How to Transplant St. Augustine Grass

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St. Augustine is a common and attractive lawn grass that is found in warm-weather climates. Transplanting St. Augustine grass is an relatively quick and economical way to improve your lawn. This provides an alternative to re-sodding the lawn which is expensive or growing the entire lawn from seed which takes a long time.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade (shovel)
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Fence post digger
  • Fertilizer

Preparation

  • Prepare the area where St. Augustine grass will be transplanted with a spade or shovel. Dig down 2 inches into the soil to remove any existing plant roots. Thoroughly rake the area.

  • Water the area where grass is to be transplanted.

  • Dig a series of holes with a spade or fence post installation tool. Dig holes 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Place the holes 1 foot apart from each other. If digging multiple rows, alternate holes so they are mid-way between holes located in adjacent rows.

  • Consult an expert at a local nursery to find out which fertilizer is best for St. Augustine grass in your climate. Place 1/2 inch of the fertilizer in each hole. Also spread fertilizer around the area where you will be placing the grass.

Transplanting

  • Locate the healthiest part of the grass from which you wish to transplant and cut out clumps (also known as plugs) that are 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep. A fence post digger is the preferred tool to use.

  • Place the recently cut plugs into the holes which you have prepared.

  • Tamp the plugs into the lawn with your foot.

  • You will need to water the plugs at least twice a week unless there is rainfall. Remove any weeds that grow in between the plugs.

  • Wait patiently for grass to spread. Depending on conditions in your area this can take anywhere from three months to a year.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place plugs in new holes as soon as possible. St. Augustine grass plugs can also be purchased at a nursery.

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