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posted 12 September 2005 13:30           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the ad in the paper and what got my attention was that it only had to be mowed twice all summer. Has that been your experience? I don't want grass if it has to be mowed.

Someone told me Buffalo grass did not have to be mowed at all. Know anything about that?

QUOTE]Originally posted by Atlanta resident:
I live in Atlanta. We planted zoysia plugs years ago & they have spread quite a bit. We will be ordering more on a CREDIT CARD so that if they do not perform, we can file a billing dispute & get our money back. The zoysia is wonderful in the hot, humid and recently drought stricken Atlanta climate. The best part is the fall: the leaves are a breeze to blow off the zoysia with the blower whereas the fescue is horrible. It is absolutely the most carefree grass we have ever had. No hassle at all & I would love to have it all over the yard. It's thick & I care not that it's brown in the winter.It has choked out all the weeds, fescue & again, I just wish it would spread faster ! We don't fertilize it or do anything to it & yet it thrives on sheer neglect. My kinda grass ![/QUOTE]

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posted 12 September 2005 13:40           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buffalo doesn't need to be mowed as often but you will have weed issues since they are very open.

609 variety is probably the best buffalo grass out there. http://www.turfgrassamerica.com/info/609buffalo.php?id=16

If you let it grow tall, you dont need to mow very much. Some people don't know how to manage buffalo AT ALL. In most cases, you do NOTHING! They will take care of themselves!

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KMC
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posted 28 August 2006 15:03     Click Here to See the Profile for KMC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased some Amazoy Zoysia grass from Zoysia Farms in mid April. I received it in early May. To those who ordered in the winter / early spring, if you read the web site it says what time of year they ship. It's not year round. Anyhow, when I got my "plugs" (rectangles of sod that were scored, not really perforated at all) they were brown, and I was worried. I was not going to be able to plant for several days. I kept them sprinkled with water every day in the box for about 3-4 days. It took me 2 days to plant them all. They looked dead. The soil was pretty dry, and certain areas crumbled apart when I cut them. I would recommend watering them fairly heavily in the package once you receive them. I would also recommend cutting them into large pieces (about 3"x3", but at least 2"x2"). This will drastically reduce the amount of plugs you get, but I think it will yield the best result. My wife decided to do this when she was planting them while I wasn't home. I used the plugger and wet the ground and filled all the holes with water, then added the moist plugs. As I said, many fell apart (about 10% of them), but I would say that about 90% of the ones I planted became green and survived. It took a few weeks (watering every day) for this to be evident. Now it's the end of August. My zoysia has remained green thoughout the summer, while the other grass was brown. This let me know it was actually still there. Growth has been really slow. However, now after some recent rainstorms, the zoysia is growing really fast. To my surprise, the runners have sprung out from some plugs I had in bare ground and are perforating the ground. A few patches have grown together. It seems to do much better in patches of bare ground than it does amongst other taller grass. Perhaps that's my fault, since I haven't been cutting every week. You have to be patient with this grass, but overall I think it's done what it claims to do. I'll have to get some more next year to fill in the gaps a bit faster.

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posted 23 February 2007 14:19     Click Here to See the Profile for patch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered about 1000 plugs last april received them in october.Planted as directed they were brown then and they stayed brown.I will never buy again.I asked for the refund they promised never got a reply.

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green in atlanta
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posted 26 February 2007 07:33     Click Here to See the Profile for green in atlanta     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Admittedly, this reply does not address the issue of unscrupulous vendors. My advice to anyone reading this thread is NOT to buy 1x1 inch zoysia plugs in the first place. Most zoysia cultivars just don't grow very fast. If you are not able to go for the immediate gratification of sod, try a vendor that sells 3x3 inch plugs. Assuming the plugs are viable, I think you will be more pleased with how much more quickly your yard achieves full coverage...especially if you live in a cooler part of the US with a shorter growing season. Which brings up another point...as beautiful as some types of zoysia can be, if I lived in the northern US I'm not sure I'd invest in any turf that was going to be dormant(brown) more months than green. But hey, that's a personal choice. Maybe it's worth it to have the most beautiful yard on the block 4 months out of the year.

[This message has been edited by green in atlanta (edited 27 February 2007).]

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posted 02 July 2007 11:50     Click Here to See the Profile for toaster1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plant the grass in whole squares and water daily for the first two weeks. The grass does look brown when it arrives. I have ordered the boxes of the grass and it is doing great. I fertilize the grass with liquid miracle grow once a week. If you follow this plan the grass will grow beyond your belief. My grass has exceeded my expectations! Heat can make the grass look bad, but just add a little water and it looks healthy again in about half an hour. I hate to see all the failers, but if you baby it for the first two weeks the grass will do very well.

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posted 04 August 2007 14:21     Click Here to See the Profile for John-ootz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, folks--May I suggest a few tips on how to grow zoysia grass from a retired salesman with a nice front a back lawn in northern Jersey???

I've been buying plugs from Zoysia Farms for years, and never had a problem with their product. You're right--it does come in the box looking brown, but that doesn't mean you got shafted.

Take the sheets out of the box, and if you can't plant them the same day, go to the supermarket and buy three or four aluminum lasagna pans, and put the sheets in there. Water them a little bit each day until you're "good to go".

Don't cut them in one inch squares, but rather in two or three inch squares using a serrated knife or a hack saw blade on a piece of wood or the Sunday paper. If it's a new lawn, may I suggest you place the plugs in the recommended pattern, and then tamp them down in the hole. The plugger they send you is bogus.It breaks at the welds. If the soil is loose, take a straight-handled rake or a shovel, and poke holes in the ground!

Water the plugs before 10 AM or after 5 PM in the summer months. Why? 'Cause the rest of the day is the hotttest, and you're waisting your time on the watering process.

Now here's the kicker--As someone mentioned earlier on this blog, get a can of Miracle Grow from the discount store you frequent, and hit the plugs once a week with the stuff. Not only is Miracle Grow good for tomato plants, it's also good for zoysia plugs. Keep watering for about two weeks to get the roots growing.

Now, here's another hint. Never re-plug from the good stuff. Buy more plugs. My experiences have been negative with that damn plugger they send, and besides the holes look like "SPIT", and takes a season to fill in.

Drawbacks of zoysia grass...

The only one I have is my stupid neighbor who hates the stuff. She bitches to me and says it's too hard to cut with a power mower. "Yeah, that's right, dumb bell. But take a look at the lawn I sent you for the past ten years---NOT A DAMN WEED IN IT"!!!

I don't work for the zoysia company, but as an old salesman, I get turned off when people don't read the directions that come with the product, and talk like a butt-head on the phone when they complain. Remember what your momma told you when you were young??? "You get more with honey than with vinegar, sweetie!"

Try these hints, and let me know what happens. Hasta la veesta, buddies!!!

John-ootz from North Jersey.....

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Asian Cajun
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posted 04 August 2007 23:35     Click Here to See the Profile for Asian Cajun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dat Right my man. You said it. It da truth. All u had 2 do is wada with mircle grow n da it. dahanks 4 dee advice. It about time me heard dee true master say it dat to da bone yeah. Cajun from down south still struggling with dem dame zoysia.

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Richard1954
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posted 03 April 2008 22:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noticed the compliant on zoysiafarms being 2001 posting. I purchased several hundred dollars worth of plugs from them (57 boxes of plugs) and all I got was 3 1/2 boxes of dead sod (not plugs) and about 4 months of submitting my credit card company documentation (ie pictures of sod the day I got it, pictures throughout the 6 weeks watering it (thank God for digital cameras) and pictures of local zoysia plugs, regular sod, and the advertisement) before I could get the credit card company to learn about the differance between sod and plugs let alone about false advertising and out and out fraud (whereas I only got a fraction of my order for the full amount of their cost) before I got my money back. ZoysiaFarms is an expert in lwans and is engaging in absolute fraud by sending out undersized sod instead of advertised plugs relying on people ignorance and lack of perseverance of a knowledgable out raged consumer thus making quite a good amount of money for as little work, cost involved from so many advertisements in magazines, newspapers, etc.. across the nation as opposed to making a good income on repeat business for a good product at a good price.. I should have known however because "IF IT LOOKS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLT ISN"T" and 2,500 plugs for $257 is too good of a deal especially in light of shipping costs pertaining to the weight of the plugs alone could cost that much... Buyer beware... Don't use them, buy locally...

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SaraZFN
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posted 25 April 2008 09:16     Click Here to See the Profile for SaraZFN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. My name is Sara and I am an employee of Zoysia Farm Nurseries in Taneytown, MD.

We have extensive information at our website on Zoysia. Also, our Customer Service department will be able to you with further questions. Please see our site for details.

We are a lifetime member of the Maryland Better Business Bureau and have been for 50 years. We have been selling Amazoy (Meyer) zoysia since 1953 to millions of happy customers.

I hope this information helps.

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sadder2
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posted 11 November 2008 12:05     Click Here to See the Profile for sadder2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If i may, i found this on an informative website...
(please note i've only read the first two posts...)

Asteriks to start and end the copy and pasted information...
********************************************Zoysiagrass
Zoysiagrasses are warm season grasses native to China, Japan and other parts of Southeast Asia. The species was named to commemorate an 18th century Austrian botanist, Karl von Zois. In 1911, Zoysia matrella was introduced into the United States from Manila by a USDA botanist, C. V. Piper. Because of its origin the grass was commonly called Manila grass.

Piper described the grass as abundant on or near the seashore in the Philippine Islands. When closely clipped, it made a beautiful lawn according to Piper's notes. He suggested that the grass had unusual promise as a lawn grass along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic coast of Florida.

Zoysia japonica, sometimes called "Japanese lawn grass" or "Korean lawn grass", is a coarser textured, but more cold hardy species than Zoysia matrella. Zoysia japonica was introduced into the United States in 1895 from the Manchurian Province of China. In the United States, Zoysia japonica could be expected to do very well as far north as Maryland. It is a seeded variety of Zoysia.

The third species of Zoysia used for turf is called Korean velvet grass or Mascarene grass, Zoysia tenuifolia. It is a very fine textured species, but is the least cold tolerant of the three species. Zoysia tenuifolia is native to the Far East and was introduced in the U.S. from the Mascarene Islands. In the U.S. it is used in southern California as a low growing ground cover.

Zoysiagrass is extremely drought tolerant. Although it does turn straw colored under severe drought conditions, it has the capacity to respond to subsequent irrigation or rainfall. Its water requirements are similar to those of Bermudagrass. The leaf blades of Zoysiagrass are among the first to roll under drought conditions, thus it tends to conserve moisture more effectively than other species. Zoysia grass also has a deep root system allowing it to more effectively extract water from greater soil depths.

Zoysiagrass is nearly as salt tolerant as Bermudagrass. It is widely grown along sandy seashores where drainage is adequate. Zoysiagrass does not tolerate poorly drained soils whether they are saline or otherwise.

Zoysiagrasses are among the most wear tolerant turf grasses. However, their slow rate of growth gives them poor recuperative potential.

Shade tolerance: fair/good

Cold tolerance: good

Traffic: fair/good

Rate of establishment: slow

Fertilization: regular feeding

Watering: weekly regular, but will tolerate some drought conditions

Mowing height: 3/4" - 2"

First mowing should be done while the Zoysia is still dormant. Mow at about the 1" height to remove as much dead top growth as possible. This should only be done after danger of a hard freeze has passed. The dormant grass blades acts as insulation.

Pests: Zoysia patch, mole crickets, grubs, sod webworms, armyworms

See also: Emerald zoysia grass

NOT RECOMMENDED IN COOL SEASON AREAS. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and do not plant this grass where cool season grasses dominate home lawns. Very invasive root system that will crossover into your neighbors bluegrass lawn. The bluegrass will remain green most of the year, but the Zoysia turns brown as soon as temperatures cool and does not turn green again until late spring. This makes your neighbors bluegrass lawn look like it has large irregular shaped dead spots all winter and into spring. Should be made illegal to plant in the northern zones. See REMOVING ZOYSIAGRASS FROM YOUR LAWN for additional information.

BUYER BEWARE: Newspaper ads touting the advantages of Zoysiagrass sometimes appear in cities where cool season grasses are the norm. These ads speak of how great Zoysiagrass is (or they use some other trade name). The ads include headlines such as "cut water bills and mowing as much as 2/3," "no need to spend money on dangerous chemicals," "no need to dig up old grass," "chokes out crabgrass..."

Well, it sounds like an almost perfect solution to your lawn woes. In reality, it is only asking for more problems. Zoysiagrass is great for warm climates and in a few cases in transitional zones. But that's about all.

Looking at some of those headlines:

First, no grass will stay green in extreme drought conditions without additional water. Some are better than others at withstanding drought. Zoysia is one. So is St.Augustine, Bermudagrass, and Bahiagrass, but that doesn't mean these grasses are the answer to all situations.

The reason you don't have to remove your old lawn is because of it's invasive nature. It will spread into your flower beds; it will spread into your neighbors lawn; and, it will turn straw brown after the first heavy frost and remain brown well into April or later depending on your climate— long after most cool season grasses have greened up.

It will choke out crabgrass, but then any thick, healthy lawn, will choke out crabgrass as well as other weeds. They don't mention that Zoysiagrass is more prone to heavy thatch buildup, or that the common broadleaf herbicide found in many weed and feed products can seriously damage the grass if used at the wrong time of year.

All chemicals can be dangerous, including table salt if its misused. Following label directions, most lawn chemicals are safe to use, even with children and pets.

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