How to Establish Bermudagrass Pastures

Overview

Seeding Bermudagrass into pasture areas is an economical method of establishing the warm-season perennial. Seeding offers a less complicated means of propagation. According to the University of Kentucky, the grower should consult their local agricultural extension service for the best variety suited to the climate. Variety types will also dictate the best time for planting. Once Bermudagrass is established, the grower can expect large quantities of dry matter for an animal forage or hay crop.

Step 1

Conduct a soil test from the pasture area. Collect several samples from around the pasture. Mix the soil together and allow to dry. Submit the sample to your local agricultural extension service for analysis.

Step 2

Work the soil in the pasture by attaching a disc cultivator to the tractor. Run the cultivator across the field to break up and loosen the soil.

Step 3

Apply the recommended amounts of fertilizer and agricultural lime based on the soil test analysis. Spread the soil amendments over the pasture using the spreader. Incorporate the amendments into the soil with a single pass from the disc cultivator.

Step 4

Plant the Bermuda grass seed into the pasture with a seed drill set for an application rate of 5 to 8 lbs. per acre.

Step 5

Compact the seed into the soil with the roller. The roller will improve contact of the seed and soil.

Step 6

Inspect the germination of the Bermuda grass seed. Reseed any areas showing bare spots.

Step 7

Conduct soil tests on an annual basis. Apply the recommended amounts based on analysis.

Tips and Warnings

  • Consult your local extension service agent on herbicide control methods for the Bermuda grass pasture. Several treatments are available and depend on the species of Bermuda grass that is planted. Not all chemicals are available in all states. Keep children and animals from all freshly treated chemical applications.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test
  • Tractor
  • Disc cultivator
  • Fertilizer
  • Agricultural lime
  • Spreader
  • Bermudagrass seed, 5 to 8 lbs. per acre
  • Seed drill
  • Roller

References

  • University of Kentucky: Bermudagrass, A Summer Forage in Kentucky (PDF)
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: Varieties of Bermudagrass
  • Oklahoma State University: Pasture Management
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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.