Planting Grass Plugs

The Brazos Valley is faced with landscaping challenges, one of which is the selection of a lawn grass. Our unique conditions require a grass that will tolerate a wide range of soil types, perform as well in partial shade as it does in sun, and remain  relatively free of pests.

Preparation

Its important to have a smooth base on which to plant your new grass plugs. If existing turf or weeds are present, they must be removed mechanically or with herbicides. Since mechanical means can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, we recommend a chemical program using herbicides that will safely kill your existing lawn without damaging your trees and plants. Glyphosate is a chemical that will kill most grasses and weeds when applied properly.

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LABEL. It will take about two to three weeks to completely kill the existing grass. At that time, mow your lawn at the lowest mower setting and either catch all clippings or rake them out. You are now prepared to level out any grade irregularities.

Insects & Diseases

Your new grass plugs come to you free of pests. To protect your newly installed grass from existing insects and fungus diseases, applying a good fungicide and insecticide will help prevent future problems.

Planting Grass plug planting diagram

The plugging process can be accomplished with either of two tools to create the plug hole: a special grass plugger or an auger. Heirloom Gardens is happy to loan a plugger FREE of charge.

Most grass plugs should be planted on a 12 inch checkerboard interval. (See diagram).

For example, if 1 tray contains 20 plants, it will cover 20 sq ft at 12 inch intervals. Grass plug with plug fertilizer

To plant the grass plug, simply apply one teaspoon of plug fertilizer into each hole, drop the plug into the hole, press in firmly and water thoroughly.

Lawn Maintenance

The most important practice in the care of a new lawn is watering. During the first two weeks after plugging, the soil should NOT be allowed to dry out.

Weeds can be a problem. However, with new herbicides on the market, weed control does not have to be the back-breaking chore that it used to be. The best suggestion we can offer is to observe your new lawn and watch for any weed activity. If you develop a weed, insect, or disease problem, please consult an Heirloom Gardens Texas Certified Professional.

Mowing your new lawn should be done weekly at a maximum of 1.5 - 2 inches in height. Do not let the grass grow unusually high and then mow it. This is a shock to the grass that necessitates removal of the clippings to prevent the smothering thatch build up.

Whether you use a hand reel type mower or a power rotary mower, it should be sharp enough to cut the grass cleanly without bruising or tearing the grass blades. Following these mowing suggestions will provide the premium quality manicured appearance you expect and enjoy.

Fertilizing Your Lawn

The final stop in caring for you lawn is the application of Ferti-lome New Lawn Fertilizer that will give your plugs the added boost they need as they send out their runners.

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