Why Zoysia? Zoysia is a particularly hardy grass that grows well in a wide range of conditions and requires far less watering and mowing than most grasses. At the same time, this “tough” grass Can Winter Rye Choke Out Weeds?. Cooler weather has set in and your yard is awash with the green of your winter rye lawn. The weeds seem to be swallowed up under the mature growth of this lush green grass. There is a definite connection between the type of lawn you have and the reduction of unwanted growths. Areas of … Can You Smother Weeds With Grass?. Battling weeds in your yard is an ongoing fight, especially if you have bare, patchy areas in your lawn — weed seeds quickly germinate in the sunny, exposed soil, preventing your turf from populating the space. You cannot smother weeds with a new grass establishment, whether from …
Zoysia is a particularly hardy grass that grows well in a wide range of conditions and requires far less watering and mowing than most grasses. At the same time, this “tough” grass creates a thick, soft carpet that feels great in bare feet. Zoysia is ideal because it actually grows differently. It sends out runners or “stolons,” expanding sideways more than it grows tall.
This is why it is so dense and effective at choking out most summer weeds and replacing existing grass. With our superior blend of zoysia, Amazoy®, you can plant a network of plugs in a new or existing lawn and it will grow into a lush, even, weed-free lawn within several growing seasons.
The key reasons zoysia is so attractive for homeowners:
Cuts water bills
- Zoysia’s vigorous root system is so deep and extensive the grass rarely, if ever, needs watering — zoysia can really cut your water bills.
Reduces mowing by two-thirds
- The lateral growth of zoysia means it grows tall very slowly — most people mow zoysia once for every three times they need to mow other grasses!
Zoysia thrives in heat and cold
“We planted Amazoy plugs three years ago and we cannot believe how beautiful our new lawn is. Our grand son loves to play outside when he comes to visit” —M.D.
- “The hotter it gets, the better it grows.” Zoysia loves blistering heat and yet it won’t winter kill either — it can survive to 30° below zero. It’s perfect for extreme conditions as well as mild climates.
- Amazoy plugs will thrive in the heat and sunshine, but will not be damaged by snow or cold weather conditions. Amazoy can withstand temperatures of 120° to -30°Fahrenheit.
Chokes out crabgrass and weeds all summer long
- Your established zoysia lawn grows so thick with deep roots that crabgrass and other summer weed seeds cannot germinate.
No more chemicals
- Since zoysia naturally resists insects and diseases, you avoid the cost, time and risk of exposing your family and pets to weedkillers and pesticides.
Never needs replacement — even heals itself
- It’s beautiful and tough. The way it naturally grows outward along the ground in all directions, zoysia grass acts like a network of plants that can withstand heavy use, and will fill in if damaged.
Zoysia is THE answer for slopes, play areas and bare spots
- You can’t beat zoysia for hard to cover spots, worn areas or to end erosion on slopes. It even levels out ground irregularities.
You don’t pamper zoysia – You enjoy it!
“I always thought my Great Grandmother had the most beautiful lawn. It was like walking on carpet” —N.O.
Amazoy zoysia plugs will grow in all kinds of clay soils. Although clay soils are dense, Amazoy zoysia grass has strong roots that penetrate and create air passages for good root development.
Amazoy zoysia plugs will grow in rock-like or granite soil, but you will need to mix in a layer of top soil before planting.
Amazoy zoysia plugs will grow in most salty soils. Because zoysia grass is highly salt tolerant, it is recommended for areas near coastlines where salty soils are often found. Amazoy will grow well in areas near roads and driveways that are salted to melt winter ice and snow.
Amazoy zoysia plugs grow especially well in sandy soil because there are many airspaces that allow zoysia’s roots to penetrate, providing quicker root development.
Although Amazoy zoysia grass grows well in many different types of soil, the ideal soil pH level is 6 to 7. pH levels can be altered by using granulated lime to raise the pH level or small quantities of sulfur to lower it. When using sulfur, it is important not to over-apply, as sulfur is an acidifying agent that can burn lawns. Insert a pH meter into your soil at several locations to determine pH levels. We offer an easy to use pH Meter.
Amazoy can be planted in part shade, as long as the area to be planted gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day.
If you are planting your plugs under trees, make sure that the pH of the soil is between 6 and 7. Trees have a tendency to alter the pH of your soil. pH levels can be modified by using granulated lime to raise pH and small quantities of sulfur to reduce it.
To determine the pH of your soil, use a pH meter or soil testing kit. We offer an easy to use pH Meter and Soil Test Kit.
Slopes and Borders
Excellent on Slopes and Hills
Amazoy zoysia works very well in areas with steep slopes and hills. Amazoy plugs make it easy to plant the grass on steep areas and once established they will create a thick carpet-like grass. It will also require less mowing, which can be difficult and dangerous on steep slopes.
Great Erosion Control
Amazoy’s deep root system (about 2 feet when fully established) and the thickness of the turf will work to significantly reduce slope erosion. Amazoy plugs make it easy to initially plant zoysia on steep areas as well.
Children and Pets
Safe for Children and Pets
Amazoy zoysia is completely safe for children and pets. Because there is no need to use poisonous chemicals on your lawn, your children and pets can romp on the lawn without fear of contamination. Zoysia’s durability means you will have no worries about damage that can result from lawn play.
More Tolerant of Animal Waste
Zoysia is more tolerant to pet urine and feces than most grasses. However, no grass will survive prolonged or constant exposure to pet waste. Pets should be kept off of the new plugs for at least 30 days in order for the plugs to become established.
After the plugs are established, you can minimize the effects of pet waste by periodically liming the soil in order to restore the pH level to an acceptable range between 6 and 7.
Safe for Horses and Dogs
Amazoy grass plugs are safe for horses and dogs. While zoysia has minimal nutritional value, eating zoysia will not harm horses and dogs.
“Many years ago my father plugged Amazoy zoysia grass into the family yard and it is still green as ever. It has absolutely choked out all the crab grass.” —P.D.S.
Safe for Wells and Septic Systems
Amazoy zoysia grass is safe for wells and septic systems as well as leach fields. The developed root system of zoysia may reach 2 or more feet below the soil surface but cannot penetrate well walls, septic systems or damage underground lines.
Amazoy has an inherent resistance to the effects of most insects and diseases and resists injury from most chemicals when pest populations do require controls.
Chokes Out Weeds
Once established, the dense turf created by zoysia significantly reduces summer weeds. Amazoy will choke out all existing cultivated and wild grasses, including Bermuda (often called wire grass) and St. Augustine. For best results keep these grasses away from newly planted zoysia plugs.
Zoysia, like deciduous trees, goes dormant after the first killing frost and will go off its green color until the ground reaches temperatures of about 50°F in the spring. This is a normal, healthy process. In fact, zoysia’s ability to go “dormant” is important to its ability to better withstand extreme winter cold and still come back full and green every spring. Amazoy will not be damaged by snow and cold weather conditions. Amazoy can withstand temperatures of -30°Fahrenheit ( -30°F below zero).
What About Zoysia Seed?
“We bought some plugs from you about a couple of years ago. We think there is nothing on the market that will touch them” —H.S.
Amazoy, the first Zoysia cultivar to be released by the US Department of Agriculture is still the superior standard. Vegetatively propagated Zoysia grass plugs provide the highest quality lawn.
Historically, it has been extremely difficult to create a fine Zoysia grass lawn from seed. However, Zoysia seed has come a long way over the last few decades. It now germinates better producing a beautiful lawn, but still has some very particular requirements in order to be successful. Our experience is that it is possible to establish a lawn from the Zoysia seed and we now are making available Zoysia seed to homeowners. We only supply what we believe to be the best of the best and the one that meets our standard for quality and durability.
There are very specific requirements for how deep to plant the seed, the amount of light it needs, and watering. It will be important to follow the seed planting instructions carefully for success.
“I am very proud of the way my plugs of (Amazoy) Meyer Z-52 grass have grown and spread and it is all that you have claimed for it” —A.B.
What do Zoysia Plugs look like?
Amazoy Zoysia grass resembles Kentucky bluegrass as far as texture and appearance. Each plug is a small piece of Zoysia sod that can measure as small as 1 inch square but can be much bigger in size just never smaller.
How are plugs shipped?
Amazoy Freestyle Plugs are shipped in 10″ by 15″ sheets of grass. Each sheet can produce up to 150 — 1″ square plugs. The plugs can be cut bigger, that’s the freestyle part. Bigger plugs means less cutting and less planting, but you will get less plugs from each sheet.
Super Plugs are precut for you into individual 3″ by 3″ plugs that are ready to plant. They will arrive in easy-to-handle trays of 15 Super plugs.
All plugs are shipped the same day they are packed with a moisture-proof lining so the roots reach you fresh, vigorous and ready to grow.
How long will the plugs last before planting?
Zoysia plugs are living plants, therefore, we recommend planting them as soon as possible. If the plugs cannot be planted upon receipt, remove them from the cartons, placing blade side up in an area that receives some sunlight (not direct sun). Mist the plugs with water and keep them moist until planting. Plugs must be planted within 2 weeks of receipt.
Can Winter Rye Choke Out Weeds?
Cooler weather has set in and your yard is awash with the green of your winter rye lawn. The weeds seem to be swallowed up under the mature growth of this lush green grass. There is a definite connection between the type of lawn you have and the reduction of unwanted growths. Areas of California and other states with mild winters — generally, U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9 — can actually support this weed-deterring grass year-round.
There are two types of winter ryegrass. There is the annual variety that you need to replant every year and the more permanent perennial type (Lolium perenne). The grass germinates quickly, within three to five days, and can effectively cover an area within four to eight weeks. It provides a homeowner with a bright green lawn, is great as a filler for bare patches, can mix with other ground cover varieties and assists with erosion control. The weed-repelling ability, though, is one of the biggest advantages to planting this hardy grass in your yard.
Effect on Weeds
Winter rye grass is an excellent ground cover because it is allelopathic — the grass contains a chemical that will naturally destroy certain weeds and plants that grow in the same soil. Ryegrass planted in the yard can overcome weeds such as duckweed and crabgrass. Take care, though, as ryegrass may overcome other grasses planted in conjunction with it. For example, it can slow the growth of Bermuda grass. Combat this by cutting the ryegrass closer to the ground and reducing the water volume at the end of a cool season in preparation for the emergence of the alternate grass.
Gardeners will often plant ryegrass with other grasses to use this weed-deterring advantage. This grass is commonly grown with zoysia, Bermuda grass and blue grass, depending on water available, type of soil and lawn appearance desired. The seed or sod is also applied to lawns to fill in thinning or bare areas, as well as to take over when cooler weather halts the growth of summer ground cover.
Ryegrass as a Weed
Not only can winter rye choke out weeds, but also it can become a weed itself. Rye grass can be resistant to herbicides and be difficult to remove from areas where it is not wanted. Increasing the application of the herbicide glyphosate has proven to be somewhat effective in controlling the spread of this well-known ground cover.
Can You Smother Weeds With Grass?
Battling weeds in your yard is an ongoing fight, especially if you have bare, patchy areas in your lawn – weed seeds quickly germinate in the sunny, exposed soil, preventing your turf from populating the space. You cannot smother weeds with a new grass establishment, whether from seed, sprigs or sod, since both species will compete for soil resources. Grass clippings spread on weeds as a mulch, however, may curb weed seeds from germinating. Practice consistent maintenance on your established lawn, such as proper mowing, to help deter unwanted plants.
You cannot smother weeds with a new grass establishment, whether from seed, sprigs or sod, since both species will compete for soil resources.
Good Soil Maintenance
One of the best ways to smother weeds is to keep your soil healthy for thick grass growth. In general, your grass needs a soil pH value range between 6 and 7. With a slightly acidic range, some weed seeds cannot survive in these conditions. Proper fertilizing approximately three times each year keeps the soil prime for grass growth as well, according to the University of Rhode Island – sunlight cannot reach the soil where weed seeds germinate if the grass shades the soil. A fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is sufficient for most grass species.
Removing Weeds From Grass
Some weed species are bound to invade your turf, so it is critical to remove these sprouts as soon as you find them, recommends University of Maryland. Neglecting even one weed causes stress to your grass as it steadily grows. Annual weeds do not create extensive root systems – hand-pulling them directly from the soil typically removes all traces of the plant.
But you need to carefully remove any portion of perennial weeds from the ground. Leftover root parts broken off from the main weed easily proliferate into new pesky plants. You may need to repeatedly hand-weed the turf of these perennials, especially if they had a chance to spread seed.
Mulching With Grass Clippings
Applying a 2- to 3-inch grass clipping layer across your weeds does not typically smother them – weed foliage still has ample sunlight and soil resources to grow steadily. This smothering mulch technique, however, does help you prevent weed seed germination. Seeds that do not have access to sunlight cannot properly develop into hardy seedlings.
Watering and Mowing
Although watering may seem to encourage weed growth, a proper irrigation strategy helps the grass grow tall to smother weed seeds — removing critical sunlight warmth prevents seed germination. Water your turf in the morning so that the roots have a full day of sunlight and growth to continue spreading their roots deep into the ground.
Healthy root establishment creates tall and dense grass blades to smother weeds. In addition, cutting your lawn to a minimum height of 2 inches helps to minimize weed growth. If you cut your lawn too short, sunlight penetrates the soil and helps weed seeds germinate. With sharp lawnmower blades, you create a crisp cut across all the blades to keep them healthy for future, vigorous growth.
Herbicides and New Lawns
Grass struggling to grow from a new establishment cannot smother weeds. Because there is no grass seed that kills weeds, it may be necessary to use herbicides on weeds so that your grass has a chance to populate the planted area. Your new grass needs time to establish itself before any herbicides are applied – you could possibly kill off your new grass with too much chemical exposure.
After your sixth time mowing the new seedlings, apply herbicide directly to the weeds, if desired. Your grass has enough strength to withstand the chemical application at this point, if hand pulling the weeds does not suffice.