Category Archives: Zoysia Empire

Turf varieties for Subtropical regions

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Zoysia grasses are quickly gaining popularity in Queensland and subtropical regions.

Their drought and humidity tolerance makes them an excellent choice, but one of the things that makes Zoysia stand above the rest is that it is more resistant to pests and diseases and best of all it is lower maintenance in these climates, they are slower growing and therefore less mowing is required.

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How to have the best looking lawn on the street

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Drought and other factors can play a big part in how good or bad your lawn looks. But to keep your lawn looking great may be easier than you think, consistent and regular care is the secret. The question of where to start always comes up, this article will help you answer this and many other questions.

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Using Turf for Erosion Control

Turf has proven to be the safest and most reliable method of achieving full green life coverage on erodible surfaces, one barrier in using turf was the maintenance costs, but not anymore, enter the Zoysia revolution…

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Getting the right lawn for your home

With so many different varieties of turf available today, how do you know which is the right one for your home? Buffalo grass is one of the best lawn varieties available, but is it right for your lawn?

Firstly you will need to determine the requirements for your lawn and make your decision from there.

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Dense Fence™ Viburnum is a dense screening hedge with Subtle red new growth foliage

Dense Fence™ Viburnum is a dense screening hedge with redish new growth

Dense Fence™ Viburnum odoratissimum 'VOC1' PBR

Dense Fence™ Viburnum odoratissimum ‘VOC1’ PBR

  • Forms a dense screening hedge quickly
  • Less pruning than the common form
  • Subtle red new growth foliage

Description: The Dense Fence™ plant is a Sweet Viburnum, as it is commonly known, and is highly suited for a privacy screen. Finer leaves, higher density, shorter inter-nodes and reddish new growth is what sets Dense Fence™ Viburnum apart from the common form…read more

 

Empire™ turf is a low maintenance lawn grass which gives you more time to relax

Empire™ turf is a low maintenance lawn grass which gives you more time to relax

Empire Zoysia

Aussies on most internet turf forums are discussing EZ Grass. This is the nick name for Empire™ Zoysia Turf. So what makes Empire™ so easy to look after?

Firstly we know how army worm and web worm can devastate lawns. Army worm and web worm prefer to eat couch, kikuyu and buffalo grass way before they’d ever resort to eating Empire™. In fact…

research shows that eating Zoysia is actually harmful to these lawn caterpillars. There is lots of research that Empire™ is far more drought tolerant than buffalo turf.

With it’s deep rhizomes it can survive dry far longer than most turf types but it’s the beautiful soft appearance that attracts most people to Empire.

House after house looking great year after year with such little effort. No wonder it’s getting such good raps from lawn professionals. People are amazed at how little thatch it produces and the fact that unlike many Zoysia types this lawn can easily be mown with any type of mower.

Now, if you value your time too much to be mowing and edging listen to these researched facts:

Empire™ turf needs a third of the mowing of kikuyu

Half as much as couch and…

30% less than buffalo grass.

Why mow when you could be doing more fun things like playing on your Empire™ lawn or relaxing.

Empire™ turf can be mown short or long allowing you to play Bocce or even back yard cricket. It is so wear tolerant that it’s often used for sporting venues and high-wear areas in parks. You can’t do that with buffalo.

Most lawns simply cannot tolerate the wide variety of climates that Empire™ can. It did the best in floods, it survived years of drought, it lives in cold temperatures that would easily kill all kikuyu and buffalo types. t loves the humidity of Queensland even if it is a wet year. It just gets far less disease and insect damage.

Empire™ performs with up to 40% shade,  it’s herbicide tolerance is legendary and best of all Empire™ will do well with much less fertilizer than all other grass types.

It has been proven to strengthen the soil more than other turf and if you need evidence to back these claims up just download the referenced research document .

There is always a BUT…

The BUT for Empire™ is not to lay it in winter in Sydney, Perth Adelaide and Melbourne as it will root out too slowly. Queensland is generally warmer so you can get away with it for most of the year. In the warmer months Empire™ strikes really quickly.

Whether it’s grubs, floods, drought, humidity, cold, disease, wear or scalping, Empire™ just keeps on surviving. Make your next lawn not only the most beautiful in the suburb, make it the toughest. Choose Empire™ Zoysia Turf.

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Empire Zoysia Turf | Michael Hagan (Ass. Qld Coach Says) “It’s The best Turf for Queensland”

Empire Zoysia Turf | Michael Hagan (Ass. Qld Coach Says) “It’s The best Turf for Queensland”

EZ Turf QLD - Empire™ Zoysia japonica 'SS500' PBR

Us Queenslanders… we’re a little different. That’s why we need a grass that’s made for us. Empire™ Zoysia is best suited to tropical and sub-tropical climates. Sounds like Queensland to me. Empire™ Zoysia loves heat and humidity, does better than other lawns in the wet, but is proven by research to be far more drought tolerant than Buffalo turf. It does well in full sun to 40% shade, and handles wear far better than Buffalo turf.

You see unlike Buffalo grass, Empire™ Zoysia has underground runners, allowing it to reshoot if damaged, and helping it survive whatever Queensland throws at it. Drought, wet, heat, humidity, and cold. Yes, Empire™ Zoysia is even far more cold tolerant than Buffalo. Research shows Empire™ Zoysia needs 30% less mowing than Buffalo, and 50% less than Couch. It does great on the Queensland coast, and is far less susceptible to pests and diseases.

Research has shown Army worm would much rather eat Couch and Buffalo than a Zoysia. So let them eat your neighbor’s lawn. Empire™ Zoysia keeps weeds out well, but if they do get in, they can be sprayed out. If you get Paspalum or other grass weeds in Buffalo, then you must hand weed them. But just remember, if you have more than 40% shade Buffalo is a better alternative than Empire™ Zoysia.

One of the main reasons you would use Empire™ Zoysia is because it’s so beautiful. Just look at these lawns. There’re darker green, softer, and look better than any other lawn. Empire™ Zoysia will make your neighbours green with envy, just like our footballers do to New South Wales most years. Empire™ Zoysia is often used on roadsides in Queensland, but more and more professional Queensland Landscape Architects and designers are switching to Empire™ Zoysia for high class Queensland landscapes.

Queensland’s a tough place for a lawn, so take my word for it, Empire™ Zoysia’s the lawn you need. Empire™ Zoysia, it’s our home turf.

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Fertilising lawns in winter! Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising?

Fertilising lawns in winter!

Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising.

By Todd Layt

Most Aussies have been fertilising at the wrong times of the year. Highlighted in research,  our relatively warm winter climate, plus our change in turf types are reasons why we should be fertilising in winter, and less in Spring and Summer. This research conducted by Ozbreed has shown – even in frost prone areas – that it’s possible to keep Buffalo, Kikuyu and Zoysia turf green all year round when following optimum fertiliser applications and certain mowing practices. This research has designed recipes to keep these turf types green all year round in many parts of Australia, using specialized fertiliser formulations.

Fertilising Lawns

Most Australian studies of winter fertilising warm season turf have been conducted on couch turf, which in this study showed poor results. Most USA and other overseas research on winter fertilising has been conducted in regions that reach minus 10 Celsius or colder in winter, yet have warm temperatures for the rest of the year: regions such as Florida, Texas, and Georgia in the USA. In these regions winter fertilising can cause winter kill. In Australia, only climatic regions similar to Canberra, and Armidale get that cold and have the potential for winter kill if fertilised in winter. For the rest, like Melbourne, Sydney (Including frost affected Western Sydney where the research was conducted), Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane; this research unlocks the true potential of keeping lawns green in winter.

In brief, the research involved fertilising replicated plots of numerous turf types with many different timing combinations, using a specialized autumn and winter blend of slow and quick release fertiliser and iron. Earlier research highlighted that a product called 2 Spec Elevate from Globe, provided the best performance for winter colour compared to other fertilisers tested. Large areas around Ozbreed trial gardens were also tested, including shaded areas. Some areas were not fertilised at all, whilst others had either regular Autumn fertiliser, or heavy autumn fertiliser. Parts of these areas then either got no fertiliser in winter, or a heavy fertiliser in winter.

The results were unexpected…read more

New Plants win Gold and Silver Awards from the NSW Nursery Industry

Two ornamental plants have received industry recognition by winning Gold and Silver awards and critical acclaim from the NSW nursery industry. The plants were submitted by Kenthurst Nursery, a wholesale nursery at Kenthurst, and Ozbreed, a plant and turf breeder at Clarendon. Both nurseries are based in north-west Sydney.

The awards were presented at the recent Green Expo Sydney (GES), convened by the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of NSW. The Expo brought together plant growers and suppliers to the nursery and landscape industry, who showcased their wares to garden centre owners, managers and staff, as well as to horticulturists, landscapers, students and the gardening media.

The annual awards are made to new plants that show merit and offer something new and exciting to gardens and landscape plantings.

Fine gardenia gets gold

O SO FINE™ Gardenia augusta 'Ken04' PBR

Gardenia augusta ‘Ken04’ PBR, which is being sold as O So Fine™, won a Gold award at GES. The plant caught the eye of the judges for its extremely fine foliage and dense growth. This new variety was discovered in Australia.

The breeding of new varieties to rival box plant, the traditional choice for a hedge, is a challenge this new gardenia meets head on. O So Fine™ gardenia is a form of Gardenia augusta ‘Radicans’ selected for its dense growth and ultra fine leaves. The new form was noticed as a sport on production stock at Kenthurst Nursery. The odd shoot had very fine leaves (just half the width of normal ‘Radicans’ leaves) and dense flowering.

The sport was observed on the stock plant to ensure it was stable before pieces were propagated to see if the fine growth would persist when the plant was grown on its own roots. More than 10 generations have now been grown with no changes occurring to either leaf size or the plant’s dense flowering.

O So Fine™ gardenia is seen at its best as a compact, fine-leafed hedge or groundcover. It grows to around 30cm tall and a metre wide in either sun or part shade. As a bonus, it has a profusion of fragrant white gardenia flowers during summer. The plant’s short internodes (the stem length between the points on each stem that produce flowers and leaves) create the dense growth and give it the extra flowers for its size.

It is drought hardy once established, but grows and flowers better with extra water in dry times. It needs frost protection in very cold winter areas.

New plants awarded

Todd Layt from Ozbreed, who is growing O So Fine™ gardenia, recommends using 1.5 to 3 plants per linear metre for hedging or as a groundcover. The closer planting rate would give dense coverage to quickly choke out weeds.

He says this fine-leafed gardenia only needs to be clipped occasionally to maintain its compact habit as a hedge or groundcover. He also says it is an excellent choice for containers including troughs.

Silver award winner

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera dentata 'LRU30' PBR

Alternanthera dentata ‘LRU30’ PBR, which is being marketed as Little Ruby™, was developed in South America. It has been sent to growers around the world including Australia.

This bold plant gained a Silver award at GES. It is a dense, compact shrub with striking burgundy leaves.

At around 30-40cm high and 60-90cm wide Little Ruby™ alternanthera is ideal to plant as a groundcover or border plant in sun or part shade. It is also a stylish choice for a low-maintenance container plant. Little Ruby™ alternanthera was selected from a breeding program in Brazil, where it was chosen for its dark leaf colour and compact growth. It is a third the size of common Alternanthera dentata.

Foliage plants add colour to gardens all year round, which is why Little Ruby™ alternanthera is a good plant choice for gardeners wanting a colourful low-maintenance garden.

“Instead of growing massed annual flowers to bring colour to a garden or park,” says Todd Layt, who is growing the plant in Australia, “home gardeners, landscapers or those planning public gardens, can grow a bed of Little Ruby™ alternanthera plants for year-round colour.”

It combines well with silver-leafed plants such as westringia, or clumping plants such as dianella. Todd says it has been popular among landscape designers, who are specifying it because of its compact growth habit.

For a weed-suppressing groundcover, Todd Layt recommends spacing Little Ruby™ plants about 30cm apart. They can be pruned in spring and, although drought-tolerant, benefit from extra water in very dry times. Plants thrive in areas of high humidity, but need protection from heavy frost.

More information Both new varieties have been released around Australia. Click here for more info about O So Fine gardenia and here for  Little Ruby alternanthera

Get The Right Turf For Your Situation – Tips From Ozbreed

Choosing the right turf for your situation depends on a number of factors including, shade, desired maintenance, wear, salt, aesthetics, frost, available water, where you live and cost. Whether its soft leaf Buffalo grass, Kikuyu Turf, Couch lawn, or Zoysia, the right lawn can be matched to your conditions, whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, or anywhere else in Australia.

Here are a few quick guidelines to follow so you get an idea as to what might be the right turf for your situation.

For Shade:

If you have an area that has up to 40% shade then a Zoysia turf type will be suitable.

If you have an area that has up to 60% – 70% shade then a soft leaf Buffalo type will manage this nicely.

For Lowest Maintenance:

If you don’t have time to mow and edge, the slower growing, lower maintenance varieties of Soft Leaf Buffalos would suit.

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo is the lowest maintenance popular Buffalo in Australia.

For even lower maintenance, one turf type well worth checking out is Empire Zoysia. Empire needs a third of the mowing of Kikuyu, half that of Couch and 30% less than Buffalo

For avoiding Pesticides:

If you really want to avoid using any pesticides while maintaining your lawn then all Zoysia types are highly resistant to lawn grub, particularly Army Worm and Web Worm.

For High Traffic:

If you have dogs or hard playing kids, (or both) then as well as wear tolerance, you need to factor in whether it will be in full sun or shade.

If your area is in full sun, look into Kikuyu turf and particularly Kenda Kikuyu as it has 4 times more underground growth than regular Kikuyu.

If your area is in both shade and sun, a buffalo type will be good. Sapphire Buffalo is the number one Buffalo in shade for wear. Not as wear tolerant as Kenda in sun, but it is lower maintenance and works in shade.

For Near Salt water:

If you live near the ocean or have a salt water pool, these are the best varieties.

In full sun to light shade, Nara Zoysia is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo.

In shade and sun Sapphire Buffalo and Palmetto Buffalo will work well as long as the salt water is no higher than the average for pool salt water, these Buffalos are more salt tolerant than other Buffalos.

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