How to grow a new lawn with ProPlugger (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Seeding, sodding, repairing a lawn, the choices for homeowners can be confusing and potentially costly. Should I grow a new lawn by seeding, with all the hard work involved, and hope it “takes,” or should I dip into the kid’s college fund and sod the lawn? 

There's another way to build a new lawn which uses a simple, affordable tool: the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool and a little elbow grease. This innovative planting tool can help take the high cost and/or hard work out of building a new lawn. 

Cutting and Planting Plugs From Sod Turf

Here's how. Simply lay the section of sod (Not Recommended for St Augustine Grass)* upside down (soil and root system facing up) on a level surface of soil. Place the 2" adapter plate on the ProPlugger. Start from one corner of the sod square, stepping down on the 5-IN-1 to cut plugs as you move from one end of the sod to the other (like a cookie cutter). Repeat until you've removed all of the plugs from the piece of sod (See demonstration video below). 

turf plugger

Next, use the 5-IN-1 with the same 2" adapter plate to dig your planting holes. You'll need to lightly fill the planting holes with potting soil before you press your plug into place. This organic material will help the plug jump-start its growing.

Take a look at this demonstration to see how it works:

Transplanting sod:

Another method of building a new lawn is by transplanting turf plugs. With the ProPlugger 5-IN-1, you can take advantage of spreading turf types which you may already have in your lawn (or a nice neighbor's). These include warm season varieties such as ZoysiaBermudaCentipede Bahiagrass and Buffalo Grass (not recommended for St Augustine Grass)* as well as cool season grasses which include Kentucky Bluegrass Creeping Red Fescue. *We do not recommend using the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 for pulling St Augustine plugs or cutting St Augustine sod due to its' loose structure. Plugs do not hold together well for planting or transplanting.

These types of sod turf have underground root systems called rhizomes and/or above-ground  runners called stolons  (think strawberries) that allows the turf to spread naturally, filling in bare spaces between transplanted plugs. With the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool you can efficiently remove plugs of healthy spreading sod turf grass from one section of a yard, and transplant them where they are needed.

Lawn Repair & Transplanting Turf Lawn

It's easy to do. First, locate a section of healthy, spreading turf grass as mentioned above. We'll call this the donor area. Grab your ProPlugger 5-IN-1 and determine the depth you wish to pull the plug. The ProPlugger gives you the option of pulling turf plugs from a depth of 2" or 4" by slipping one of the adapter plates into the bottom of the tool. When no plate is used, the plug depth will be 6 inches.

Begin pulling your donor plugs 4" to 5" apart, one right after the next, until you're ready to empty the tool. You can either use a wheelbarrow or a similar storage container to hold your donor plugs, or you can plant them as you pull them. 

To plant them, use the 5-IN-1 to dig your planting holes where you'll want your new lawn to be established. While it isn't necessary to remove weeds from this planting area, doing so will help the new plugs to spread more quickly. Repeat the process of pulling healthy sod plugs and planting them until you've plugged the entire area of new lawn.

Fill the donor holes with potting soil or compost. This will not only amend your top soil but also jump-start the surrounding turf to fill in the plugged areas which you just pulled.  

Water Well

To ensure easy plugging and successful transplanting, make sure to water both the donor area as well as the planting area well a day or two before you start plugging. This helps to moisten the soil, making it easier to pull plugs as well as ensuring soil moisture for the newly planted plugs.  

Tips for Applying a Weed Killer

  • Apply it on a warm (above 60 degrees) day.
  • Apply when the winds are calm.
  • Make sure there is no rain in the immediate forecast.
  • Keep it off any plants you don’t want to lose.
  • If you get spray on your desired plants, quickly rinse it off.

Be sure to check out the helpful information on our website, including other uses for the ProPlugger including:

  1. Bulb Planter
  2. Bedding and Annual Planter
  3. Weeding Tool
  4. Ground Cover Planter