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Transplanting Grass: A Step-by-Step Guide

rolled up sod

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your lawn or fill in bare spots, transplanting grass can be a cost-effective and efficient solution. But can grass be transplanted successfully? The answer is yes, and with the right techniques, you can have a lush, green lawn in no time. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to transplant grass effectively.

Preparing the Area

Before you start transplanting, you’ll need to prepare the area where you’ll be transplanting the grass. This includes removing any debris, rocks, or weeds from the area. You’ll also want to loosen the soil with a rake or shovel to ensure that the roots of the transplanted grass can easily take hold.

Choosing the Right Grass

When selecting the grass to transplant, it’s important to choose a variety that is suitable for your climate and soil type. This will increase the chances of successful transplantation and ensure that the grass thrives in its new location. You can also choose to transplant grass from your own lawn or purchase sod from a local nursery.

Preparing the Transplant

If you’re transplanting grass from your own lawn, you’ll need to dig up small patches of grass with a shovel. Make sure to include the roots and soil in the transplant. If you’re using sod, cut it into small squares or strips for easier handling. It’s important to keep the transplants moist and cool until they are ready to be planted.

Planting the Transplants

rolling on Sod
rolling on Sod

Once you have your transplants ready, it’s time to plant them in the prepared area. Make sure to plant them at the same level as they were in their original location. Gently press the soil around the transplants to ensure good contact with the soil. Water the transplants immediately after planting to help them establish their roots.

Watering and Maintenance

After transplanting, it’s important to keep the area well-watered for the first few weeks. This will help the transplanted grass establish its roots in its new location. You may also want to add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and protect the transplants from extreme temperatures. Avoid mowing the transplanted area for at least two weeks to allow the grass to take root.


Once the transplanted grass has established itself, you can begin to fertilize it. Choose a fertilizer that is suitable for your grass type and follow the instructions carefully. Fertilizing will help the transplanted grass grow and fill in any bare spots.


Transplanting grass can be a simple and effective way to improve the appearance of your lawn. By following these steps and choosing the right grass variety, you can successfully transplant grass and have a beautiful, healthy lawn. Remember to keep the transplanted area well-watered and fertilized for the best results.

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