Mondo/Monkey grass

Due to the shading of my now dirt paved front yard (that used to be lush with St. Augustine), I'm attempting to plant a "lawn" made of Mondo grass.
The first thing I have done is to fence it off from the border collie. <g>
Any hints to increase the rate of spread? Have purchased some Medina Hastagrow for a start and am planning to till in some good compost.
The soil is a mess right now and the front yard looks like hell...
Mondo plugs are bloody expensive. I'd like to save money and only plant, say, 100 to 200 small plugs and I don't want to wait 2 years for it to fill in if I can help it?
I am NOT cutting down trees! I like the shade. ;-)
Peace, Om

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