This low-maintenance turf grass is very popular, has a natural medium- to dark-green
color, and adapts well to poor soil. It's aggressive enough to crowd out weeds
and needs less mowing than most grasses. It grows well in full sun, is very
tolerant to high temperatures and high humidity, and more shade-tolerant than
common Bermuda grass. Centipede is well suited to acid soils. Because it uses
nutrients well, it should not be over fertilized.
Centipede can be established by seed, plugs, sprigs, or sod. The method used is up to each individual and how quickly they want a complete lawn. Naturally sodding is the most expensive but offers an almost instant lawn. If you have some time and patience seeding will work if proper steps are taken in the preparation of the area. The best time to seed is the period from April through July. Using about 4 ounces per 1000 square feet will give you a decent lawn the following spring. Follow directions exactly on the package. The seed can be rather expensive, but if done properly will be successful.
Centipede is a low maintenance turf grass and does not respond well to excessive use of fertilizer, especially nitrogen. Centipede should not be fertilized as much as St. Augustine sod therefore you will never maintain that rich dark green color. Check the PH of your soil as anything over 6.5 will tend to cause yellowing as well as an iron deficiency.
Watering of centipede is simple. Water as needed. The turf grass does not require an excessive amount of water to survive. Water plenty and not as often. It will tolerate some drought conditions better than most grasses.
Overall centipede is the prefered grass in the deep south because of the ease it can be started and grown. It will provide you with a great lawn with little care.
- Performs well in a wide range of applications, including in soils with poor fertility and in full sun installations.
- Color: Rich medium to dark green.
- Texture: Moderately course blade structure.
- Mowing Height: 1 to 2 inches.
- Frequency: 1 to 2 times per week. Mowing too high or not often enough can encourage thatch development and other problems. Mow frequently enough that only 1/3rd of the blade height is removed.
- Watering: Newly planted turf should be watered daily and soaked thoroughly to a depth of 3 inches for the first 10 to 14 days to avoid dry out Thereafter as needed to the full depth of the root zone to prevent visual wilt.
- N Fertilization: 0.1 to 0.3 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft. per growing month; although it will grow well with little fertilization. Soils: Tolerates a relatively wide range of soil types, but is best suited to well drained, fertile soils.
- pH Tolerance: Range: 5 to 6. Tolerance to saline soils is quite good.
- Wear Tolerance: Good recuperative qualities and fairly wear resistant due to its spongy resilience and relatively course blade structure. Not recommended for high traffic areas.
- Shade Tolerance: Outstanding. Greater than bluegrass,
dichondra, and common Bermuda grasses.