Zoysia grass, in general, is famous for its high resistance against heat, cold, and drought. It has rhizomes under and above ground, which helps its durability. It consumes less water than other lawn types for that reason.
It thrives in warm seasons, which makes it perfect for the warmer regions of the country. It doesn’t tolerate the colder weather, but you can forget all about it during winter because it will be dormant by then.
It’s a low-maintenance type of grass with minimal fertiliser and mowing requirements. It’s tolerant to shade and salt, as well.
One thing you have to consider about this grass is that it grows slower than the other turf varieties. It can withstand abuse and it will recover but at a slower rate.
In spite of these characteristics, Zoysia didn’t take off right off the bat in Australia, believe it or not. It may be because of its previous names, like Korean Grass, Manila Grass, and Temple Grass. The country eventually found it to be a great grass for their lawn, though.
Empire is a variant of Zoysia that has all these characteristics.
The Empire Zoysia has a soft texture, even softer than the other grasses on this list. Its leaves are fine and narrow that taper at the end. It has a dark green colour.