Zoysia Grass Plugs
Zoysiagrass lawns are most successfully started with zoysia grass plugs (small chucks of sod). Zoysiagrass can also be started through seeding, but the varieties that are currently available don’t have the same quality in texture, growth, color and hardiness of the grass plugs.
The best time to place your plugs in your lawn is in the late spring and early summer. Those who plant late in the summer (August), will find that there is not enough time for the zoysia grass to take hold and may not survive the winter. So plant your plugs between late March through to the end of June.
Zoysia grass plugs are quite small, about 1 to 2 inches wide with 2 to 3 inches of soil and roots. It is easy to figure the number of plugs that you will need for your lawn. You will need 1 plug for every square foot you want covered. If you are looking at an area of 10 feet by 10 feet (which is 100 square feet), then you will need 100 plugs. The original zoysia grass is the Amazoy Zoysia Grass.
Many people want their lawn to fill in quicker and if that is something you would like, then plant a plug every 6 inches (which would double the number of plugs you will need).
The number of plugs you will need for 1,000 square feet are:
- Plug spacing of 6 inches apart: 4,000 plugs
- Plug spacing of 8 inches apart: 2,250 plugs
- Plug spacing of 12 inches apart: 1,000 plugs
You can buy a tool from the grower called a “plugger” that is specially designed to remove the right amount of soil from the ground and create a small hole for your zoysia grass plugs that you are planting.
Once you place your order, you should receive your plugs within a few days. You should plant the plugs in your lawn shortly after you receive them. Once you have planted the zoysia grass plugs, you will need to keep them moist for the first two to three weeks in order to prevent the roots from drying out.
You should expect two complete growing seasons to have complete coverage of your lawn.
You will not need to mow your lawn as frequently (at least half the mowing that you have now), but you need to make sure that you cut no more than 1/3 of the grass off with each mow.
Your lawn will be lush and dark green color during the warm seasons and it is extremely dought tolerant. During the winter season, the grass is brown but comes back to life (and green) in the spring.
Georgia — Planted in clay soil
“I planted Zoysia Farms plugs last spring. I did half my backyard as a test. The plugs arrived looking dormant, just as I was told to expect. I got them into the ground within the week. Planted in North Georgia red clay dirt with no topsoil or fertilizer. I watered them well, and they greened up in no time. As of this spring they are already spreading and choking out the weeds and the old fescue (although the company tells you to allow two to three years for them to completely cover). I have ordered more plugs to finish the other half of the yard. My entire back yard will be covered in low maintenance, hardy grass for under $100!” –M.M.
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Originally posted 2011-03-17 02:02:19.