How To Transplant Grass Without Much Effort

By Ann Sanders | Lawn Care

How To Transplant Grass

In my lawn, I have placed a picnic table with some chairs in a corner of my lawn and I intentionally did not plant grass seed in that area. After a few months, beautiful grass has started to grow in the area. The grass has grown to be so beautiful that I decided to transfer it to an area still without grass. My journey how to transplant grass started.

​Transplanting grass is definitely feasible and not an extremely difficult task. You will need to do some advance planning, though. First things first. The day you choose to transplant grass should be a cloudy day as grass will not dry out.

​Here are the step by step instructions on how to transplant grass.

Step 1​

Prepare the area where you are going to transplant the grass. Remove all rocks and debris. Remove any plant as well. Remove sod and soil up to 6 inches deep. Set the soil aside.

Step 2​

Fertilize the remaining soil with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. Apply only ½ of what is indicated in the package instructions. Your intention is to boost the roots and not to burn them.

Step 3​

Rake the area to level it. Be careful not to mix the soil you set aside.

Step 4 ​

Water the area up to several inches deep. Test the moisture of the soil by digging a hand shovel into the ground.

Step 5​

With a spade or a shovel, remove the grass you wish to transplant. Drive the spade or shovel about 3 to 4 inches to the ground.

Step 6​

Remove the grass in strips (the size of the shovel or spade’s width).

Step 7​

Create a line on both sides making sure the entire strip is completely detached from the ground. Position the shovel or spade under one side of the strip, push it down until the roots are detached from the ground. Keep on pushing the shovel or spade until the entire strip is removed from the ground.

Step 8​

Roll the detached strip of grass and transport it to the destined area. Do the same for the rest of the strips you are going to remove.

Step 9​

Position the rolled strips on the surface of the existing sod in the lawn. Gently unroll the grass strip. If you are transplanting a lot of grass strips, space them so they are not on top of each other.

Step 10​

Lay each grass strip on the ground. Pack the roots to the existing soil by rolling a lawn roller over the newly transplanted grass. Use a lawn roller with a water reservoir so you can water the new grass as you transplant them. This will help connect the roots of the new grass with the existing soil.

Step 11​

When all the strips to be transplanted are in the new area, water them. Make sure they are all soaked from the sod all the way to the original dirt. This will help in connecting the soils so they become one. It will also keep the newly planted grass to be moist and enhance their growth.

Step 12​

On the first week, water the newly transplanted grass for 15 minutes. Water twice a day if it is extremely hot (900F).

Step 13​

Fill the area where you detached the sod with the soil.

Step 14​

Start mowing your lawn as soon as the newly transplanted sod is taller by 1/3 than the recommended height.

If you do the above mentioned steps on how to transplant grass, what you have is what you desire. This is why you should transplant grass instead of starting from scratch and planting grass seeds.

​Have you ever tried transplanting grass? How was the experience? Share with us some of your thoughts in the comments section. Share this article with your friends who you feel also want to learn how to transplant grass.


About the Author

With the endless passion for organic living, I - Ann Sanders has come up with the idea of creating A Green Hand. Being the founder and editor of A Green Hand, my goal is to provide everyone with a wide range of tips about healthy lifestyle with multiform categories including gardening, health & beauty, food recipe,...