How to Plant Bermuda Seed


Bermuda grass is used as a turf grass throughout the United States and, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension service, is commonly found on sport fields, golf courses and lawns. A heat-tolerant grass, it rapidly establishes itself in the lawn when planted from seed and given the right care. Bermuda grass, once established, has a system of perennial roots that are white when new, and yellow when mature. The leaves of the grass grow densely, and are smooth to the touch.

Step 1

Take a soil sample of your lawn and place the sample in a container. Send the soil sample to a local university extension service to have the pH tested. According to the University of Missouri Extension service, Bermuda grass does well in a soil with a pH of 5.5 or above. The university extension service will give you information on how to balance your soil for Bermuda grass.

Step 2

Break up soil in the lawn using a rototiller, recommends MBS Seed. This allows for root penetration and better water penetration of the soil.

Step 3

Water the soil to promote the growth of broadleaf and grassy weed seeds that lay in the soil. This promotes the germination of the seeds, making them easier to eliminate before bermuda seed spreading.

Step 4

Spray the germinated weed seeds with a contact weed killer to kill the weeds. MBS Seed says this process may require starting several seasons before the planting of Bermuda seed in pasture fields and other areas where weed seed is prevalent.

Step 5

Rake the soil so that it is even for the Bermuda seeds.

Step 6

Spread the seed using a broadcaster, or drill the seeds at a depth of 1/4 inch. Seed at a rate of 4 to 8 pounds per acre, recommends the University of Missouri Extension service.

Step 7

Apply one pound of nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet at the time of planting, recommends the Texas Cooperative Extension service.

Step 8

Water daily until a good cover of Bermuda grass is established.

Step 9

You should apply post-emergent herbicide to the lawn 3 to 4 weeks after planting to reduce weeds, says the Texas Cooperative Extension service.

Step 10

Mow the grass once the grass has reached 2 to 3 inches in height to promote further establishment.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Water
  • Herbicide
  • Rake
  • Seed spreader
  • Soil test
  • Fertilizer


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Bermuda Grass
  • MBS Seeds: How to Plant Bermuda Grass
  • University of Missouri Extension: Bermuda Grass
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