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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.

The Types of Soil and Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on April 14th, 2011 by

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.

Sand

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

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

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

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.

How Many Plugs Should You Buy?


posted on March 31st, 2011 by

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.

 

Dethatching Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on October 28th, 2010 by

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.

Say Goodbye to Weeds


posted on October 6th, 2010 by

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!

Caring for Your Zoysia Lawn: The Fall Season


posted on September 15th, 2010 by

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

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.

Directions for Nutri-20 Fertilizer


posted on June 22nd, 2010 by

Directions for Applying Nutri-20 To Your LawnZoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer helps you have a beautiful, lush green lawn. But it doesn’t stop there. It will help you grow plumper, tastier tomatoes, sweeter melons, bigger roses, and healthier shrubs.

Nutri-20 is different than granular fertilizers, which simply sit on the surface, causing burns that would damage the plugs. Our fertilizer is water soluble, which helps release nutrients much faster. Since zoysia grass is thick and hearty, the water soluble nature of the Nutri-20 fertilizer allows for the nutrients to reach the roots, providing your grass plugs with vital food elements that help it grow.

If you are looking to use Nutri-20 for your lawn, note that a 5 lb. bag will cover approximately 4,000 square feet of lawn. The tips below will help you apply Nutri-20 to your lawn, plants, and shrubs.

Gilmour Hand Held Sprayer:

1.      Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.      Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.      Shake well to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.      Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.      Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.      When sprayer is empty fertilizing is complete.

Ortho Dial Sprayer:

First, set your dial to 8 ounces. Then follow the instructions below.

1.       Put 1 cup of Nutri-20 into sprayer.

2.       Fill to top of sprayer with water.

3.       Shake will to dissolve Nutri-20.

4.       Attach to hose, turn on water, and begin spraying.

5.       Covers 350 square feet of lawn.

6.    When water in sprayer is clear fertilizing is complete.

For Watering Can:

  1. Use 2 teaspoons per gallon of water.

See additional information about Zoysia Farm Nurseries’ Nutri-20 fertilizer.

Your Zoysia Lawn: Fertilizing Established Lawns


posted on June 7th, 2010 by

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.

Low Maintenance Lawns: Part II


posted on June 1st, 2010 by

Zoysia Low Maintenance LawnIn our last post, we let you know about some ways that a low maintenance lawn could help save you money while being environmentally friendly. Here are a few more ways that you can save a buck while helping to save the environment.

Lawn Mowing

Lawns need to be cut, which can create an entire set of environmental issues on its own. Lawn mowers can be damaging by emitting air and noise pollution. However, there are some ways to help solve this problem. Rechargeable electric mowers are definitely environmentally friendly (they are friendly to your wallet, too). These are good for lawns up to about ¾ of an acre. An area that is larger than that usually requires a gas powered tractor, which isn’t so friendly to the environment. Newer ones are more efficient and becoming less offensive, but may not be the ideal solution.

The simplest and best solution is to pick a slow growing grass, like zoysia, for your lawn. This will require less mowing, which will ultimately save you time and money while helping the environment by cutting down on emissions. You can even leave the clippings on the lawn to help turn old grass into organic material to keep moisture on your soil.

Fertilization

Another great aspect of low maintenance lawns like zoysia is that you don’t have to fertilize as often, if at all, which will ultimately mean slower growth and less cutting. It also means less potential for harsh chemicals to end up in our waterways. But if you do choose to fertilize, going organic is the best way to go about it. Having a sustainable lawn really means starting with choosing the right grass type suitable to your local conditions. It is key to understanding the characteristics of your grass so that you can know what you can do to help save time, money, and the environment. Putting in the right grass is the first step to a sustainable lawn.