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Zoysia Grass Makes a Comeback

Turf magazine has a feature story on a grass that holds very fond childhood memories for me  —  Zoysia Grass.  I was  thrilled  to  talk  to writer Murray Anderson about my thoughts and experiences:  

“Zoysia is a warm-season grass native to China, Japan and Southeast Asia. It’s highly adaptable and can be grown in all types of soils from clay to sand, as well as in either acidic  or  alkaline  soils. It requires little moisture and stays green during even the hottest  days  of  summer. (GardenWise’s) Mark  White,  a  Washington,  D.C.-based  landscape architect  and  member  of  the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), describes zoysia as a “wonderful grass – beautiful, thick and lush.” He grew up sliding  on  zoysia-covered  hills in his parents’  yard  and  remembers  it  being dense  and lush,  an  ideal  lawn  to  play  on.

Read the story in its entirety here.

PS – The home featured in the magazine is my house in the Cherrydale neighborhood of  Northern Virginia!

Grass, Gas or . . . Nobody Rides for Free

Maintaing Grass During a Heat Wave

Here at Garden Wise, we’re all about reducing lawn areas by half. Not eliminating lawns, but reducing them. It’s a great way to make your landscape more “green” and productive. Maintaining the remaining turf in your landscape at the height of the summer heat is crucial to the life of your lawn. Keep your grass longer in length in the blazing heat by raising the cutting height of your lawnmower an additional 1-2 inches. This will help your grass survive drought and heat as tall grass will shade the soil, reduce weeds and the effects of evaporation.

Water your lawn areas in the morning before the heat sets in, and if your grass is dry, Do Not Mow Your Turf until after it’s been watered, or until after it rains. Mowing a dry lawn will further stress the grass and expose it to the drying effects of the hot summer sun.