Bahiagrass New Lawn
It is recommended that seeding a new bahiagrass lawn be done
during the spring or early summer months. A bahiagrass lawn can also
be planted in the fall via the use of a nurse crop.
is commonly used as a nurse crop
when preparing a seed bed in the fall. Annual rye will quickly
establish itself and anchor the bed and other components in
place so that the Bahiagrass will have a chance to germinate
and establish itself once Spring and Summer come
Prepare the Seed bed, Grade, smooth and
level the lawn, remove debris such as stones twigs etc.
Lightly tilling the first several inchesd of soil will also
help loosen and provide a good foundation for your grass seed.
Work in a good starter fertilizer. Fertilizers such as a 28-24-6 would
be ideal. You need a fertilizer that has a generous
amount of nitrogen (28) and a higher rate of phosphorous
then usual. (24) the phosphorous will encourage vigorous root growth in
your new lawn helping it to establish itself into a
dense turf. Spread the bahiagrass seed at the rate of 5-10 pounds
pound per 1000 square feet, rake the seed in to a depth
½” and if needed, use straw
as a light mulch to prevent erosion. Water daily for 30 days
to give all of the seed a good chance to
Over Seeding an Existing
Cut the existing lawn as close as possible
without scalping it. Rake or scratch the soil and apply the
seed over it, follow mulching and watering
instructions as listed above.
Sprigging and Plugging Bahiagrass
It is not recommended
that Bahiagrass be propagated via sprigging or plugging.
Bahiagrass is not an aggressive spreading grass and using
these techniques will result in a splotchy lawn with clumps of
grass separated by bare spots.
WARNING, Do not use any weed and
feed fertilizers or weed preventative applications when
seeding a lawn