How to Plant Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is a tough, persistent grass that is perfect for lawns or to be used as hay for animals or landscaping. It can adapt to many situations and climates and does not need a lot of nurturing right when the seeds are planted. The key to planting Bermuda grass is to prepare the ground properly before planting the seed and wait until the temperature in your region is 65 to 70 degrees.

Step 1

Till your soil to break up clumps and even out the ground. Remove any rocks, roots or large dirt clods. The till will also help promote water penetration.

Step 2

Water the area where you are going to plant the Bermuda grass to promote the growth of dormant weeds before planting the grass. This is important because you need to eliminate the growth of all weed before planting. Within a few weeks of watering the plot of land, the weeds will emerge.

Step 3

Spray the newly grown weeds with an herbicide that kills on contact. Visit your local gardening store to inquire about the weeds that grow in your region and what you need to kill them. Till the soil once more after you have eliminated the weeds.

Step 4

Use a rake over the surface of the ground, loosening the soil about 1 inch deep. The ground surface should be even and smooth.

Step 5

Sprinkle a thick layer of Bermuda grass seed over the area.

Step 6

Use a cultipacker to embed the seeds in the soil to ensure they won't be eaten or blown away. Keep the seeds well irrigated in dry climates. Water at least once a day for the first couple of weeks. In two to three weeks, Bermuda grass sprouts should begin to appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Till
  • Herbicide
  • Rake
  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Cultipacker


  • Bermuda Grass Information
  • Planting Bermuda Grass Seed
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