How to Reseed Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is an extremely popular grass in the South and Southeast regions of the United States. This grass is popular because it grows fast, chokes out weeds and tolerates drought. Bermuda grass is often the choice for reseeding lawns that have been damaged or have been planted with seed less suited to the hot weather of the South. Reseeding a lawn can be accomplished using equipment from rental stores and supplies from home and garden stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Power rake
  • Garden rake
  • Garden roller
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Sprayer and water source
  • Lawn mower
  • Choose a time in the spring when temperatures will not go below 65 degrees. Bermuda grass is heat sensitive and needs warm days and nights to germinate properly.

  • Rent a garden tiller and a power rake from an equipment rental store. Use the garden tiller to till the top 6 inches of soil in the area to be reseeded. Use the power rake to smooth the soil after tilling.

  • Take a soil sample to the county extension agent. Apply amendments to the soil as advised by the extension agent.

  • Hand rake the soil to remove any weeds or previous grass, incorporate soil amendments and prepare a smooth surface. Use a garden roller to compact the top of the prepared surface. Bermuda grass germinates best on a firm surface and walking on the surface should leave footprints no more than a 1/4 inch deep.

  • Use a broadcast spreader to spread Bermuda grass seed at a rate of 3 to 5 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. Spread half the seed in one direction and half the seed at right angles to the initial seeding. This helps achieve even coverage.

  • Rake the area that was seeded to a depth of 1/8 inch. Use a garden roller to compact the soil after it has been raked.

  • Apply a light mist of water several times a day to keep the soil moist. The soil must be kept moist in this manner for the next 10 to 14 days as the seeds germinate. After the seeds germinate, gradually reduce the frequency of watering and increase the length of watering to promote deeper root growth.

  • Mow the lawn to a height of 1 inch when grass seedlings reach a height of 2 inches. After several cuttings, reduce the mowing height to 3/4 inch for the rest of the growing season to promote faster growth. Grass clippings can remain on the lawn.

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