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How to Sprig Bermuda Grass

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Overview

Bermuda grass, also called wire grass, devil grass and couch grass, is native to Africa, according to the University of Alabama. It is a warm-season grass that grows well in the southern United States, creating dense lawns with a high tolerance to foot traffic, drought and salt. Bermuda grass can be planted by sprigging, sodding or seeding. According to the University of Florida, sprigging is the most common way to establish a Bermuda grass lawn.

Step 1

Remove any weeds, rocks or other debris from the area. Break up any chunks of soil with the rake.

Step 2

Work 1 to 2 lbs. of 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil per 100 square feet. Work it into the soil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.

Step 3

Broadcast 1 bushel of sprigs per 100 square feet over the soil with your hands.

Step 4

Run a disc harrow over the sprigs four to five times to cut furrows into the soil for the sprigs to settle into.

Step 5

Run the roller over the sprigs to force them into the ground.

Step 6

Water the lawn until the soil is moist. Keep the soil moist until the sprigs are established. (ref 4)

Things You'll Need

  • Roller
  • Rake
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Disc harrow

References

  • University of Alabama: Bermudagrass Lawns
  • University of Florida: Bermudagrass for Florida Lawns
  • University of Georgia: Warm Season Grass Breeding
Keywords: spriggin bermuda grass, planting bermuda grass, bermuda grass sprigs

About this Author

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.