Meyer Zoysia has been around for years and is a great grass for someone who wants a finer leaf and is slow growing. Meyer typically likes to be mowed at 2 inches or lower. Meyer can get a little thatch if not careful. This can lead to other issues down the road. (Hey, dont worry; all grasses have good and bad.) Empire has a bigger leaf blade than Meyer and has a little faster growth rate. Empire can withstand higher heights of cut and tolerates herbicides better Do I need to fertilize my sod after installation? Yes, however this can vary on when you sod and what kind of fertilizer you should use, along with how much you should use.