Zoysia Grass Plugs
Zoysia Grass Plugs
Zoysiagrass lawns are most successfully started with zoysia grass plugs (small chunks of sod). Zoysiagrass can also be started through seeding, but the varieties that are currently available don’t have the same quality in texture, growth, color and hardiness of the grass plugs.
The best time to place your plugs in your lawn is in the late spring and early summer. Those who plant late in the summer (August), will find that there is not enough time for the zoysia grass to take hold and may not survive the winter. So plant your plugs between late March through to the end of June.
Zoysia grass plugs are quite small, about 1 to 2 inches wide with 2 to 3 inches of soil and roots. It is easy to figure the number of plugs that you will need for your lawn. You will need 1 plug for every square foot you want covered. If you are looking at an area of 10 feet by 10 feet (which is 100 square feet), then you will need 100 plugs. The original zoysia grass is the Amazoy Zoysia Grass.
Many people want their lawn to fill in quicker and if that is something you would like, then plant a plug every 6 inches (which would double the number of plugs you will need).
The number of plugs you will need for 1,000 square feet are:
- Plug spacing of 6 inches apart: 4,000 plugs
- Plug spacing of 8 inches apart: 2,250 plugs
- Plug spacing of 12 inches apart: 1,000 plugs
You can buy a tool from the grower called a “plugger” that is specially designed to remove the right amount of soil from the ground and create a small hole for your zoysia grass plugs that you are planting.
Once you place your order, you should receive your plugs within a few days. You should plant the plugs in your lawn shortly after you receive them. Once you have planted the zoysia grass plugs you will need to keep them moist for the first two to three weeks in order to prevent the roots from drying out.
You should expect two complete growing seasons to have complete coverage of your lawn.
This video provides a great demo of how to plant your zoysia plugs. It shows you how easy it is to put holes in the ground and pop in the plugs. You will need to water for 10 minutes a day for a few weeks so that the roots can take hold and then you need to sit back and relax while your grass spreads.
If you have decided to plant Zoysia grass in your yard, you have made a good decision! Now we will go through how to plant zoysia grass plugs, what initial maintenance you will need to do, then what on-going maintenance you’ll have (very little, hint, hint), then we’ll go through the best place to buy quality zoysia plugs so that you can have a wonderful green lawn.
First, we’ll go through how you plant your zoysia plugs, then we’ll go over the maintenance, then we’ll direct you to the site where you can order quality zoysia grass plugs. So let’s get started!
How to Plant Zoysia Grass Plugs
When you receive your fresh zoysia plugs, you will receive them as a “sheet” of plugs (like that shown in the picture).
Before you cut or tear off the plugs, you should lightly water or dampen the plugs. Simply place the sheet dirt side up and give it a bit of water. This will help the root base hold together for cutting.
The plugs should be cut in one inch squares using share scissors or shears.
The plugs can be planted in a couple of ways:
You can either use a step-on plugger or a power auger. The plugger and auger bit can be purchased when you purchase your zoysia plugs. The step-on plugger is best on soft soils where the auger is better for clay or stone soils.
The plugs should be planted 6 inches or 12 inches apart. The closer you plant the plugs together, the faster your lawn will fill in and the soon you will have a beautiful green lawn. Once you have placed the plug in the ground, fill in the dirt around the plug and press it firmly down (it would be a good idea to step on it to push it down).
After your plugs are planted, you should water and fertilizer your lawn to help the roots take hold. You can read about zoysia grass fertilizer over here. There is a special fertilizer for zoysia grass, so I would recommed you pick up some when you order your plugs.
After you have installed your zoysia plugs you should give it a good water, then water it every day for 15 minutes for the next 21 days. After that, the plugs will be well enough established to grow on their own.
Mowing – your lawn mower should be put on the highest setting for the first month.
Over time, the plugs will spead and fill out to give you a beautiful green lawn.
So How Many Zoysia Plugs Do I Need?
You will need 1 plug for every foot. So for a 10 x 10 area (1,000 square feet), you will need 100 plugs.
So your next question will be…
Where to Buy Zoysia Grass Plugs? The BEST place is through Zoysia Farms. They are very good at letting you know the best time to plant your plugs and the timing really depends on where you live and how warm your climate is. If you live in Florida, you can pretty much plant at any time. Once you go further north, you want to ensure that isn’t a potential for frost.
Here is a video from Zoysia Farms on how to plant zoysia grass plugs.
Amazoy Zoysia Grass
Amazoy zoysia grass is from the original zoysia grass was originally brought into the United States from Korea. The original strain of grass was called Meyer Z-52. It was Frank Meyer (a US Department of Agriculture plant explorer) who found it while in Korea in 1906. Over the decades, many private companies tried to perfect the plant, but none of the variations has met the high standard of the original zoysia from Korea.
The Amazoy zoysia grass is the original Meyer Z-52 strain. Amazoy is harvested by Zoysia Farm Nurseries and it was the founder of the company, Herbert Friedber who recognized zoysias potential for the home owner to have a beautiful green lawn with little watering and maintenance. Being a wise businessman, Frieder built his business around providing “live” zoysia grass plugs through mail order (now on-line ordering). With a full replacement guarantee if the product does not grow on your lawn, their business is constantly growing!
But not just any fertilizer! Ordinary fertilizers can damage and burn your zoysia grass, so it is best that you use a fertilizer that is specially made for zoysia grass. Continue reading »
Zoysia grass is found in the southern portion of the state where the weather is warmer. Zoysia grass is a “warm weather” grass, that turns brown in the cool seasons then becomes a lushous green lawn in the warmer weather.
It has become quite popular in Virginia, especially in the Piedmont and Tidewater areas. More and more home owners are planting zoysia grass plugs to replace their current lawns. It grows during the higher temperature seasons and as mentioned, in the cooler weather goes dormant.
The zoysia grass spreads to fill out and thicken the lawn. It requires very little maintenance as it is drought tolerant and can grow in rocky, sandy and arid soils.
Because it spreads so well, you will need to watch that it doesn’t spread to your neighbor’s yard.
Great Information that you should read on Zoysia Grass Plugs:
Detailed information on planting, maintaining and growing Zoysia grass can be found at http://zoysiagrassplugs.com (main page)
What fertilizer should you use and how should you apply it? Zoysia Grass Fertilizer
Detailed information on the original zoysia grass : Amazoy Zoysia Grass