EMPIRE Turf is a Brazilian zoysia japonica developed by turfgrass breeders Minoru Ito and Roberto Gurgel that offers specifiers, landscapers, golf course designers, sportsturf managers and homeowners exceptional performance with low maintenance across a wide spectrum of applications. EMPIRE is a blue-green turfgrass that has a wider blade than most other zoysias (slightly broader than Meyer Zoysia) and grows in a wide variety of soil and climate conditions. EMPIRE performs well in sandy and clay type soils throughout the southern U.S. and has tough runners, rhizomes, and deep roots that provide excellent sod strength, wearability, and improved drought tolerance. EMPIRE performs well in hot, arid, sandy areas of the southwest U.S., and has proven itself drought tolerant in many challenging applications. EMPIRE Turf has performed well in field and homeowner sites, and exhibits moderate shade tolerance typical of most zoysias. EMPIRE Turf is the first zoysia to demonstrate improved tolerance to brown patch as compared to Meyer Zoysia in side-by-side plantings. Additionally, EMPIRE is highly tolerant of most herbicides making it easier to control weeds during production and for the end user.
Marketed by Sod Solutions, Inc., the world’s premiere turfgrass development and marketing company, EMPIRE Turf elevates the standards and expectations of homeowners for their lawns. EMPIRE Turf combines soft-to-the-touch feel with lush green color and fine, tight blade growth. Visually, EMPIRE is a very attractive turfgrass for residential landscapes. Homeowners also appreciate its maintenance advantages. This turfgrass accommodates a variety of activities without suffering extensive wear and tear.
You might not expect turfgrass this soft to be this strong. EMPIRE is as hardy as it is attractive, and has a deep, thick root structure. It is more drought tolerant than most varieties of zoysiagrass, once established. In addition, slower vertical growth, plus natural chinch bug and chemical resistances, mean your lawn will require less maintenance, mowing and water than with other types of warm season grass. In some instances, once naturalized to the local climate, EMPIRE requires minimal irrigation.
These reduced maintenance needs and durability are EMPIRE’s hallmarks. With its Brazilian heritage, EMPIRE thrives in harsh tropical climates, yet also exhibits excellent cold hardiness. EMPIRE is one of the few grasses rated to perform well in all zones and it can thrive in varying soils and climatic conditions.
EMPIRE Turf is a drought tough zoysia grass cultivar that particularly thrives in the southeastern part of the United States. EMPIRE has a built in defense mechanism that allows it to survive for long periods when drought and water restrictions keep it from receiving water. Because of this, EMPIRE has been used exclusively in many massive communities throughout the state of Florida. When not receiving water, EMPIRE will go off color but continue to grow thanks to underground rhizomes. When the water returns, EMPIRE quickly greens back up.
EMPIRE Turf also meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s “Green Building” standards. This allows Florida builders seeking “Green Home Certification” to specify EMPIRE and receive certifying points. EMPIRE is the only zoysia grass approved by the FGBC with a proven track record in the state. There are over 20,000 Florida homes already using EMPIRE with thousands more expected while water conservation remains a top priority in the Sunshine State. That’s why the Green Builder Vision House Orlando 2008, a model of natural resource preservation, specified EMPIRE Turf for its lawn.