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Empire Zoysia

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jimmygiii, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. jimmygiii

    jimmygiii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I live in Birmingham, AL and most Zoysia is either Emerald or Z-52. However, some sod farms have Empire Zoysia, which has a much coarser leaf blade almost resembling St Augustine. I've looked at NTEP ratings and it looks like Emerald is the gold standard with Z-52 doing very good but definitely not as good as Emerald. If my memory serves me correctly, Emerald has better wear tolerance, disease & pest resistance, recovery from divots, & greens up faster than Z-52.

    Unfortunately, there isn't any NTEP data on Empire. Does anyone know how Empire stacks up against Emerald & Z-52? I'm really interested in finding out the 3 varieties' differences in shade tolerance, Spring green up, growth rate (the faster the better because of dog urine), disease & pest resistance, fertility requirements & drought tolerance.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. jimmygiii

    jimmygiii LawnSite Member
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