How to Install Bermuda Sod in Georgia

Overview

Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass that is green through spring, summer and fall. The grass changes to yellow after the first frost and goes dormant through the winter. Because of Georgia's warm climate with hot summers and mild winters, Bermuda grass is a good species to plant in Georgia lawns. The ideal soil for Bermuda grass is a deep, sandy loam. To make Bermuda grass thrive in Georgia clay soil, improve the soil before laying Bermuda grass sod.

Step 1

Test the soil for pH and nutrient levels in the fall before establishing Bermuda grass.

Step 2

Break up the soil to a depth of 6 inches with a garden tiller. Spread any soil amendments recommended by the soil test over the soil to a depth of 4 inches. Mix the amendments with the soil by passing the tiller over the soil again.

Step 3

Smooth out the soil with a landscaping rake. Gently slope the soil away from the home to improve drainage. Give the soil 1 inch of water per square inch 24 hours before laying the sod. The soil should be as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

Step 4

Plant a Bermuda grass variety that is formulated for the Georgia climate.

Step 5

Lay Bermuda grass sod in staggered rows across the lawn so that there is no uniform seam. Start the sod against a straight edge, such as a sidewalk, and work outward. Cut the sod to fit the landscape using a utility knife.

Step 6

Roll over the sod with a sod roller to force the roots' contact with the soil. Water the sod up to four times daily with 1/4 inch of water each session for 14 days. Taper the watering sessions to 1 inch every 10 days. Measure the watering amounts with a rain gauge.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Lime
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Manure
  • Nitrogen-rich fertilizer (10-10-10)
  • Rototiller
  • Landscaping rake
  • Utility knife
  • Sod strips

References

  • Texas A&M Extension: Bermudagrass
  • University of Missouri Extension: Bermudagrass
  • Grow It: GEORGIA USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Who Can Help

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Why Are Georgia Soils Red?
Keywords: laying sod, Bermuda grass, Georgia landscaping

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."