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Old 09-11-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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dont forget to airate the yard first
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:50 AM
 
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My parents planted Zoysia plugs in their front yard when they purchased their house 50+ years ago!

1) Zoysia only a little water during the summer and LOVES the heat
2) Zoysia requires very little in the way of fertilizers and chemicals to make it look good
3) It's as plush to walk on as one could imagine a lawn being
4) Because it's both dense and aggressive - weeds have a very hard time growing in it
5) It does turn brown in the winter - but are you really worried about having a green lawn in Dec? I never understood this concern - sort of like planting a tree but worrying that the leaves are going to fall off in the fall - LOL. The winter is simply not the most attractive time for a landscape.
6) Because it does spread - you will find it a little bit of a battle to keep it out of the flower/planting beds adjacent to it - this is the only downside I can think of relating to it
7) Yes - it will spread to your neighbors yard and it will take over their lawn - but this will take decades (and they'll probably eventually thank you anyway)
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Anybody had any luck with aerating manually? There is this 3 prong sort of pitchfork thing on amazon, as well as these 'shoe covers' that sport 13 2" prongs on each foot. I realize it's something I'd have to do in the middle of the night to avoid ridicule BUT i really have a very little yard and hear that the power aerators are difficult to handle.

It took me a few months to get really proficient with the weed whacker. So, have mercy!!!

Maybe 200 sq feet if even that?????
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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I am thinking about Zyosia. I read you can get seed but didnt see any at home depot or walmart. Anyone know of a place, preferably on the north side of town (hendersonville). Would i be making a mistake getting zyosia? I like the thought of choking out the weeds and it expanding like St Augustine did on our lawn in Texas.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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I am interested in this grass, too. I found a place called Nashville Sod that has it BUT I found this place online. 300 "plugs" for $23. The guy across the street said that's how they started THEIR lawn, just with some plugs. The website says 1 plug per square foot. Might try it:

Zoysia Farm Nurseries: Order Your Zoysia

I have read that it needs sun so won't grow too great under a tree. For $23 I can take a risk . . .
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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Smile Grass

i think it might be zoya grass it comes in plugs u can find it on ebay
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Since I wrote this post 3 years ago, I struggled with all sorts of stuff . . sod, grass seed mixed with dirt, top soil, etc. I went to a lunch and lecture at Cheekwood about lawns and the guy pretty much said it's all about CHEMICALS! What????

Well, I signed up with a lawn service who killed all the grass in my tiny front yard (and some of the neighbors), then aerated (?) and over seeded with some fescue. In the back they just aerated and seeded.

Took a while, but eventually grass came up (this was last November)! And the fescue is quite strong in the back yard, where it is supposed to be a mix of fescue and bermuda but haven't seen much of the bermuda!

A few weeks ago they came and fertilized and put some weed killler on it.

Apparently, they will come again in a couple weeks for some pre-emergent (?) and more fertilizer.

The big kill off was a couple hundred and the ongoing stuff is about $40 a pop.

NEVER thought I would say this but it's worth it. Maybe in a year or so, the grass will be established enough for me not to have to do the applications, but for now, it's OK.

SIDE NOTE: My neighbors on one side do NOTHING in their front yard and it's full of weeds. Those purple flower ones? Well, the son finally mowed the front yard and damn, cut weeds don't look have bad. Maybe it's all about the mower????
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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I meant HALF bad . . . how long does the option to EDIT stay on? I guess not long . . sorry
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