The seeding rate of bermuda grass is a major factor in determining the success or failure of establishing it on your lawn. The seed size, not the number used, determines how many seeds are actually planted. A larger seed will cover more area than a smaller one and provide greater coverage for weed control.
This blog post discusses how to calculate seeding rates and what factors affect them. It also covers some mistakes that people make when planting their lawn with Bermuda Grass.
Bermuda Grass Seeding Rate – What You Should Know
1. Bermuda Grass Seeding Rate
Generally speaking, the seeding rate of bermuda grass is 1.5 pounds per 1,000 square feet.
The amount of seed needed depends on how much area you want to cover – from 1 pound per 1,000 square feet (about ½ ounce per 100 square feet) for small patches up to 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet for larger lawns when using a broadcast seeder (the more seeds you sow the more likely some of them will germinate).
For sodding or sprigging, use 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet with a sprigger spreader or 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet with a drop spreader (more if you want an even thicker lawn).
You can also use plugs instead of seed if you want a finer lawn texture without having to mow as often – each plug contains about 20 seeds so you need about 10 plugs per 1000 square feet (or about 3 plugs per 100 square feet).
For sod, plan on laying down at least 2 inches deep of sod – this way there is enough root system below ground level to support the new top growth above ground level when it comes out of dormancy in springtime. If your soil has poor drainage then lay down at least 4 inches deep.
Use a power rake after laying down sod so that the roots can penetrate deeper into the soil beneath where they were laid down previously – this will help prevent winter kill and promote better establishment by getting more roots further into the soil profile faster than if left alone after laying down sod without raking over it with a power rake first.
There are also fertilizer spikes available that can be inserted into the ground before laying down sod – this helps get nutrients into the root zone quicker.
2. Type of Grass
Bermudagrass is a warm season grass, so it should be planted in the spring after the last frost. It can grow in USDA zones 4-10.
3. Where to Plant Bermuda Grass
3. Plant bermuda grass in full sun to partial shade areas that are well-drained and fertile.
4. Bermuda Grass Mowing
4. Bermuda grass requires frequent mowing and watering during the first year of growth, but once established, it only needs to be watered during dry spells.
5. Diseases in Bermuda Grass
5. To avoid disease issues, do not plant bermuda grass near other cool season turfgrasses like fescue or ryegrass or other warm season turfgrasses like zoysia or St Augustinegrass (unless you live in zone 9 and are using hybrid bermudagrass). It is also best not to plant bermuda grass near perennial plants like roses or shrubs because they will compete for nutrients and water.