Today we're going to be cutting and planting plugs from pieces of sod that we purchased from a sod farm. Now there are a couple ways to get your sod, one is directly from a sod farm, which is what I've done here and comes in squares similar to this and the other is to purchase your sod squares over the internet and having them shipped to you. Either way you get your squares what we're going to cover today will be the same.
Now most of the sod suppliers, plug suppliers suggest that you cut your sod in little one-inch by one-inch squares, by hand, with a pair of landscapes shears or scissors...We're going to be using the ProPlugger which, as you'll see in a minute, is much faster and easier with a little to no bending over.
Here's how we'll do it:
I like to turn the sod piece over and lay it on its face in a section of bare ground and then work from the back of the sod I just start at one corner and work my way across stepping down on the ProPlugger until the foot pegs bottom out against the sod, a slight twist of the handle-bars pull straight up and you cut your new plugs. As you pull these plugs, they get stored or are stacked up inside the shaft. You can take a dozen or more before they need to be emptied which is as easy as turning the plugger upside-down and the plugs will slide right out.
Part of what the plugger picked up was not only the sod plugs that we'll plant but also some of the soil that was underneath the plugs, and that's fine I just quickly separate out the extra soil from the sod plugs and plant the plugs.
Now we move on to the next step which is going to be to prepare that area where we'll be planting these plugs. Again, most of the suppliers of plug material suggest that you did small holes or even a trough, by hand using a spade and then lay the plugs in. Others suggest using a small plugger that takes out one plug at a time or even using a drill and an auger bit to drill the holes... All of these methods involve a lot of bending over a lot of time or both!
By using the ProPlugger, we create the exact size hole we need quickly, and without any bending over. With Zoysia, I like to space my plugs about 6 or 7 inches apart if you want quicker coverage you can space them closer together or if you happen to have more patience you could space them every 10 or 12 inches...
Using the same method we did a few minutes ago step down the foot pegs until they bottom out a slight twist of the bars, pull straight up. Once you've pulled a dozen or so empty the ProPlugger and keep plugging until you've made the number of holes you'll need.
The last step before planting the plugs is to give them a jump start by placing some potting soil into the holes you can get a decent sized bag at your local lawn & garden store for just a few bucks and it really gives the plugs a head-start, helping them spread more quickly I lightly fill the hole to the top and then gently press the plug in. in this way, the plug is perfectly positioned level with the ground and with the soil underneath the roots Make sure you water the area right after planting and every morning for the next week to ten days.