EMPIRE™ Turf Characteristics & Info
Eye catching dark green colour
Luxurious soft-to-the-touch feel
Fine, tight leaf blade growth
Great autumn / winter colour
Early spring green up (if dormant)
Small leaf blade (5-7mm). Well proportioned to shrinking lot sizes
Grows in clay and sandy soil types
Durable and robust
Vigorous re-growth from underground rhizomes
Rapid injury recovery
Good resistance to insects and diseases (especially lawn grub)
Moderate to good shade tolerance
Grows Australia wide
Thrives in extreme heat and humidity
Excellent cold hardiness
Drought tolerant due to deep root system
Low water use due to deep root system
Reduced fertiliser requirements
Less insecticide, herbicide and fungicide usage
Cut between 25mm and 50mm every 7 to 21 days in the warmer months, depending on frequency of fertiliser
Requires less fertiliser than other lawns
Easy weed control, as EMPIRE™ is good at out competing weeds, and is tolerant to common herbicides
"EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA Turf– It just keeps looking good"
Probably the hardest lawn in the world to wear out. Only the better Buffalo varieties have more shade tolerance. Almost indestructible rolls or slabs. With such little mowing required, it is the ideal lawn for slopes.
Ozbreed is pleased to introduce EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA, a selected cultivar of Zoysia japonica, chosen specifically for its ability to reduce production costs while demonstrating very desirable growth characteristics. Reduced production costs are achieved by EMPIRE™'s rapid expansion rate, reproduction from rhizomes, and its natural chemical resistance for easier weed control. Unlike other Zoysia grasses, EMPIRE™ is not too slow. In fact compared to other Zoysias lawns, EMPIRE™ is super fast, however EMPIRE™ still requires less mowing than Couch, Kikuyu, and Buffalo turf.
EMPIRE™ demonstrates superior dark green color, low thatch build up due to its wide bladed leaf (compared to other Zoysias) and open growth habit, natural chemical resistance to MSMA, 2,4-D, and Fusillade II, and good drought tolerance. EMPIRE™ was discovered in Brazil, and unlike other Zoysia varieties, has proven its ability to thrive in hot, humid conditions as well as colder climates. EMPIRE™ has performed well in sandy and clay soil types with aggressive growth from its runners and rhizomes, but can be mowed with a standard rotary mower due to its broader leaf and open growth habit. It requires less maintenance and mowing than other grasses, and is a very efficient water user. This versatile turf grass thrives in all climatic regions of Australia, from Darwin, to Tasmania, from Sydney to Perth, and would even survive in places where the temperature drops to 20 degrees below 0.
Information on Common Zoysia (compared to EMPIRE™)
Zoysia grass is extremely drought tolerant. Although it does turn straw colored under severe drought conditions, it has the capacity to respond to subsequent irrigation or rainfall. Its water requirements are similar to those of Couch grass. The leaf blades of Zoysia grass are among the first to roll under drought conditions, thus it tends to conserve moisture more effectively than other species. Zoysia grass also has a deep root system allowing it to more effectively extract water from greater soil depths. EMPIRE™ remains looking good in dryer conditions than other Zoysias. EMPIRE™ not only survives drought, but keeps looking great for longer.
Zoysia grass is nearly as salt tolerant as Bermuda grass. It is widely grown along sandy seashores where drainage is adequate. Zoysia grass does not tolerate poorly drained soils whether they are saline or otherwise, until now. EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA does well in most soil types, including heavy poor draining soils.
Zoysia grasses are among the most wear tolerant turf grasses. However, their slow rate of growth gives them very poor recuperative potential. Until now. EMPIRE™ has a great recovery rate. EMPIRE™ has changed the way people look at Zoysia.
Winter Colour Dormant in Colder areas (e.g. Canberra), Good in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, etc.
Hot Weather Tolerance Excellent / thrives in hot humid and desert areas
Cold Tolerance Excellent. You would have to go to the top of Mt Kosciusko to find a place in Australia where EMPIRE ™ won't live.
Moderate to good, only better Buffalo varieties have more
Salt Tolerance Excellent / thrives near coastal areas
Mowing Height 25mm to 50mm / can be mowed 12mm to 25mm when maintained like a bowling green.
Recovery from Injury Excellent / runners and rhizomes fill in damaged areas
Use Lawns / residential, commercial, sports, parks, roadsides
Root Structure Fine, deep, massive, rhizomes spread underground
Drought Tolerance Excellent once established
Pest resistance Excellent lawn grub resistance
NOTE: Empire is more lawn grub resistant than other turf types, but this does not mean it is immune to lawn grub. If symptoms similar to lawn grub are present, consult with your lawn care professional.
Texture Wide, soft, more open than most Zoysias, finer than Buffalo
Internode Length 30-35 mm Leaf Width 5-7 mm
Internode Diameter 2.5-3.5 mm Shoot Density 32 per dm2Posted by The Zeal Group