Empire Turf Zoysia is one of the most popular grass types among Florida residents. Its durability and adaptability make it uniquely suited to the Florida climate, with its heat and humidity.
Read on to learn why this style of grass is so common in the Florida area
The Look of Zoysia Grass
Empire Turf Zoysia features a blue-green color that looks lush and vibrant. It has medium blades, which really sets it apart from other grass styles in terms of comfort underfoot. Despite its soft texture and luxurious feel, though, Empire Turf Zoysia is incredibly durable. Although the grass may lose a bit of its color when it goes dormant during times of drought or extreme cold, it will bounce right back to its typical color once the sun and weather improves.
Hardiness and Durability
Known for its drought-tolerance, Empire Turf Zoysia has the unique ability to go dormant in drought conditions. Other grasses typically only go dormant during cold weather, if at all. This dormancy enables Empire Turf Zoysia to better withstand extreme dryness without long-term damage. It does also have good shade tolerance.
If you live along the shoreline, you likely know how damaging salt can be to your lawn. Empire Turf Zoysia handles salty conditions well. Soil near the coast tends to be sandier than in other parts of Florida, which can make it more difficult for grasses to extract enough water from the ground. With Empire Turf Zoysia, this is not a problem, because the grass develops a deep root structure, which gives it access to far more water.
Many homeowners love Empire Turf Zoysia for its slow growth. The blades grow much more slowly than other popular grasses, so you really only need to mow once every two weeks to keep it looking neat and healthy. This slow growth can make the grass more prone to damage from foot traffic, but the deep roots enable it to bounce back quickly. This grass is best suited for golf courses, commercial areas, sports/parks, and home.
Finally, Empire Turf Zoysia is resistant to chinch bugs. These common lawn pests are notoriously difficult to get rid of, so it is incredibly helpful to have your lawn do it naturally. This saves you time, money, and hassle on future pest control treatments. With Empire Turf Zoysia you can spend more time enjoying your lawn and less time worrying about chinch bugs infesting it.
Care and Maintenance
Empire Turf Zoysia has a dense growth habit. In the sod phase, stay off your lawn and do your best to keep the sod damp as much as possible. Once established, you won’t need to water nearly as much, thanks to this grass variety’s drought-tolerance. Take advantage of the frequent rains as well, as this can help you minimize your water usage when your lawn doesn’t actually need irrigation. It can be mowed with a standard rotary mower. Keep your lawn at 1 to 2 inches in height.
Ready to Try Out Zoysia for Your Florida Yard?
The Duda Sod team is here to help. We provide our customers with a wide variety of sod types, including Empire Turf Zoysia. We’ll be happy to work with you to help you decide which type of grass is best for your needs and your personal preferences. Don’t be shy about getting in touch with us at any time to learn more about your options. Contact us today to get started.