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Question by coachkollath
March 12, 2009
When should I plant Bermuda seed. When and with what kind of fertilizer

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2009
Bermuda seeds require a soil temperature of above 65 degrees to germinate and will not start germinating until this temp coupled with adequate soil moisture is present. Optimum outside air planting temps should be 75-90 degrees.

Sow the bermuda seed at a rate of 1/2 to one pound per 1000 square feet using a hand spreader.

Lightly rake the area to be sure the seed has good soil contact.

Keep the soil damp until the grass has sprouted and begins to root; in hot weather this may require two-three light waterings a day.

As the grass gets more established you can water it less frequently - but water it deeper to promote deeper root growth.

Don't feed your new lawn until it is established. This summer you can apply a time release fertilizer which will last until late fall. Good luck with your lawn!

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