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How to Grow Vaughn's Bermuda Grass

By Christina Wheeler ; Updated September 21, 2017
Vaughn's Bermuda grass grows best in warm climates.
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Vaughn’s Number 1 Bermuda grass did not originate from a plant-breeding program but rather was stumbled upon by Terrell Vaughn in Tennessee, according to Oklahoma State University. This warm-season grass grows best in climates of 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It enjoys a sandy or clay-based loamy soil and can be cold-tolerant once it is established. Vaughn’s Number 1 Bermuda grass is planted using a clean-till method if water and wind erosion are not issues. In clean-till planting, seeds are placed on freshly tilled soil. This grass is best planted in April to allow for the best germination.

Loosen the soil with a rotary tiller. Remove large clumps of clay soil, rocks and debris with a spade shovel. Use a fiberglass-handled shovel to prevent the handle from splintering.

Add one inch of lime to the soil with a walk-behind spreader. Fill the spreader with lime and open the controls to half-open. Walk in paths until the entire surface area has been covered. Rake the lime into the soil with a metal-toothed rake.

Apply a layer of sand to the soil with the walk-behind spreader. Place the sand into the spreader and open the controls halfway, walking in paths until the entire area has been covered in one inch of sand. Rake the sand into the soil. Add a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to the soil, following the label directions. Bermuda grass thrives with a high nitrogen soil base.

Fill the spreader with grass seed and open the controls to half open. Walk in paths across the lawn, spreading the seed. Repeat this process, walking in a cross pattern to the first application. Lightly rake the seeds into the soil.

Water the area generously until the soil is moist. Cover the area with a seed blanket. Continue to water the soil and grass seeds daily until sprouts begin to appear though the seed blanket. Water can be reduced to twice weekly once sprouts reach three to four inches tall.

Mow the grass with a sharp blade when grass seedlings have reached four inches tall.

Apply fertilizer to the grass in the fall and spring according to the label directions. Apply a weed control product in the spring containing diluron, following the package directions.


Things You Will Need

  • Rotary tiller
  • Spade shovel
  • Lime
  • Walk-behind spreader
  • Metal rake
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Mower
  • Seed blanket
  • Weed control product