How to Seed Bahia Grass in Florida

Overview

Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum Flugge) is a drought-tolerant variety that thrives in high humidity and is commonly grown as a pasture grass or lawn. The grass is a warm-season perennial and grows well in Florida. It flourishes in virtually any soil conditions and requires few nutrients. The grass does not tolerate high-pH soil levels well, however. The blades are course and form very little thatch. The grass does require regular mowing during the summer to maintain its overall look. Bahia grass grows easily from seeds.

Step 1

Till the area that is to be seeded and remove all weed growth. Rake the area flat in preparation for seeding.

Step 2

Seed bahia grass from March to August in Florida. The earlier the seeding occurs the better the grass will establish itself before the winter months.

Step 3

Spread bahia grass at a ratio of 15 lbs. of seeds per acre of ground. For smaller areas, use 2 1/2 lbs. of seed per thousand square feet.

Step 4

Rake the seeds into the ground and cover with 3/8 inch of garden soil. Roll the seedbed once the seeds are raked.

Step 5

Water the bahia grass seeds thoroughly. Keep the seedbed moist while germination begins and as the grass begins to establish itself.

Step 6

Fertilize the bahia grass when it is approximately five weeks old. Use 20 lbs. of nitrogen per acre of grass planted. Water the fertilizer into the grass thoroughly.

Step 7

Mow bahia grass when it is 10 weeks old. Mow the grass to approximately 2 inches long. Maintain a regular mowing schedule while the grass establishes itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Roller
  • Mower
  • Rake
  • Nitrogen fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida IFAS: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
  • Florida Turf: Seeding Bahiagrass
  • Louisiana State University: Bahiagrass Production & Management

Who Can Help

  • Florida Turf: Bahia Grass
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