The Best Way to Plant Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass that grows widely over the Southeastern United States, according to the University of Missouri. It is native to southeast Africa and arrived in the United States in the 1500s. Bermuda grass can grow to heights of 15 to 24 inches and it has an extensive root system. Seeding Bermuda grass is the best way to plant it, because the grass needs only two to three months to become established and is cheaper than sodding.

Step 1

Rake your yard to remove the rocks and pull any weeds. Break up any large chunks of dirt with the rake.

Step 2

Till the soil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost per square foot and work it to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.

Step 3

Water the soil well and wait one to two months for any new weeds to surface. Apply weed killer. This will give the Bermuda grass less competition.

Step 4

Spread the Bermuda grass seed over the soil evenly, about 30 seeds per square foot.

Step 5

Sprinkle ¼ inch of soil over the seed. Flatten the soil on top of the seed with a weighted roller.

Step 6

Water the grass seed until the soil is damp.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant Bermuda grass seed in cold weather, as it will not germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Tiller
  • Weighted roller
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Weed killer


  • University of Missouri: Bermudagrass
  • Bermuda Grass: Home
  • Hay and Forage: Seed Or Sprig?
  • MBS Seed: How to plant bermudagrass

Who Can Help

  • Plant Answers: Lawn Care and Planting Grass Seed
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.