How to Plant Stolons


Stolons are spreading runners produced by some grass types. The stolons are harvested and used for planting lawns instead of seed or sod. Stolons are an economical choice for establishing a lawn as they are less expensive than sod and will not be eaten by birds like seed. It is important to order the stolons just prior to planting as they are fragile and dry quickly. The best time to plant stolons is late spring or early summer during the early morning.

Step 1

Hydrate the sprigs by filling the bag of stolons with water three to four hours prior to planting. Puncture the bottom of the bag right before planting to drain the water.

Step 2

Apply lawn starter fertilizer to the lawn area being planted. Make sure the soil is loosened to allow for rooting of the stolons.

Step 3

Lay the stolon sprigs on the ground 6 to 12 inches apart. Make sure the nodes are placed into the soil. Lightly press the stolons into the loose soil using a stolon roller.

Step 4

Plant the stolons in furrows if a stolon roller is not available. Plant each stolon 6 to 12 inches apart in a 2-inch-deep furrow. Fill the furrows with soil and gently roll the area with a lightweight lawn roller.

Step 5

Place a half-inch layer of straw mulch over the stolons to assist with moisture retention.

Step 6

Apply water six to eight times each day for the first 10 days to keep the soil and stolons moist. Allow any puddles to dry or absorb into the ground prior to watering again. Continue to water the grass for maintenance two weeks after planting based on the rainfall amounts in the area.

Step 7

Fertilize the planted area two weeks after planting with a nitrogen lawn fertilizer. Continue to fertilize every two weeks for six weeks, then change to a complete fertilizer every four to six weeks for maintenance.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not spray newly planted stolons with a weed killer as it will prevent rooting of the young plants. Pull weeds by hand until the lawn is established.

Things You'll Need

  • Stolon sprigs
  • Water
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Stolon roller
  • Lawn roller
  • Straw mulch
  • Lawn sprinkler
  • Nitrogen lawn fertilizer
  • Complete fertilizer


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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.