Maintaining a healthy EMPIRE lawn requires a lot less than you may think! Our seasonal maintenance
videos and guides below will help you know what to watch out for and the steps to take to keep your lawn
looking its best throughout the year. At the bottom of this page are detailed BMPs for
EMPIRE for professional turf managers, although homeowners may find them useful.
These videos explain what you need to do to prepare your lawn for each season of the year
To ensure optimum quality and performance of EMPIRE, users must accomplish necessary care and maintenance. This care and maintenance has been formalized above in the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for EMPIRE Turf. These BMPs are written as a guide and should be modified as local climate, soil, and environmental conditions dictate. It is important to note that no “magic fertilizer” or “super-chemical” will solve all problems or make any turfgrass perfect. Through consistent application of the BMPs and on-going evaluation, education, and modification of these practices, however, users will greatly enhance the quality and performance of EMPIRE Turf. Below are EMPIRE Turf Best Management Practices PDF downloads for professionals.
Installation and the care taken during the initial days that follow are the most critical factors in determining the long-term quality and performance of EMPIRE Turf. Harvesting and transplantation are extremely stressful to any turfgrass and precautionary measures should be taken to help reduce further cultural and environmental stresses. EMPIRE is a tough, hardy turfgrass that once established, produces a beautiful lifetime lawn, landscape, sportsturf or golf course. Proper care, including pre-installation soil preparation and limiting time on the pallet to less than 24 hours, yields positive results. Improper care, however, can cause death of the turfgrass or damage that results in lengthy recovery and additional expense. See our Turfgrass Installation page for more information on proper installation of turfgrass.
Irrigating Newly Installed EMPIRE: Proper watering upon installtion is essential to successful establishment
Mowing: New installations are often uneven and care should be taken not to scalp high spots:
Fertility: Use a transplant-friendly regimen that will help reduce shock and minimize disease
Mowing: Mowing is a critical and often under appreciated cultural practice:
Insecticides: Avoid stress from insects by performing insecticidal applications as needed:
Herbicides: Proper mowing, irrigation and fertilization of EMPIRE will reduce weed problems. If a weed problem persists:
Fungicides: EMPIRE has shown resistance to most fungal problems and controls should be used only as needed:
Irrigation: Established EMPIRE exhibits drought tolerance due to improved plant genetics and growth characteristics:
Fertility: Proper fertility practices will encourage healthy, disease and insect free EMPIRE:
Developed by Sod Solutions, Inc., the world’s premiere turf grass development and marketing company, EMPIRE turf elevates the standards and expectations of homeowners for their lawns. EMPIRE Turf combines soft-to-the-touch feel with lush green color and fine, tight blade growth. EMPIRE is an attractive turfgrass for a variety of applications due to its low maintenance requirements and wear tolerance. Read More
EMPIRE is a proven performer throughout the Southern United States in residential and commercial lawns and on golf course tees and roughs. Its drought toughness, low input requirements, and beautiful color make it an ideal choice for your next project. In fact, EMPIRE performs so well in Florida that it earns Green Credits when used in a landscape. We have specification and maintenance guides, videos, and other helpful information available to you. Learn More