NC Certified Sod Turfgrass Blue Turfgrass

BERMUDAGRASS:

CELEBRATION™ is a hybrid bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) owned by Sod Solutions, Inc. Leaf color is dark blue-green. It has a very prostrate growth habit. Leaf width averages 1.7 mm, leaf length averages 8 mm, and internode length is 13.6 mm. Internode diameter is 1.3 mm. Stolon color is red/purple. A very small number of seed heads are produced (average number of seed heads are 0.2/100 square centimeters). It is tolerant of light to moderate shade. US PLANT PATENT (PP 11,181) ('RILEY'S SUPER SPORT', 2000). Producers: AMERICAN TURFGRASS, CAROLINA TURF FARMSMACKILWEAN TURF FARMS, INC.OAKLAND PLANTATION, PERFECT TURF, INC., PROFESSIONAL TURF, INC., QUALITY TURF, INC.

DISCOVERY is a hybrid bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) owned by Sod Solutions, Inc. Discovery is a vegetatively propagated variety of Bermudagrass  with natural dark green color, slow vertical growth and little seed head production. Discovery has a medium stolen texture with short internodes and short leaf length; leaf length averaging between 8-15 mm. US PLANT PATENT PENDING. Producers: CAROLINA TURF FARMS

North Bridge is a hybrid bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) owned and licensed by Sod Solutions, Inc. Northbridgeis a vegetatively propagated variety of bermudagrass. It has a high turf quality with a fine texture. It has improved winter hardiness with an early greenup, with a high sod density, and a very high sod tensile strength.  CAROLINA TURF FARMS

PATRIOT is a hybrid bermudagrass proprietary variety and the property of the Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. Patriot offers improved cold hardiness and vigorous growth relative to all other turfgrass varieties. It has a medium to fine texture and dark green color. US PLANT PATENT. Producers: BUY SOD, INC.

TIFDWARF is a hybrid bermudagrass with dark green color; basic plant color turns purple with near-freezing temperatures. It has a smaller leaves and stems and shorter internodes when compared to Tifgreen. It tolerates closer mowing and makes a better putting surface than Tifgreen, but otherwise, it is similar to Tifgreen. Its uses are golf greens and very fine, closely mowed lawns. Producers: QUALITY TURF, INC.

TIFGRAND Bermuda was developed and released in 2009 by Dr. Wayne Hanna and Dr. Kris Braman, professors at the University of Georgia, exclusive licensing granted to The Turfgrass Group, Inc. of Fort Valley, Georgia. TifGrand is a dense fine leaf warm season turf grass with significantly more shade tolerance thriving in 60-70% continuous shade. TifGrand has a naturally dark green color with superior quality in full sun. It has excellent tawny mole cricket resistance and requires lower fertilizer (nitrogen) and water inputs than some other warm season grasses. The variety is patented and unauthorized propagation is not permitted. The variety may only be sold by licensed producers and is available only as a certified grass. US PLANT PATENT. Producers: SANDHILL TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF

TIFSPORT (Tift 94) is a hybrid bermudagrass released by the USDA-ARS and licensed exclusively to the University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) for commercialization. It was selected for tolerance to close moving, turf quality, mole cricket non-preference and green up characteristics. It is more winter hardy than Tifway or Tifway II and maintains its green color later into the fall, but initiates regrowth later in the spring. US PLANT PATENT (PP 10,079). Producers: BUY SOD, INC., OAKLAND PLANTATION, SANDHILL TURF, INC., UNITED TURF, INC.

TIFT 10 is a vegetative introduction collected by GW Burton in 1974 in Shanghai, China and released by the Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station and USDA-ARS. It is vegetatively propagated, sheds pollen, but produces few seeds. Foliage is coarse textured with a natural dark bluish-green color; stolons are dark purple with one to three inch internodes. It establishes rapidly. It is suited for lawns, roughs, roadsides, and low traffic-athletic fields. Producers: PIEDMONT TURF FARM, INC., SANDHILL TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF

TIFWAY (Tifton 419) Bermuda is a hybrid between common Bermuda and African Bermuda released by the Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station. It is an aggressive, disease resistant, dark-green Bermuda particularly suited for golf tees, fairways, lawns and similar uses. Producers: AMERICAN TURFGRASS, BUY SOD, INC., CAPE FEAR TURF FARM, INC., CAROLINA GREEN SOD, INC., CAROLINA TURF FARMS, CARVERS CREEK TURF FARM, DMG TURF, INC., DUPLIN SOD FARM, DAVID MCGIRT, MACKILWEAN TURF FARMS, INC., MACON TURF FARM, OAKLAND PLANTATION, PERFECT TURF, INC., PIEDMONT TURF FARM, INC., PROFESSIONAL TURF, INC., QUALITY TURF, INC., SANDHILL TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF, UNITED TURF, INC.

Latitude 36 is a hybrid bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) owned and licensed by Sod Solutions, Inc. Latitude 36 is a vegetatively propagated variety of bermudagrass. It has exceptional turf quality with a fine texture. It has improved winter hardiness, with a high sod density, and a very high sod tensile strength. CAROLINA TURF FARMS

 

CENTIPEDEGRASS:

TIFBLAIR is a variety of centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) exclusively released to The Turfgrass Group, Inc. from USDA ARS and Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in 1995. It is the first seed-propagated commercial cultivar with a known pedigree. It has leaf color similar to common centipedegrass. Leaf width (5.9 mm) and length (70.2 mm) is similar to common centipedegrass. Tifblair grows more rapidly, with more vigor, better quality, and more cold tolerance when compared to common centipedegrass in clay loam soils with low pH values (5.0 or lower). It produces more stolons that grow faster and have more leaves in comparison with common centipedegrass. US PROTECTED VARIETY - 1994 PVPA. Producers: BUY SOD, INC., OAKLAND PLANTATION, TRI-STATE TURF, UNITED TURF, INC.

ST. AUGUSTINEGRASS:

RALEIGH St. Augustinegrass was released by the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service in 1980. It has good cold-hardiness and is highly resistant to St. Augustine Decline (a virus disease). Raleigh is tolerant of moderate to heavy shade. It is a vigorous medium green plant with medium internode length and diameter, moderately long leaf of narrow width. Raleigh is moderately susceptible to chinch bugs, powdery mildew and gray leaf spot. Producers: OAKLAND PLANTATION

SAPPHIRE St. Augustinegrass was developed by Australian turfgrass breeder, Todd Layt, marketed by Sod Solutions, Inc. It has a fast growth habit, blue-green color, purple stolon color and long leaf blade that is highly infolded giving the appearance of a finer texture. Internode length is 48.6 mm, has a leaf width of 6.4 mm, and a leaf length of 20.2 mm. Internode color is brown with predominant yellow-green. US PLANT PATENT PENDING. Producers: CAROLINA TURF FARMS

ZOYSIA:

CAVALIER is a variety of Zoysia matrella, released by Texas A&M University in 1996/97. It has white stigmas, absence of leaf blade hairs, resistant to fall armyworm and a distinct DNA fingerprint. It has rhizome and stolon growth. Leaf blades are rolled in the bud, and are flat and stiff. Leaf blade length ranges from 58.9 to 60.7 mm and from 1.33 to 1.79 mm in width. The ligule is a row of silky hairs, approximately 2.1 mm in length on the longest hairs. It is fine-textured high density turf, with long slender leaves noted specifically for high quality, uniformity of appearance, and distinct summer presentation. It has excellent shade tolerance, moderate to low water use, and good salt tolerance. US PLANT PATENT (PP 10,778, Feb 2, 1999). Producers: MACKILWEAN TURF FARMS, INC.

EL TORO is a variety of Zoysia japonica developed by the University of California - Riverside. It is an upright-growing variety with dark-green color. It has a medium-width blade. It has excellent shade, drought, and salt tolerance, with good resistance to diseases and insects. El Toro has aggressive growth and performs well in Piedmont and Coastal Plain soil types. US PLANT PATENT (PP 5,845, Dec 30, 1986). Producers: SANDHILL TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF

EMERALD is a variety of Zoysia japonica released by the USDA and the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in 1955. It has a dark green color, very fine leaf texture, good shade tolerance, high root density, and low growth habit. It has less winter hardiness but more shade tolerance than Meyer Zoysia. Internode length is 18-25 mm, has internode diameter of 2.5-3.5 mm and a leaf width of 1.9-2.1 mm. Producers: PIEDMONT TURF FARM, INC.

EMPIREis a variety of Zoysia japonica, owned by Sod Solutions, Inc. It has dark-green color and open growth habit. Leaf width is 4.7 - 5.5 mm, leaf length is 120 - 140 mm, and internode length is 30 - 35 mm. It has moderate to good shade tolerance, excellent salt tolerance, and good drought tolerance. Its use is for lawns (residential, commercial, sports, and parks) and performs well in sandy and clay soil. US PLANT PATENT (PP 11,466) (Zoysia variety 'SS 500'). Producers: AMERICAN TURFGRASS, CAROLINA TURF FARMS, OAKLAND PLANTATION, QUALITY TURF, INC.

JAMUR is a medium to coarse textured zoysiagrass primarily developed for use in high traffic, high visibility applications. It is similar in appearance to a dwarf variety of St. Augustine, and has many of the same uses. It is ideal for residential, commercial, and industrial sites. It has a superior rate of spreading with texture improved over common zoysiagrass. It also has superior turf grass quality regarding compactness and low degree of thatch, and slightly darker than average green color. US PLANT PATENT (PP 13,178). Producers: CAPE FEAR TURF FARM, INC., TRI-STATE TURF 

MEYER is an improved strain of Zoysia japonica released by the USDA-ARS in 1951, also known as Meyer Z-52 zoysia. It is dense, has a dark green color, medium texture, good disease resistance and more cold tolerant than most zoysia varieties. Producers: QUALITY TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF

ZEON is a variety of Zoysia matrella. It has a deep green color and is a very lush variety of zoysiagrass. It has a fine texture and is compatible with a wide range of soil conditions. It can handle full sun or light to medium shade. It has good drought tolerance and very few insect or disease problems. US PLANT PATENT. Producers: BUY SOD, INC., SANDHILL TURF, INC., TRI-STATE TURF

ZORRO is a variety of Zoysia matrella developed by Texas A&M University. It is distinguished from other zoysiagrasses by its fine texture, high rhizome and tiller density, moderate drought tolerance, shade tolerance, rapid regrowth and recovery from damage. It performs well in full sun or moderate to heavy shade in the southern United States. Zorro has hunting billbug, fall armyworm, and brown patch resistance. US PLANT PATENT. Producers: OAKLAND PLANTATION, PROFESSIONAL TURF, INC. 


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