Grass & Grass Seed
How to Plant & Grow a St. Augustine Lawn
Planting a St. Augustine Lawn Using Plugs
St. Augustinegrass is one of the most popular lawn grasses in Florida and the Gulf states. It's lush and can take the summer heat. An easy way to start a St. Augustine lawn is by planting plugs of established grass. The plugs gradually fill in the spaces between them, producing a full, beautiful lawn. Here's how to do the job yourself.
Step 1: Measure The Lawn Area
Measure the area to be planted to make sure you purchase enough St. Augustine plugs. A tray of 18 plugs will cover approximately 32 square feet.
Step 2: Clear Out the Weeds
To be sure you start with a weed-free area, apply apply a non-selective herbicide to existing weeds 2 weeks before planting.
Step 3: Water the Ground
Thoroughly water the area before planting.
Step 4: Start Digging
Now the fun begins. Dig holes in a checkerboard pattern, spaced 12-inches apart. The holes should be dug slightly larger than the plug's root ball. Press the plug firmly into the hole. Make sure they're level with surrounding ground.
Step 5: Feed Your Plugs
Feed your plugs with Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass, for faster establishment. This will give them an extra boost of nutrients to help them grow in. For best results, apply using a Scotts® spreader.
Step 6: Keep Watering
Water daily until the plugs are firmly rooted and starting to spread.
Step 7: Maintaining Your New St. Augustine Lawn
Once your newly plugged St. Augustine lawn starts to fill in and the grass blades reach a mowing height, mow your lawn with the mower set to one of the highest settings, proving a 3-4 inch cut. Water your lawn when the leaf blades begin to fold and turn bluish-green in color. And, finally, feed with Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Lawn Food 6-8 weeks after planting. Continue to feed every 6-8 weeks until the lawn has completely filled in.