Empire Zoysiagrass (Zoysia x SS-500)

Empire Zoysiagrass

Gorgeous blue-green lush grass, Empire® Zoysiagrass (Zoysia x ‘SS-500’) is the turfgrass for a wide range of soil and climates! Very heat tolerant and deeply rooted, this tough, broad-bladed grass has fantastic blue-green color all growing season! Staying short and sterile seed heads, you’ll love the low-maintenance nature of your new lawn!

Standing up to foot traffic as well as hot, dry, sandy climates of the Southern US, Empire® is very drought tolerant once established, giving you a green lawn with less worry! Commercial and residential sites will find it’s easier to control weeds with this variety. Plus fewer brown patches in the spring after winter, and longer-lasting green!

Rapidly spreading by stolons/rhizomes and has a deep, thick root structure and staying only a couple of inches at maturity, you’ll enjoy less mowing! Zoysiagrass is great when it comes to tolerating shade! Spray less with the improved disease and pest resistance Empire® has, while enjoying the soft feel and fantastic color these lawn plugs provide.

How Many Plug Trays Should I Order?

Empire® Grass is sold by the tray, with 70 plugs in each tray, so coverage will depend on how close you plant them. Recommended spacing is 6 to 12 inches. See the Table Below for shipping times, square footage and spacing recommendations.

  • Striking Blue-Green Warm Season Grass
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Great Disease Resistance
  • Hardy USDA Growing Zones 8 – 11

Tips for Care:

Zoysiagrass plugs are Easy to Install. Irrigate the ground thoroughly several days ahead of planting, then maintain soil moisture consistently afterward. Apply a light amount of organic fertilizer. Install by punching 1-inch holes in the ground. We recommend planting the plugs one foot apart. Gently remove the plugs from the tray by pushing them up from the bottom. Do not PULL them out from the top as this may damage the roots.

  • Full Sun & Tolerates Part Shade
  • Hardy Growing Zones 6 – 11
  • Well-Drained Soil & Provide Regular Fertility
  • Moderate Moisture Requirements
  • Install With Boost Grass Plug Root Dip

Short and sweet, the Empire® Zoysiagrass won’t cause you any headaches! Fast, thick and adaptable, hot climates and foot traffic never stood a chance!

Empire Zoysiagrass (Zoysia x SS-500) Details

Common name Empire Zoysiagrass
Botanical name Zoysia x SS-500
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 6-11
Growth rate Medium
Height 1 - 2 inches
Width 12 - 18 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly No