Upholding Standards of Excellence
All turfgrass is created (or developed) equal, as anyone who has grown seed or installed grass sod will attest. Turf Merchants, Inc. has long supported standards for the turfgrass industry, and actively participates in testing and trials by independent third-party organizations.
The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) is designed to develop and coordinate uniform evaluation trials of turfgrass varieties and promising selections in the United States and Canada. Test results can be used by national companies and plant breeders to determine the broad picture of the adaptation of a cultivar. Results can also be used to determine if a cultivar is well adapted to a local area or level of turf maintenance.
Founded in 2010 by four direct competitors in the turfgrass industry, the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance is a 501 c(3) non profit committed to water conservation. We believe that by improving the plant materials available we can reduce the water needs of the managed environment while preserving the vital ecological services provided by greenspaces.