How to Plant Bermuda Sod

Overview

Bermudagrass is a popular type of lawn grass species renowned for its hardy growth and low water needs. It thrives in warm and sunny conditions. You can start your bermudagrass lawn via several methods, the fastest--and the most expensive--being the laying of sod strips. This effectively gives you a bermudagrass lawn instantly without waiting for seeds to sprout or plugs to spread.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Remove all surface vegetation and debris. Use a spade or similar tool and breakup the soil into loose clumps with a maximum diameter of 1 inch. Loosen the dirt down to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 2

Amend the soil. Add 1 to 2 inches of compost and mix it thoroughly into the dirt. This boosts the soil's ability to retain water and also adds nutrients to the ground. Optionally, add a standard granular lawn fertilizer according to the rate listed on the fertilizer bag, as nutritional concentrations vary by product.

Step 3

Unroll the bermudagrass sod onto the prepared and amended soil. Lay each strip of sod flat against the dirt. If using more than one strip of sod, position the strips so they fit as tight together as possible without overlapping.

Step 4

Sprinkle compost between the cracks and joints of the bermudagrass sod strips to help fill in any potential gaps.

Step 5

Water the freshly laid bermudagrass sod daily for 2 weeks, during which time the sod becomes rooted in the dirt. Sprinkle the sod evenly with enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Check the moisture depth by inserting an instrument such as a screwdriver into the ground.

Step 6

Reduce watering to once every 5 to 7 days after the sod is established. Begin regular maintenance of the bermudagrass lawn, including mowing it as needed to keep it at a height of approximately 1 inch.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Granular lawn fertilizer (optional)
  • Bermudagrass sod strips
  • Water
  • Screwdriver (optional)

References

  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year"; David Mellor; 2003
  • "Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard"; Nick Christians, et al.; 2007
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