I am new homeowner and 1 1/2 year ago when I moved in, my lawn was
beautifull. Last year I killed my lawn (lack of knowledge how to move lawn,
fertilizing, etc...). I didn't know anything about moving lawn, etc...
This year I would like to get my lawn in shape and to be again great and
I saw some commercial about Zoysia plugs, so I don't need to errate,
fertilize and seed my lawn, just need to get those plugs and put them onto
my lawn. I was thinking to get something like this and have it installed
onto my lawn.
Or is it better to get the old way, errate and fertilize and overseed with
some nice grass seed like Bermuda or RTF...
When I need to get in touch with those guys or should I wait until end of
this month and begin of next month to do this project????
Is is better to do it DIY or contact some of local grass/lawn care
And how expensive are they??? Do I need to get in contract with them or is
it just ongoing basis???
I am located in Jamestown, (Triad area) NC, and would appreciate any advice.
The thing they don't tell you about starting a lawn from Zoysia plugs is
that Zoysia won't displace Bermuda, and if you have other grass or weeds,
it'll take years for the Zoysia to fill in completely, if it ever does. One
of the great things about Zoysia is that it grows relatively slowly, and
isn't terribly invasive. Those are the qualities that work against you when
you try to start a lawn from zoysia plugs.
Now if you do proper ground preparation, install the plugs properly, and
water and fertilize properly, you just might get a nice looking lawn by the
end of one growing season. Same as if you rennovated your lawn and seeded
the prepared bed with one of the newer Zoysia seeds such as Zenith...
Zoyas here suck. Period. If you like your lawn to have a nice red and green
Christmas appearance for about 4 years, then by all means, go for it.
What you should do, is get a soil sample over to the Guilford County office
and allow them to test it. They will tell you what you are lacking, what you
need to do to prepare the bed, and suggest a few different grasses that will
do well in this climate.
Im not far from you and my grass has been mowed once since December....as
in, its still green, still growing, altho very slowly while the neighbors
yards are still dormant.
If you have a red clay issue where you are at, lime, lime, and more lime,
along with believe it or not, iron...altho the red clay gets its color from
iron oxides, you will still need to throw some down to really get that deep
Get over to the Extensions office, find out what they need to run a soil
sample for you, and let them know that you will be re-seeding and need some
advice on the soil content and what to do to improve it. The list you get
back might seem excessive, but if you follow it, your neighbors wil be
asking you in a season or two how in hell you keep it green so long...
BTW, a neighbor of mine tried the plug method....he did this 5 years ago.
there are still patches that look like a patchwork of grass.
Different areas require different treatments and different grasses. As
suggested, your local nursery or county extension office is a good place to
Don't follow the instructions on the fertilizer packages. Do follow the
instructions of the extension office. Generally the instructions on the
packages will not give you the best results. They are designed to give the
producer the best profit. They want you to put it on and see a fast green
up, they don't care about the long run, in fact they would rather have it
not look good so you will buy more.
The best time to overseed (in your area) is in the fall. Knowing what
to do and when to do it is key. In the next few weeks you should be
applying pre-emergence with fertilizer if there was any crabgrass last
year. Apply it when you see the first dandelion bloom in your
neighborhood. Test your pH and lime if needed. Spot treat weeds in
the spring. It takes a year or two to get a lawn back into shape.
On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 20:30:28 GMT, "Eldin Dino Kusturica"
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