EMPIRE Turf® Homeowner Maintenance Guide | Sod Solutions

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1″ – 2″
Inches
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1 inch
per week
TOTAL
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Fungicide &
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Learn how to properly care for EMPIRE Turf Zoysia in every season with a step by step action plan for a healthy Zoysia lawn.

Spring

  • If you have a mature, established EMPIRE Zoysia lawn, drop your mower and give your lawn a “buzz-cut” in the early spring. Bag up all the material.
  • After your initial “buzz-cut,” begin mowing EMPIRE at the desired height. Mow EMPIRE mowed between one and two inches.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
  • Don’t overwater. EMPIRE needs about one inch of water a week, taking into consideration rainfall.
  • Apply fungicide if needed. If you have had a fungus or disease in your EMPIRE in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, you should apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.
Fertilize your lawn:

Summer

  • When mowing never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing
  • Do not overwater the grass. Zoysia only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
Fertilize your lawn:

Fall

  • Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition.
  • If you have had fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas. Treat with broad-spectrum insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption. Make sure it offers control for billbugs.
  • During the fall mowing will occur less often—keeping your zoysia slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for the winter.
  • Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.
  • If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.
Fertilize your lawn:
Lawn Maintenance, Sod Solutions
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1–2
inches
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1 inch
per week
total
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Preventative
Fungicide &
Insecticide
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HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY EMPIRE LAWN? BEGIN WITH AN EARTH-FRIENDLY, REDUCED INPUT FERTILIZER PROGRAM.

SOIL MANAGEMENT

  • Soil test every two years.
  • Amend soil to maintain pH between 6.0 and 7.0
  • Know your soil type!

MOWING

  • Sharpen blades every spring.
  • Keep mowed between .5 to 2 inches
  • Don’t cut of more than 1/3 the blade

IRRIGATION

  • Don’t Overwater
  • Water less in cooler fall months
  • About 1 inch a week total irrigation spring & summer
  • Water deeply, frequently, and in early AM

WEED CONTROL

  • Pre-emergents prevent weeds from germinating
  • Post-emergents kill weeds after they germinate
  • A thick, lush lawn is the best deterrent to weeds

DISEASE CONTROL

  • Overly wet grass + shade = fungus problems
  • Apply systemic fungicide to prevent fungus outbreaks
  • Use multiple fungicide applications to treat affected areas

INSECT CONTROL

  • Use a broad spectrum insecticide that controls chinch bugs
  • For a once-a-year treatment, July & August are good months
  • If using a granular insecticide, water in after application
  • Look for insect damage on grass blades and/ or roots

EMPIRE TURF® MAINTENANCE

Mowing Frequency

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Height: 1-2 inches

Fertilization Frequency

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Watering Frequency

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1 inch per week

Disease Resistance

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Very Resistant

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