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Planting & Growing Bermuda Pastures From Seed
Including Cheyenne II, Mohawk and Ranchero
Frio Bermuda Grass Seed
from other grasses and weeds is the number
one reason for bermuda grass stand failure.
Taking steps to reduce this competition will
increase your chances of success.
Don't get in a hurry to plant. If soil
temperature is not 65°
F or higher at a
depth of 4", bermuda grass will not
germinate. This soil temperature occurs when air temperatures are 75 to 80 ° F. With a cold planting, when
the seed does finally germinate it tends to
be weaker and more subject to disease than
seeds planted at the proper time when soil
temperatures are 65 - 70 + degrees.
• Be sure seed is
not dropping too deep; 1/8"or less
is ideal. One method to prevent deep
planting is to pull the drop
tubes from the openers and let the
seed fall behind the opener to be
pressed into the loosened soil by
the press wheel.
• Be sure that
existing residue is not too thick
for seedlings to emerge and that the
seed is making soil contact beneath
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• Prepare the ground
well in advance. This allows the
first flush of crabgrass and other
competition to germinate that can be
planting Cheyenne II, Cheyenne,
Ranchero Frio or Mohawk.
• Prepare a firm
seedbed. Plow, disk and cultipack
before and after planting.
• Several passes may
be necessary to achieve proper
firmness. Bermudagrass seed will not
establish in a fluffy, loose
seedbed. Take care to place seed at
the proper depth of 1/8" or less.
Bermuda Grass Seed Pasture Planting Instructions
Late spring through early summer when soil
temperatures are 65°F or above. Plow and
cultipack to develop a firm seedbed. Proper firmness
is indicated by a heel print no more than
1/8" deep in the soil. See the images below.
1/8" depth maximum.
Due to varying soil conditions and types it
is necessary to conduct a soil test each
year in order to supply the proper
nutrients. Apply 20-30 lbs. of nitrogen at
planting time. When the new plants start to
run, apply 50-60 lbs. of nitrogen. After the
stand is established, apply 70-100 lbs. of
nitrogen after each cutting.
If grazed, apply up to 150 lbs. of nitrogen
per year in split applications throughout
the summer. Last fertilizer application each
year should be done 4 to 6 weeks before a
killing frost to increase cold tolerance.
Delay grazing until forage is 8" to 10"
tall. Do not graze or clip for hay shorter
than 2". Rotate animals more often during
periods of drought stress.
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