What is Sprigging?
Sprigging is taking hybrid sprigs from one plot of turf grass to another location. This can be done anytime during its growing season, but I feel the best time is just when the turf grass is about to break winter dormancy. Be cautious of sprigging close to cold weather as your sprigs will most likely freeze out.
Steps to Successful Sprigging:
1. Take a soil test.
2. Apply agricultural lime using the Sides Spreader to bring your PH up to 6.5. Follow the soil test recommendations.
3. Apply the correct fertilizer blend per the soil test.
4. Work up your land to an 8-inch deep seedbed to accept the sprigs and mix in the fertilizer and lime.
5. Place your sprigs in your Sides Spreader and broadcast them over the seedbed.
6. Cut your sprigs into the seedbed using a straight disc or crimper. Usually, 3 passes at different angles are required.
7. Hook a cultipacker or roller to the Sides Spreader and tighten up the sprigs and seedbed. (This is made easier with the built-in reese hitch.)
8. Broadcast Ronstar herbicide over the sprigs to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Read the entire label and do exactly as it tells you.
9. Turn the sprinklers on and keep the sprigs damp for 2 weeks until they root up.
10. Sharpen up your mower.
11. After you have mowed twice, treat miscellaneous weeds with contact herbicides. Be sure to read the label.
12. Spoon feed your new grass with high nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks using your Sides Spreader.
Enjoy your new turf.
– Johnny Sides, Penn. State Grad, Founder of the Sides Spreader and Sides Seeding