NB. Please don't confuse EMPIRE Zoysia with negative reports you may read about the many other types of Zoysia grasses that do well up North, but should never have been planted in Florida. EMPIRE Zoysia is a specialized species that has been thoroughly tested and proven to thrive in the Southern U.S.A. PageDn ê to read about the other species of Zoysia grasses.Planting A New EMPIRE Zoysia Lawn
EMPIRE Zoysia also has good shade tolerance; performs well in sandy and clay soils, has good cold tolerance and excellent salt tolerance - causing it to thrive near coastal conditions.
Please do call è Sod Solutions on 843.849.1288 for a FREE full color informative brochure on è EMPIRE Zoysia, with the opinions of 5 lawn experts, to be mailed to you. Their web-site has good information on lawn planting and maintenance.
Here is the testimony of one of the aforementioned 5 experts: "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, è King Ranch, FL.
è EMPIRE Zoysia is naturally resistant to the weed killing chemicals (i) Fusilade, (ii) MSMA and (iii) 2-4-D - making it relatively easy to control weeds. I personally just pull the few weeds I see before mowing with my standard rotary mower and grassbox - EMPIRE Zoysia prefers the clippings to be bagged. As you're only cutting ½ to 1" off a week, the grassbox is really no bother at all. Because weeds grow so much faster than slow growing EMPIRE Zoysia, they stand out like a sore thumb, and are easy to locate and pull. I just leave them lying on the lawn to be sucked up by the mowers grassbox - unless they have seeds; those I throw down the storm-water drain. There's an important rule that says if you have a choice between weeding and mowing, always choose mowing. Regular short mowing does discourage weed growth - but prompt pulling of weeds prevents their deadly spreading. With weeding, a stitch in time (most definitely) saves nine (or 100 or 1,000). Regularly go for an enjoyable stroll around your lawn at dusk and pull those nasty few weeds, before they multiply and have you pulling your hair out.
Folks planting St. Augustine today, will almost certainly at some time in the future have either a Bermuda, Crabgrass or a weed infestation war to wage. New home owners and second time lawn planters should seriously look into planting EMPIRE Zoysia as an appealing low maintenance alternative.
This slow growing lawn needs 12 months for the roots to fully establish in order for it to reach its full drought capability, reputation and resilience. On the other hand St. Augustine lawn owners will have to permanently pay for the extra two thirds of water that their thirsty lawn demands. They'll have to do high volume weeding, fight off invading lawns, re-plant sections of lawn, etc. All these problems can be minimized by planting EMPIRE Zoysia - recommended by the expert greenskeeper at Bloomingdale Golfers Club. Another point to consider is that an enhancing lawn does have a positive effect on the re-sale value of one's home.
Because EMPIRE Zoysia is such a slow growing lawn, it is not at all advisable to plant plugs or seed - they'll both take too long - at least one full growing season - and until the lawn is established you'll be fighting weeds in the bare patches that whole year - no fun - definitely not recommended. The only recommended way to plant EMPIRE Zoysia is with sod.Cost Calculations...
Soil preparation would best be accomplished by tilling your property or a second option would be to kill off the existing lawn and weeds chemically, before planting EMPIRE Zoysia sod.
Naturally a new lawn will need to be watered regularly - everyday the first 30 days - then backing off to every 2nd and 3rd day - which encourages the roots to grow deep in search of water - but without some regular water for the entire first year, the roots won't be able to effectively grow and spread.
Click on this è sod locator link to find your closest EMPIRE Zoysia sod supplier for a free quotation and expert advice.
EMPIRE Zoysia costs a bit more than other sod, because it's so slow growing, giving suppliers a lower yield and turnover time - so they have to up their price to stay in business - but most are open to negotiate some. Fertilizing...
Even though it costs more, I would not plant anything else, because I like high quality / low maintenance lawn - you get what you pay for.
Tim Ward from 'Agro-Turf' in Tampa only charged our community 2c more per SqFt (usually 10c more per SqFt), which translated to ±$120 more for our 6,000 SqFt of lawn.
Is this extra $120 a good investment?
There is an old South African saying that reads, "Cheap buying ends up being expensive buying", because initially saving $120 on St. Augustine, but down the road having to re-plant with EMPIRE Zoysia is bad economics (besides having to do the back breaking job all over again - which usually ends up being unsightly, as replanted sod over an existing lawn stands too high above the sidewalk).
The dollar implication of this double buying (as of August '02) is…
1. $720 for St. Augustine
2. $840 for EMPIRE Zoysia
If you bought EMPIRE Zoysia alternative lawn in the first place you'd save $720 in the long run - not to mention the water and chemicals you'll save, which over time will exceed $120.
è LawnFertilizers.com is an interesting web-site that explains how to fertilize correctly.Two Local Suppliers Of EMPIRE Zoysia For Tampa Residents...
What do those 3 numbers on every fertilizer bag mean? N P K base - N=nitrogen, P=phosphorus, and K=potassium.
N - Nitrogen promotes foliage and overall growth, also a healthy dark green lawn.
P - Phosphorus promotes good deep root development.
K - Potassium promotes diseases resistance plus the flowering and fruit development in plants.
Recommended for EMPIRE Zoysia (in fact for all warm season grasses)…
Starter = 18:24:6 - high phosphorous and nitrogen levels are ideal for new lawns to drive the roots down and green it up.
Lawn Food = 27:4:6 - high slow release nitrogen gives a sustained Spring boost to produce a dark green lush lawn. Re-apply at least one more time during the Summer.
Winterizer = 5:5:25 - a high potassium content is an excellent disease fighter.
I just use an all purpose 10:10:10 lawn, shrub & tree fertilizer by Rite Green from Wal-Mart for under $5.00 a bag for all seasons. These other 'specialized' fertilizers cost up to $30.00 a bag - it's crazy!!! With a 'push type' fertilizer spreader I can evenly distribute a 40 lb bag of fertilizer in 5 minutes. I apply this at least 4 times a year to produce a thick lush deep green healthy lawn.
I also soak any dormant or ant patches with Specticide (in a spray bottle connected to my garden hose) to kill whatever bugs might be attacking the roots or foliage. The dark green lush color comes back to that patch within a few days.
1. 'Agro-Turf', Tampa, FL - Tim Ward (who gave me excellent service) - 813.633.3094 W 813.781.1888 C - Email.14 Other Varieties of Zoysia grasses...
2. 'SMR Turf & Trees', Bradenton, FL - Clive - 941.708.0772 - www.smrturf.com - Email.
Go to SodSolutions.com for your local S. USA supplier.
1. Zenith Zoysia 2. Companion Zoysia 3. Empress Zoysia 4. El Toro Zoysia 5. Emerald Zoysia 6. Meyer Zoysia - Z-52 or Amazoy 7. Belaire Zoysia 8. Cashmere Zoysia 9. Cavalier Zoysia 10. Crowne Zoysia 11. De Anza Zoysia 12. Diamond Zoysia 13. Palisades Zoysia 14. Victoria Zoysia.Search Engine Keywords to help find this web-page...
Only the first 4 Vireo Ridge home owners who put their names down before the end of September '02 deadline were granted permission to plant EMPIRE Zoysia lawn by Newland Communities as a Fishhawk Ranch experimentation project. In my estimation the experiment was a great success, opening the way for others to confidently plant EMPIRE Zoysia lawn. Those first 4 Vireo Ridge properties are...
LOT # - NAME - ADDRESS - BUILDER.
1. Lot 29 - Smiley & Marlene Papenfus - 15322 VireoGlen Ln, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch - My web-site
2. Lot 28 - 15324 VireoGlen Ln, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch
3. Lot 14 - Ron Leybovich - 6130 VireoRidge Dv, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch
4. Lot 11 - Perla & Del Gonzalez - 6131 VireoRidge Dv, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch.
All the above accurate information is from thorough research and talking to several lawn experts who have many years of experience working with both St. Augustine and EMPIRE Zoysia lawns.
Two of the above folks have communicated with me that their decision to plant EMPIRE Zoysia was based on what they read here AND their OWN OUTSIDE RESEARCH - confirming the accuracy of the information on this web-page.
Vireo Ridge Developers:-
Inland Homes - Allen Henderson & Sabal Homes - Bill Lee
Landscape Developer for Sabal Homes:-
Turf-Keepers - Roger - Tel: 633.2092x229 & 295.3458 Cell
Landscape Architect's for Fishhawk Ranch:-
Newland Communities - Rhonda Brewer - Tel: 631.0306x18 & 685.7500 @ Fishhawk Ranch.
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