How to Grow Bermuda Grass in Sand


Bermuda grass is one of the most hardy grasses for gardeners. Its quickly spreading runners create a full yard in record time that is both tread and pet resistant. Sand is a type of soil that, while excellent for drainage, is difficult for growing plants because it is lacking in both stability and nutrients. When growing Bermuda grass in sand, it is essential to supplement the soil so that the grass has what is necessary for thriving.

Step 1

Cover the yard with one inch of peat moss and two inches of garden soil and till the nutrients into the sand. This will provide the necessary stability for the roots to thrive.

Step 2

Cover the yard with 1/2 inch of ground gypsum and till it into the soil. Water the soil with two inches to thoroughly moisten the ground and allow to soak in overnight.

Step 3

Sprinkle the yard with Bermuda seeds the next morning with the hand disperser. Begin by walking the straight lines, then walk the yard again diagonally, and once more in straight lines going perpendicular to the first lines. This will ensure even dispersal of the seeds.

Step 4

Roll the entire yard with and empty water roll to ensure the seeds are pressed into the soil.

Step 5

Water the yard daily while the seeds are germinating then slowly decrease the watering to twice each week as the yard fills in and matures.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Garden soil
  • Till
  • Ground gypsum
  • Hand disperser
  • Water roll


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Keywords: bermuda grass, sand, runners

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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.