Some warm-season grasses cannot be established from seed and must be
sodded or vegetatively established using sprigs, stolons, or plugs. Prior
to planting, the soil should be prepared properly.
Plugs are small pieces of sod planted at intervals. Plugs are best planted
in late spring to early summer. To plant
- Dig holes with a garden trowel about 6- to 12- inches apart.
- Moisten soil.
- Plant plugs in holes.
- Cover the holes and make sure the plugs are level with the ground.
- After planting, lightly roll the area.
- After planting, keep the area moist until the grass becomes established
(1 - 2 weeks).
The terms sprigs and stolons are used interchangeably, referring to pieces
of aboveground or belowground grass stems for creeping grasses. They are
planted at intervals. They are usually sold by the bushel, with 1 bushel
approximately equivalent to 1 square yard of sod. Sprigs are best planted
from late spring into summer. To plant
- Broadcast stolons over an area and cover lightly with soil by disking
or plant in rows in 2-inch deep furrows 6 to 12 inches apart.
- Place nodes so they are in contact with the soil.
- Fill the furrows and then lightly roll the area.
- Keep the area moist until the grass becomes established.