How to Grow Bermuda From Seed

Overview

Bermuda grass is a very popular grass cultivar that is grown in the southern United States. It is a warm season grass and doesn't grow in the colder climates of the United States. It is used both on home lawns and golf courses because of its lush, dense growth. Bermuda grass used to only be available as sod, but now it is possible to grow Bermuda from seed in a home environment. With a little preparation, you too can grow a lush, thick lawn.

Step 1

Prepare your lawn to be seeded with Bermuda grass. Rake the seedbed to loosen the soil and remove all rocks and debris.

Step 2

Fill your broadcast spreader with a starter fertilizer. Set the dial to the setting indicated on the fertilizer bag. Spread the fertilizer over the seedbed.

Step 3

Fill your broadcast spreader with your Bermuda grass seed. Set the dial to the setting indicated on the grass seed bag. Bermuda grass should be seeded at a rate of 1 pound per 1,000 square feet.

Step 4

Spread the grass seed over the seedbed. Walk parallel paths to spread it evenly.

Step 5

Rake the grass seed into the top 1/8 inch of the soil. This will ensure great seed-to-soil contact.

Step 6

Water the seedbed two to three times per day with a duration of 5 to 10 minutes per watering. Your goal is to keep the seedbed moist, but not soaked, until the seed germinates.

Step 7

Back off on the watering slowly after a few weeks. Gradually reduce the watering to every two to three days for a few weeks, and then go to your regular watering schedule which should be once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Bermuda seed
  • Lawn roller
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose

References

  • Texas Coorperative Extension: Bermudagrass
  • Seedland: 18-24-6 Pennington Lawn Starter Fertilizer
  • American-lawns.com: Bermuda Grass
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