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Sprigging is the act of planting lawn sprigs, which often involve the use of warm season varieties like Hybrid Bermuda, Zoysia, and St. Augustine grass. The term “sprigs” is used in reference to grass roots and stems, which are also known as runners or stolons. Sprigging is most often considered as the next best alternative to lawn sod installation. If you do not happen to find an ideal sod variant for your lawn, then lawn sprigs may also be your next best option.
How to Obtain Lawn Sprigs
There are two methods for you to obtain lawn sprigs.
Buy it. If your local gardening store does not have the variant you are looking for, then you can usually order them online or by mail from a grass-growing store. Just make sure that you check their conditions for delivery. Sprigs must be kept most and not exposed to sunlight. If their delivery services cannot guarantee such conditions, look for somewhere else to buy sprigs.
Make your own sprigs. This is the cheaper but more difficult option. Look for sod that you like then just tear it apart until you can obtain the roots and stems of the sod.
Pros and Cons of Sprigging
As with all techniques for lawn maintenance or gardening, sprigging has its own share of pros and cons.
The Benefits of Sprigging
It is more affordable compared to sod installation as well as using hydro-seeding or plugging
If you obtain sprigs
from individual springs, then you also get to enjoy a higher quality of lawn as a result, one that is free from unwanted grass and weed growth problems.
Sprigging can aid your plants’ root system.
The Cons of Sprigging
Sprigging is more time-consuming than sod installation and especially if you have an exceptionally large lawn to work on.
Sprigging requires careful timing. If you do not plant it just before the main growth season of your grass, then you will need to wait for another season for it to work.
Compared to sod installation, sprigging can also take more time and effort to grow and show visible results. Firstly, it has to be watered every day for at least four weeks or one month in total. Secondly, each watering should also be accompanied with two or three subsequent sessions of light watering sprinkled throughout the day.
Storage handling for purchased sprigs requires meticulous care from the seller and courier service provider. If you are not careful, you can end up buying useless lawn sprigs. At the very least, overnight shipping should be part of the deal to ensure that your sprigs reach you moist and safe.
Sprigging can result into drainage problems or excessive water levels in your lawn if your lawn is not thoroughly prepared for it.
Take great care about preventing humans, pets, and wild animals from romping all over your sprig bed and damaging it for life.
Quantities Required for Sprigging
This will basically depend on how large your lawn is. Generally speaking, 1,000 square feet of space require approximately five to ten bushels of sprigs. If you are concerned about your budget, Centipide, Zoysia, and St. Augustine grasses are the most efficient, requiring only five to six bushels for each thousand square feet.
Methods for Lawn Sprigging
You have two choices when it comes to sprigging. You can either plant them through broadcast spreading or you can simply plant them in rows.
Planting Sprigs in Rows
Rows should be one to two inches in depth.
Sprigs should be planted with face-down roots while growth should be directed upward.
There must be 3 inches to half a foot of spacing between each sprig.
Completed rows must be back-filled with soil with only a third of the sprigs exposed to natural light.
Broadcast Spreading Sprigs
Spread the appropriate number of sprig bushels in your lawn, starting with one area of 1,000 square feet at a time.
Use a disc roller to push sprigs deeper into the soil.
After covering the sprigs, apply a thin layer of soil on top of it.
Fertilize with products that are high in phosphorus or come with a 1-2-1 label but without any weed control ingredients.