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How to Reseed Bermuda Grass

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Overview

Bermuda grass is a warm-season perennial that grows well in the Southeastern portion of the country. The tough turf grass is primarily grown on sports fields and golf courses. The deep-rooted turf spreads through a series of root rhizomes. Over time, the grass may experience problems from pest insects or diseases. In these instances, bare patches may form which and warrant replanting the grass through re-seeding. Re-establishment of Bermuda grass should take place between April 1st and June 1st, when natural moisture from rainfall is most abundant.

Step 1

Rake away dead organic plant material from the re-seeding area to expose the bare soil and improve germination rates.

Step 2

Mix equal volume amounts of Bermuda grass seed with sand to aid in distribution of the small seed.

Step 3

Water the new seed daily with a sprinkler attachment to a garden hose. Apply between 1/10 and 1/3 inches of water until the seeds germinate. Cease daily water applications after three weeks, when the grass springs should be well-developed.

Step 4

Irrigate the new turf grass on a weekly basis with a deep soaking.

Step 5

Mow the new stands of Bermuda grass as you would on a regular schedule for an existing lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Bermuda grass seed (1 lb. per 200 square feet)
  • Sand
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinkler
  • Mower

References

  • Texas A&M Extension Service: May Q&A
  • Missouri Extension Service: Bermudagrass

Who Can Help

  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Overseeding Bermudagrass Turf
Keywords: repair bermuda grass, sow bermuda seeds, reseed bermuda grass

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.