How to Germinate Bahia Grass Seeds


Bahia grass is a type of ornamental lawn species commonly used in warmer climates within USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. Bahia grass is valued for its vigorous growth, which helps keep weed species from invading the lawn. Though a Bahia grass lawn can be started using conventional propagation methods like laying sod or inserting grass plugs, germinating Bahia grass seeds is one of the most cost-effective methods of growing a new Bahia grass lawn.

Step 1

Prepare the lawn area. Remove all surface vegetation and debris like rocks and sticks. Use a spade to break up the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 2

Amend the lawn area. Stir in a couple inches of aged compost; this adds nutrients to the dirt and increases the soil's ability to absorb moisture. Follow the fertilizer with an application of lawn-starter fertilizer available from all garden stores. Add the fertilizer according to the instructions on its label, since potency varies widely by brand.

Step 3

Scatter the Bahia grass seed on the surface of the amended soil. Use the seed at a rate of 3.5 to 5 lbs. per 500 square feet of lawn, according to the University of Florida. Rake the dirt after sowing to lightly cover the seeds.

Step 4

Water the seeds. Sprinkle the surface of the dirt evenly with water to moisten the soil to a depth of a couple inches. Repeat twice daily or as needed to keep the soil moist. The seeds will typically germinate within 10 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Standard garden tools (e.g. spade)
  • Aged compost
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Bahia grass seed
  • Water


  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year"; David Mellor; 2003
  • University of Florida: Lawn Seeding FAQ
  • University of Florida: Bahia Grass
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