How to Sow Bahia Grass Seed


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Set the broadcast seeder for the correct application rate. For bahiagrass seed, use 5 to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

Step 3

Fill the broadcast seeder with half of the amount of seed needed for the entire area, and half of the coarse sand.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Run a rake, lightly, over the planting area to cover the seeds. Water the area with a fine mist.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller or shovel
  • Rake
  • 1 gallon coarse sand
  • Broadcast seed spreader


  • University of Florida Extension: Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep it Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year;" David Mellor; 2003
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