How to Lay Bermuda Sod


Bermuda is one of the most popular warm-season grasses. Homeowners and landscapers love it because it's easy to cultivate. Bermuda grass is resistant to drought and disease and will grow on almost any type of soil. It is also durable and is the primary variety used for sports fields, parks and golf courses. To lay Bermuda sod in your own lawn, prepare the soil and lay the sod with care. Keep it well-watered and soon you'll have a lush, low-maintenance lawn.

Step 1

Remove by hand all weeds in the area or spray them with a non-selective herbicide two weeks before you plant.

Step 2

Use a rototiller to till the soil to 6 inches. Remove rocks, roots and other debris you find along the way. Then spread 50 pounds of lime and 20 pounds of 5-10-15 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. Follow that with a 1-inch layer of aged compost. Till the soil again, to 8 inches at a 90-degree angle to the direction you went the first time.

Step 3

Rake the area smooth. Then go over it with a water-filled lawn roller. If this reveals low spots in the lawn, fill them in with a quality commercial top soil.

Step 4

Water the planting area with a half inch of water the night before you lay the sod. It should still be relatively damp when you lay the sod the next morning.

Step 5

Lay the sod. Start on the longest, straightest side of the lawn. Lay one row of sod strips, making sure each one is tight against its neighbor. The next row should be laid so the seams (where the ends of each strip meet) are not next to one another. Customize strips of sod to fit irregular areas of your lawn by cutting through them with a small hatchet or a sharp shovel.

Step 6

Roll over the sod with the lawn roller to ensure the sod makes secure contact with the soil.

Step 7

Give the sod 1 inch of water immediately. Continue to keep the top inch of the soil moist until the sod establishes itself and produces new growth. Water the lawn daily, in the early morning so it has time to dry before nightfall. If it has rained, there is no need to water the sod. Once the sod produces new growth, slowly reduce the frequency of watering to a few times, then once a week over the next month.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn roller
  • Lime
  • Aged compost
  • Herbicide
  • Rototiller
  • 5-10-15 fertilizer


  • Walter Reeves: Planting Sod
  • Pike Nurseries: Bermuda Care
  • Bermuda Grass Lawns: How and When to Plant Bermuda Grass Sod
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