How to Plug Zoysia Grass


Native to Asia, Zoysia is a warm season turf grass that has a coarse blade texture and is sometimes known as Japanese or Korean lawn grass. Zoysia is slow growing but hard wearing and will adapt to a wide range of soil beds. It does not produce quickly or consistently from seed so it is usually planted as sod or as sod plugs. Zoysia plugs can be purchased or you can cut your own custom sized plugs from purchased sod.

Step 1

Purchase or cut up enough zoysia plugs to cover your planting bed with plugs at intervals of roughly 2-inches. Make your own zoysia plugs by cutting pieces of sod to your desired size with garden shears or a sharp garden knife. Ensure that some healthy root and top growth are included with each plug.

Step 2

Dig holes or furrows as deep as the root mass on the zoysia plugs. Place the grass plugs in the soil and firm the soil around each plug to make good contact with the roots.

Step 3

Water the plugs until the soil is drenched. Keep the plugs and surrounding bare soil evenly moist for two to three weeks until the plugs begin to root into the soil.

Step 4

Feed your new zoysia plugs a week or so after planting with a granular lawn fertilizer with a nutrient ratio of 1-2-1. Apply according to package directions but do not exceed a maximum dose of 1 lb. of actual nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of plugged soil expanse. Water the fertilizer until the plugs and soil are drenched. Repeat fertilizer applications several times a year up to once per month as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Zoysia sod or plugs
  • Garden knife or shears
  • Lawn fertilizer 1-2-1
  • Water


  • Texas A&M University: Zoysia Grass
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