Taking plugs of St. Augustine and Bermuda grass is an inexpensive and efficient method of establishing a lawn. Transplant a few plugs taken from an existing lawn to help fill in holes and bare spots. Holes left from taking plugs will fill in quickly. Plant plugs in a diamond pattern about 1 foot apart to cover the space in one season.
Take plugs of St. Augustine or Bermuda grass in the morning when the soil is cool and moist.
Remove plugs from an exisiting lawn using a plugger or a long-handled bulb planter. Press the plugger straight down into the lawn 2 to 3 inches. Twist the tool and lift out the plug.
Check the roots for damage. Push the plugger deeper if the roots are torn or damaged. Aim for a depth that removes the root zone of the grass without removing extra soil.
Take plugs from various positions around the lawn to avoid creating bare spots.