Planting Coastal Bermuda Grass

Overview

Coastal Bermuda grass was created in 1943. It is a hybrid grass that is now used around the world as both a forage grass as well as a lawn grass. Coastal Bermuda does not produce viable seeds, so it must be propagated through sprigs or tufts of exiting Bermuda. These sprigs or tufts contain roots and small pieces of green growth. Coastal Bermuda spreads by stolons (above ground growth) and by rhizomes (underground roots) and grows quickly, filling in most lawns within a single season. Coastal Bermuda is drought tolerant, but is susceptible to freezing conditions. It grows best in warm climates, especially along the gulf coast and in Southern California. Coastal Bermuda grows best in zones 7 through 11.

Step 1

Water the area where you intend to plant your Coastal Bermuda grass. Keep the area watered for seven days to encourage weed and other vegetative growth.

Step 2

Spray the area with a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate, on the eighth day. Only spray if it is a windless day and if no rain is forecast for the next 24 hours. Keep the spray off any plants you do not wish to kill.

Step 3

Spray a second time with an herbicide containing glyphosate or another all-purpose weed killer seven days after the first spraying. Wait seven more days and thoroughly rake the area clean of all dead vegetation.

Step 4

Spread 1 inch of organic manure onto the area and rototill the manure into the top 8 inches of soil, breaking up the soil well with the rototiller.

Step 5

Rake the area once again, breaking up the dirt clods and removing any additional vegetation, rocks or other debris. Level the area with your rake at the same time.

Step 6

Dig small holes with your trowel that are 8 to 12 inches apart and plant your Coastal Bermuda grass sprigs or tufts. Press the soil around each sprig to ensure good soil contact.

Step 7

Water the area thoroughly, sprinkling at least 1 inch of water for the first watering. Keep the area damp but not soggy until the new grass has begun to fill in the empty areas. While Coastal Bermuda is drought tolerant, do not let the soil become completely dry.

Step 8

Mow the lawn 30 days after planting, with your mower set at 3 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-specific herbicide
  • Rake
  • Rototiller
  • Organic manure
  • Trowel
  • Coastal Bermuda sprigs

References

  • Texas A&M University: Forage Bermudagrass
  • University of Hawaii: Bermuda Grass
  • Alabama, A&M and Auburn Universities: Varieties of Bermudagrass
  • Clemson University: Cultivars of Bermudagrass
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.