Repairing or Starting a New Lawn?


posted on March 13th, 2015 by

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When establishing or repairing a warm season lawn either plugs, sod and sometime seeds are used. To help you determine which is best for you here is a little information on each.

A grass plug is a square of sod that is usually 1 inch by 1 inch or larger. Plugs are usually used to establish a spreading warm season lawn. Grasses such as Zoysia, St Augustine and Bermuda are the most common grasses planted as plugs.

Zoysia Grass PlugPlugs are the most economical way to start a new lawn and ideal for the homeowner to do. Plugging a lawn has a much higher success rate than seeds. When planting plugs, the area does not have to be tilled, you can plant within an existing lawn. Plugging a lawn does require patience while waiting for the lawn to fill in. Keep in mind the closer the plugs are planted the quicker you will have a full lawn.

Sod will give you an instant lawn, however it is very expensive and is best © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationdone by a professional. Sod is usually purchased in sheets or rolls. When laying sod, the area does have to be tilled, cleared and leveled before planting. If the sod is not laid correctly it can leave an uneven lawn.

Many strains of zoysia grasses are not available in seed form. The few that are can also be expensive with © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationa low success rate and can require a lot of care when starting. Seeding a warm weather lawn is best done by a professional. Most zoysia seeds are not as cold tolerant as the plugs and sod.

All three methods will give you a great lawn. However, plugs are a great way for homeowners to successfully start a new or revive an existing lawn at an economical price!

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8 Responses to “Repairing or Starting a New Lawn?”

  1. Mark Perloe Says:

    May 25th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    My plugger calls for 2″ plugs. I need to patch dog urine burnout spots with Emerald or Similar zoysia in Atlanta. Need about 40 plugs.

  2. Zoysia Farms Says:

    May 27th, 2015 at 7:49 am

    We only carry the original Meyers zoysia grass. This grass has a medium blade, Emerald has a fine blade. I do not know of anyone in the Atlanta area that sells zoysia grass. I would suggest checking with some local nurseries and see if they can guide you in the right direction.

  3. Dot B. Says:

    August 27th, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I have approx. 4 bare spots in a current lawn (not Zoysia). Can I plant Zoysia plugs in these spots as a staring place? Would the plugs grow to cover the spots and can I plant in Sept/Oct and then plant the remaining lawn in the spring?

  4. SecureAdminZ Says:

    August 28th, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Hi Dot,
    Yes, you can plant Amazoy zoysia grass in bare spots, as the zoysia slowly spreads it will choke out the current grass. Planting times vary depending on which part of the country you live in. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311 to verify when your planting season ends.

  5. Edward Graham Says:

    September 24th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    The site has what to do if you have an existing lawn, but I need info on a new lawn. I have sand and some weeds. Lawn not cared for in what appears to be a number of years. Moved to NC Outer Banks.

    Small yard. Only 900 square feet. What should I lay down as the foundation for the grass….compost?…..manure?…..top soil? How many inches?

    Thanks!!!

  6. SecureAdminZ Says:

    September 28th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Edward,
    There really is very little you need to do before planting Amazoy zoysia grass plugs. If the area is 100% sand then I would recommend adding some top soil. If it is sandy soil, then the zoysia will grow fine there. The only other thing you may want to check is the pH level of your soil. For the best results we recommend the soil pH be between 6 and 7. If the pH is below 6 you would need to add some lime to your soil. If the pH is above a 7 you would need to add some sulfur. Outside of that there is really nothing that you have to do before planting the plugs.

  7. J Sexton Says:

    October 14th, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I started my Zoysia grass a couple yrs ago by adding seed to the grass we had. My yard guy wants to scrape it then put the seed on. Should he scrape it or just add the seed?

  8. SecureAdminZ Says:

    October 19th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I am surprised any of the zoysia seed took just by overseeding it. I do not recommend starting a zoysia lawn from seed. It is very difficult to get good results from the seeds and it is very expensive. When starting a zoysia lawn from seed you do have to start with a completely bare, tilled and level soil bed. The seeds will require a lot of watering and if not sowed properly could grow in clumps. You may want to look into using Amazoy zoysia grass plugs, these can be planted within an established lawn and as the zoysia spreads it will slowly choke out your current grass.

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