Bermuda Sod Installation

Overview

The two most common methods of growing grass is seeding or laying sod. Laying sod offers you the benefits of quicker establishment of your new lawn, and can be done almost any time of the year, providing the sod has a minimum of two to three weeds to establish a root system before winter. Bermuda grass is a warm season grass type that prefers to grow in sunny conditions. While it thrives in nearly any soil conditions, it does prefer well-draining soils.

Step 1

Spray a non-selective herbicide to kill any existing grass or weeds in the area to be sodded.

Step 2

Spread a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, at a rate of one pound per 1,000 square feet, on the area.

Step 3

Use a rototiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 4 inches. This will also incorporate the fertilizer into the soil.

Step 4

Roll the area with a law roller to flatten it out and provide a good bed for the sod.

Step 5

Moisten the soil thoroughly, but do not saturate, with a garden hose and nozzle.

Step 6

Lay the sod, one sheet at a time, in a brick-laying pattern. The easiest way to achieve this is to begin every other row with a sod sheet that has been cut in half.

Step 7

Butt the edges of the sod sheets up against one another to prevent air drying out the soil underneath.

Step 8

Hold sod pieces laid on slopes in place by driving wooden stakes through them.

Step 9

Roll the sod with a lawn roller to remove any air pockets and to ensure optimal root and soil contact. Water the newly laid sod.

Step 10

Water the sod every day, to keep it moist, for the next two to three weeks.

Step 11

Mow the grass once it reaches a height of 2 inches.

Step 12

Water deeply and less often once Bermuda grass is established. Infrequent, but thorough, watering promotes stronger, more drought-resistant roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Bermuda grass requires well-draining soil. Bermuda grass growing in clay soils will require less frequent watering. The ground should also be graded to remove any dips that will collect water.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-selective herbicide (optional)
  • Nitrogen-rich fertilizer
  • Rototiller
  • Lawn roller
  • Bermuda grass sod
  • Wooden stakes (optional)
  • Water

References

  • Texas A & M University Extension: EstablishingTurf Grass
  • Texas A&M University: Bermuda Grass
  • University of Vermont: Laying Sod

Who Can Help

  • Turf Care Tips
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