Choosing certified sod is the only way you can be certain that the variety you receive is exactly what you paid for. All sod is required to have a tan state “Department of Agriculture” tag, which means only that the sod is free of fire ants. However, this tan tag does not qualify the sod as a certified variety that is guaranteed to be one you’ve purchased, although some less-than-scrupulous growers and brokers try to dupe customers into believing that.
In North Carolina, certified sod comes with a “Blue Tag” certification. In other states, certified sod of a licensed variety may instead come with a state “Crop Improvement Association” certification certificate. If your delivered sod — either shipped from a grower or ordered by a landscaper — does not carry one of these certificates, then your sod is quite possibly NOT the variety that you thought you had purchased, and you may end up disappointed.
Certified sod is typically (depending on each state’s requirement) required to include:
• A “Blue Tag” or “Crop Improvement Association certificate with every purchase
• Documented class of planting source (Breeder, Foundation, Registered, Certified)
• Thorough inspection of turfgrass fields at least twice a year, which:
√ Ensures true-to-type, genetically pure varieties, with no off-types or mutations.
√ Eliminates common bermudagrass and noxious or objectionable weeds.
Today, in addition to selling sod directly from our own ten sod farms (in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia), Buy Sod has 25+ retail network partners throughout the United States, including individual Lowes, Home Depot and SiteOne Landscape Supply (formerly John Deere Landscapes) stores. Our affiliation with such household-name retail outlets is due to our firmly established reputation for only the highest-quality sod, which we’ve achieved through our strict adherence to rigorous grower and certification standards.
For the great majority of our varieties, Buy Sod produces certified sod, including:
√ TifGrand Bermudagrass
√ Patriot Bermudagrass
√ TifSport Bermudagrass
√ Tifway Bermudagrass
√ T10 Bermudagrass
√ Zeon Zoysiagrass
√ El Toro Zoysiagrass
√ Empire Zoysiagrass
√ Meyer Zoysiagrass
√ TifBlair Centipedegrass
√ Raleigh St. Augustinegrass
√ Bella Bluegrass
√ John Deere Select Fescue/Blue
Non-Certifiable Varieties
Common centipedegrass is not state certifiable. Buy Sod maintains the same certified-grower protocols, however, for our common Centipedgrass as we do for all our many certified varieties. You can rest assured that the Centipedegrass sod you purchase from Buy Sod is the highest quality available.
Ensure the Integrity of Your Turfgrass Investment — Insist on Certified Sod!