How to Fertilize Bahia Grass


Bahia grass is a warm-season grass that came to the US from Brazil in 1914. Because Bahia is a warm-season grass, it grows well in climates with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Bahia grass is commonly found in the southeastern US and southern coastal US. It grows well in sandy infertile soils and while it is not as lush as other warm season grasses, Bahia grass is reasonably low maintenance.

Step 1

Test your soil before you apply fertilizer on your Bahia grass. Your local university's horticulture department should have soil testing available. This will help you determine what type of fertilization needs your Bahia grass has. Florida State University suggests having your soil tested once a year.

Step 2

Apply a complete fertilizer that meets your soils needs 2 weeks after your Bahia grass begins to grow for spring. Apply 1 lb. of slow release fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet. Apply fertilizer evenly over the entire lawn.

Step 3

Apply another 1 lb. for every 1,000 square feet application of the same complete slow release fertilizer in the late spring.

Step 4

Apply one more application of the same complete slow release fertilizer using the same amount, 1 lb. per 1,000 square feet, in the mid summer. If you live in a climate with a longer growing season you can add another application of fertilizer in the early fall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not apply a heavy nitrogen based fertilizer to Bahia grass too early or late in its growing season or the nitrogen may harm the grass' growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Complete lawn fertilizer
  • Soil test kit


  • University of Florida: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
  • All About Lawns: Bahia Grass

Who Can Help

  • All About Lawns: When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?
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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.