How to Grow Bermuda Grass in Sand

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Things You'll Need

  • Bermuda grass seeds

  • Tiller

  • Broadcast Seeder

  • Sprinkler

  • Fertilizer


Be careful not to add to much fertilizer because it can "burn" the grass.

Bermuda grass is also referred to as a warm or perennial grass. It's able to grow rapidly during the summer and withstand hot, unfavorable climates and conditions. One unfavorable condition for other grasses is sandy soil. Bermuda is able to grow beautifully on sandy soil if the laborer follows these guidelines for growing Bermuda grass in sand.

Step 1

Prepare the lawn. You will first want to get rid of any weeds in the yard by spraying a non selective herbicide on the yard. Wait about two weeks for the weeds to die off. This will also give the soil a chance to regain its basic balance.

Step 2

Add neutralizing fertilizers. These PH balancing fertilizers will help the grass grow properly. The PH balance should fall between 6 and 7. Check your local garden center for a soil testing kit so that you can check the balance of your yard.

Step 3

Plant the seeds. Use your broadcast seeder to spread 2 to 3 pounds of seeds per 1000 square feet. Then, gently rake over the seeds so that they are covered by a thin layer of soil-about 1/4 inch.

Step 4

Water the seeds. The soil should be moist to the point that it does not dry out. Trying poking your finger into the ground two inches or set a can in the yard while you water the grass. You will know the ground is thoroughly watered when two inches of water is collected inside the can.

Step 5

Fertilize the lawn monthly. One pound of nitrogen fertilizer is enough to cover 1,000 square feet. During the winter, use potassium fertilizer. Phosphorous fertilizer should only be applied three to four times a year.

Step 6

Mow the grass to a height of one inch. With continuous watering and proper fertilizing the Bermuda grass should be able to grow in sandy soil with no major problems. Once the grass begins to grow tall and dense it may be mowed to one inch or lower.

Shalanda Wilder

As a relationship coach, Shalanda Wilder specializes in couples' communication, teaching military and non-military couples, married or dating, how to enhance their relationships. She holds a dual degree in marriage and family therapy and professional counseling; her writings typically focus on relationship improvement.