How to Plant Argentine Bahia Seed


Bahia grass was introduced to the U.S. in 1914 from South America, according to the University of Florida. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, Bahia grass grows well in soils with low fertility. It is hardy in the southeastern U.S. and the coastal south, including Florida and Georgia. Argentine, a variety of Bahia grass, forms a dense lawn in a dark green color, which makes it a good lawn grass. Also, Argentine Bahia grass is resistant to cold temperatures and disease. Plant Argentine Bahia grass in the spring so it can establish itself before winter.

Step 1

Pull all weeds and rake any large rocks out of the way. Turn the soil break up any large chunks of dirt with the rake.

Step 2

Measure the area you want to seed so you know how much Argentine Bahia grass seed to apply.

Step 3

Test your soil for the pH and nutrient levels. Add any nutrients lacking in your soil, as determined by the soil test. Argentine Bahia grass grows best with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5, according to the University of Georgia.

Step 4

Plant Argentine Bahia grass in spring when the weather warms up. Broadcast the seed evenly over the prepared area. The University of Georgia suggests using 10 to 15 lbs. of grass seed per acre.

Step 5

Rake ¼ to ½ inch of soil over the grass seed.

Step 6

Roll over the newly planted seed with a lawn roller.

Step 7

Apply lawn fertilizer based and water the lawn for deeply for 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 8

Mulch over the lawn with hay or straw, covering 50 to 70 percent of the ground, according to the University of Florida.

Tips and Warnings

  • Planting Argentine Bahia grass seed in the fall may limit growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Roller
  • Mulch
  • Soil test
  • Lawn fertilizer


  • University of Florida Extension: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
  • University of Georgia Extension: Bahia Grass
  • University of Florida Extension: Establishing Your Florida Lawn
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