your zoysia lawn over the months ahead, it will keep a very manicured look and be worry free! 

To have and keep a beautiful zoysia lawn, there are a few steps you should take before the grass goes dormant.  It is a good practice to fertilize your established lawn in the early fall in advance of any frost.  If you have not fertilized and it is still early enough, you may want to apply a water soluble fertilizer, such as our Nutri 20. Please do not use granular fertilizer, some of them can destroy zoysia grass.  Remember to always read the label before applying anything to your lawn to ensure the product is safe for zoysia grass.  

This is the time of year you would also apply a pre-emergent to kill the weed seeds that are already in the ground for the spring weeds.  Appling a pre-emergent now will save a lot of time in the spring and summer and prevent most of the spring weeds from ever germinating and growing. 

After these task are completed, sit back and enjoy the rest of the fall and winter months, you are finished with your zoysia lawn tasks until the spring!

Fall Pre-emergent Weed Control


posted on August 29th, 2013 by admin

Don’t attack the weed, kill the seed. A pre-emergent weed killer applied in the spring and fall will help eliminate most weeds before the weed emerges by killing the weed seeds.  

Fall weed controls the winter annuals which germinate in autumn or winter, then bloom in winter or spring. Some of the most common winter annuals are chickweed, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, wild mustard, prickly lettuce, annual bluegrass, etc.

You would need to know what type of weed(s) you want to eliminate in order to pick a product that is going to be effective on your weed(s). There are 2 types of weeds leaves broadleaf and grassy; the same herbicide may not be effective on both types of weeds.  It would be best if you check with your local nursery and inquire what type of weed control is recommended. If you are using an organic product such as our Gluten-8, it can be applied to any type of grass and used in any state.

Many weed killers may have a specific timing or temperature requirements.   Fall weed control is usually done in early October.It is also very important to know what type of grass you have, not every product is safe for all types of grasses. 

Remember, to read the entire label of whatever product you choose and follow the instructions for applying. Do not increase the recommended dosage, thinking this will help to kill more of the weeds or kill them quicker.  Instead you could end up killing your lawn.

Lawn and Garden Pests


posted on June 24th, 2013 by admin

                                              Lawn and Garden Pests

The grass is green, the trees are full, the flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, the lawn and garden pests are also making their appearance.

I don’t know which pests can annoy one the most, the insects or the small mammals in the lawn.

Those pesky little animals like moles, voles, armadillos, etc. that dig or burrow can cause some real damage to your lawn.  These varmints can be a real challenge to get rid of.  At one time the only way to get rid of these pests was to trap and relocate them.  There are now some products that can be used to help rid your lawn of those pests. You can visit our website at www.zoysiafarms.com  for two natural products that we offer, Armadillo Repellent and Mole & Vole Repellent.  Both of these you simply attach to your hose and apply.  This pest will relocate themselves back to where they came from!

Amazoy zoysia grass is not a preferred habitat for many insects, because of its very dense growth pattern.  For the insects you do have to deal with, whether they are ants, fleas, ticks, chinch bugs, etc. a good pesticide should be applied.  With so many chemicals being applied to lawns these days, you may want to use an organic pesticide like our Essential-1 Organic Pesticide.

All of these products are safer for your children, pets and environment.  Just attach it to your hose and spray, the contents will mix with the water at the correct rate and you’ll be done in no time.

Different types of Zoysia Grass


posted on February 15th, 2013 by admin

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Many people do not realize that there are numerous strains of zoysia grass, all are a little different.   Below are a few of the commonly used strains of zoysia to show you how they are different. Let’s start with Amazoy our name for Meyers, Z-52 the original zoysia grass.

Amazoy – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, very tight growth pattern, low maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and very cold tolerant but will not suffer winter damage from cold. Is usually planted as plugs, can be laid as sod.

Emerald – Fine leaf blade, dark green color, tight growth pattern, high maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and warm weather only, cold weather can damage it, is usually planted professionally as sod, can be planted as plugs.

Zenith – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, tight growth pattern, drought resistant, average maintenance, moderate shade tolerance, good cold tolerance, usually planted by seed (recommended to be done by professionals) can be planted by plugs.

Let’s compare, Amazoy has a medium leaf blade, grows very tight (crowds out weeds the best), giving it the feel of walking on a deep carpet, low maintenance. Only needs mowing a few times during the season; Amazoy is very drought resistant, therefore requires less watering. Amazoy will grow in partial shade and can withstand cold temperatures, up to 30 below.

Emerald has a fine leaf, tight growth pattern, (not as tight as Amazoy), requires high maintenance. It requires about 1 ½ inches of water a week and mowing about every 7 to 10 days, will grow in partial shade, but only grows well in warm weather.

Zenith has a medium blade, tight growth pattern, drought resistant and is fairly cold tolerant.  Zenith is usually planted from seed however you must have a bare seedbed, if planted within an existing lawn there is a high failure rate.  Can only be planted from spring to early summer and must be kept moist at least 15 to 25 days and then watered at least once a day for the next 8 to 10 weeks.  Seeding is recommended for professionals only.

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.

Mow Your Lawn the RIGHT Way: Lawn Care the Old Way


posted on June 15th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Are you really mowing your lawn the right way? Most people aren’t exceptionally fond of this lawn maintenance task, but if you do it the right way, you can enjoy a nice lawn. All About Lawns gives us a few mowing tips that can help to keep the quality of your grass looking great while still saving time.

Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

Cutting your grass to short can help destroy it by making it vulnerable to weeds and insects. You are going to want to keep your blade sharp, too. Dull blades can destroy the grass shaft. One rule of thumb: never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height.

Cut at Appropriate Times

Spring is the time for most grass cutting, which would be about once a week, depending on your personal preferences. During warm weather, grass should be cut a few times a month. Don’t over water; it can help cut down on growth.

Leave Lawn Clippings

This is a key time saver. Don’t waste time with bagging grass. Leaving the clippings on your lawn will help nutrition of your lawn. It can also help retain water so that you don’t have to spend as much time watering it.

Zoysia: The Solution

You could maintain your lawn using the tips we just gave you, or you could invest in 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 of the very nature of zoysia grass, although you do want to keep the general rule of thumb in mind. You won’t ever have to use fertilizers or pesticides, and you will rarely have to water.

Which sounds better to you?

Your Zoysia Lawn: Fertilizing Established Lawns


posted on June 7th, 2010 by John

Zoysia FertilizerOnce you have planted your zoysia lawn, you might be curious about how to care for it once it has become established. In this post, we will let you know what to do about fertilizing established grass plugs.

Your zoysia lawn will be its most luxurious and healthy if it is fertilized once it is actively growing in the spring before the heat of summer.  May through early June is ideal for most of the country. You should NOT use ordinary, granular fertilizers because they can burn or cause serious damage to your zoysia lawn. You must use a water-soluble fertilizer, like our Nutri-20, that has been specially formulated for use on turf grasses. Nutri-20 is great for other stuff, too, like shrubs or vegetables.

When applying fertilizer, you should apply it with a hose-end sprayer, that supplies necessary water along with the fertilizer. Always be wary of directions, carefully following the recommendations, when applying fertilizer of any kind; you don’t want to overfeed your lawn, which may result in a chemical burn.