Lawn Care Basics: The Grass is Always Greener
Patching with sprigs or plugs (Step 3)
After you clear, rotary till, and amend the patch area, sprinkle the sprigs evenly across a moistened bed and cover with a light layer of topsoil. Some sprigs won't sprout, but the roots of most will take hold. For more even coverage, plant sprigs in 3-inch furrows 4-12 inches apart. Or, plant sprigs in a grid pattern, as you would plugs. Whether you plant sprigs or plugs, weeds will try to occupy the spaces between the grass before the grass fills in, so be persistent. Keep the area well watered. Mow when the sprigs or plugs reach 3 inches high. Cut less than 1/2 inch off the blades of grass until they are well-established.