How to Grow Bermuda Grass From Seeds


Bermuda grass is a warm season grass that grows in the Southern region of the U.S. It is a popular grass for golf courses, parks and sports fields for its ability to withstand heavy traffic. Bermuda grass seed is best started in hot, moist soil. It thrives in sunny locations; plant it in the late spring or early summer.

Step 1

Prepare the soil by by removing all weeds, rocks and other plants. Choose a sunny, well-drained site.

Step 2

Apply a nitrogen fertilizer to the soil using a broadcast seeder/spreader at a rate of one pound per 1,000 square feet. Fill the fertilizer spreader bin and move quickly to evenly disperse the fertilizer.

Step 3

Till the area, turning up the top 6 inches of soil. Tillers can be rented at most home improvement or hardware stores. Work slowly through the yard, creating rows of tilled soil, lifting the tiller tines at the end of each row to reverse direction and begin a new row.

Step 4

Rake the soil smooth after tilling, making sure the area is level.

Step 5

Sow the seeds evenly by hand or by using a broadcast seeder/spreader, spreading up to three pounds per 1,000 square feet of land.

Step 6

Rake the area that was just seeded until they are covered with approximately ¼ inch of soil.

Step 7

Water the newly planted seed thoroughly, then on a daily basis until the seed has germinated. The soil must always remain moist until germination. Grass can take up to 30 days to germinate.

Step 8

Apply the nitrogen fertilizer every four weeks until the lawn is covered in new grass. Do not apply herbicides for at least 10 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Nitrogen fertilizer
  • Broadcast seeder/spreader
  • Bermuda grass seeds
  • Water


  • Seedland: Bermuda Grass
  • Department of Horticultural Sciences/Texas A&M System
Keywords: bermuda grass, seed, germination, lawncare

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Based in Baltimore, Md., Karen Dietzius has been a professional writer and editor since 2005. She has been published on various sites and edited scripts for "A Work In Progress," an inspirational radio drama.