How to Take a Plug of St. Augustine or Bermuda Grass for Transplant


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.

Step 1

Take plugs of St. Augustine or Bermuda grass in the morning when the soil is cool and moist.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Take plugs from various positions around the lawn to avoid creating bare spots.

Things You'll Need

  • Plugger or long-handled bulb planter


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: St. Augustine Grass
  • University of Missouri: Establishment and Care of Zoysiagrass Lawns
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