The wide and tall St Aug blades provide far too much shade for bermuda to grow. Because weeds grow so much faster than slow growing EMPIRE Zoysia, they stand out like a sore thumb, and are easy to locate and pull. For zoysia grass to overtake and smother St. Augustine grass, the soil must become drier to favor the zoysia's slower growth and cause the St. Augustine to wither. In severe drought situations, Zoysia grass would be more likely to ultimately recover, while St. Augustine grass may require replacement. For sites with mixed conditions, planting your lawn with seed instead of … Call 281-431-7441 for Help in Selecting the Best Grass Variety for Your Project. I saw home owners with one year old lawns that were already needing to replant because of a Bermuda takeover - then have to do it a second time because of a Crabgrass takeover.6. N P K base - N=nitrogen, P=phosphorus, and K=potassium.N - Nitrogen promotes foliage and overall growth, also a healthy dark green lawn.P - Phosphorus promotes good deep root development.K - Potassium promotes diseases resistance plus the flowering and fruit development in plants.Recommended for EMPIRE Zoysia (in fact for all warm season grasses)�Starter = 18:24:6 - high phosphorous and nitrogen levels are ideal for new lawns to drive the roots down and green it up.Lawn Food = 27:4:6 - high slow release nitrogen gives a sustained Spring boost to produce a dark green lush lawn. Both grasses are great at choking out weeds such as dandelions, crabgrass, and even quackgrass. St. Augustine grass needs between 2 to 5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet each growing season. Low maintenance lawn - nicknamed "EZ" lawn. Regular short mowing does discourage weed growth - but prompt pulling of weeds prevents their deadly spreading. - Paul Grose, General Manager, è King Ranch, FL.è EMPIRE Zoysia is naturally resistant to the weed killing chemicals (i) Fusilade, (ii) MSMA and (iii) 2-4-D - making it relatively easy to control weeds. 'Agro-Turf', Tampa, FL - Tim Ward (who gave me excellent service) - 813.633.3094 W  813.781.1888 C - Email.2. 1. Even though it costs more, I would not plant anything else, because I like high quality / low maintenance lawn - you get what you pay for. Standard lawn grass species are cool-season grasses that thrive during the cool, moist weather of spring and fall. When I ran this picture of my dead front lawn last summer, Reader Lou commented, “I don’t know about St Augustine going dormant. St. Augustine blade widths vary as well. While I have had good success with the St. Augustine that is down now, my 4 dogs tear it up with the running and training I do with them. All these problems can be minimized by planting EMPIRE Zoysia - recommended by the expert greenskeeper at Bloomingdale Golfers Club. (and other nonprofit gardening/environmental organizations): feel free to post your upcoming events through the “Comments” section on any of the Lazy Gardener blog posts (http://blogs.chron.com/lazygardener). I have a lush smooth carpet of. Amazoy will choke out all existing cultivated and wild grasses, including Bermuda (often called wire grass) and St. Augustine.For best results keep these grasses away from newly planted zoysia plugs. 'SMR Turf & Trees', Bradenton, FL - Clive - 941.708.0772 - www.smrturf.com - Email.Go to SodSolutions.com for your local S. USA supplier. One major benefit to planting zoysia rather than St. Augustine is that zoysia has viable seed options, which is by far the cheapest way to establish a new lawn. I was planing on replacing my back yard with Empire Zoysia. I have St. Augustine grass in my backyard. Of the two turfgrasses, St. Augustine grass is cheaper and easier to establish and maintain compared to zoysia, which is a little costlier with a much more frequent maintenance schedule. With rain, St. Augustine will start to grow. She responded, "That's the lawn we've got to have in our next garden", which set me off to find out what kind of lawn it was. There are not specific products labeled to kill St. Augustine grass in zoysia, however many folks will either spot treat with a non-selective herbicide, or they will use a product that is labeled as safe for zoysia but not for St. Augustine. 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If they turn completely brown, it’s gone for good.”. In light shade or subfreezing winter weather, zoysia will persist even when dormant, but the St. Augustine will be partially to fully killed. If you don’t, when we have our spring and fall monsoons, the St. Augustine will quickly overpower these other grasses (and anything else in its way except for trees). Also, Geo is one of the most beautiful turf grasses you will find in a landscape. Now he sees nothing wrong with the bermuda. Crowne Zoysia   11. This short video will explain the difference. Your local supplier of EMPIRE Zoysia can be located at SodSolutions.com.Come and see the difference in appearance and touch for yourself at my home - I welcome you to contact me for my honest experience with EMPIRE Zoysia vs St. Augustine... Smiley J  Tel: 813.600.3292 - 15322 VireoGlen Lane, Lithia, FL, 33547We are constantly being asked what kind of lawn we have and where did we get it - evidence that many locals are dissatisfied with the long term results of St. Augustine and would love a more reliable lawn to enhance their home.ç Compare EMPIRE Zoysia's smooth carpet to the coarse scraggy look of St. Augustine at the foot of the picture on the left and also in the close up below ê. Diamond Zoysia   13. Of the types of grasses for Texas, St Augustine is a long time favorite. Cashmere Zoysia   9. I had to stop the kids playing ball on my old St. Augustine lawn, because it quickly wore thin and bared under traffic. El Toro Zoysia   5. Lot 11 - Perla & Del Gonzalez - 6131 VireoRidge Dv, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch.All the above accurate information is from thorough research and talking to several lawn experts who have many years of experience working with both St. Augustine and EMPIRE Zoysia lawns.Two of the above folks have communicated with me that their decision to plant EMPIRE Zoysia was based on what they read here AND their OWN OUTSIDE RESEARCH - confirming the accuracy of the information on this web-page.Vireo Ridge Developers:-Inland Homes - Allen Henderson & Sabal Homes - Bill LeeLandscape Developer for Sabal Homes:-Turf-Keepers - Roger - Tel: 633.2092x229 & 295.3458 CellLandscape Architect's for Fishhawk Ranch:-Newland Communities - Rhonda Brewer - Tel: 631.0306x18 & 685.7500 @ Fishhawk Ranch. Heights above 2" will reduce quality. 4 posts • Page 1 of 1. Once the St Augustine is dead, then start watering once per week, mowing twice per week, and fertilizing with high nitrogen synthetic once per month. EMPIRE Zoysia was discovered in hot humid Brazil. But last summer he saw the error of his ways.  With the St. A. dormant, the bermuda thrived and it was really pretty. Click on this è sod locator link to find your closest EMPIRE Zoysia sod supplier for a free quotation and expert advice. Make sure Zoysia is the right grass for the conditions of your lawn. So St. Augustine and Zoysia would do the best in the shade. 2. . Chokes Out Weeds Once established, the dense turf created by zoysia significantly reduces summer weeds. The fungus infects the leaf area closest to the soil, eventually killing the leaf. $840 for EMPIRE ZoysiaTotaling $1,560If you bought EMPIRE Zoysia alternative lawn in the first place you'd save $720 in the long run - not to mention the water and chemicals you'll save, which over time will exceed $120. I apply this at least 4 times a year to produce a thick lush deep green healthy lawn.I also soak any dormant or ant patches with Specticide (in a spray bottle connected to my garden hose) to kill whatever bugs might be attacking the roots or foliage. St. Augustine is susceptible to chinch bugs, webworms & mole crickets, which are more difficult to detect and treat. That base is up to three times more expensive than what’s necessary to plant St. Augustine grass (a basic soil mix, or even planting on simply graded, prepared land). That column was actually more on Austin than on Houston.  “$$$ for no-St. Augustine” was about the Austin Water Utility (Austin city water) program to PAY city residents $10 per 100 sq.ft. Belaire Zoysia   8. EMPIRE Zoysia has rapid injury recovery after drought.4. Zoysia Vs. Centipede Grass. Either (i) they don't know about it or (ii) because it's more expensive - BUT I've found a reputable Tampa supplier called 'Agro-Turf', who offered to supply EMPIRE Zoysia for a discounted price of only 2c more per SqFt (usually 10c more). Zoysia lawns are greyish-green in color with a fine texture while St. Augustine grass has a blue-green tint with a fairly course texture. Learn about Bermuda grass, zoysia grass, st augustine grass, and centipede grass. With a 'push type' fertilizer spreader I can evenly distribute a 40 lb bag of fertilizer in 5 minutes. The landscape guy recommended Zoysia in the well shaded sections of the yard and said it is better shade tolerant than St. Augustine. I currently have 3 different variations of zoysia. What you see dead and brown is the old St. Augustine. New home owners and second time lawn planters should seriously look into planting EMPIRE Zoysia as an appealing low maintenance alternative.This slow growing lawn needs 12 months for the roots to fully establish in order for it to reach its full drought capability, reputation and resilience. 2. We deliver high-quality grass grown at our family farm in Bay City, TX. With weeding, a stitch in time (most definitely) saves nine (or 100 or 1,000). Warm season grasses like Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, Centipede & Paspalum. Please don't confuse EMPIRE Zoysia with negative reports you may read about the many other types of Zoysia grasses that do well up North, but should never have been planted in Florida. St. Augustine is a coarse lawn, often with a scraggy appearance.8. St. Augustine. prune? After laying down Zoysia grass, a follow-up visit is required to apply silica sand to all sod joints to create a tight “weave” or finish. Other Important Information. Cut with a sharp blade standard rotary mower. . The benefit of Zoysia grass over St. Augustine is only under severe drought conditions. Also, can you mix Centipede and St Augustine grass? We did water (as the sprinkler shows) a little during last summer’s drought.  But not often.  We’d just rebuilt our Bolivar Peninsula beachhouse and most of the summer was spent there. 'One morning, on my daily walk past the entrance of Bloomingdale Golfers Club on Natures Way, the greenskeeper happened to be trimming some trees there. For more information on the topic, go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu/lho11. Husband was among them.  He always wanted to get rid of invasive bermuda.  It never took over, it was just “there” and it drove him crazy. The source is the book Turfgrass Management. Lot 14 - Ron Leybovich - 6130 VireoRidge Dv, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch4. These other 'specialized' fertilizers cost up to $30.00 a bag - it's crazy!!! You're in luck.Bermuda and St Augustine both love sand.Simply throw some sand in the bare spots and the grass will run there. On the other hand St. Augustine lawn owners will have to permanently pay for the extra two thirds of water that their thirsty lawn demands. Topic Author. He mows it all and I swear you can’t tell which is which when they’re newly mowed. Regularly go for an enjoyable stroll around your lawn at dusk and pull those nasty few weeds, before they multiply and have you pulling your hair out.Folks planting St. Augustine today, will almost certainly at some time in the future have either a Bermuda, Crabgrass or a weed infestation war to wage. 1. In my estimation the experiment was a great success, opening the way for others to confidently plant EMPIRE Zoysia lawn. fertilize? EMPIRE Zoysia lawn around my new home - it's a wonderful lawn - I'm really pleased with it.I'm originally from South Africa, where many homes have picturesque gardens. Brenda’s book-on-CD is perfect for those new to gardening, those who loves to garden or those who have to at least maintain a front yard so the neighbors won’t hate you! De Anza Zoysia   12. It grows slower, needing only to be cut every 7-14 days. Shade tolerance. *  *  *Brenda’s “LAZY GARDENER’S GUIDE ON CD” is based on her 45+-year Lazy Gardener column in the Houston Chronicle. Mixing Centipede and St. Augustine. $720 for St. Augustine2. St. Augustine grasses in general are known for their shade tolerance, and Palmetto has exceptional shade tolerance, even when compared to the most shade tolerant varieties of St. Augustine. But, more to the point for us, this summer shows why bermuda, buffalograss and zoysia — while they are fabulous choices for very dry areas — may pose some tricky problems for us. Gardeners enjoy this grass type for its compressed grass blades that contribute a dense texture for lawns. Furthermore, can you mix St Augustine and Zoysia? Tim Ward from 'Agro-Turf' in Tampa only charged our community 2c more per SqFt (usually 10c more per SqFt), which translated to �$120 more for our 6,000 SqFt of lawn.Is this extra $120 a good investment?There is an old South African saying that reads, "Cheap buying ends up being expensive buying", because initially saving $120 on St. Augustine, but down the road having to re-plant with EMPIRE Zoysia is bad economics (besides having to do the back breaking job all over again - which usually ends up being unsightly, as replanted sod over an existing lawn stands too high above the sidewalk).The dollar implication of this double buying (as of August '02) is�1. THINK CHRISTMAS GIFTS! St. Augustine Grass vs Bermuda Grass – Differences. St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), also known as St. Augustinegrass, is a warm-season grass adaptable to sandy soils. The more it thrived without watering, the prettier it became to him! A: If you plant healthy zoysia plugs six inches apart and fertilize a couple times afterward, they should knit together in one season. Augustine.' When you’ve lived in the same house for almost 50 years, you get to know what your lawn will and won’t do. Lot 29 - Smiley & Marlene Papenfus - 15322 VireoGlen Ln, Vireo Ridge, Fishhawk Ranch - My web-site2. Palisades Zoysia   14. I thought, 'surely there must be a better alternative to St. by NickN on July 13, 2004 02:57 PM . St. Augustine recovers poorly after drought.4. Infection is triggered by rainfall, excessive irrigation, or extended periods of high humidity resulting in the leaves being continuously wet for 48 hours or more. Because EMPIRE Zoysia is such a slow growing lawn, it is not at all advisable to plant plugs or seed - they'll both take too long - at least one full growing season - and until the lawn is established you'll be fighting weeds in the bare patches that whole year - no fun - definitely not recommended. On my past daily walks in S. Valrico, I noticed 8 out of 10 St. Augustine lawns were overrun by Bermuda, Bahai, ghastly Crabgrass, and a multitude of weeds. I think, when established, it looks like a neater, thicker, straighter St. Aug. My opinion. Thea, Yes,it sounds like ring spot,a fungus.Apply a fungicide and be sure to fertilize later,in order to promote a healty root system. Re-apply at least one more time during the Summer.Winterizer = 5:5:25 - a high potassium content is an excellent disease fighter.I just use an all purpose 10:10:10 lawn, shrub & tree fertilizer by Rite Green from Wal-Mart for under $5.00 a bag for all seasons. Wider-bladed zoysias, like EMPIRE, usually have a blade width of 5–7 mm, whereas finer-bladed zoysias, like Innovation TM Zoysia and Geo TM Zoysia, have a blade width around 2 mm. It grows vertically and is more dense. Here’s what it looks like now, almost exactly 12 months later: There’s a little Bermuda in there, but mostly, this is St. Augustine.  It came back, just like I knew it would — once our inevitable rains returned. When the owners of that beautiful lawn came home, they informed me it was EMPIRE Zoysia - coincidently the same lawn that the greenskeeper had highly recommended.Since then I've done extensive research on EMPIRE Zoysia and found it to be perfect for warmer climates in S. USA. It's planted in parks for its excellent wear tolerance, eye catching dark green color and soft-to-the-touch feel.7. According to the University of Texas, this grass is native to the regions surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. It does well in heat and humidity.5. EMPIRE Zoysia costs a bit more than other sod, because it's so slow growing, giving suppliers a lower yield and turnover time - so they have to up their price to stay in business - but most are open to negotiate some. It is moderately drought-tolerant and tolerant of some flooding. The only recommended way to plant EMPIRE Zoysia is with sod.Soil preparation would best be accomplished by tilling your property or a second option would be to kill off the existing lawn and weeds chemically, before planting EMPIRE Zoysia sod. We think the public are ready for a new and improved turfgrass, so we're excited about growing and marketing EMPIRE Zoysia." Up until now, lawn fanatics have been really narrow-minded when it comes to mixing grasses. EMPIRE Zoysia is a specialized species that has been thoroughly tested and proven to thrive in the Southern U.S.A.  PageDn ê to read about the other species of Zoysia grasses.EMPIRE Zoysia also has good shade tolerance; performs well in sandy and clay soils, has good cold tolerance and excellent salt tolerance - causing it to thrive near coastal conditions.Please do call è Sod Solutions on 843.849.1288 for a FREE full color informative brochure on è EMPIRE Zoysia, with the opinions of 5 lawn experts, to be mailed to you. Zenith Zoysia   2. A good non-selective choice for … By using 4 to 5 pounds of nitrogen on Bermuda and St. Augustine grass mixture, gardeners contribute enough nutrients to make both grass types healthy. You may ask, "If it's so good, why isn't everyone using it?" NB. to let their St. Augustine grass die if they will replace it with more drought-hardy varieties such as buffalo or Bermuda. 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