The Best Way to Plant Bermuda Grass in Texas

Bermudagrass is used as turf for most sports fields.
Bermudagrass is used as turf for most sports fields. (Image: American football field. image by Sandra Henderson from Fotolia.com)

Texas is one of the nation's top producers of bermudagrass. This short, dense grass is commonly used as turf for football fields, baseball fields, golf courses and other sporting locations. It grows best in a warm climate and usually cannot withstand temperatures that drop below 10 F. Growing the best bermudagrass is not possible if you just scatter the seeds and wait for them to grow. More care is required if you want to produce a quality crop.

Things You'll Need

  • Bermudagrass seed
  • Lawn mower
  • Core aerator
  • Fungicide
  • 12-4-8 fertilizer

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Plant bermudagrass between October 1st and October 15th if you are in North Texas. In South Texas, the planting dates are November 1st to November 15th.

Mow the area you intend to seed vertically beginning in late summer and fall to prevent thatched areas. Remove any weeds you come across.

Use a core aerator to aerate the lawn. This will allow the soil to breathe and get rid of any compacted areas.

Topdress the surface of the area with soil from the planting site. Sandy loam soil is ideal.

Apply fungicide to the planting area a few weeks prior to seeding. This will help prevent soil-born diseases.

Scatter seed in all directions to ensure proper distribution. Water two to three times a day every day for a week or so until the seed is worked into the ground, and less often after seedlings come up. Be careful not to overwater. Bermudagrass needs somewhere between 0.1 inch to 0.3 inches of water daily. The exact amount is dependent on climactic factors such as temperature, humidity, light intensity and wind speed.

Fertilize the area with 12-4-8 fertilizer just after spreading the seeds. Continue to fertilize regularly for grass maintenance. Bermudagrass should be mowed by the time it grows to 1 inch in height. If it grows to taller than 1 inch, it is less dense and therefore not as durable. Mower blades should be kept razor sharp to keep young seedlings from being pulled out of the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • Excessive rain can cause bermudagrass to develop diseases. Cover the grass with a tarp to keep it from getting too wet.

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