Installing Your Grass Plugs

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Installing Your Grass Plugs - Prep

PREP –

Let’s keep this nice and simple. Dig a hole for each plug, only around 3 inches wide and deep, and make sure they are about 12 inches apart. Want extra good results? Throw a little teaspoon of balanced fertilizer in the bottom of each hole!

Installing Your Grass Plugs - Plant

PLANT-

Okay, all the hard work is done, now time for the fun stuff. Press plug firmly into the hole, filling in all space around the edges. The grass runners should be flush to the ground. Give your plug a nice little pat on the head, it helps them to grow.

Installing Your Grass Plugs - Water

WATER-

Last thing to do before taking a break. Water the plugs thoroughly, and then every day until the plugs are rooted, this will be between 10-14 days. After that, watering twice a week should keep them nice and happy.

Installing Your Grass Plugs - Coverage

COVERAGE –

One tray of Grass Plugs can cover an area up to 55 square feet.

What are these brown spots in my grass?

The first step is to check sprinkler coverage. Second step would be to sift through the turfs thatch layer for pests like  sod webworms or chinch bugs on St. Augustine varieties. If present then treat with approved labeled insecticide (reference pests mentioned using google to identify). Third would be to treat with broad spectrum approved labeled fungicide if disease is suspected like (grey leaf spot or large patch, reference both diseases using google to identify).

If I plug my St Augustine lawn with Zoysia, will it over grow the St Augustine?

No, St Augustine is a more aggressive growing grass and will grow over the Zoysia.

How many square feet will a tray of plugs cover?

1 grass tray of 18 plugs planted 12 inches apart will cover 50 square feet

How long will my plugs take to fill in?

Planted plug spacing will determine how long it will take. In the summer months on the recommended 12” centers, plugs should start to fill in and meet approximately 30-45 days after planting. Consistent fertilizer and watering in the beginning will enhance growth and shorten the fill in time.

How often do I water my plugs?

In times of drought plugs should be watered daily to avoid wilt (typically wetting soil down to the bottom of the plug root mass should be sufficient). There are no hard guidelines on sprinkler run times or applied amounts of water  to use. If wilt appears then water more frequent, if no wilt is present then the plugs should thrive and root.

What should I do to prep my lawn for installing sod?

Existing lawn should be eradicated making sure soil is level and healthy before laying new sod.

 

How often should I water?

Water enough to avoid wilt. That may be one time per day, or it may be three times per day based on soil type and temperatures.

Do I need to fertilize my newly installed sod?

Not for 30 days, your new sod has already been fertilized and will hit the ground growing.

How soon can I mow my new sod?

Usually after the first 10 days, double check by trying to pull a piece of sod up, if it is not easy and you hear roots detaching – you are good to do a light mowing.  Remember never to take more than a 1/3 of the leaf off anytime you mow.

Best time of day to water?

Early morning

Best variety for full sun and or full shade?

All of our varieties are grown in full sun and will thrive in full sun.  We do have some that are more shade tolerant – see our Natural Turf Grass tab for more information.

Can someone install the sod?

Check with your local landscapers, most of them offer sod installation, ask for references!

How long will it take to establish?

In spring and summer rooting should begin within the first week after installation on St Augustine varieties. The seams between pieces should disappear within 30-45 days. In the fall and winter it may take twice to three times as long.

Can I buy the sod straight from the farm?

Bethel provides sod to professional customers and most major retailers

How many sq ft per pallet / how many pcs?

Each pallet covers 400 square feet and has 150 pieces

Sand or muck base?

Sand