How to Plant Bermuda Grass in Hay


Bermuda grass is commonly used in regions that have dry, arid conditions, adapts to many soil varieties and is ideal for large areas like a lawn or park. Since this type of grass seed requires shallow planting, it is important to protect them from wind, animal foraging or heavy rains for a couple weeks after planting. You can prevent damage to your Bermuda grass by planting the seeds in hay, covering them with a light layer.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Use a sturdy rake to loosen up the top 3 inches of planting area's soil. Discard of any rocks, dirt clods, roots or weeds.

Step 2

Distribute the Bermuda grass seeds evenly over the planting area. Start at one end and layer the seed generously horizontally across the yard. Repeat the procedure vertically, paying special attention to corners and edges. On average, about 2 pounds of Bermuda grass seed is used per 1,000 square feet of ground.

Step 3

Rake over the soil lightly and gently. This incorporates the grass seed evenly into the soil.

Step 4

Layer grass seed starter fertilizer lightly over the newly planted seed, following the directions of the brand your bought.

Step 5

Cover the planting area with a loose layering hay, about 2 to 3 inches thick. Make sure to cover all the grass seed you planted.

Step 6

Water the seeded area thoroughly and deeply right after laying the hay, keeping the water on the planting site for about 10 to 15 minutes. From here on out, keep the soil consistently moist so the seeds are never dried out until germination.

Step 7

Discard the hay carefully once you see the Bermuda grass seed germinate. You want to remove it now so it doesn't block sunlight for the maturing grass and pull nutrients from the soil that the grass needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Rake
  • Grass seed starter fertilizer
  • Weed-free hay
  • Water


  • University of Florida: Bermuda Grass for Florida Lawns
  • University of Missouri: Bermuda Grass
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Bermuda Grass
  • Garden Counselor Lawn Care: Planting Grass Seed
  • Home Depot: Grass Seed
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