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How to Germinate Bahia Grass Seeds

By Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bahia grass is a type of ornamental lawn species commonly used in warmer climates within USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. Bahia grass is valued for its vigorous growth, which helps keep weed species from invading the lawn. Though a Bahia grass lawn can be started using conventional propagation methods like laying sod or inserting grass plugs, germinating Bahia grass seeds is one of the most cost-effective methods of growing a new Bahia grass lawn.

Prepare the lawn area. Remove all surface vegetation and debris like rocks and sticks. Use a spade to break up the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Amend the lawn area. Stir in a couple inches of aged compost; this adds nutrients to the dirt and increases the soil's ability to absorb moisture. Follow the fertilizer with an application of lawn-starter fertilizer available from all garden stores. Add the fertilizer according to the instructions on its label, since potency varies widely by brand.

Scatter the Bahia grass seed on the surface of the amended soil. Use the seed at a rate of 3.5 to 5 lbs. per 500 square feet of lawn, according to the University of Florida. Rake the dirt after sowing to lightly cover the seeds.

Water the seeds. Sprinkle the surface of the dirt evenly with water to moisten the soil to a depth of a couple inches. Repeat twice daily or as needed to keep the soil moist. The seeds will typically germinate within 10 days.


Things You Will Need

  • Standard garden tools (e.g. spade)
  • Aged compost
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Bahia grass seed
  • Water


  • For the best results, sow the Bahia grass seed in the spring. This gives the grass time to become established before the cooler winter months set in.

About the Author


Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.