Well-established grass can make all the difference in creating a healthy, attractive lawn. Take the time to research the best type of grass for your environment and purposes. Plugs are an economical way to refurbish a grass lawn and are available for many different types of grass. St. Augustine and Bermuda grass plugs are widely available from retailers. Though planting sod plugs will be a long day's work, a lush and fertile lawn can be your reward.
Fully soak your lawn 24 hours before planting plugs. Moist soil is much easier to work with when planting grass plugs.
Use a plugger to dig holes in a checkerboard pattern. If you don't have access to a plugger, use a hand shovel to dig holes slightly larger than the size of a plug.
Place one scoop of starter fertilizer in each hole. Starter fertilizers are specially formulated for root growth of grass plugs.
Place each plug in the center of a hole and cover the roots with a handful of dirt. The closer the plugs, the faster they will grow together and fill in your lawn.
Firmly pat the soil with your hand to eliminate any air pockets.
Soak the area around your plugs with water. Continue to water your plugs every day for 7 to 10 days, until the roots are firmly established.
Once the roots are established, apply a fertilizer especially formulated for grass each month. Be sure to closely follow the directions on the label.