Rate: For Forage Production:
drilled or broadcast for new stands
or 8-12 lbs/A to thicken existing stands.
Maintained Areas: 40-80 lbs/A (1-2 lbs/1000 sq. ft.)
Depth: 1/8 inch
Date: Late spring when soil temperatures reach
65? F or above at a 4? depth
thru early summer. Fall plantings may be successful in certain
regions of the U.S. (Consult with the local University Extension
Office for recommended planting dates for the specific area.)
Fertilization: Apply 25-35 lbs/acre nitrogen as
a starter fertilizer at planting.
Lime soil to a pH of 6.0 ? 6.5 and follow soil test
recommendations for P & K.
Method: Plant when soil moisture is adequate.
For summer plantings, do not
plant when ambient temperatures are expected to be above the
middle 90?s. If weeds become problematic, periodically mow to reduce
competition with the seedling bermuda. To further reduce weed
competition, delay the application of fertilizers containing
nitrogen until the bermuda seedlings have fully emerged.
Broadcast: Clean-Tilled Ground
- Prepare the ground well in advance. This allows the first
flush of crabgrass and
other weed competition to germinate and be killed by an
application of a non-residual and non-selective herbicide like
glyphosate before planting Tierra Verde.
- Clean-till the area with a disc, then level and smooth the
area. Use a culti-packer
to prepare a firm seedbed before planting. Several passes may be
necessary to achieve proper firmness.
- Broadcast the seed and cultipack once more to get good seed
to soil contact.
Bermudagrass seed will not germinate in a fluffy, loose seedbed.
For No-Till Drill
- Take added precaution to ensure seed are not dropping too
or less is ideal. One method to prevent deep planting is to
pull the drill?s drop tubes out of the openers and let the seed
fall behind the opener to be pressed into the loosened soil by
the press wheel.
- Ensure that existing residue is not too thick for seedlings
to emerge and
that the seed is making good soil contact beneath the residue.
To Thicken Existing Stands
If seed are to be broadcast, loosen the soil surface in the bare
areas prior to seeding
by scratching with a finger drag or by light disking. After seed
are broadcasted, use a culti-packer or similar roller device to
press the seed into the soil and to firm the ground. If using a
no-till drill, see instructions for No-Till Drill.