How to Grow Bermuda Sod


Starting a lawn with Bermuda grass sod provides near instant gratification, as well as a leapfrog start toward a well-established and beautiful lawn. Bermuda grass is best acclimated to full sun and sustained temperatures greater than 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Being intolerant of shade, it will not do well in areas where sunlight is blocked or shaded more than 20 percent of the day. Soil preparation and conditioning are the most important steps performed in advance of laying and growing Bermuda grass sod successfully. The best time to sod a new Bermuda grass lawn is between the months of April and June when temperatures have climbed above 70 degrees F.

Growing Bermuda Sod Grass

Step 1

Prepare the area to be sod by removing vegetation and tilling the ground thoroughly with a rotary tine tiller down to 6 inches. Rake the uppermost layer of soil again to remove any remaining weeds, grass or roots that may be present.

Step 2

Add compost or fertilizer to the soil according to recommendations provided through a soil test. Till the amendments into the soil with the tiller before smoothing the surface flat with a garden rake. All debris, discarded construction material and rubbish should be removed from the area to be sod.

Step 3

Lay the Bermuda grass sod over the prepared surface with ends butted against one another. Stagger the sod's ends to distribute them evenly within the lawn. Avoid leaving gaps between pieces of sod as other grasses and weeds will tend to spring up inside them.

Step 4

Spread a starter fertilizer over the sod at the rate of 1 to 2 lbs. per 1,000 square feet using a spreader to provide an even distribution. Water the fertilizer completely so that it soaks well into the tilled soil underneath.

Step 5

Irrigate the new Bermuda grass sod daily to maintain moisture in, and just below, the roots. Once the sod develops roots in the soil, the frequency of watering can be phased back and adjusted according to the sods specific requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rotary tiller
  • Garden rake
  • Garden water hose
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Soil test results


  • "University of Arkansas": Establishing a Lawn From Sod
  • "Texas Cooperative Extension": Bermudagrass
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Damon Hildebrand is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. He has more than 15 years within the oil and gas industry in both technical and managerial positions. Hildebrand has been a technical writer and communicator for the last four years. He is a certified specialists in lubrication and tribology, as well as a certified maintenance and reliability professional.