How To Plant St. Augustine Grass Plugs In Your Lawn

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St. Augustine grass is native to the subtropical climate found in the Southeastern United States. This type of grass is more labor intensive to plant and grow that many other common kinds of grasses. The main issue is the difficulty commercial growers have in producing St Augustine grass seed for consumers to use to plant in their lawns. Instead, you will normally have to use plugs to plant in your lawn to get the full and lush lawn that this grass-type is known to produce. Here is how you plant St. Augustine grass plugs in your lawn.

You Will Need:

  • St. Augustine Grass Plugs
  • Sod-Plugger Tool
  • Sod Turf
  • Fertilizer
  • Hose
  • Water

Step One: Prepare Lawn

To help ensure the grass in plugs will grow, you need to remove the weeds and tall grass from the areas that the plugs will be planted. The weeds and tall grass can block the necessary amount of sun the grass needs to grow from reaching the plugs – which can cause the grass in the plugs to die before they take root in your lawn.

You can use a herbicide to kill the weeds and grass. Spray the herbicide over the lawn a week or two before you plant the plugs. This gives the herbicide enough time to work and for the chemicals to dissipate before you do your planting.

Another method that doesn't use herbicides is taking a weed eater and chopping all the weeds and grass down to the surface of the dirt.

Step Two: Plant Plugs

You can buy St. Augustine grass plugs from many of the local landscaping and garden supply stores throughout Florida and the Florida panhandle area. Make sure you water the plugs if you don't intend to plant them right away.

Take a sod plugger tool and push it down into the lawn. The tool will create a hole an inch or two deep that you will use to plant the plug. Dig the holes a couple of inches apart from each other. St. Augustine grass is a vine-like crawling grass, and it will spread over the lawn as it grows.

Make sure you put some fertilizer like potting soil into the bottom of the holes to help feed the grass in the plugs while it grows.

Take the plugs and put one into each hole. Press the plugs down into the holes with the palm of your hand.

You need to make sure you water the plugs every morning for a couple of weeks until the grass in the plugs have firmly taken root in your lawn.