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Three Easy Steps to Planting Grass Plugs

STEP 1 - Water Before Planting Grass Plugs STEP 1

Thoroughly water area to be plugged to soften the soil. Use a plug tool available from Seedland.com to dig holes.

Planting Grass Plugs STEP 2

Dig holes in a checkerboard pattern -- see detailed planting instructions below. Put a scoop of lawn starter fertilizer in the hole. Plant the plug securely, tapping the soil around the plug.

Water Planted Grass Plugs STEP 3

Water the area thoroughly again. Water 7-10 days or until plugs are firmly rooted. Continue to water as needed to establish a healthy lawn. Wait at least two weeks before mowing. Once firmly rooted, mowing will promote spreading.

SIMPLE RULES TO MASTERING THE ART OF PLUGGING GRASS

  • Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the plug. Or use a plug tool to plant plugs in proper size holes.
  • Place a starter fertilizer or plug fertilizer in the hole prior to planting. Starter fertilizers are specifically formulated for new grass plugs or seeded lawns. These fertilizers provide the nutrition needed for growth and the correct ratio of ingredients to prevent root burn.
  • - Using Plug fertilizers
  • The recommended spacing for planting:

    12" Apart-1 tray of 18 plugs will cover 32 square feet

    15" Apart-1 tray of 18 plugs will cover 40 square feet

    18" Apart-1 tray of 18 plugs will cover 56 square feet

  • The closer your plugs are planted, the quicker they will fill in and grow together.
  • Plant plugs in a checker board pattern.
  • Water in the area before planting and water again after planting. Watering before plugging will make the soil softer and easier to work with. (More on lawn / plug watering.
  • After planting, be sure to "tamp" down the plug to insure good soil to plug contact. Reuse dirt to pack grass plug in hole and prevent air pockets.
  • Water every day until the plugs become established.   Established means that the roots have grown out into the adjacent soil and that the plugs are putting out growth. Once plugs are established, approximately 4 - 6 weeks, the lawn can be mowed, fertilized, etc. Just as a mature lawn would be treated.

Detailed Planting Instructions For Grass Plugs

Grass Plug Installation: Plug your lawn like a pro by following these easy steps:

Step 1 - Measure Your Planting Area

Grass Plug For Lawns

Using a tape, measure the lawn area that will receive sod. Make a sketch of the lawn area with the measurements of the area where you plan to establish your lawn. Include the dimensions of sidewalks, parking areas, shrub beds and buildings as they will influence the total number of plugs you need to order. When determining the number of plugs you need to order, consider the following:

One tray of plugs spaced 12 inches apart (15 inches from center) provides coverage for 32 sq. ft of turf. One tray of plugs spaced 15 inches apart (18 inches from center) provides coverage for 40 sq. ft of turf. One tray of plugs spaced 18 inches apart (21 inches from center) provides coverage for 56 sq. ft of turf. The closer together the plugs are spaced, the quicker you will achieve full coverage.

Step 2 - Prepare Soil

Kill all grass and weeds in preexisting lawn with a non-selective herbicide or preferably by tilling the planting area to a depth of 4 - 6 inches. After all weeds are dead, roto-till the soil to ensure good sod to soil contact. After tilling, begin soil work to eliminate drainage problems (slope away from house, garage) and low areas in your lawn and then add fertilizer or organic amendments as needed (your county extension agent can help you determine whether your soil needs fertilizer or amendments). Lightly till the soil and amendments to a depth of 4 to 5 inches. Rake the soil smooth removing all rocks, large soil clods, and plant roots/sod chunks. Be sure to keep the soil level about 1 inch below the level of sidewalks or the driveway.

Step 3 - Dig Holes For Your Grass Plugs

Grass Plug Planting PatternThoroughly water the area to be plugged to soften the soil. The easiest method is to use a plugger tool to dig your holes in a checkerboard fashion as shown in the picture here to the right. You can also dig your plug holes with a shovel making sure to dig the holes to match the depth of the grass plugs you are planting.

Step 4 - Fertilize and Plant Your Grass Plugs

Fertilizing Grass Plugs At Planting Time

Place a scoop of plug or lawn starter fertilizer in each hole. Lawn starter fertilizers are specifically formulated for use when planting grass seed or grass plugs. These fertilizers provide the nutrition needed for growth and the correct rate to prevent root burn. Alternately a good compost mixture will also do the trick without polluting the groundwater or lawn area.

Plant plugs securely, tapping the soil around the plug to ensure good soil to plug contact. It is important to avoid any air pockets that will cause the roots to dry out and kill your grass plugs.

Step 5 - Water Your Grass Plugs

Water the area thoroughly again. Water daily for 7-10 days or until plugs are firmly rooted. Continue to water as needed to establish a healthy lawn. Wait at least two weeks before mowing. Once firmly rooted, mowing will promote spreading of your grass plugs to cover your area.

Important Shipping Information About Grass Plugs

PLUG ORDERS SHIP ON MONDAYS!
YOUR ORDER MUST BE PLACED BY 10:00 AM EST ON FRIDAY...
FOR THE ORDER TO SHIP THE FOLLOWING MONDAY*
*Subject to any ship delay caused by adverse weather (rain just prior to shipment)
Orders placed after 10 AM Friday will be scheduled for shipment on the next cycle (2nd Monday).

Important - Shipping Restrictions: Due to state agricultural regulations on soils, we can not ship our Grass Plugs to the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming. Due to shipping time constraints we do not ship any plugs outside USA mainland States. (IE: Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, US Islands). There are no restrictions on seeds shipped to these states.

Shipment Dates: Our grass plugs ship seasonally* every Monday for all orders placed the previous week. Orders must be placed by 10 am EST on Friday in order to ship the following week. Occasionally shipments may be delayed due to weather issues (heavy rains result in plugs too wet to ship). Since we ship orders ASAP once they are placed, please order only if you are ready to plant.

*Note: Seedland only ships Grass Plugs during the spring months of February, March, April, and May.  Some varieties may also ship in September and October - Call for availability.  We do not ship during summer months as the heat during transit can damage the plugs.

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