The Q&A Archives: How to Plant St. Augustine Grass

Questioner's Location: Houston, TX
Date: February 19, 1999

Question: What is the best way to plant St. Augustine? We have heard that seeding is insufficient for this type. Is this true? We have also heard that plugging works well but do not understand how to go about it. We would like to avoid the expense of sodding if possible.

Answer: You are right that seeding is not a good option for establishing a St. Augustine turf. Your best option other than solid sodding would be to set out plugs or strips of sod.

Sod can be purchased by the pallet or sometimes in plugs. You get more turf for your money with pallets. If you want the pallets to go further, you can cut the blocks into strips (about 4" wide) or plugs (4-6 inch squares) with a sharpshooter shovel or a machete. Set the plugs or strips about 12 to 18" apart.

You can set out the turf in March or April in your area. Water daily for about 3 days then every 2 days for a week. Then back off to twice per week, applying 1/2 inch of sprinkler irrigation when you water.

Good luck with your new lawn!

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