The Best Method of Cutting Apart Zoysia Plugs


Zoysia is a dense, easy-to-maintain grass, and quite popular. Because sod is expensive and sprigs and seeds are often difficult to grow successfully, many homeowners opt to buy and plant zoysia plugs. Grass plugs are small sections of grass that contains the first 1 or 2 inches of soil and roots. Zoysia plugs are planted about every 6 inches and fill in the space in between over time, usually within a year or two. If your plugs are too big (more than 3-inch squares), you can easily cut them apart without causing them any harm.

Step 1

Clean your tools, such as spade or utility knife. Wash off your tools with water and then use a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol to remove any possible diseases, mold or fungus.

Step 2

Lay the zoysia plugs grass side down on hard piece of cardboard if you are using a utility knife. If you are using a spade, lay it on top of an area you won't mind digging into a little bit, such as a dirt spot.

Step 3

Cut the zoysia plugs into smaller pieces with your tool, which is best done when the soil is just slightly moist. Typically, zoysia plugs are cut into 2- to 3-inch squares. Carefully cut the entire depth of the soil and roots so the blades of grass can be gently pulled apart.

Step 4

Pull apart the sections and keep the plugs moist until you plant them. Then, wash and dry your tools with water prior to storing.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting tool (e.g., spade, utility knife)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cardboard


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Zoysiagrass
  • All About Lawns: Planting with Plugs
  • Landscape America: Grass Plugs
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.