Sod Varieties

John Deere Select Fescue
John Deere Select Fescue is a turf-type blended tall, fine fescue grass grown from seed. This is quality fescue that grows well in all areas of fescue adaptation. Volunteer Turf LLC hand-picks fescue varieties each year to provide you with sod that has the best heat, drought, and disease resistances available. In addition to the benefits all tall, fine fescue grass varieties have, John Deere Select Fescue has superior brown patch resistance, exceptional salt tolerance, and a much stronger shade tolerance. John Deere Select Fescue is by far the most popular turf grass choice in the East Tennessee area.
Uses for John Deere Select Fescue:
  • Residential or commercial turf
  • Parks and cemeteries
  • Recreational and sports turf
  • Stays green year round
  • Golf course roughs or bunkers
  • Roadsides and airport runways

Meyer Zoysia
Also called Z-52, this grass variety is an improved cultivar of Zoysia japonica. It has a medium, dark-green color with intermediate leaf texture and shoot density. It is the most cold tolerant zoysia grass, and is grown as far north as Pennsylvania and Missouri. This is the zoysia grass often advertised as the super grass in newspapers and magazines. Meyer can be established using plugs, sprigs, or sod and is excellent for lawns. It grows in semi-shaded areas, yet thrives in full sun light.
Advantages of Z-52 Zoysia:
  • Dense turf prevents development of weeds
  • Very green turf in the summer
  • Can tolerate some shade
  • Pest and disease resistant
  • Excellent hot and cold tolerances
  • Stands up to foot traffic
  • Slow growth rate = less mowing
  • Lower need of water than fescue grass

Tifton 419
Tifton 419 Bermuda is a very dense and fine textured hybrid Bermuda grass. It is low growing and spreads rapidly. Its density, fine texture and soft blades provide a soft cushion in which to walk and play. This hybrid Bermuda grass is highly disease resistant with a very dark green color. Consequently, it maintains a desirable green color longer, with less nitrogen requirements than most other selections. It is also more frost resistant than other Bermuda grasses. As a result, it will remain greener deeper into the fall months. Tifton 419 is more resistant to sod web worm and mole cricket attacks. Because of its extreme denseness, it is more weed resistant than most Bermuda grasses. Tifton 419 never produces seed, so it must be propagated by sprigs or sod. Recommended for residential and commercial landscapes, golf courses, parks and athletic fields.
Advantages of Tifton 419:
  • Deep green color
  • Fine texture
  • Excellent weed and disease resistance
  • Excellent impact-absorbing cushion
  • Stands up well to foot traffic
  • Thrives in full sun

Quickstand Bermuda is a warm-season turfgrass, aptly named because of its ability to spread laterally at an aggressive rate. This grass is known best for its superior rate of growth and winter hardiness. Its self-repair capability makes it a good choice for golf course fairways and an excellent choice for athletic fields. Quickstand Bermuda has medium-green color and medium texture and density. It’s near- perfect density and consistency make Quickstand Bermuda the ideal surface for sports where ball roll is important. It is also proven as one of the most cold-hardy Bermuda varieties for the transition zone climate. Our Quickstand Bermuda sod is grown with high-quality fertilizers to achieve a dense turf with good sod tensile strength. Available as sod or sprigs. Quickstand is adaptive to a wide range of soil conditions as well.
Advantages of Quickstand:
  • Provides good density and excellent consistency for athletic fields
  • Aggressive lateral growth provides quick recovery from wear
  • Medium texture and density are good for overseeding with ryegrass to facilitate use in late fall and spring
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Excellent heat tolerance and good drought tolerance
  • Stands up to foot traffic
  • Slow growth rate = less mowing
  • Lower need of water than fescue grass
  • Good cold-hardiness