- Mark the row with string. The string has been marked every 18 inches with a red marking pen.
- For evenly spaced plants on 18-inch centers, the rows need to be about 15 1/2 inches apart.
- Using nails tied on the string to mark off the spacing prevents errors. 2 nails and a 15-inch string are the spacers at each end of the row. The rows are offset 9 inches by using the first or second nail as the row starter.
- Drill holes about 1 1/2 inches deep. We used a standard, CHEAP wood bit. If you do this for a living, a longer bit would be a back-saving investment.
- The planting person can reach 3 rows if they are on their knees, so have the drill person drill 3 rows and take a break. Kneepads are highly recommended.
- The plugs are soaked in a root dip called Zeba to minimize transplant shock.
- Then we thoroughly soaked the area and set the sprinkler timers to water the area 3 times a day for a few minutes each time. The objective is to keep the soil moist, but not drown the new grass.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
After some final soil leveling, it took 2 people about 4 hours (with breaks) to plant 1200 square feet of lawn area.