How to Water Bermudagrass Seed


Homeowners love bermudagrass for its strong drought tolerance and low-maintenance nature, with the University of Hawaii calling it the most popular lawn species in subtropical and tropical areas. Starting a bermudagrass lawn from seed is much cheaper than inserting plugs or laying mature sod. Provide the seeded area with the hydration it needs to ensure even and lush grass germination.

Step 1

Sprinkle 1/4 inch of mulch or compost over the surface of freshly spread bermudagrass seed. This helps protect the seeds from being blown away or washed away while being watered, and also helps conserve soil moisture for a consistently moist soil surface.

Step 2

Water the bermudagrass seed four to six times a day, according to the University of Hawaii, for approximately three weeks. Use enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 2 inches. The university reports that it takes approximately a week for bermudagrass seed to begin sprouting.

Step 3

Reduce watering to a single application every three days once it's been more than three weeks since the grass seed was applied. Increase the amount of water used to moisten the soil to a depth of 5 to 6 inches.

Step 4

Limit your watering even further once the grass is 3 to 4 inches in height. The lawn is now established and should be watered on an as-needed basis whenever it shows signs of drought stress, according to the University of Florida. Symptoms include a blue-gray hue. When watering, apply enough water to moisten the dirt to a depth of 8 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch or compost


  • "The Lawn Bible;" David Mellor; 2003
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa Cooperative Extension Service: Bermudagrass
  • University of Florida: Bermudagrass for Florida Lawns
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