Empire Zoysia


Warm Season Turf Grass

EMPIRE Turf is a Zoysia grass that has truly raised the bar for warm season turf grass. Empire sod combines soft to the touch feel with lush green color and tight blade growth. Visually, Empire is an extremely attractive wide blade turf grass for any landscaping job. Homeowners and Property Managers also appreciate its many maintenance, environmental, and cost saving advantages. Empire Zoysia sod is a favorite of ours in high traffic areas where dogs and kids rule the yard.

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Requirements, Irrigation & Characteristics

Light Requirements:

Empire Zoysia has moderate to good shade tolerance but grows best in full sun. Empire Zoysia can tolerate as little as 5 hours of sun per day. Empire Zoysia grass does not perform well around the root systems of large trees so is not suitable as an underplanting in these areas. It would be best to plant an ornamental groundcover plant under a large tree.


Though drought tolerant, to maintain a healthy appearance during the hottest months of summer, Empire Zoysia needs about 1 to 1 1/4 inches of water a week. On sandy soils it often requires more frequent watering, for example, 1/2 inch of water every third day. A light green-grey color and narrowing of leaves indicate that it is time to water.

  • Hot Weather Tolerance : Excellent
  • Sun Requirement : 5 hours (Good)
  • Wear Resistance : Excellent
  • Injury Recovery : Excellent
  • Winter Color : Dormant
  • Mowing Height : 2″ – 4″
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