Empire Zoysia Logo - Official Trademark EMPIRE Zoysia is a greatly improved zoysiagrass, offering enviable appearance and better performance wherever warm season grasses grow. With a beautiful green color, a softer texture, and lower maintenance needs, EMPIRE is a homeownerís dream lawn. And itís been making headlines across the country for its drought-hardiness, becoming the turfgrass of choice for property developers and water management agencies. Now you can choose it too.

         
EMPIREģ Zoysia, a patented variety of zoysiagrass developed by Sod Solutions, Inc. of  Mt. Pleasant, S.C., has been drawing rave reviews for its dense, fine texture, durability, and lush color. Itís also friendlier to the environment and easier to take care of.
Empire Zoysia is Versatile
EMPIRE can be manicured with a professional reel mower at a height of less than 1/2 inch or it can be mowed every 7≠14 days by a homeowner at 1≠2 inches with a standard rotary mower.
 
"This is a great grass," says Mark Cole, director of golf course maintenance for Ginn Clubs & Resorts. He notes that EMPIRE is in use on Reunionís golf course roughs and a few tee boxes in shady locations, where it is being kept "pretty tight" (low mowing height) with pleasing results.
 
The grass does well in sandy loam, muck and clay soils.

 

Empire Zoysia is Durable
As a resort community under construction yet populated and open for business, "We have to be green all the time, even if we donít have all the infrastructure in place," Clingerman said. At times, he said, the company had to lay the EMPIRE sod before it could install irrigation. The grass survived for as long as a month and always recovered shortly after the irrigation pipes were laid.

 

Empire Zoysia is Tolerant
Clingerman, the Ginn landscape manager, notes that EMPIRE has done well at many sites under a variety of conditions, including those with appreciable amounts of shade.
 
"We have put EMPIRE under trees, as well as in full sun," he says. "We havenít used any different maintenance regimen for the EMPIRE than we do for the bermudasónothing special for it."
 
Unlike most other varieties of zoysiagrass, EMPIRE tolerates high humidity and heat as well as drought and climates as cool as those found in the Carolinas, making it suitable for any part of Florida, including coastal areas.
 

"We have had great response from our owners," says Mark Cole, director of golf course maintenance at Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando, a new resort community under development by Ginn Clubs & Resorts, where EMPIRE dominates the landscape. "They like the look and feel of EMPIRE because it is similar to the types of grass used in the North where many of our homeowners are from."
 


"At King Ranch, we call EMPIRE Zoysia the 'EZ' grass because it's so easy to grow and maintain.  We think the public are ready for a new and improved turfgrass, so we're excited about growing and marketing EMPIRE Zoysia." - Paul Grose, General Manager, King Ranch, FL.
any variety of St. Augustine or bermudagrass.
 

 
Barry McKently, director of landscape at Universal Studios Escape in Orlando, also attests to its durability.
 
"We put EMPIRE Zoysia in two of our theme parks and it's doing great," he said. "The grass is visually appealing and it holds up well in traffic. Weíre very pleased."
 

"I fell in love with the look and I was really impressed with the performance," said Kevin Clingerman, Ginnís landscape manager. He found EMPIRE to be durable, versatile, tolerant to a variety of conditions, and less demanding than
 
Empire Zoysiagrass is Environmentally friendly!
 
Because of its drought tolerance, EMPIRE requires less water than most other grasses and is well suited to areas where water use is severely regulated. It also requires less fertilizer than St. Augustine or bermudagrasses.
 
After more than five years of testing, insects and disease have not been a significant problem and therefore EMPIRE has required fewer applications of insecticides and fungicides than other grasses. Because of its dense growth habit, weeds are rarely a problem in healthy stands, but the grass tolerates all common herbicides if needed.
 
Clingerman and Reunion were introduced to EMPIRE by Bethel Farms of Arcadia, Fla. Bethel produces plants, cattle, citrus, fertilizer and several varieties of turf, and currently has more than 150 acres of EMPIRE in production, with plans to expand to several hundred acres. Bethel is one of 29 producers in Florida licensed to grow EMPIRE. The company has expanded its EMPIRE acreage in the last two years in response to growing demand.
 
"We were one of the first growers in Florida to plant EMPIRE," notes Will Nugent, Bethelís president. "When we took it on, we saw right away the value that this grass has for our customers and our industry, especially with regard to water issues. EMPIRE needs less water while in production on the farm, and our customers tell us it needs less water after itís installed and established at a job site."
 
Bethel felt so strongly about EMPIRE that it offered it to Ginn Clubs & Resorts for trial with a guarantee that the grass would perform as promised: an offer almost unheard of in the sod production industry. After the initial trial period, Ginn Clubs & Resorts expanded EMPIRE installations at Reunion and its other properties.
 
 
Other large Florida communities embracing EMPIRE include Tesoro in Port St. Lucie; Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota; The Villages in Sumter County; and Sorrento Springs in Orlando. Sod Solutions estimates that EMPIRE growers have installed the grass at several thousand home sites and commercial developments in Florida.
 
Sod Solutions brought the grass from Brazil, where it had been discovered by Roberto Gurgel of Itograss Agricola in the 1990s. The South Carolina turfgrass developer brought EMPIRE to the U.S., patented it and offered it to selected growers in its network of producers licensed to grow and market its patented proprietary varieties of bermudas, St. Augustine and zoysiagrasses. EMPIRE is now in production in 14 U.S. states, Australia, and Brazil.
 
For a list of Licensed growers currently producing EMPIRE, please visit the Sod Solutions Web site at www.sodsolutions.com or the EmpireTurf.com Web site. A brochure in pdf format with more information about EMPIRE also is available at the site for downloading.

 

Please email info@Sod Solutions.com or call 843.849.1288 for more information...

You can also download a FREE full color informative brochure on EMPIRE Zoysia
 

 
 

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