Bermuda Grass Planting

Overview

Different varieties of grass display specific characteristics in yards and lawns. Bermuda grass (Cynodon spp.) thrives in many areas of the Southern United States as well as locations in India, Africa and Australia. This warm-season grass spreads and reproduces by means of seed production and rhizome development. The aggressive habit of Bermuda grass helps it to establish quickly in new lawns as it withstands moderate wear and quickly recovers in areas with heavy traffic.

Step 1

Plant your Bermuda grass in sunny areas of your landscape. Remove weeds and other plants growing on your planting site. Pull out deep taproots that may threaten new seedlings. Loosen the soil with a garden tiller. Remove any large rocks or dirt clumps.

Step 2

Test your soil before planting your Bermuda grass seeds. Collect the soil from the site according to the enclosed instructions. Mail your soil test in the envelope provided. Apply any soil amendments recommended by your test results. Apply compost to heavy, compact soils to increase the soil's ability to drain water. Rake the surface of the soil to create an even, level area of soil.

Step 3

Plant your grass seeds in the spring, once soil temperatures reach about 70 degrees F. Use a soil thermometer to get an accurate reading. Spread your Bermuda grass seeds with a commercial seed broadcaster, available for rent. Apply about 1/2 pound of grass seeds for every 100 square feet of surface soil. Rake over the planted grass to press the seeds against the soil.

Step 4

Water your Bermuda grass seeds with a fine spray to avoid disturbing the new seeds. Apply enough water to create a slightly moist surface. Do not let your new seeds dry out during germination. Gradually decrease the frequency of watering as seedlings grow and develop roots. Continue to apply enough water to keep the soil near the maturing roots slightly moist. Check for moisture at this level by inserting a finger near the roots of your Bermuda grass. Damp soil feels slightly soft and cool at this depth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when spreading Bermuda grass seed near flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. This grass can quickly choke out other plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden tiller
  • Compost
  • Seed broadcaster
  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Hose with sprayer

References

  • University of Arizona: Lawns
  • Texas A&M University: Bermudagrass
  • East Texas Gardening: Establishing a Bermuda Grass Lawn
  • United States Department of Agriculture: Turfgrass Questions and Answers

Who Can Help

  • Virginia Tech: Bermudagrass or Wire Grass
Keywords: Bermuda grass seed, plant grass seed, Bermuda lawn

About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.