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|On Jun 17, 2017, GrassMaster Ocean Springs, MS wrote:
I purchased some "Plugs" from Zoysia Farms several years ago. My order was delivered when the conditions at the farm were ideal for harvesting & shipping the grass They were not plugs but they were slabs of sod that needed to be cut into chunks then planted. That was not a problem for me, it wasn't what I was expecting, but if the farm did cut them into chunks, it is likely the grass would perish, and of course would increase the price. I have read some of the negative commentary y'all need to relax just a bit and not be so harsh (my opinion).
|On Aug 5, 2014, rolonme1 Goshen, NY wrote:
I opened this account to specifically address everyone's concerns regarding this grass and this company - I have an existing zoysia lawn and have purchased plugs from Zoysia Farms. The gist of this little rant is this...be patient. The yard will fill in and it will look beautiful - it just takes a lot of time.
|On Mar 20, 2014, Iceman7 Devine, TX wrote:
Posted on March 18, 2014, updated March 20, 2014
On March 20th, 2014, Iceman7 added the following:
I also used the Pro Plugger 5-1 in the backyard El Toro installation. Let me say it made things a WHOLE lot easier. cut my time in half and less strain on my back. Really need to look up the reviews and videos.
|On Apr 20, 2013, MsGwen Fredericksburg, VA wrote:
Over a decade ago I helped my parents plug thier yard with z-52 in augusta GA. That lawn is still the most gorgeous, weed free, low maintenance lawn in the Nieghborhood.
|On Aug 6, 2012, ohwiseone Fort Hunt, VA wrote:
Ordered 1500 plugs... arrived in decent shape. A little dormant looking but I laid out the sod watered, and they started to green up nicely. I cut my plugs into 3x3 (so actually I got 500 plugs). I did some research and planted the plugs like I was planting a bush. I made the holes bigger and deepter then the plug... I poured water into the hole...let it drain... I then filled the hole with GOOD topsoil so the plug would be a about even with the soil line... I put the plug in ... I filled in around the plug with GOOD topsool. I really pressed down hard on the plug wih the heel of my foot...filled in more as needed. I threw some more water on the plug ..... next .... long story short .... they all took ... they are all green .... really redious process .... but it worked .... ALSO, water twice a day for 3-4 weeks ..... ALSO, use the auger thing that goes on a power drill.... MUCH EASIER
|On Aug 6, 2012, canti277 Fairfield, NJ wrote:
I ordered 600 plugs approx. June 1st. When I received them they were kind of brow, but the instructions says it is normal. I did cut them slightly bigger than 1x1 as they suggested, it is kind of impossible to cut them that size. I planted them the following day and I honestly thought all my work was in vain, because they really looked dead. A couple of weeks later about 95% of them started to green up and as of today they are all so green and beautiful and they are spreading. JP
|On Apr 20, 2012, katnmark HAROLD, KY wrote:
I ordered 4 sheets of plugs as a "Trial run" to see exactly what would be involved in planting this product. I received my sheets of plugs, and found that they were about 90% dormant. This did not alarm me however,as I have a neighbor who has already gone through the entire process. When I received the plugs, they were a bit small looking to me so I measured the sheets and found them to be in fact a little smaller than they should have been so I e-mailed Zoysia farms, gave them the information and got an immediate response from not one, but two of their very professional customer representatives, Laura and Janet. An apology was offered for the oversight(which could happen under any circumstance of producing such tremendous amounts of product on a daily basis) and I was promptly told I would receive another sheet of plugs to compensate me for the shortage of plugs I had. I truly don't know what more I could have asked for! I would give both of these ladies 10 out of 10 on a 1-10 scale for meeting customer satisfaction! Their response was immediate, if I am not mistaken, I received a total of 5 e-mails from these two customer representatives, amazing! It has been now a couple of weeks since I planted my "Trial order" and they seem to be thriving well as I have followed the very well defined planting instructions to the letter. I have zero problems in my transactions with Zoysia Farm Nurseries and as soon as I am finished preparing my lawn, I will order more plugs without concern. Thank You Laura and Janet for making my "Trail run" a very enjoyable first experience and for also your excellent representation of such a high quality company! I will recomend Zoysia Farm Nursery to any who ask me how I have developed such a nice lawn!
|On Apr 16, 2012, kmur35t Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
Posted on April 13, 2012, updated April 16, 2012
On April 16th, 2012, kmur35t added the following:
I planted my new zoysia grass about a month ago now and it is doing pretty well. Most of it has really greened up though obviously hasn't started to spread quite yet. As I am not in any way an expert on grass, I had a question. What are the little stems that appear to be shooting up from the plugs? They look like little seed chutes, but as zoysia is not a seeding grass I don't know what they are. Just wondering, and thanks for a great product!
If your weather has been fairly wet this season, Amazoy zoysia grass can go to seed, they look like little purple shoots. If this is happening it would be best to mow the grass, this will help it to spread outward instead of upward. This type of grass is extremely hard to grow from seeds, we do not even grow the grass from seeds.
Like I said, I'm no expert and when I asked the question Laura/lah responded to my email in less than an hour. Great customer service if you ask me!
|On Feb 24, 2012, Floridalawnman South Bradenton, FL wrote:
Posted on February 24, 2012, updated February 24, 2012
On February 24th, 2012, Floridalawnman added the following:
i got email from them saying that they already shipped the plugs. I may get in on 25th
|On Oct 27, 2011, JLJR Merrick, NY wrote:
Posted on July 15, 2010, updated October 27, 2011
On October 27th, 2011, JLJR added the following:
I love walking on this grass barefeet. Can't wait for the next summer!
On Oct 27, 2011, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Jun 2, 2010 8:36 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
We want every customer to have a positive experience and end up with an environmentally friendly economical Amazoy zoysia lawn. We are constantly researching and implementing new ways to insure this will happen. With the grass, the major issue is once harvested it is in shock and under stress. In simple terms it starts to protect itself and immediately starts to go into dormancy. The soil helps prevent this, but without water and sun while in the shipping box the dormancy process is accelerated. Plants need light and water to grow. Getting the grass out of the box as soon as possible and back into the ground is the only way to start the grass growing again. Amazoy zoysia is amazingly resilient and can withstand the rigors of travel but needs some TLC once it arrives.
On Jul 16, 2010 11:46 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries added:
There are many varieties of zoysia available today. We sell only the Meyer Z52 which was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. It is the most cold tolerant of all the zoysia grasses available surviving to 30 degrees below zero.
|On Aug 31, 2011, ifg2006 Plymouth Meeting, PA wrote:
I read a lot of the posts on this website before purchasing the zoysia plugs from Zoysia Farms and I am being honest here when I say that I have not had any problems with my plugs. I ordered about 1000 plugs and about 85 - 90% of them took. The patch that I filled in with those plugs I bought are really starting to fill in and I bought them in mid june. The plug auger they give is complete junk and do not try to cut them into 1 inch squares it is impossible. I cut them into 4 x 4 inch sqaures and watered them at least once a day for 15 to 20 minutes. I live in PA and we had a severe heat wave for almost 2 months and the plugs survived. I recently just called Zoysia farms and told them about 15% of my plugs did not take and they are sending me two full sheets in the spring next year.
|On Aug 9, 2011, cpgne Newtown, PA wrote:
There is no doubt in my mind about how zoysia has worked in my yard. I became a believer in the last house I lived in when my neighbor on the top of my backyard hill had planted it some years before. The stuff held the hillside like cast iron. The kids slid down in their white pants and T shirts without green stains. Most people are disappointed when they don't see results in a year or two. I'm sure many are surprised when about four to five years later they look out the window and realize they are looking at zoysia. Once this product becomes established in a small area (about two years), it begins to move more rapidly. It sends out little zig-zag tentacles, looking for new places to root. You may not notice, but as time goes by, it continues to weave more densely, until one day, you realize that you have zoysia in your face. I lost track of the first plugs I put in, and thought many did not survive. Later, I figured I had at least an 85% survival rate from what I remembered planting. But in the winter, you'll see the plugs that look like dead brown spots. Fear not, in the spring, you'll see those brown spots about two weeks after everything else turns green, then, in just three or four days, it's all green. This stuff mercilessly slaughters crab grass. Crab grass absolutely does not stand even half a fighting chance against this stuff in strong sun areas, once it's established. My advice, be patient. Don't expect immediate results in just a year or two. If you did it right, you'll get your zoysia. Rule one: lots of sun. This stuff does not like shade, and will not grow into it. Rule two: order the SMALL kit first. Then you'll know what you are in for if you order the large kit. Go ahead and get the plugger or router, they work O.K.. Next steps: you can add plugs at any time to help increase speed of takeover. Note your dispersion during winter, that's when you can actually see where the zoysia is (brown). Normal weed treatments have not hurt my zoysia, but I find myself only putting down weed killer outside the established zoysia area, as the zoysia has kept the weeds down on its own. It continues to march on. Good luck.
|On Jul 28, 2011, hoosier58 Denver, CO wrote:
It has been about 50 to 52 days since my shipment of 600 plugs and a metal plugger arrived. It was four small sheets of the sod, just as everyone else described. All of the sheets had some green in them, but were predominately brown. Three had pretty good reddish soil in the roots, but the fourth one was split almost in half the short way, and was missing quite a bit of soil. There was no visible scoring on my sheets. The plugger was not a precision tool, but was acceptable.
|On Jul 4, 2011, setauketny Centereach, NY wrote:
I ordered my 1000 plugs of zoyisa in March of 2011. They arrived in April which concerned me slightly since i live in NY and can still get some frost that time of year. I put them in the ground right away because they didn't look great upon arrival. They were 95% brown with some spattering of green here and there. I followed the directions and plugged away for many hours. It was brutal. By the end I could not fathom cutting little one inch plugs any longer, so they grew in size as i went along. I honestly don't believe that any man on earth could follow through with the small plugs they suggest. Anyway, I was finally done and the 30-45 day wait period began. By the end of May the weather is nice and warm and i see the plugs starting to green up a bit. I do notice that the bigger 3-4 inch plugs I made towards the end are faring much better than the little ones. I check them every day as if there will be come magical growth, but slowly I have noticed progress. By June many of the plugs are shooting a slim little stalk into the air that appear to be covered with seeds or something at the top. I honestly have no idea what they are, but its growth and i love it. Its now July and I'm noticing that some of them are starting to really spread. Some have "runners" shooting from the sides and new leaves are starting to sprout from them. They are faring better when surrounded my my existing grass. Those are thick and green all of the time. I have a patch that is only plugs and soil and those are reacting far more slowly. The sun is on them all day and they get shriveled and appear to be dying until I water them. This "drought" resistant plant apparantly needs a hell of a lot more water then they say when its just them alone in the soil. Either way, its season one and things are looking good right now.
|On Jun 17, 2011, Jim2008 Cumming, GA wrote:
I live 50 miles north of Atlanta. Got an insert mailer in March from the Zoysia Farms and decided to try to fix dead spots on the slope in the back yard. Didn't know what Zoysia grass was because in Texas, my former home, Bermuda is the king. In my Georgia back yard I had planted Bermuda as the predominate grass but some shading problems caused wash and dead spots.
|On Jun 9, 2011, OrganicDreamer Indian Trail, NC wrote:
We are in charlotte. We had bought plugs from Zoysia Farm in 2005 and it came with the power auger drill.
|On May 1, 2011, bhennon East Berlin, PA wrote:
I think what most people forget is that Grass is a natural product and is not going to be 100% perfect each and every time.
|On Mar 2, 2011, GregOroville Oroville, CA wrote:
Posted on September 27, 2010, updated March 2, 2011
On July 9th, 2010, GregOroville added the following:
Here is my 3 week update as promised. I know that Zoysia Farms says give it 6 weeks, but hopefully this will give other people a clearer view of my experiences.
The following pictures are of a 1/5 slice of sods that I had “left over”. I have had growth as shown in the pictures from the 1/5 sheet slices and the 3x3 inch size cuts, but no grownth that is obvious in any of the 1 inch size plugs that I planted.
The lack of any obvious growth in the 1 inch plugs is a big disappointment as it was the majority of the work. Also my “lawn” has been taken over by a clover weed as seen in the last picture. I guess I have to wait another 3 weeks to spray with any kind of weed and feed chemicals.
Sheets as I received them:
1/5 sheet on 6-23
1/5 sheet on 7-2
1/5 sheet on 7-9
On July 9th, 2010, GregOroville added the following:
Last try for pictures.
What I received:
On July 30th, 2010, GregOroville added the following:
As of today, I still do not see any growth in the 1 inch sized plugs. My larger plugs that I was seeing growth from seem to be regressing. The weather has been over 80 every day and the night time temps have been in the mid 60s. At the 3 week mark I reduced my watering from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. I kept it at 5 minutes due to the several days in a row over 100 degrees.
I called customer service today to activate my guarantee. I spoke with Shirley, she was very nice and asked me a bunch of questions. She thought that my tilling before planting brought up a bunch of dormant weed seeds and made things more difficult for me and at 5 minutes a day, I was not helping my Zoysia (she stated one a week). After the questions and answers they will be replacing my order at their next shipping date for my state.
Even though this has not worked out as I expected so far, I have to give Zoysia Farms a positive for standing behind their guarantee.
On September 27th, 2010, GregOroville added the following:
My second batch arrived last week. It arrived in much better condition than the first batch that I can only attribute to the much cooler trip across country it had in the UPS truck.
Based on my previous experience with the plugs I decided not to try to cut and plant 1 inch square plugs, but to try a larger 3 or so inch plug. I realize that it may take more time to fill in, but I felt the trade off was worth it. During the time I was waiting for my shipment (I live in California and they only ship to CA 3 or so times a year), I spent a lot of time weeding, in which as the weather cooled down a little, I saw signs of the larger plugs coming back to life. Now, I still have not seen any growth of the 1 inch plugs, but the larger plugs seem to be coming back, well at least a few of them. Also I federalized with a recommended fertilizer this time which I did not do the first time.
The color in the plugs that survived and are growing is a beautiful deep green that I look forward to seeing all over my front lawn.
I have a lot of confidence that this time it will work. I give Zoysia Farms credit for standing behind their product and offering advise (and taking fire on this forum). Yes, it was not my idea of a perfect way to spend a weekend, but I have a lot of confidence that it will be worth it in the long run.
On March 2nd, 2011, GregOroville added the following:
The average temperature has been sunny, but in the mid 40s. The fescue grass was growing tall from the winter rains along the perimeter and a few areas in the “lawn” area. I thought I noticed several plugs growing so I knocked down the fescue and low and behold I saw growing zoyzoia plugs. Not all of them are growing at the same rate, some of the larger patches (quarter sheets of sod) I planted are still the same size, but I can see green coming from what looks like a brown dead patch.
It looks like the 2-3 square inch plugs are doing the best. I have no way of differentiating my first batch from the second, but I would say my second planting was a success as I’m not seeing too many of the 1 inch plugs (or maybe some of them have grown already). It doesn’t look like I will have my lawn this summer, but by the way things are going, next year it will be grown in.
I still rate this a positive because between my son running and playing and my dogs running and digging on Daddy’s dirt lawn, nothing else has ever grown well, and this appears to be headed in the right direction, it will just take a little more time.
On Mar 2, 2011, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Jul 30, 2010 3:40 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
I had a quick look and I can tell you the plugs in the pictures are doing just fine. The weeds however are out of control and at this point stealing nutrients from the zoysia plugs. I would suggest you treat the weeds with a broad leaf weed killer. Read the label carefully and make sure it is safe for application on zoysia grass.
|On Oct 4, 2010, zoysiagrass La Verne, CA wrote:
there is some good info on this type of issue at this zoysia grass blog
|On Sep 30, 2010, Devildogs89 Pleasant Hill, MO wrote:
***PLEASE READ COMPLETELY***
|On Aug 4, 2010, dspielde Woodbridge, VA wrote:
I live in Northern Virginia and have ordered plugs the past three years in August. I cut the plugs from the sheets using a sharp steel butcher knife and a block of wood and have usually get around 90% of the total plugs from each sheet. Generally, the sheets are in good condition when they arrive as shipping is usually 1 day. I planted 9 plugs/sq.ft the past two years using the auger that I received some years back when ordering way to many plugs to plant in the time that I had available. Last years planting is nearly 100 percent ground cover now so survival was very good except in a few places where crab grass was a problem. Fortunately, I have sandy soil which pulverizes when drilled in dead sod sprayed with Roundup at least 1 week prerviously. Planting is time consuming and requires complete fill of holes and packing of soil around the plugs to assure that roots can grow into undisturbed soil. With daily watering as recommended, the survival rate is excellent. I have a degree in agriculture and my recommendation is to wait until Zoysia is actively growing before attempting to plant it with the 1 inch square plugs as it will actively grow roots into undisturbed soil which is critical to survival through summer and the first winter. My supply of plugs just arrived this year in reasonably good condition considering the weather the past month or so in our area and I plan to plant them and sprinkle the area with Miracle grow that has preemergent weed control that will kill sprouting weeds. This will be my last purchase of plugs as I will have sufficient area of good Zoysia to pull my own plugs to plant additional areas in the future.
On Aug 4, 2010, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Aug 5, 2010 11:23 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
Some good advise here. Late summer or early fall can be a great time to plant Amazoy as this post describes. Spring fever is what motivates many but fall is just as good a time to pant.
|On May 11, 2010, HowieFelch Wakefield, MA wrote:
Posted on April 29, 2010, updated May 11, 2010
On July 10th, 2009, HowieFelch added the following:
I ordered some plugs after making my last post, and they arrived yesterday. I had about 8 pieces of sod in the box I received, plus the step on plugger.
The sod was actually still somewhat green, and did not look too bad on the topside. The underside seemed pretty dry. I proceeded to cut the sections into "plugs" with garden shears. They cut fairly easily, but in no way was I ever going to get 150 plugs from each sheet. It is just not possible, due to the dryness of the soil. So much soil flakes off, that by the time I finished cutting, I was left with some 300 plugs, and a big pile of soil, grass blades, and root segments. I truly believe that it is impossible to get the advertised # of plugs from each sheet unless you are using the same kind of stamping device they must have used to score them. In fairness, I was able to see the scoring marks on some of the sod segments, and, if they held together, and you could realistically cut them along those lines scrupulously, you would, in theory, get 150 per piece, but it is in no way feasible, IMHO. I was not really disappointed, because, due to other customer accounts I have read, I expected this. I debated using several variations on the planting method, but in the end decided to "do it their way" and did my best to follow the instructions as written. The plugger was a fairly good tool and worked well all in all. I felt it was well built and sturdy. A nice surprise. I planted three patches in areas of my lawn. 2 in the back yard, and 1 in the front. All were placed in areas that receive nearly constant sun during the day, and were already fairly bare of grass due to that fact. I made an effort to put all plugs along the trail of bare spots or patches, following the instruction suggestions.
The work went quickly, and my wonderful wife helped me during the actual setting of the plugs in the soil. Not as hard work as I thought it would be.
When I expended my supply of whole plugs, I wondered what to do with the big pile of dirt, roots and grass I had left, and decided I would rake up another bare patch as deeply as I could score the earth with a one handed mini rake, and toss the stuff on top, wet it, and see what happens, and that is what I did. Now I will wait and see. I plan to post some pix on "flikr" or some-such, and will add a link when I can. I will also update with my progress for those who are interested. This is an experiment for me, and I'm doing it out of curiosity as well as desire to get my yard, particularly my back yard, in order.
I was just fascinated by the idea of not needing to water, weed or fertilize as much, and trying to be a little "greener" with my landscape.
On July 11th, 2009, HowieFelch added the following:
Here is the URL for the photobucket page with pix of my plugs. I will take photos every couple of weeks or so and update for anybody who would like to see: < http://s179.photobucket.com/albums/w295/DrFelch/
On April 25th, 2010, HowieFelch added the following:
I have now been able to assess the initial success of the plugs I planted at the end of last summer. The honest truth is, I have had VERY GOOD progress. It is very interesting. While in many cases, the plugs themselves only had a few leaves coming out, I now have little "tufts" of this stuff popping up everywhere in my backyard, and also along the areas in my front yard that I put several plugs in. In the backyard, I set most of the plugs along the border of a certain area where I had trouble maintaining grass growth. I also spread the "leftovers", as described in my earlier post, across another adjacent area. I would like to tell you all, honestly, the stuff seems to be running wild in my backyard, along my fence line, with tufts appearing up the wooded, banked area along my back fence, which borders a railroad track. It has filled in about 50% of the interceding, mostly grass and weedless area in front of my shed, and new tufts are breaking ground. I mowed it, and it already looks pretty good. I did not in any way expect the level of success that I had, although I had hopes. I even had good luck with the patch I spread the leftovers on. Really great! I have ordered more plugs and plan to infest my front yard with this stuff, wholesale, and also to do the other side of my back property line, and I will continue to review the results here. Thank you Zoysia Farms Nurseries, or whatever you name is, :-) I love this junk. it is finally going to give me a good looking back yard.
On April 26th, 2010, HowieFelch added the following:
Out of curiosity, I was just out in the yard, trying to measure the distance of the furthest tuft of new growth zoysia from its nearest site of a planted plug. The furthest one I could confirm and measure was about 32 ft away from the nearest plug site. I must have some very good soil or other conditions, because this stuff is running all over the place. We had horrible rains this spring, and my backyard was absolutely saturated with water, and had some standing water in puddles, briefly, right near the sight of my plug plantings. I worried that this would kill my zoysia grass, but, on the contrary, as I said, I probably would not be able to stop the spread of this stuff, even if I wanted to, the way things seem to be going. The progress is slow, I suppose, but the tufts I am getting are extremely thick and robust, and, like I said, they are spreading around across a very wide area of my yard, considering the very small patches I planted. I will be taking detailed pix and posting them on the above linked photobucket page.
On April 29th, 2010, HowieFelch added the following:
Photos posted of zoysia progress as of today.
On April 29th, 2010, HowieFelch added the following:
One of the best illustrations of the creeping effect:
On May 11th, 2010, HowieFelch added the following:
I received my second batch of plugs yesterday. They were similar in every way to the first batch, mostly brown, some green, fairly moist, but got dry quickly if not moistened. I placed them in remaining bare spots around my yard. I also received the "power auger" as a free add on to my order. I must say, IMHO, the step on plugger is a far better tool. The power auger tool is some 6 inches long, meaning you must bend way over to make the holes for your plugs, and it seemed like it was difficult to not make the holes too deep with it. I tried it out, and went straight back to the step on plugger. Things are moving right along with my already planted zoysia. It is spreading like wildfire. Truth be told, I probably could have just let things be and not ordered the second batch, but I would really like for things to be fully established by the end of this growing season, inasmuch as that is feasible.
On May 11, 2010, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Jun 30, 2009 9:05 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
It is most likely that your neighbor has Meyers Z-52 released by the USDA. Meyer Z-52 (Amazoy) continues to be the only zoysia that is cold hardy enough to withstand New England winters (while prospering in their hot summers) and sold by Zoysia Farm Nurseries for over 50 years.
On Jul 10, 2009 2:06 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries added:
Having a partner to help is a great asset with a project like this. It makes the planting go much more quickly.
|On Apr 20, 2010, peppilappu Orlando, FL wrote:
Im new here but I would like to post my results using the Zoysia plugs.
|On Apr 17, 2010, bknight Hanover, PA wrote:
I planted my plugs very late last summer ('09) in a very bad, rocky area of my lawn that has never grown anything but weeds. It was late in the season and our Fall in PA was very wet so I did not hold out much hope. But now in Mid-April ('10) I am so pleased that all of my plugs are greening up and looking healthy and are spreading. It took some sweat equity to get the plugs in, but I am very happy with the results and plan to put some more in this Spring. I had a very nice experience with the folks at Zoysia, they were very helpful and knowledgeble.
|On Apr 9, 2010, westons West Chester, OH wrote:
I ordered Amazoy plugs to try something different than the constant seeding, cutting, fertilizing and watering requried to have a nice lawn. I've always had problems growing quality grass in my front yard with lots of crab and Kentucky 31 being dominant. I'm trying Amazoy as an alternative to killing the front lawn and reseeding the whole thing and then being like neighbors and spending thousands of dollars over a lifetime to have a nice lawn. I'm a big fan of the long term solution. I decided to just buy four pieces of the sod and do my worst area where nothing other than Kentucky 31 seems to survive. The plugs were shipped at the perfect time for me to install them. I was surprised at how well the plug tool worked and how fast that made installation. I found that it was best to punch out about 100 holes at a time and then cut one piece of sod at a time into1 inch strips and then cut the plugs off the strip one at a time and drop them into the holes. This method kept the plugs moist for the longest period of time before installing. Kitchen scissors worked well for cutting the plugs from the sod. Some pieces of the sod did not have much dirt for the roots so I added a small amount of good topsoil in with them when I planted them in the hole so that the root would stay moist once planted. Honestly I was amazed at how easy this was after reading all the disaster stories in here. I chuckled thinking about it while doing the work. It boils down to how crafty of a person you are along with how much common sense you have and how well you work with your hands. The hole punch worked great if you gave if a fast stomp and twist. If you have a grinding wheel try sharpening the edges a bit too. Being a machinist and engineer know how comes natural so this was a simple task. I suppose the ceo or banker types who spend life at desk may have a difficult time with a task like this that requires a little hands on know how and ingenuity. America is no longer a nation of hands on know how so the fact that so many could struggle with such a simple task is no surprise. Here in America we know how to turn things on and write essays that sound like poetry with manual task being challenging for the majority. For those who struggle with manual task I would suggest hiring a good working person to do the installation. I'm sure the average Mexican landscaper could figure this out. My plugs were brown with some green on arrival which was fine since they blended in beautifully with the area of grass that I planted them in. From the looks of it the main objective of the installation is to plant roots. If you are expecting an amazing yard a few weeks later forget it. I also think it is wise to not go crazy and buy too much since there is a shelf life on the roots and my rate of installation with things going well was about 200 plugs per hour. If you buy thousands you may either run out of time or have half of your plugs die before you plant them. In all I spent 2 hours installing 400 plugs. I'm going to wait a few months and see how things go before buying more. I'm not expecting a new lawn in just a few months but to see the growth advertised. If I see progress then I will probably order 400 more and do another area. I rate this positive so far based on the fact that for me installation was as easy as advertised in the quick video with the plug tool being extremely helpful.
|On Jul 25, 2009, Fire926 Clinton, MD wrote:
After months of weighing the positive and negative aspects of a zoysia lawn vs fescue, my partner and I finally decided to take the plunge and order zoysia grass to plant in our backyard. We decided to start with only 1/3 of our yard and ordered about 10,000 plugs (what were we thinking?) The plan was to plant 4 plugs per square foot..
On Jul 25, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Aug 6, 2009 3:37 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
Planting zoysia grass is a little more work in the beginning, but it will produce a lifetime of benefits. I think one key piece of planning advice, is getting others involved in the planting process. It makes the work go much faster to have a partner or even a team of friends to help.
|On Jul 10, 2009, m06221974 wrote:
The only negative experience I have had with this product so far is putting in the plugs. It is very labor intensive if you do not have someone helping you. Other than that, after four days of watering I have new growth on just about every plug I looked at. I will have to keep you posted, but so far every thing is as advertised.
On Jul 10, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Jul 10, 2009 2:14 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
Having a helper or two really makes the planting process go much more quickly. I got my son involved and he loved making the holes. That made everything go much faster and was a great activity to do together.
|On May 31, 2009, marke60 Marysville, OH wrote:
My order experience was good, communications from the company was good after ordering and then I received another email when the product was shipped. I received the product 2 days later.
On May 31, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Jun 2, 2009 11:28 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
We always appreciate people taking the time to post their comments particularly when they can add to the knowledge about Zoysia grass. Everyone has their own situation, which might dictate something other then our standard recommendations.
|On May 23, 2009, KjerstinKlein Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
I'm looking forward to watching my new grass grow - for anyone currious about the process I have documented my experience on my blog
On May 23, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On May 27, 2009 9:51 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
This is a very interesting post (the blog format is great) and well worth reading for some handy tips, some interesting perspectives and a very healthy dose of common sense on how to approach this type of project. While our site has a wealth of information each installation location is unique. We are here to help each one be successful in any way we can.
|On May 1, 2009, love8307 Lake Worth, FL wrote:
I must say when reading all of the comments I was a little sceptical when ordering my plugs but went ahead and gave it a shot. Its been a little over a month and I am starting to see the plugs actually turn into green patches of grass. There were a few plugs that did turn brown but to my surprise I am actually starting to see small pieces of green grass growing! The only negative I would comment on is when cutting the plugs it is almost impossible to get the amount of plugs they say you are ordering. It is very hard to cut them that small! Besides that I would recommend them.... just follow the directions.
On May 1, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On May 1, 2009 4:43 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
Thank you for your positive posting. A very nice way to end the week. "
|On Apr 24, 2009, countingback Canton, GA wrote:
Several years ago we ordered the minimum quantity of plugs to receive the plugger so we could cover some bare patches in our yard and since we had been told zoysia spreads and chokes out everything, we hoped it would make the yard look better since we lived on a newly cleared lot with a lot of weeds.
On Apr 24, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Apr 24, 2009 2:14 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
This is an interesting posting. We are very pleased that in the end this customer was happy with the result. With Zoysia grass it is always advisable to be very patient. It is slow growing, but extremely hardy and tenacious, just as described here.
|On Apr 6, 2009, alchemy_1300 Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Well since its the first time I've ordered from this company and after reading the reviews(both negative & positive) I ordered anyway I dug my small yard up and need grass,What I am concerned about is the way they handle their receipts I printed mine out and it doesn't look like one usually it states what, how much ,how many of something you bought on it and since I have a conformation number on it I guess it was processed but it did not show up on my debit card,
On June 1st, 2009, alchemy_1300 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
On June 30th, 2009, alchemy_1300 added the following:
Everything worked out it is now June30th and it has been growing like it does(slow but determined) the color has kept true-no fading I have a feeling that over time it will choke out the rest of my plants but this is easy to fix.
When I got the box I remembered reading a review (I forgot the name ) she just put the whole square into the ground well that's what I did and it worked!
On Apr 6, 2009, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
"On Apr 6, 2009 3:44 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
The simple answer to this is; if the customer has received the notice with the customer confirmation number we have received their order and we have all the information we need to process and ship their order. We only charge a customer’s card once the order is shipped.
|On Jul 19, 2008, sawzallgrass Woodbury, NJ wrote:
The user name I chose says it all!!! This grass SAWS ALL just like a SAWSALL! It will continue to keep spreading and choking out weeds and other grass.
On Jul 19, 2008, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
On Jul 28, 2008 4:52 PM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries added:
There is lots of very good advise in this posting. A key word when growing Zoysia is patience. Zoysia is slow growing taking longer to establish, but that is also why it will need less mowing year after year.
|On Jun 15, 2008, jettsmom Independence, MO wrote:
I ordered plugs several years ago. I wasn't able to get the total plugs they said I could. The plug cutter broke after a few tries. Many of the plugs seemed to be just brown pieces of grass.
On Jun 15, 2008, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
On Jun 16, 2008 11:32 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries added:
We are always happy to learn of successes. When ordering for your backyard don't forget to ask about our returning customer discounts.
|On May 11, 2008, mrgreen306 Ooltewah, TN wrote:
i bought from this company 7 years ago, my yard is about 80% filled in (i didn,t buy enough plugs,my fault!) my yard looks better and better each year! i would not hesitate to buy from them again.
|On May 2, 2008, mdskymedic West End, NC wrote:
Ordered my plugs last winter, Jan 07, they arrived just as described in early May 07. Did as website said, opened, watered etc until I could start planting. Yes it's hard work! Nothing comes easy. Planted close to 13,000 1 ft spacing as recommended for 3 "full" season fill-in time. I may also add, poor soil in the beginning of NC worst drought, just my luck. Because of that only watered every other week with the recommended fertilizer. Saw some decent results (greened up and some spreading)by Fall. This spring (April) greened up quicker then I thought it would and now is already spreading some, 1" plugs are now 5-6" with runners reaching out. If this keeps up I will be very pleased. I have not had any customer service questions/problems. I did e-mail them a question this morning am waiting for response as of this writing.
|On Apr 16, 2008, relic8hunter Woodbridge, VA wrote:
I have dealt with this company 3x. Two by mail order and once we road-tripped to their annual warehouse sale at their actual farm. Once I ordered in early April, received as stated approx 8 days later, opened immediately because I knew that plants (much less zoysia) can't stand to be inside of ups boxes for long. Watered in boxes(grass is in bags inside of boxes) for three days until weekend, planted that Saturday. I agree w/ others that plugs should be more like 3"x3", not 1"x1" for optimal growth. The key some here are missing is to, 1) open boxes immediately and care for them until you can plant, 2) cut plugs a little larger than 1"x1",3) prep the hole a little...dont plant too deep and dont just kinda 'step it' into the ground and expect good results, 4) water new plugs every day it doesn't rain and you will have a beautiful result (no matter if the material comes to you brown or not). If you do not follow procedure/instructions then you will fail as well you should. If you expect instant gratification then order enough to 'sod' your entire lawn (not plug) or get fescue that you have to water, feed, weed, and mow constantly. Any complaint about being shipped at the wrong time is legit or a vagary of nature (& why don't you simply use their replacement guarantee? It's not as if they send somebody to your house to make sure you did it right, you know?). Any complaint about late shipping, well, perhaps you should have ordered earlier but I do see your point. 2nd time I ordered it was for Dad's B-day (october, wrong time to plant) and I requested them to charge me, send a receipt, and mail the plugs in the spring. They followed through perfectly and his lawn is as beautiful and care-free as mine. As I said, I have been onsite and found the people/atmosphere to be down home/down-on-the-farm but professional, clean and organized. First rate service for me, sorry for those that had bad experiences. Perhaps not enough people that have had good experiences reporting???
On April 16th, 2008, relic8hunter added the following:
Ok, mine is the longest post & I'm sorry but I just read more of the 'sorry' posts here and it made me a little upset because I believe in this Co. and the product ("the product", not their product...I'm no shill for any company). I have been from the beautiful and wet Northwest, to the dry Southwest, across the hills and praries of Texas, to the pebble-lawns of Florida, to the painted chemical-lawns of the rich in the Northeast and there is nothing, nothing, like Zoysia. Order early, be patient, follow the advice of the successful posters here, have some patience, and be happy a couple of years from now. PLUS...once your zoysia is established (even 1 Sq foot), you can make your own plugs in the spring and spread them elsewhere in your lawn...NO need to ever buy any seeds or plugs ever again in your entire life. For an established lawn all you need to do is fertilize once in the spring, watch all your neighbors weed&feed, water, and mow all summer and love/live life. Do yourself a favor and treat with nematodes once its established and almost never pay attention for the next 20 to 30 years (when the nematodes die off). Grub free, disease free, almost care free, just edge and mow a couple times while everyone else is mowing 3x per week. Some people here are the joke, not the company that has been in business for over 50 years...sorry to break the news to you.
|On Mar 27, 2008, hwsva Ashburn, VA wrote:
I just ordered 900 plus 700 free plugs from Zoysia Farm in MD. I was not alarmed with the brown color because I knew it meant the grass was dormant. I've been in contact with Sue via email many times and she as been very responsive and courteous. After I measured the sod pieces, I determined that I was short plugs which I emailed Sue and she responded quickly saying that she will ship out the rest of the plugs.
On April 18th, 2008, hwsva added the following:
Ok, I just wanted to follow up and say that about 2 weeks ago, I went to the Zoysia Farm to pick up another order to finish plugging my yard. The staff was very helpful and courteous. They even said they would load the boxes into my car.
I do want to mentioned that I thought my pick up order was in much better shape than my first mail order. Each piece of sod seemed to be more squared (no lost corners) to make the expected number of plugs. I was also able to see the scored marks on the sod pieces and the root system seemed denser.
Since I have a bare patch of garden, I placed the sod that I did not get plugged that day on the bare soil. It rained the next couple of days, but once it stopped, I was right out there. What I noticed was that the sod was thoroughly went and stayed together better for the cutting. I "sprinkled" the first batch, but it didn't hold together as well. I don't know if the second batch had more roots or just that the soil was thoroughly soaked., but not dripping. Some advice would be to water the sod thoroughly and let it drain away any excess water then plug away.
Yesterday, I started looking over my plugs and noticed the ones that had the brown grass top start greening up. Unfortunately with the first batch, I had many plugs that I was just planting bare root. I'm hoping that the roots will take hold grow.
Anyways, I'll try to report back at the end of the summer as to how my plugs are doing. I have every confidence that the majority (just not sure about the ones that were just root) will grow.
On Mar 27, 2008, Zoysia Farm Nurseries responded with:
On Mar 27, 2008 9:46 AM, Zoysia Farm Nurseries added:
We just want to reassure you that it is fine to plant the bare roots, they should grow. One word of caution, the ideal depth to plant zoysia plugs is approximately an inch to an inch and a half. Do not bury the whole plant, only the roots.
|On Dec 16, 2007, arsen Mission, TX wrote:
I had no problems whatsoever in dealing with this company. By the sounds of many comments, I do believe they are understaffed and perhaps should go thru some customer service training to better train their operators, but in my case, they were very helpful and answered all my questions well. If you follow the instructions the product works well. Watering is key. You must water at least twice a day unless it rains. I used a rain gauge when I watered, to make sure my lawn was getting enough water.