Imagine a wide expanse of green lawn greeting you as you step out your door each morning. Imagine healthy grass that you planted and nurtured with your own two hands. A well-planted and maintained lawn can set you apart from your neighbors and raise your property value. When planning your lawn, there are four main methods to consider. These are seeding, sodding, plugging and sprigging.
Seeding is easy and more economical than the other choices. The results, however are not always reliable. Be cautious when purchasing your seed. It must have a germination rate of at least 85% and be less than 10% weed seed. Lower quality seed is less expensive, but you will need more, therefore evening out the cost.
Sod can be quite expensive but does have the advantage of creating an instant lawn. In this method you would till your topsoil, level it out and lay down strips of established grass. Sod must be watered well and quite frequently until it's roots are well established. If it is allowed to go dry during this time period, it will be necessary to replace some or all of the sod, so you must have the time to be diligent in your care.
The other two common methods for planting or starting a healthy lawn are known as plugging and sprigging. They are both more economical than sodding, but somewhat more expensive than seeding. They are similar in planting methods, but they have some differences as well. Your choice would depend on these differences.
Plugging refers to planting small pieces of sod in your lawn. These plugs are anywhere from two to four inches in diameter. They're long enough to include some soil and the root of the grass. You can purchase plugs on-line or by mail from a supplier. If you're unable to find a supplier you can cut the plugs for your Plugging Project from purchased sod. Since you are scattering the plug plantings you will save money by not having to purchase so much sod.
Plugging a lawn is done by planting your plugs six to twelve inches apart in either direction. If your lawn is well established and you are just trying to give it a little punch you would plant further apart. Plant your plugs closer together for lawns that need a little more help. Quick growth grass should be planted further apart than slow growing grass. You can find out which types of grass are best for your lawn when you purchase your sod.
Sprigging is a term used to describe planting or reinforcing your lawn using small seedlings or plant sprigs. There are two ways of sprigging your lawn. You can plant sprigs in the same way you plant plugs. You can also spread your sprigs over the lawn and push them into the soil by gently pressing with a rolling motion. You must be sure that the top of the sprig is above the soil so that it can receive adequate light for growth.
Plugging and sprigging are both more economical than sodding your lawn. Neither method uses as much product as sodding. Seeding is less expensive than all three methods. Unfortunately, it's not always reliable and may require more than one application to produce good results.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.