Bahia grass, also spelled bahiagrass, is one of the most drought-tolerant turf grasses on the market. It also tolerates poor soil and doesn't require a lot of fertilizer. The best time of year to plant bahiagrass is June through August--the warmer the weather, the better. Growth should begin within 30 days of planting.
Till the planting area. If the area is small, you can use a shovel to dig up the soil, turn it and loosen any large clumps of dirt. Otherwise, you will need a garden tiller. After tilling, rake the area smooth and level. Flatten any hills and fill in any depressions in the soil.
Set the broadcast seeder for the correct application rate. For bahiagrass seed, use 5 to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet.
Fill the broadcast seeder with half of the amount of seed needed for the entire area, and half of the coarse sand.
Walk in a north to south direction, cranking the handle on the seeder as you walk. When finished, you should have strips of seeds, running north to south, across the planting area.
Fill the seeder with the remaining seed and sand and walk at a 90-degree angle to your first seeding. This double-seeding pattern allows for complete coverage of the planting area.
Run a rake, lightly, over the planting area to cover the seeds. Water the area with a fine mist.