How to Make Sod Using Bermudagrass Seed

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) forms a dense sod with roots that reach downward, 6 inches into the soil. It spreads rapidly through above-ground stolons and below-ground rhizomes. Left unchecked, the grass can become invasive. A warm-season turf grass, Bermudagrass seeds do best when planted in the spring or early summer. The seeds require a soil temperature of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to adequately germinate and form a thick, robust root system.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Seed spreader
  • Mower


    • 1

      Find a planting location in the full sun with well-draining soil. The soil of the planting location should have a minimum pH of 6.0.

    • 2

      Till the soil to a depth of 6 inches to encourage healthy root development. Add a lawn starter fertilizer to the soil prior to planting the Bermudagrass seeds. Follow the directions on the fertilizer label.

    • 3

      Level the soil using a garden rake. The top 1/2 inch of soil must be crumbly to the touch.

    • 4

      Spread 2 to 3 pounds of Bermudagrass seeds across every 1,000 square feet of prepared soil. Use a seed spreader to evenly disperse the seeds. Using 2 to 3 pounds of grass seed will create a dense sod.

    • 5

      Lightly rake the soil across the seeds. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of soil.

    • 6

      Keep the soil moist to encourage germination. Bermudagrass seeds require consistently moist soil for at least one to three weeks after planting.

    • 7

      Mow the grass three weeks after planting. Clip away a third of the leaf blade.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bermuda seeds germinate in seven to 10 days.
  • The grass will fully establish in six to 10 weeks.
  • Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the planting area prior to planting the grass seed.
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