By far our customers favorite sod, Empire turf is known for its drought tolerance, chinch bug resistance, slow growing nature and fine blade texture. If you are looking for a beautiful sod for the Tampa and Sarasota areas that can truly withstand less water than traditional grasses, look no further.
Drought Tolerance: Empire's unique ability to go dormant allows the sod to manage through drought or freezing temperatures without permanently damaging the sod. During these times the sod may lose its color but once water is applied and warmer temperatures are reached Empire will return to its beautiful lush dark green color. In comparison, a St. Augustine yard may hold its color longer into a drought or freeze, but once it turns brown it will most likely not survive the extreme conditions.
Chinch Bug Resistance: While no grass is impervious to insects, Empire unlike most St. Augustine's, is resistant to chinch bugs. This will reduce the amount of chemicals you will need to care for your yard.
Slow Grower: If you're like most of us you would rather be out enjoying your yard rather than being a slave to it. With Empire you can go longer between mowings than most typical Florida grasses. Depending on the growing season you'll mow every 7-14 days instead of 5-7 days with most other turf grass.
Finer Textured Grass Blade: People tell us all the time, “I don’t want that crabgrass looking grass in my yard" referring to St. Augustine. Empire Zoysia offers a soft to the touch finer feel, more like the cool season grasses found to the north. Empire is a finer bladed grass, yet not too fine for the traditional lawn mower. This is a grass that your kids, your grandkids, maybe even you can really roll around on!
Moderate Shade Tolerance: Another advantage to Empire is its adaptability to moderate shade. Rated less shade tolerant than some of the St. Augustine's it can take more shade than your typical Floratam St Augustine or Bermuda varieties.
Empire - The Proven Zoysia For Florida: You may find other varieties of zoysia grass out there but be careful. While some of them will grow fine, many varieties have been found to have disease issues. Empire has proven over time to be a good zoysia choice for the Florida climate.
While no grass is perfect, Empire is close! Join the green home builders across Florida and make your yard a green outdoor oasis with Empire Turf!