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How to Patch Bermuda Grass

By Tanya Khan ; Updated September 21, 2017
Healthy bermuda lawn grass
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Native to Southern United States, Bermuda grass is a sun-loving, drought-resistant grass that withstands the heat of the sun and can survive without water for many weeks. This low-lying grass grows and spreads quickly to cover an area with green grass. Although Bermuda grass resists harsh treatment from children and pets, brown patches can occur that ruin its appearance, making it look unkempt and unsightly. Seed bare patches to have a lush green lawn that stands out in the neighborhood.

Walk through your lawn to determine where the bare patches exist. Clear the bare patches with a rake to remove stones, rocks or plant debris. Collect these in a wheelbarrow and dispose of appropriately.

Loosen bare patches with a shovel to a depth of 3 inches. This helps break compacted soil into manageable mounds and aerates it.

Mix equal amounts of phosphorous-rich fertilizer and compost in a bucket and pour over the patches in an even layer. Rake again to ensure the soil conditioners go deep into the soil. These conditioners provide the grass with essential nutrients for it to thrive.

Sprinkle Bermuda grass seed over the bare patches, using your hand for small areas and a seed disperser if bare patches are large. Work toward an even distribution. Gently rake the seeds to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Do not bury the seeds too deeply as that can impede germination.

Spread a thin layer of peat moss or mulch over the seeds to lightly cover them. This retains moisture and prevents competing weeds from growing there. It also protects the seeds from birds that chew on them or rainwater that may wash them away.

Water the seeds daily, preferably early in the morning, until they germinate. Do not douse the site in water, but provide a gentle watering to ensure the soil is evenly moist.


Things You Will Need

  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Phosphorous-rich fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Bucket
  • Stick
  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Seed disperser
  • Peat moss


  • Purchase good quality Bermuda grass seed from your local nursery or garden supply center. You'll need 4 pounds of grass seeds for every 1,000 square feet. Do not worry about sprinkling too many seeds in one spot.
  • Cut back tall plants or foliage surrounding Bermuda grass as they block sunlight and can cause brown patches.

About the Author


Tanya Khan is a freelance author and consultant, having written numerous articles for various online and print sources. She has a Master of Business Administration in marketing but her passion lies in writing.