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This Cynodon selection (Cynodon ‘PWIN04S’) is derived from African grasses similar to American buffalo grass but holds up better to wear and tear. It is a sterile hybrid so it can’t reseed into the wild environment and become an invasive weed (although it could get into your neighbor’s yard via runners!)


What should I expect when I get my Dog Tuff ™ grass plugs?

• The grass generally comes in plug trays that contain 72-78 plants. Planted one foot apart, this will cover 72-78 square feet.
• Be sure to keep your plugs watered and in an area protected from hot sun until installation. It’s best to “harden them off” for a few days before installation.
• In USDA zone 5, you must wait to install the plugs until the soil is at least 50°F. This is usually (at the earliest) the last week of May. June 1st is a better bet. This grass can be planted any time from late May until July 15th. Late plantings may not fill in until the second summer. Over-seed with annual rye if planted late. his will reduce mud in the first winter.

Installation of Dog Tuff ™ Grass Plugs
• Irrigate the ground thoroughly several days ahead of planting the plugs. Soil must be moist when the plugs are installed.
• Apply a light amount of organic fertilizer such as Alpha One (alfalfa meal).
• Punch holes in the ground using a metal crow bar, hori hori knife or 1.5 inch auger drill, 1 inch deep. The auger works better if you are installing several trays of plugs. We recommend planting the plugs one foot apart.
• Gently remove the plugs from the tray by pushing them up from the bottom. Do not PULL them from the top as this may damage the roots.
• Plant in the cooler hours of the day.
• Water in the plugs occasionally as you go so that they don’t dry out. Try marking a nylon string every twelve inches with a marker to use as a guide.
• Water the area lightly 2-3 times a day for a week, about once a day the second week and every other day or so by the third week. The more you water it, the faster it will grow.

• Kill the existing lawn (glyphosate or horticultural vinegar) at least 2 weeks before planting. Dog Tuff ™ does not blend well with other grasses.
• Irrigate the ground thoroughly several days ahead of plug planting day (about June 1). The tender young plants will not tolerate drying out or frost.
• Apply a pre-emergent herbicide over the whole area to suppress weed seed germination during the establishment period. (We have not tested chemical pre-emergent herbicides such as Preen™, Amaze™ or Dimension™.)

How do I prepare my lawn area for planting Dog Tuff ™ in bare or NEWLY PREPARED soil?
If you’ve prepared a new site with soil amendment and cultivation:
• Remove any existing weeds or grass.
• Incorporate 1-2 inches of compost into the soil with a tiller (optional).
• Irrigate the ground thoroughly several days ahead of plug planting day (about June 1). The tender young plants will not tolerate drying out or frost.
• Apply a pre-emergent herbicide over the whole area to suppress weed seed germination during the establishment period.
• OR wait until after planting the plugs a sow ANNUAL RYE grass over the area to act as a nurse crop for the Dog Tuff ™ plugs.