How to Plant Bermuda Grass Sod


Bermuda grass is a warm season perennial grass native to southeast Africa, and grows best in full sun. Because it is a warm season grass, it does not handle cold well, but it does have high tolerance for foot traffic, drought and salt. Bermuda grass has a low tolerance for poorly drained sites, so if you are going to plant it in your yard, be sure your soil is not too heavy. Laying sod is the fastest way to a lush, green Bermuda lawn.

Step 1

Rake up all of the rocks and pull up all of the weeds by their roots. Run a tocultivator over the soil to loosen it to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Add 4 to 5 inches of compost to the soil and work it into a depth of 4 to 6 inches with the cultivator. This will improve your soil's condition and drainage.

Step 2

Water the soil until it is moist but not soaking. Roll the Bermuda grass sod in a straight line at the edge of where the lawn will be. Place the a new roll of sod next to the first one, so they are touching, and roll that one out in a straight line. Continue rolling out the rolls of sod, placing them next to the previous roll, until the entire lawn is covered. Do not leave gaps between the pieces of sod.

Step 3

Roll over the newly planted sod with a roller to ensure the sod's roots make contact with the soil.

Step 4

Water the newly planted Bermuda grass sod two or three times a day with ¼ inch of water. Do this for two to three weeks, until the Bermuda grass sod establishes itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Cultivator
  • Rake
  • Compost
  • Roller
  • Sprinklers


  • University of Florida: Bermudagrass for Florida Lawns
  • University of Missouri Extension: Bermudagrass
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.