|Our first approach
(July 2011) to growing grass, was to sow seeds; but the task of keeping the seeded area moist was
overwhelming. We didn't have an underground sprinkler system.
We wanted to
buy rolls of sod and cut it into 6" squares (so it would cover more ground). But
we were too late in the year, the nurseries and home improvement stores weren't stocking
sod in July. So as an alternative, we grew our own
plugs. It was a time intensive process. Put Styrofoam cups into trays - kitty
litter trays worked best. We lined them up on folding tables on the patio and then created "mini-greenhouse" by putting the trays on three 4-shelving units. We
covered each shelving unit with plastic. This speed up the growing process.
We grew 25-35 plugs (depending on the size of the cup) in
each tray. We started all the trays in one shelving units, then a week later
started the second unit. A week later we started the third. By the fourth
week, the trays in the first unit were ready to transplant. So about every
three or four weeks we could transplant 200+ plugs.
And we started over. We started this system in July
and continued until the last plugs were planted in early November.