So, during my short stint in the lawn care business I learned a lot. I have a sloping front lawn outside my house that sits under a great big tree. Every year when it gets hot, it always dies in the area right beneath the tree. I aerate and seed every year and it looks great until the heat starts. I hate it because during the spring I get a ton of compliments on my lush green yard and then inevitably it ends. I have tried numerous types of seeds but no luck. After a ton of research I, well actually my wife suggested, zoysia plugs. It made a ton of sense. Zoysia is so thick and beautiful on the golf courses.
I remember when I used to work lawn care and had to push a spreader full of fertilizer around yards. It was extremely grueling work. I had one yard that I dreaded everytime it came up on my schedule. It was a full Zoysia lawn. It looked short but was extremely thick and very hard to push a spreader through. My legs would ache and I would sweat like crazy. I was always told that zoysia is great but very expensive. In my head I would never be able to attain zoysia grass.
I found Amazoy online and did a ton of research. I decided to go ahead and plant zoysia plugs in my yard, starting with my problem area. We spent quite a bit of money on a large number of plugs and waited for it to arrive. I was so anxious to get this done even though I knew it would be a lot of work.
Finally the package arrived!
I was a little disappointed because I really wanted the step on tool that makes the plug holes for you but only got the drill bit. I actually really sucked because my drill is crappy and only held so much of a charge, making this job way harder than it had to be. So I called the company to say I didn’t get one. They said that my package didn’t come with the step on plugger, sorry. After I got off the phone I wished they had offered to send me one for free or at least offered me one at a cost. I would have gladly paid it.
Above is the area I really wanted to work on, you can see where I placed a few plugs on the bottom left.
I followed the direction to the letter and worked all day to make holes and cut grass into strips and make the right size. I filled the area with the new plugs closer than I had to because I wanted full coverage of the area. After I was done, my back was sore but I felt really good about my progress. Now I would water often and watch my work pay off, or not. . . .
I kept watering and checking everyday. A few of the blades seem to finally come out of being dormant but it never really seemed to green up. In my opinion the zoysia did not live. Below is a picture of the lawn after a couple of months.
You can tell it looks exactly the same. I am so disappointed with this product and the end result I can’t even tell you. Save your money and go with someone else!
P.S. The company kindly responded to my email and offered to replace my order in the upcoming spring. I honestly just want a refund, even though it is only $100.00. The zoysia failed in areas that it might not have had a chance but also failed in areas where there was direct sunlight. I am however, grateful that they responded with this offer and will reluctantly try again in the Spring.