A complete specification for turfgrass nursery sod will include the quality standards as set out below and a selection of one of the classifications of turfgrass nursery sod as set out in the following:

Quality Standards

Number One Grade Turfgrass Nursery Sod

Turfgrass nursery sod is grass that has been seeded and cultivated in nursery sod fields as a turfgrass sod. At the time of sale, Number One Grade Turfgrass Nursery Sod should be in a healthy condition. Sod of this quality may contain one broadleaf weed per ~430 sq. ft. and up to 1% native* grasses.

Sod should be of sufficient shoot density that no surface soil will be visible from a standing position, when mowed to a height of 1.5 inches. The mowing height range should be 1.5 to 2.75 inches, with the exception of creeping bentgrass sod, where mowing height is determined by the end use.

The thickness of the soil portion of the sod should not exceed half an inch.**

Number One Grade Turfgrass Nursery Sod is recommended for locations where an attractive high quality turf is required, including:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Golf courses
  • Sports fields
  • Institutional grounds

Classification, Description, and Use of Turfgrass Nursery Sod

 

Contact your local supplier to inquire about the varieties that they grow.

Kentucky Bluegrass Sod

  • Nursery sod grown from one or more Kentucky bluegrass cultivars.
  • Highly recommended by NSGA, this all-purpose sod is a first choice for Ontario climates for use in sunny to slightly shady locations.
  • Its excellent colour and texture make it an attractive, high-quality turf, especially for residential lawns.
  • Also used for parks, cemeteries, institutional grounds, boulevards, golf courses, sports fields, offices, and commercial lawns.

Kentucky Bluegrass / Fine Fescue Sod

  • Nursery sod grown from a seed mixture containing 90 – 95% by weight of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars and 5 – 10% by weight of creeping red, chewings, or hard fescue cultivars.
  • An all-purpose sod with moderate shade adaptation.
  • Suitable for residential lawns, parks, cemeteries, institutional grounds, boulevards, golf courses, sports fields, offices, and commercial lawns.

Fine Fescue / Kentucky Bluegrass Sod

  • Nursery sod grown from a seed mixture containing 60 – 70% by weight of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars and 30 – 40% by weight of creeping red, chewings, or hard fescue cultivars.
  • A less attractive lower-maintenance sod having higher tolerance to shade and drought stresses.
  • Suitable for any turf area requiring shade tolerance and/or minimal maintenance.

Specialty Turfgrass Sod

Nursery sod grown from seed of various species of turfgrass, such as:

  • Creeping Bentgrass
    • A fine-textured, very dense, low-growing species recommended for use on putting greens, bowling greens, fairways and tees. Usually grown as a mono-stand of a single cultivar.
  • Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass
    • A medium-textured, shiny-leafed, moderately fast-growing species exhibiting good wear tolerance. Lacks cold hardiness in many parts of Ontario. Can be used for lawns, sports fields, and fairways. May be grown in a mixture with Kentucky bluegrass.
  • Fine-Leafed Fescues*
    • A less attractive, very fine-textured, shade-adapted, and drought tolerant species suitable for low maintenance situations. May be grown in a mixture with Kentucky bluegrass. Has lower nitrogen and water requirements.
  • Turf-Type Tall Fescue
    • A coarse-textured, drought resistant, and wear-tolerant species. Non-recuperative when damaged. Lacks cold hardiness in many parts of Ontario. Suitable for sports fields and low maintenance areas mowed at higher heights.
  • Other Species
    • Includes supina bluegrass (a shade and wear-tolerant species), weeping alkaligrass (a salt and alkaline pH tolerant species), and other specialized turfgrasses as they may be identified.

*Includes creeping red fescue, chewings fescue, hard fescue, and sheep fescue.

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