The second alternative is laying sod over the lawn area, which is quite costly. The third option, which neither takes a long time for the establishment of the grass nor requires a huge investment, is grass plugs.
What are Grass Plugs?
For people who want an instant lawn, placing sod is the only choice. Grass plugs take a longer time for establishment. These are small-sized pieces of pure sod, that do not measure more than 2 to 3 square inches. They are a cheaper alternative to growing sod and ensure a quicker establishment of lawn (less than 2 years) as compared to grass seeds.
Process of Planting
Grass plugs are a popular choice for growing lawn among many gardening enthusiasts. You should opt for plugs of a grass variety that is suitable to your area. You will find these in plant nurseries. While installing them, make sure to leave some space between the pieces.
This will increase the water level of the garden soil and promote quick development of the roots. Using a starter fertilizer is recommended to ensure the healthy growth of turf grass.
This will solve any soil compaction problems. Place a piece of grass plug in each of the fertilized holes. Press lightly over the plug and the surrounding soil to secure this grass piece.
Care for Grass Plugs
Water the newly-planted grass regularly for about 10 days. This aids in its quick establishment to the garden soil. Do not disturb the growth or directly walk on the planted area. Within a month the new growth of grass will be seen.