University of Florida

Planting a Lawn with Plugs

Planting a lawn with plugs can be a less expensive alternative to sod, though it doesn't give the "instant lawn" that sod offers.

You can make your own plugs by cutting sod into two to four inch pieces. You can also buy separated plug trays of certain turfgrass varieties. These commercial plugs usually have well-developed root systems, and they're often planted with a special plugging tool.

Plant the plugs into prepared soil on six- to twelve-inch centers, taking care to bury the roots. The farther apart your plugs are, the longer they will take to fill in.

Keep plugs watered on a regular basis and don't mow until firmly rooted. This may take two weeks to a month or more in winter. Don't fertilize new plugs until they've grown together.

UF/IFAS Publications

Also on Gardening in a Minute

Other Sites