EMPIRE™ Turf Characteristics & Info
EMPIRE turf is probably the hardest lawn in the world to wear out. Almost indestructible rolls or slabs...
Zoysia japonica 'SS500'
- 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
- Perfect for coastal areas, it has excellent 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.|
|Shade Tolerance||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 dm2|