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.
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.
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
- 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
Detailed Planting Instructions For Grass Plugs
your lawn like a pro by following these easy steps:
1 - Measure Your Planting Area
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
2 - Prepare Soil
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
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.
4 - Fertilize and Plant Your Grass Plugs
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.
5 - Water Your Grass Plugs
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
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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