Planting Bermuda Grass Seeds

Planting bermuda grass seed is a cost effective way to grow a turf lawn, but growing anything from seed is tricky. There are a few things to know that will make growing your new lawn easier.

Bermuda grass is naturally driven to grow seed heads in times of stress, such as cooling weather and shortening days. The seeds have a tough outer hull in their natural state which protects the seed during the winter and allows germination in the spring. If you intend to plant in the fall or winter, chose un-hulled seeds for your lawn. For spring and summer plantings purchase hulled seeds which will germinate quicker.

Purchase at least 1 lb. of bermuda grass seed for every 1,000 square feet of soil to be covered. However you distribute your seed, ensure that it is embedded under the soil about ¼ inch. This depth is required for germination, and protects the seeds from birds.

Use nitrogen rich fertilizers at regular intervals and water daily until the seedlings sprout. Bermuda grass grows best in warm, moist soil and your seeds will not germinate until the soil temperature is between 68 degrees F and 75 degrees F. Once your grass has sprouted, you can water weekly, but keep the soil moist while your lawn establishes itself.