Planting Instructions for Argentine Bahia


Argentine Bahia (Paspalum notatum Flugge) is a variety of grass that does well in even the driest and most nutritionally deficient soils. When first introduced to the United States, it was grown primarily as pasture grass, but it is now commonly used as lawn turf. Bahia grass is tolerant of drought conditions because its roots can grow up to 8 feet long, allowing access to moisture that other grasses could never reach. It grows quickly but does require regular maintenance to look its best.

Step 1

Pull all weeds and grass in the desired planting location. Remove all rocks large enough to interfere with sowing.

Step 2

Till the area to remove any stubborn weeds or grass and to loosen the soil. Dispose of any large clumps of vegetation that have been pulled up by the tiller.

Step 3

Smooth the planting location using a garden rake. Add water-soluble nitrogen fertilizer at a rate of 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

Step 4

Add 5 to 10 pounds of Argentine Bahia seed for every 1,000 square feet of your lawn. Use a rake to cover the seeds no more than 1/2 inch deep.

Step 5

Water for half an hour every evening until the seeds have begun to sprout. Once seedlings have appeared, water every other day until the grass is 6 inches tall. Once the grass has reached this height, water up to three times each week, depending on the amount of rainfall your area receives.

Tips and Warnings

  • Argentine Bahia grass will not do well in soils that have a high pH level.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Garden rake
  • Water-soluble nitrogen fertilizer


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
  • American-Lawns: Bahiagrass
  • Hancock Seed Company: Bahia Grass Seed Planting Guide
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