Tips & Tricks
Empire Zoysia Grass
Leave Zoysia to fend for itself in the midstof a drought, and you have a good chance of it continuing to live. A superb container of moisture, Zoysia has saved countless homeowners who sporadically irrigate from completely killing their lawns. It is also tolerant of salt, as long as the area is well-drained.
‘Empire’ is a cultivar that is gaining popularity in Florida. It is similar in texture to ‘El Toro’ and has a very dense growth habit. It maintains a nice green color and, compared to other new zoysiagrass cultivars, it has a moderate rate of establishment. ‘Empire’ has performed well in sandy and clay soil types with aggressive growth from its stolons and rhizomes, but it can be mowed with a standard rotary mower due to its broader leaf and open growth habit. It does not do as well in shade as other zoysiagrass cultivars. ‘Empire’ is being planted in numerous communities in Florida and seems to do well in many areas throughout the state; however, it is susceptible to large (brown) patch disease.
To achieve the best results from Zoysia, remember:
- Empire Zoysia is resistant to drought and acts like a native Floridian: it does not like the cold.
- Mow often – and mow closely. Lawns that feature Zoysia in full sun conditions should be mowed every 5-7 days.
- Grub worms are a Zoysia’s biggest enemy. To eradicate them, be sure to monitor the soil throughout the summer and fall, and if you see the pests, immediately apply an insecticide.