Planting Zoysia Grass Plugs


posted on April 20th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Once you have ordered and received your Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs, your next step is actual planting. And with over five decades of experience in harvesting, packaging, delivery, and planting, we have this planting process down to a science. Before you begin planting, there are a few things to think about.

First, be sure it is the right time of year for you to plant. Zoysia can be planted throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but check out our map to see when is the premium season for your region. Next, you must finish separating the plugs with shears. This is because in our attempt to ensure maximum freshness for you, the plugs are not cut entirely through before shipment.

Finally, you must have a planting plan. Using our example diagram, plan where you are going to place your zoysia plugs. Holes should be made no more than a foot apart. If you want your new lawn to fill in more quickly, you can plant your plugs closer together (half a foot apart). When you are finally ready to put the plugs into the ground, consult the planting instructions that come with each order. But just in case you misplace them, you can follow the steps below.

Planting Instructions

1. Mow your existing lawn as low as possible.
2. Ensure that your ground is workable and moist enough for planting.
3. Once you have determined a starting point, insert the plugger into the ground to remove established grass. You can also drill a hole, depending on the tool you are using. Now you will have a hole for your plugs.
4. Put the zoysia plug in the hole you just created, filling in around the edges with loose soil. Make sure to only bury the roots, as the living plant needs sunlight to grow.
5. Lightly compress the plug into the ground with the heel of your foot or hand.
6. Water LIGHTLY.

To see the proper way to plant, check out this video:

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11 Responses to “Planting Zoysia Grass Plugs”

  1. Gardening Tips Says:

    October 29th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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  2. Peter Hoppe Says:

    January 19th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I have tried your grass four different times. It starts off and grows but then dies out after about six months.

    Miami, FL 33177

  3. JOE clark Says:

    January 20th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Someone just informed me that the zoysia should be cut with a rotor mower, that cutting with a circular mower burns the grass?

    True or false

  4. Dean Price Says:

    January 22nd, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Will properly planted Zoysia plugs eventually take over old St. Augustine lawns ?

    Thanks,

    Dean Price

  5. admin Says:

    January 26th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Joe – Zoysia is best maintained by using a sharp rotary or reel mower.

  6. admin Says:

    January 31st, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Dean – Once established, Zoysia will take over other wild and cultivated grasses. How long it will take is difficult to detail because there are so many variables. How well is the St Augustine established, how close together are the plugs going to be planted, what type of soil, how sunny a locations and on and on. However, it will take over the St. Augustine eventually.

  7. admin Says:

    January 31st, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Peter – We’re sorry that you’ve been having trouble getting the Zoysia to establish. It sounds like an underlying problem since Zoysia grows for about 6 months before dying, instead of dying of right away. Please call Lynn at 410-756-2311 or give us your contact information so we can further assist you.

  8. ted Says:

    April 1st, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    will zoysia grow in the shade and under big oak tree.
    thanks ted

  9. admin Says:

    April 4th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ted – Zoysia is pretty shade tolerant, but will need at least partial sunlight during the day. How long does the oak tree shade any specific part of the grass?

  10. jack atkinson Says:

    December 10th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I planted the plugs as directed planted so far apartand in rolls my wife said “come on its just grass not rocket sicence” some of the plugs showed some sighs of green but now is is all brown yard looks like a mans head with hair transplants. but only a 10th of the puugs showed green . will they come to life but I am thinking I should ask for replacement now instead of waiting for spring again.thank you. Jack 420 loma Hermosa Dr. N.W. albuq.n.m. p.s.ha ha you should have seen jack with a drill making the holes for the plugs and they are all dead all that work” wife

  11. admin Says:

    December 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Hi Jack,
    There could be a few reasons why the plugs are brown at this time of the year. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311 so we can determine what is going on with your plugs.

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