Turfgrass is a major investment which can add
considerable value in aesthetics and functionality to a
property for years. Before making an investment in sod,
there are a number of things to consider.
What is cultivated-certified sod?
Grass which is grown by turfgrass specialists for the
purpose of lifting as turfgrass sod is referred to as
cultivated sod. Certified sod designates
purity. It can be only cultivated sod that is produced
from certified or registered grass seed or vegetative
material (sprigs). The seed must be examined and tested
before it can be planted. Even the soil itself must be
examined prior to planting to make certain it contains
no noxious weeds, insects, and diseases. If
problems are found, they must be corrected before fields
are planted. Once fields are planted they must be
maintained to pass further inspections before final
Why is cultivated-certified sod
the best buy?
Certified sod is marked with a Blue Tag, which signifies
purity and was grown from certified seed of adapted turf
grasses. Sod fields have been inspected and found to
meet published standards for certified sod. The
certification tag or sticker is the best assurance you
can have that the sod being purchased is of a known
variety and is essentially pest-free and weed-free.
Who is responsible for
certification of sod in Arkansas?
Double Springs fields are inspected by the Plant
Industry Division of The Arkansas State Plant Board.
Certified Blue Tag / Nursery Plant Inspection
Certificates are issued once fields pass inspection.