This maybe the most absurd post ever made on a HGTV board. Have a good laugh and tell me if it’s possible to save. I just finished digging out a five gallon bucket full of centipede grass plugs (plugs being 4” shoveled out soil with the stolons, or runners, still inside the soil).
I want to transplant it to an area where I lost a good bit of grass over the winter when the town claimed eminent domain to fiddle with the water pipes.
I’ve Googled “How do centipede grass plugs ship”, but most large grass companies only talk about state agricultural regulations. Plugs and seed are very expensive this year (like everything else). I’ve learned a lot from you all when it comes “sharing” plants, cuttings and taking what most people would throw out and make it grow. Some of you guys are REALLY good at it and soon I hope to send pictures of the roses that you all helped me “grow” when everyone else said toss ‘em. Preview: I have red, pink, salmon and yellow roses! Some have so many blooms the plant has a hard time standing. Didn’t know you could have a green thumb over the internet did you?
Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal, but I have to be a work really early in the morning so I can leave early and be with my friend who’s dad passed away. Since friend’s trump grass, the earliest I’ll be able to plant is Noon on Wednesday. Any ideas? Lay it out on plastic and water, fill the bucket full of water with the plugs in it, leave it in a pile, or toss it?
Happy gardening! Pat
Put the bucket in the shade some place & sprinkle it with water. But it still may wilt. Plastic isn't good & filling it with water could drown them..
That's about the best I can think of in your situation.
When I planted some I had pulled up...I had the best results by sticking the blade of a shovel into the ground at an angle about 2", lifting the soil, sticking my "start/plug" in there, putting the soil back down & stepping on it to insure that the roots were in contact with soil.
Does that makes sense? Then when I had them all planted...I lightly watered for a couple of days and then left it alone. I only lost one or two doing it that way & it was sure easier than digging a hole & putting each piece in.
"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
Good advice, Karen. The shade will help keep them from drying out too much. Centipede is tougher than we think, sometimes, and you've got nothing to lose.
Sorry about your friend's loss.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Thanks so for much for the ideas, especially the "How To Plant" Karen.
70% chance of rain today and through the night, so hopefully the packed ground where I want to plant will be easier to dig.
Geez!! When did the price of grass sky rocket?
Thanks FFG for your kind words concerning my friend's dad. This one really hit home, as her home was my second home all through our school years. It's made me realize that one day my parent's will no longer be here.
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