EMPIRE Zoysia is a revolutionary medium-bladed, dark green Zoysia grass that features excellent wear tolerance, requires less mowing and chemical applications and is chinch bug resistant. More importantly, EMPIRE Turf allows the water supply to be shut off in severe periods of drought without the danger of permanently harming the lawn. EMPIRE Turf…one lawn…many benefits. EMPIRE is the perfect choice for southern home lawns. EMPIRE is The Proven Zoysia grass, thriving in areas where others are not well adapted




Home, Commercial, Golf, Sports

Blade-width: 5-7mm

Feel: Very Soft

Soils: Sandy, Clay

Growth: Rhizomes, stolons


Color: Blue-Green

Fall Color Retention: Very Good

Spring Green Up: Average


Mower: Standard Rotary, Reel

Height: 1-2″

Weed Control: Very Good

Insect Resistance: Excellent

Disease Resistance: Very Good


Wear: Very Good

Injury Recovery: Very Good


Shade: Good


Drought: Very Good

Empire Zoysia Maintenance Guides

Maintaining a healthy EMPIRE lawn requires a lot less than you may think! Our seasonal maintenance

guides below will help you know what to watch out for and the steps to take to keep your lawn

looking its best throughout the year. At the bottom of this page are detailed BMPs for

EMPIRE for professional turf managers, although homeowners may find them useful.

Detailed EMPIRE Maintenance

To ensure optimum quality and performance of EMPIRE, users must accomplish necessary care and maintenance.

This care and maintenance has been formalized above in the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for EMPIRE Turf. These BMPs are written as a guide and should be modified as local climate, soil, and environmental conditions dictate. It is important to note that no “magic fertilizer” or “super-chemical” will solve all problems or make any turfgrass perfect. Through consistent application of the BMPs and on-going evaluation, education, and modification of these practices, however, users will greatly enhance the quality and performance of EMPIRE Turf. Below are EMPIRE Turf Best Management Practices PDF downloads for professionals.

Installation and Establishment

Installation and the care taken during the initial days that follow are the most critical factors in determining the long-term quality and performance of EMPIRE Turf. Harvesting and transplantation are extremely stressful to any turfgrass and precautionary measures should be taken to help reduce further cultural and environmental stresses. EMPIRE is a tough, hardy turfgrass that once established, produces a beautiful lifetime lawn, landscape, sportsturf or golf course. Proper care, including pre-installation soil preparation and limiting time on the pallet to less than 24 hours, yields positive results. Improper care, however, can cause death of the turfgrass or damage that results in lengthy recovery and additional expense. See our Turfgrass Installation page for more information on proper installation of turfgrass.

Irrigating Newly Installed EMPIRE: Proper watering upon installation is essential to successful establishment

Prior to installation, ensure irrigation systems are working properly and covering all areas to be planted

Water thoroughly upon installation ensuring that both the EMPIRE is wet and the soil is moist to a depth of 3”, which is approximately 1” of water per day

In hot weather, water within a few hours of installation to mitigate severe damage or loss due to heat / dehydration stress

Shaded areas and heavy soils require less water than full-sun areas and sandy soils

When proper rooting is evident, alter irrigation program accordingly

Mowing: New installations are often uneven and care should be taken not to scalp high spots:

Mow within 10 days of installation and bag clippings for the first few mowings

After the first few mowings see post establishment instructions for proper mowing practices.

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