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Centipede Grass - Overview


Read below why Centipede is called

'The Lazy Man's Grass'!

Centipede is the lowest maintenance of warm season grasses. It is a slow-growing, apple-green, coarse-leaved turfgrass that is adapted for use as a low maintenance, general purpose turf. It requires little fertilizer (1/2 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year), infrequent mowing, and grows well in full sun to moderate shade. It does not tolerate traffic as well as Bermuda.

Centipede is easy to mow and requires less mowing than any other grass. It also does not appear scalped when cutting is delayed too long and excessive growth is removed. If the color fades to light green an application of Iron Plus usually turns it back to a deeper green.

Centipede grass tolerates dry spells rather well and greens up rapidly after brief drought with irrigation or rainfall.

If you're looking for a dense, low-maintenance, cold-tolerant turf, which can be established by either seed or sod, you'll want to specify TifBlair Centipede. This new certified centipede, developed by renowned USDA/ARS genteicist Dr. Wayne Hanna, was bred to give landscape professionals, highway departments and home owners a superior centipede variety with a patented pedigree. TifBlair is a product of the internationally recognized turfgrass breeding program at Tifton, Georgia and is available at Wilson Bros. Nursery.

Centipede grass needs to be mowed to a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches for best results. In the hottest part of summer, raise the mowing height and don't mow at all if you're experiencing a season of drought. Centipede grass will knit itself into a tight turf that naturally resists weeds if you fertilize properly. It actually smothers weeds, as the grass grows so thick. The grass has aggressive aboveground runners called stolons. In addition, iron in a fertilizer or broadcast alone will give you the maximum green color that lawn enthusiasts desire. Fertilization is best done in late Spring, Summer and Fall. SEE: Fertilizing a Centipede Lawn

Maintenance will depend on the temperature of the soil, water levels, and your mowing and fertilization schedule. If temperatures are cool, the grass will grow slower and less mowing is required. If it does go dormant due to lack of water or rain, it will green right up again as soon as it receives the moisture it needs. The root-growing season starts in April and goes through October.

It is seldom that we hear of a pest problem with Centipede and when we do it is usually spittlebug or grubs. Spittlebugs are small, triangular-shaped black insects with two red stripes across the sides. Grubs live underground and can be identified when patches of grass begin to die and the patches grow in size.

Fertilization Program for a Centipede Lawn
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