If you are looking for a thick blanket of deep green to cover your yard, this is a turfgrass that has definitely raised the bar for all southern grasses. Discovered in Brazil amid the lush, tropical foliage, it’s no wonder Empire thrives in hot and humid areas. You might not expect a turfgrass this strong to also be soft. Empire’s plush carpet of densely packed blades is extremely soft to the touch, making it perfect for bare feet. It is the ideal grass for areas used extensively by families big and small as it will sustain excessive wear and tear. Its deep root structure makes it drought tolerant, meaning it requires less watering over time. It adapts to a wide range of soil types and is naturally chinch bug resistant. Take your shoes off and step onto one of the most beautiful southern grasses!
All grass should be watered immediately after being installed.
GREEN GRASS: Newly laid sod requires initial daily watering for approximately 1-2 hours per day. It takes approximately 5-14 days for the newly laid grass to root. Once the grass is firmly rooted in the soil, it will need only about 1” per week. To get 1” per week, water at the rate of 1 hour two times per week. Watering is best in the morning or early afternoon as the grass is more susceptible to disease when it stays wet overnight. Zoysia requires at least 5-6 hours of good midday sunlight to thrive.
DORMANT GRASS: Newly laid sod requires initial watering for approximately 1 hour. Check dormant grass every 2-3 days to make sure the soil on the roots is still moist as it may not require watering after the initial watering.
Empire® Zoysia does best mowed at 1 ½ – 2 ½” approximately every 5 days. Use the “1/3 rule” which is to mow often enough not to remove more than one third of the top growth at one mowing. When do you need to mow your newly sodded lawn? Usually within 1 week of laying or when the grass is 50% higher than your desired mowing height.
We recommend a complete slow release product such as Fertilome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer directly on the ground before laying the grass on the ground. We do not recommend fertilizing on top of the grass between September 1st and April 15th. In order to maintain the beautiful deep green color we recommend fertilizing twice a year, once in April and again mid-summer.