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2/183 Currumburra Road, Ashmore, Queensland, Australia

Empire Zoysia

Empire Zoysia

Zoysia japonica ‘SS500’

EMPIRE™ Turf grows Australia Wide and provides a lawn grass which is easy to look after. It has a relatively fine leaf which is soft to touch, excellent wear tolerance and thrives in extreme heat and humidity. EMPIRE™ is good in the shade and keeps a good winter colour and it can generally outcompete the weeds once established. EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA generally requires less watering & less mowing than any other commercially grown lawn in Australia.

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Why is a Empire Zoysia™ Lawn so Good?

Good Winter Colour

EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA has good winter colour when compared to other more common turf.

EMPIRE™ Zoysia Turf grows really well across Queensland and Northern NSW and provides a lawn grass which is easy to look after. It is perfect for those individuals who don’t like the thickness of a buffalo nor the fine leaf of a couch; Zoysia sits right in the middle of these varieties in terms of its leaf width. Zoysia has good wear tolerance and thrives in hot and humid conditions. Although not as good as buffalo, Zoysia has good shade tolerance only needing a minimum of 5 hours a day to thrive.

Empire’s best and most sought after characteristic is its slow growth rate compared to couches and buffalos, which means less mowing for the owner of this grass. Once establish Zoysia strong root structure give it a strong ability to handle wear and tear and also out-competes weeds, restricting their growth. 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. Zoysia 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.

Characteristics & Info


  • 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


  • Low water use due to deep root system
  • Reduced fertiliser requirements
  • Less insecticide, herbicide and fungicide usage


  • Grows Australia wide
  • Thrives in extreme heat and humidity
  • Excellent cold hardiness
  • Drought tolerant due to deep root system


  • 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 Zoysia is good at out competing weeds, and is tolerant to common herbicides
Winter Colour Dormant in cold areas
Hot Tolerance Excellent / thrives in hot areas
Cold Tolerance Excellent
Shade Tolerance Moderate to good
Wear Resistance Excellent
Salt Tolerance Excellent / thrives near coastal areas
Mowing Height 25mm to 50mm
Use Residential and commercial
Drought Tolerance Excellent once established
Pest resistance Excellent lawn grub resistance
Texture Soft, finer than Buffalo

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