Lawn

Planting a Bermuda Lawn From Seed

Monday, November 01, 2010
Preparation
  1. Kill all weeds in lawn area 10 days before planting grass seed.
  2. Mow lawn area (if applicable) at lowest setting 3 to 5 days before planting bermuda grass seed.
Installation
  1. Seeding should be done between April 15 and June 15, or when the air temperature at night is above 68 degrees F for an extended period.
  2. Purchase seed at a rate of 1 pound per 300 square feet or 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn area to be covered and buy 10 to 20 % extra for any touch ups that may be needed.
  3. Use a hand broadcast spreader, a push broadcast spreader, or a drop spreader with the opening set at half the recommended rate for fine grass seed. Broadcast seed in two directions (i.e. North / South and East / West).
  4. Inspect lawn area for uniform coverage of seed, and if necessary, add seed to bare spots.
  5. Cover seed with Treeland Nurseries composted mulch at a rate of 1 cubic foot of topping per 100 square feet of lawn area.
  6. Spread New Lawn StarterTM or equivalent fertilizer at manufacturer's recommended rate over lawn area.
  7. For the first 10 to 14 days, water lawn area 3 to 6 times a day for 2 to 4 minutes each time. KEEP SEEDS MOIST, BUT AVOID STANDING WATER AND RUN-OFF!
Maintenance
  1. After 10 to 14 days, water lawn area, as needed, for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Turf Royal™ or Ammonium Phosphate should be applied at a rate of 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet to the lawn area 3 weeks after seedling emergence. Water lawn area immediately following fertilizer application.
  3. The first mowing of grass should be done with a rotary type mower set between 2.25" and 2.75" height. For reel type mowers, set the height to 1.5" and mow lawn area when grass is not more than 1/3 higher than mower setting.
  4. Use Turf Royal™ or FertilomeTM Greenmaker on a regular basis throughout the warm season and into Fall to maintain health and color of grass.
Fall Transition
  1. Overseeding perennial rye is not recommended in the first year on bermuda lawns.
  2. Irrigating established Bermuda/hybrid lawns twice a month in fall to maintain soil moisture; irrigate once a month in winter.