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bermuda plugs

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by bug-guy, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i had a real windfall when a friend had a plug guy buy a pallet of celebration bermuda grass and cut them into plugs. he had 72 trays left over and gave them to me!!!:)

    installed 10-31-2010



  2. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,029

    came through the winter just fine



  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Plugs are fine for small repairs but when your trying to span a large area it just looks bad to me, well mostly because I have no patience span what so ever and I like the instant results of re sodding.
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Must be a Southern thing. We love instant satisfaction
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  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,993

    Over here, lots of lawns are installed with stolons. Sod is extremely expensive and plugs look like green moles growing hairs out of them until the ground is covered. Bermuda, seashore paspalum, st augustine and zoysia are installed this way. It gets interesting when the installer does not tell the truth concerning post installation weed control and fertilization or the new lawn owner is too pig headed to think that amateur hour is over at least until the stolons have formed a full lawn 4 months later.

    I would suggest spoon feeding the newly plugged lawn with a high N and high K fertilizer during this growing season. It is ok to apply most of your common herbicides for weed control. Skip Barricade, Pre-M, Suflan or Dimension for now. If you need a preemergent, Gallery and simazine are not harmful to bermuda growing in.
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Sod & Plugs seem to be the most popular methods here. But I have seen Both 419 Bermuda and agriculture hay varieties of Bemuda spriged here.

    But what interest me (I will start a thread) is spriging Ground covers like Prennual Peanuts. I recently had a customer ask about doing 5 acres around his house. The cost of material to plug an acre was out of sight. I will detail it more in the thread I start.
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    I think you will really like the Celebration Bermuda. It is much easier to maintain than 419 because it grows horizontally more than it grows vertical and can take more shade than any Bermuda I have ever seen. I bet you will have good coverage by mid summer and a full lawn by this time next year, with a little care.
  8. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,029

    thanks, when it comes to my lawn i'm never in a rush... especially when the plugs were free!!!!!

  9. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,964

    bug I sent you a PM

    I'm thinking of plugging celebration bermuda also. I have about a 10-11k lawn and it is transitioning out of perinnial rye. sodding is out of my budget, but think I can get my crew to plug it in a day or 2. I'm going to spray the lawn with gly 1-2 times. Add the proper fert and lime for bermuda. I will also fertilize it aggressivly and will do some primo apps.

    Anyone have any suggestions on the best method to install the plugs? Can you just til planting rows? Is there a tool that can plant the plug easier?

    What about good spacing? 1 plug per sq ft?

    Any tips or hints from the pros would be great.
  10. mjlcare2

    mjlcare2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Just curious, what do you pay your "crew" for 1-2 days work plugging that sod isn't in your budget.. 2 days of 3 employees, 10 bucks and hour, 10 hour day.. $600.. thats a couple pallets of grass.. and instant lawn

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