How to Plant Bermuda Grass Seeds

Overview

Bermuda grass is a warm season perennial grass that's found in many lawns in the southern United States. Bermuda grass prefers to be mowed low. The mowing height should be kept under 1 1/4-inches. Since Bermuda grass is a warm season grass, it needs to be planted in the late spring or early summer when soil temperatures have warmed sufficiently. Bermuda grass will not germinate until the soil temperature is above 65 degrees F and you will have your best germination when the soil temperature is approaching 80 degrees F.

Step 1

Prepare the soil by tilling it to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Rake smooth and remove any stones and debris.

Step 2

Fill a lawn roller with water and roll the entire seedbed. You want a soft, yet firm seedbed that only sinks in 1/2-inch when walked upon.

Step 3

Fill your broadcast spreader with Bermuda grass seed. Set the dial to the indicated application rate on the seed bag. Aim for 2 to 3 lbs of seed per 1000 square feet.

Step 4

Walk back and forth across your seedbed until you have covered the entire area. Cover the seeds with 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch of soil with your garden rake.

Step 5

Set up lawn sprinklers and maintain constant soil moisture for 1 to 3 weeks. This usually means running the sprinklers 2 to 3 times per day for 5 to 15 minutes per watering. Watering will vary by soil type and the amount of sunlight the lawn receives.

Step 6

Mow the grass approximately 3 weeks after seeding. Mow at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 inches if you have a reel mower, or around 1 to 1/4 inches if you have a rotary mower. Keep mowing regularly so that you don't remove more than one-third of the grass blade at each mowing. This will most likely be every 5 to 7 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Lawn mower

References

  • Town of Wake Forest: Planting Bermuda Grass
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Bermudagrass
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