I think most people think low maintenance means sod and forget with a little fertilizer once in awhile. I find the empire to need just as much water as any of the rest but the fertilizer cost to be less. I spoon feed a low nitrogen high quality palm fertilizer to my zoysia and it seems to thrive. I also cut with a Tru Cut at about 1.5 inches though I have cut it down to 1 inch. I have had no problem with disease but have had some grub issues. For the last few months moles are loving this yard and I am not real sure what to do about them.