How to Sow Bermudagrass Seeds


Bermudagrass is a warm season grass found in the southern United States. It is a very popular grass for home lawns and golf courses. Bermudagrass aggressively spreads by sending out stolons which root into the ground to form new plants. This habit allows it to choke out weeds easily. A bermudagrass lawn is most commonly started from seed with careful site preparation being needed to grow a successful lawn.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in the area you wish to plant with your garden rake. Till larger areas to loosen the soil.

Step 2

Rake the area smooth if tilled and roll with a lawn roller to firm the soil up.

Step 3

Pour your bermudagrass seed into your broadcast spreader and set the dial to apply 1/2 to 1 lb. of seed per 1,000 square feet.

Step 4

Push the spreader across the planting area to dispense the seed. Walk in a straight line all the way across the area and then in a straight line all the way back next to the first pass. Repeat this until the entire area is seeded.

Step 5

Bury the seeds into the top 1/4 inch of soil with your rake.

Step 6

Water the planting area sufficiently to keep the soil moist at all times. Usually this will be two to three times per day with a duration of five to 15 minutes per watering.

Step 7

Mow your bermudagrass to 1 inch when it reaches 1-and-1/2 inches in height. Mow every four to seven days so you don't mow more than one-third of the grass blade off at each mowing.

Step 8

Irrigate at your normal rate once you begin mowing. Recommended irrigation is to apply 1 inch of water per week over the entire lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Rototiller
  • Lawn roller
  • Bermudagrass seed
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Reel mower
  • Lawn fertilizer


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Bermudagrass
  • University of Arkansas: Establishing Bermudagrass
  • University of Missouri Extension: Bermudagrass
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.