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Innovation Zoysia Grass Plug On Grass

How to Plant Grass Plugs

Grass plugs are used either to repair damaged lawn areas or to establish a new lawn where sod or seed isn’t practical. For example, St. Augustine lawns require plugs since there’s no available seed. Our guide details the proper steps for installing grass plugs.

First, test and prepare your soil to plant grass plugs, remove weeds and adjust pH. Choose a suitable grass type and measure your lawn. Moisten the soil, drill holes 6-18 inches apart, fertilize with phosphorus-rich fertilizer and plant the plugs level with the ground.

Water thoroughly and maintain daily watering for 10-20 days, reducing frequency as the plugs root.

How to Plant Grass Plugs

Step 1: Test Your Soil

Before planting grass plugs across your lawn, begin by testing the soil. This initial step, taken before using chemicals like glyphosate to kill old grass and installing new plugs, ensures your soil’s health, which directly affects grass quality.

Proper pH levels in the soil enhance nutrient absorption from fertilizers, making them more effective. Conduct a soil analysis by sending a sample to a laboratory; results typically take about two weeks.

Plan accordingly to adjust your soil’s needs before proceeding. Importantly, perform this test before applying any non-selective herbicides, as they can temporarily alter soil pH.

Step 2: Choose a Type of Grass to Install

Grass plugs can be used for several purposes, including starting a new lawn, filling in damaged spots or experimenting with a new grass type before fully committing. When choosing grass, consider how it performs in your local climate and environment rather than just its appearance.

Key factors to consider include the grass’s adaptability to your area, maintenance needs, tolerance to shade, wear, drought, and pests and preferred aesthetic qualities like color, blade width and texture.

Step 3: Measure Your Planting Area

This step is crucial as it helps you determine the total square footage you need to cover and how many grass plugs to buy. You can measure the area manually with a tape measure, accounting for any sidewalks, driveways and landscaping.

Alternatively, use the Area Calculator Tool, a digital tool that lets you enter your address and draw the areas on your lawn where the grass plugs will be installed, automatically calculating the square footage.

Step 4: Prepare Your Soil

When Planting a New Lawn

Before installing grass plugs, clear the area of any existing grass or weeds, as they will compete with the new plugs. Follow these steps:

  1. Apply a non-selective herbicide 10–14 days before installation.
  2. If the grass does not die off quickly, apply a second round of herbicide after 3–4 days.
  3. Once the grass is dead, remove the top layer of grass and debris using a sod cutter or rototiller. Visit our blog for product recommendations and rental locations.

When Filling Damaged or Bare Spots

To repair bare spots with grass plugs, first eliminate any weeds, insects or fungus. This may involve pulling weeds by hand or using herbicides, insecticides or fungicides.

Step 5: Drill Holes

After preparing your soil, water it thoroughly to soften the ground for drilling holes for the grass plugs. Use the auger bit on our website to drill the holes, marking the soil with spray paint beforehand to guide your drilling.

Plant the plugs in a grid or checkerboard pattern, spacing the holes 6–18 inches apart. Ensure the tops of the plugs are level with the ground surface by not drilling too deeply.

Step 6: Fertilize Before Planting

Fertilize the drilled holes using a fertilizer that matches the needs identified in your soil analysis, particularly one rich in phosphorus, which is crucial for root growth and the successful establishment of new sod.

Understanding fertilizer labels can be challenging, but our website provides guidance on this topic.

We recommend using Lawnifi’s® New Lawn Starter Box, which includes three bottles of liquid fertilizer to support new grass plugs, providing essential nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium and carbon to promote healthy root development.

Step 7: Plant the Grass Plugs

Now that your soil is prepared, you can install the grass plugs.

Press the plugs firmly into the fertilizer-treated holes, ensuring no gaps around the edges. Fill any excess space with loose soil to secure the plugs tightly. Ensure the base of the grass blades is level with the ground.

Citrablue St Augustine Grass Plug Planted

Step 8: Water the Grass Plugs

After installing the grass plugs, water them thoroughly and apply the remainder of your first Lawnifi Grow fertilizer bottle to ensure optimal growth and remove air pockets.

Step 9: Post-Installation Care

Water your grass plugs daily for 10–20 days, adjusting for rainfall. Use the rest of your New Lawn Starter Box as directed, keeping the soil moist 6–8 inches deep.

After 10–20 days, test for rooting by gently pulling on a plug; it should show new runners and resist being uprooted. Once rooted, reduce watering to twice a week.

How do I plant grass plugs? – Answered

To plant grass plugs, first test and prepare your soil by removing existing grass or weeds and adjusting the pH as needed. Choose the right type of grass based on local climate and lawn conditions.

Measure your area, then drill holes 6-18 inches apart in the soil after moistening it. Fertilize the holes with a phosphorus-rich fertilizer before planting the plugs firmly, ensuring they are level with the ground.

After planting, water the plugs thoroughly and continue daily watering for 10-20 days. Monitor growth and establish a reduced watering schedule once the plugs are rooted.

Palmetto® St. Augustine Grass Plugs

Grass plugs are the perfect solution for filling in bare or damaged spots in your yard or starting a new lawn. Each individual plug tray comes with 72 plugs. Palmetto St. Augustine is known for its emerald-green color, shade tolerance, and disease resistance, ensuring a robust and healthy lawn.

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