How to Patch With Bermuda Sod

Overview

Bermuda grass is most common to and thrives in the southern United States. The variety is easily maintained and establishes thick and lush quickly. Bermuda grass can still have problems though; just like with any grass, bald spots or dead spots occur, whether it died on its own or too much foot traffic was the cause. The fastest way to repair patches on your lawn is with Bermuda grass sod, creating a solid, green lawn once again with a few simple tools.

Step 1

Remove the the Bermuda grass from the area it is dead or not performing well enough. First, use a putty grass knife to cut around the area that you want removed, then dig under to remove it. Try to make clean cuts and remove the top 6 inches of soil.

Step 2

Work fertilizer and compost thoroughly into the soil where the Bermuda grass was removed from. Bring the soil up to the level desired, usually just below the bottom of the grass line around it.

Step 3

Cut out pieces of the Bermuda sod to fit in the patches. Use a measuring tape if necessary, but usually a little extra around the sod edges is ideal to blend into the area. Lay the pieces down so the ends of each piece firmly touch.

Step 4

Work the sod with your fingers to blend it into your lawn. Once complete, the Bermuda sod should completely fill the patches, making your lawn lush and consistently green again. Use the lawn roller to press the sod into place and to make the soil and roots have contact and establish.

Step 5

Water the patched area thoroughly twice daily for two weeks. At this point, the sod patches should be established and you can water the entire lawn as you regularly do.

Step 6

Mow the patched area on a higher setting the very first time, to about 2 inches. The second time, mow the grass the same height as the rest of the lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Bermuda sod
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Putty grass knife
  • Shovel
  • Lawn roller
  • Water source
  • Lawn mower

References

  • Lowes.com: Bare Spot Repair for Lawns
  • Lawn and Garden Center: Repairing with Sod
Keywords: sod repair, lawn repair, bermuda sod patching

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.