How to Start a Lawn with SodPods® Grass Plugs in Spring


Among the many tasks on your spring to-do list, you're likely most eager to get outside and start sprucing up your lawn as the grass emerges from winter dormancy. In the warm, humid climate of Florida, spring provides a great opportunity to plant warm-season grass plugs, allowing enough time for the new grass to take root before the summer heat sets in.

But, before diving into your spring lawn care routine, there are some key factors to keep in mind to ensure success in planting grass plugs for the season.

Why Should You Plant Grass Plugs?

Many situations warrant planting grass plugs in early spring. As the season begins, your grass may just be starting to emerge from dormancy and could appear lackluster. While dormant grass may seem lifeless and brown, it should regain its green color once the weather warms up and becomes more favorable.

However, if your existing grass doesn't rebound, what you may be left with are unsightly brown patches of dead grass and exposed soil, which can be an eyesore. Filling in these bare patches with grass repair pods not only improves the look of your lawn but also helps prevent soil erosion and weed growth, among other benefits.


The Advantage of SodPods® Grass Plugs

SodPods® are pre-grown grass plugs consisting of mature grass and a deep root system, usually measuring around three inches by three inches. They provide a faster and more convenient way to establish a new lawn or repair damaged areas compared to traditional grass seeds.

One of the key advantages of grass plugs is their established nature, which means they require far less water than seeding and can spread faster to cover your lawn, effectively preventing the invasion of lawn weeds. These factors make them an ideal solution for achieving a lush, healthy lawn in less time.

When to Plant SodPods® in Spring

While you can plant grass plugs at any time of the year, spring is often regarded as the best time for installation, when the temperatures are generally warm during the day and still cool at night. These conditions promote healthy root growth while reducing stress on the newly planted plugs.

You can start working on your lawn as soon as the weather permits, which typically means after the snow has melted and there's no more forecast of snow for the season. However, in regions where snowfall is scarce or temperatures stay above freezing, like in Florida, the ideal timing is when temperatures consistently range between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, usually from late spring to early fall. This timing is critical to give the new grass sufficient time to establish before the summer heat sets in.

How to Plant Grass Plugs

The key to transplanting grass plugs successfully is to set the optimal conditions for healthy growth. When you're establishing a new lawn, start by removing weeds and any undesirable vegetation from the soil. You can also apply non-selective pre-emergent herbicides to kill weeds a few weeks before planting. Rake away any dead grass and plant debris to create a clean slate for your new grass.

While optional, a soil test can provide valuable information about the pH levels of your soil. This information can guide your fertilizing efforts and any necessary amendments to ensure your soil is ready for grass plugging. You can either perform a soil test yourself using a soil test kit, which provides results within seconds. or send a soil sample to a laboratory for a more in-depth analysis. In addition to soil pH, the test will determine your soil's nutrient levels and may recommend amendments, like adding lime or sulfur, based on your soil conditions and the grass type you're planting. Here we've created a more comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to start a lawn with grass plugs. It includes a guide on how to use the NutriPod® grass plug fertilizer, which gradually releases essential nutrients to help the new grass adapt to its new environment and spread more quickly.


What to Do After Planting Grass Plugs

Post-plugging maintenance is just as crucial as pre-plugging preparations. It ensures that the grass roots anchor to the soil, allowing the plant to thrive in its new environment. Below are some considerations for planting grass plugs and additional spring lawn care tips for successfully establishing your new lawn.

Watering: After planting grass plugs, water the soil to keep it consistently moist for the next 10-14 days to help the roots establish.

Fertilizing: Each NutriPod® is designed to provide a steady release of nutrients to newly planted grass plugs, with effects lasting up to 45 days. You can follow up with regular fertilizer applications throughout the growing season as necessary based on the specific requirements of your soil.

Mowing: Wait until the grass blades reach a height of about 3-4 inches before your first mowing. Set the mower blades to a high setting to avoid scalping your lawn, which can dislodge and stress the new grass.

Weed Control: Spring provides optimal conditions for grass growth, but it's also a prime time for weeds to thrive. Monitor your entire lawn for weeds and remove them immediately as they appear to prevent competition for nutrients and space.

Pest Control: Similarly, keep an eye out for pests that may damage your new grass. Keep an eye out for signs of infestations and treat them immediately to prevent further damage.

Mulching: Mulching your lawn with grass clippings is a sustainable way to recycle nutrients back into the soil, while also reducing moisture loss due to evaporation and preventing weed growth.


Final Tips

Planting in spring capitalizes on optimal weather conditions when the grass is actively growing, resulting in a fuller, greener lawn faster. This is particularly advantageous when using grass plugs to establish a new lawn, as it avoids the lengthy and more involved process associated with traditional grass seed planting. Additionally, spring usually brings frequent rainfall, making it easier to keep newly planted areas moist.

Grass plugs provide a cost-effective and rewarding method to establish or improve your existing lawn. However, while spring is ideal for new growth, it's essential to consider factors like the weather and soil type, and the overall health of your lawn when planting grass plugs during this season. By adhering to these tips and spring lawn care practices, you can achieve a lush, green lawn around your home.

Ready to begin? Explore our wide selection of warm-season grass plugs to jumpstart your spring lawn care on the Try SodPods® website today!


Jamie Tedder

Jamie surrently serve as Vice President on the board for Turfgrass Producers of Florida. He currently oversees the production of all grasses throughout all farms in Florida at Bethel Farms. He is actively working with top grass breeders, researchers, producers and end users from public and private institutions around the country to stay up to date on current industry developments. Being a University of Florida graduate, he has applied that knowledge to over 22 years of experience growing spectacular grass!

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