How to Plant Bahiagrass Seed


Bahiagrass is most commonly found in the Southeastern United States as well as parts of California. The all-purpose grass handles drought as well as warm temperatures. It also has fewer insect and pest problems than other grass varieties. Bahiagrass can be planted in high-traffic areas because it will withstand the wear and tear. However, bahiagrass tends to grow in an open manner, thinning out. Bahiagrass seed can be spread any time of year, but the best time is the early spring and summer--from March through August

Step 1

Plant bahiagrass in almost any soil type. It can withstand clay and sandy, infertile soils. The only soil that should be avoided is soil with a very high pH. Make sure the planting location is in the full sun. Bahiagrass doesn't grow well in shade.

Step 2

Remove debris such as sticks, stones and weeds. The bahiagrass seed needs to be directly touching soil to germinate. Break up soil clumps larger than 1 inch in diameter.

Step 3

Rototill the soil to a depth of at least 4 inches. This loosens it up, making it easier for the grass roots to spread. Fill in low-lying areas and dips with topsoil. Rake the soil until it's smooth.

Step 4

Plant 5 to 10 pounds of bahiagrass seed per 1,000 square feet of yard. Spread it by hand or with a broadcast spreader. Make the application as even as possible. Too many seeds will compete for nutrients and too few will make a sparse lawn.

Step 5

Rake the seeds gently to cover them with a small amount of soil. Ideally, you want the seeds to be covered with about 1/2 inch of soil.

Step 6

Water the bahiagrass seed with a sprinkler set to an oscillating setting. This will make sure there is an even amount of water being dispersed. Water until the ground is moist. Keep it moist until the grass seed sprouts.

Step 7

Apply a fertilizer to bahiagrass to turn its light green color into a deeper, richer green hue. Use a food with a higher nitrogen content than phosphorus and potassium because nitrogen targets foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Rake
  • Topsoil
  • Grass seed
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Lawns and Pastures
  • Seeding
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
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