One of the most commonly used turf grasses along the Gulf Coast.
Centipede is very durable and is fairly low maintenance compared to most other grasses. Cold winters can prove problematic as it does not possess the cold tolerance of Bermuda or Zoysia.
Newly planted Centipede should be watered daily and soaked thoroughly to a depth of 3 inches for the first two weeks to avoid dry out. Reduce the watering to every other day for the following two weeks and continue until the lawn is established. Once it is established, watering needs will vary based upon the type of soil present. It is always best to mimic the environment by watering heavily every few days rather than watering lightly every day. For sandier soils, 3/4 of an inch per watering will completely saturate the soil and everything else will simply percolate through. For heavier clay soils, you can water up to 2 inches at a time before saturation is reached. For this reason, heavier soils should be watered heavily but less frequently (every 3-4 days) and sandy soils will need less water but more frequency (every 2-3 days).
An established Centipede lawn should be mowed every week to 10 days during the growing season with optimum mowing height of 1-2 inches. Mow with a sharp rotary or reel mower, allowing clippings to remain on the lawn. Never remove more than 1/3 of the shoot growth at one mowing. Centipede has minimal thatch build-up and therefore seldom requires dethatching.
Centipede should be fertilized with little to no nitrogen. An ideal application would be 15-0-15.
Moderately course blade structure.
Tolerates a relatively wide range of soil types, but is best suited to well drained, fertile soils. pH TOLERANCE Range: 5 to 6 is ideal but can tolerate a pH up to 7.
Centipede has good recuperative qualities and is fairly wear resistant due to its relatively course blade structure. However, it is not recommended for high traffic areas.
Centipede has little shade tolerance.
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* Woerner recommends annual pH testing and adjustment in accordance with soil test recommendations.
* Any suitable organic based fertilizer may be subsituted for any single scheduled application.
* Supplemental Iron applications can yield deep green color.
* Routine scheduled application of insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides are recommended to aid in the prevention of weeds, insects and disease.
* Product combinations of fertilizer and weed control may be utilized but Woerner recommends separate applications to target specific issues as they occur.
* Application of pesticides are indicated during summer months as these months are when pest issues are most likely to be exposed. These applications may or may not be necessary depending on individual situations.