After trimming back lower limbs of a tree in my yard that's plush with St. Augustine grass, areas that got too little sun have Bermuda, and some spots are bare. I learned this year that the right kind of fertilizer and watering in Spring does wonders, even on where the mail carrier has established a trail. But the bare spots heal very slowly without some transplanting.
Wanting a pretty lawn THIS spring, I used this tool first to make holes in some of the weak areas. No problem. But when I began trying to get some plugs of sod from the plush St. Augustine areas, I found I could not push the tool down through the grass and grass roots. I just happened to have my old, 4" blade pocket knife with me, however -- an old, inexpensive one I use only for gardening and working around the yard. I put the plug-cutting box down where I wanted a plug, knelt down, and cut around the box edge to blade-length depth. (When I got to the side with the foot pedal, I just gave the unit a quarter turn, to allow cutting along that side.) The plug-taking was then easy.
To keep the grass and roots from pulling out on lifting the tool, I wobbled the tool in all directions and then just leaned it down so as to pry the plug out. (In each hole in the grass, I inserted one of the bare dirt plugs I had removed to make a hole.)
The grass plugs were easy to insert in the hole where grass is needed. I mixed some Miracle Grow in water, at the recommended proportion for feeding pot plants, and poured slowly around each new plug-in, and then tamped down around (not on) the plug to squeeze any air out. I had some commercial potting soil on hand, and put a handful around each plug, and tamped that down, too. It only took about twenty minutes to do six plugs. Yard work is fun when you do it in short sessions and, those short sessions add up to much accomplished, over time.
Now, I'll water these transplants daily for a week, and then maybe twice a week.
From experience in gardening, I know these plugs will establish themselves and start spreading..
Oh, and previously, when I tried doing this using only a sharp-shooter shovel, it was messy and far more time-consuming.
And, at seventy-nine, I like to do things the easy way, and have it look neat when I'm through.
The way I'll be using it, this tool is going to speed up getting the lawn pretty. It's fun. And it works GREAT!
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