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, infrequent
mowing, and grows well in full sun to moderate shade.
Centipede grass tolerates dry spells rather well and
greens up rapidly after brief drought with irrigation
or rainfall. It does not tolerate traffic as well as
Bermuda grass. A Centipede lawn can be established from
seeds or sod.
grass prefers full sun but will tolerate a fair amount
of shade - much more shade than Bermuda or Meyers Zoysia.
It prefers sandy, well-drained clay soil for best performance.
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.
is easy to mow and requires less mowing than any other
grass. Under typical conditions and management, Centipede
may require two cutting per month during the peak growing
season. Ulike Bermuda grass, Centipede will not show
brown scalping marks when cutting is delayed too long
and excessive growth is removed during mowing.
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 during severe
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.
for a Centipede lawn in spring after the new green growth
has fully emerged. At this time apply a good Centipede
fertilzer such as 18-0-18 or 15-0-15. Make sure the
fertilzer contains iron, preferably 2 to 3%. Centipede
can be fertilized again in mid-summer with 18-0-18 or
15-0-15. Follow instructions on the package for proper
apllication methods and rates.
If the color
of your Centipede grass fades to light green an application
of Iron Plus will usually turn it back to a maximum
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 above-ground runners called stolons.
A healthy Centipede lawn is usually weed free.
It is seldom
that we hear of a pest problem with Centipede. When
we do it's usually spittlebug or grubs. Spittlebugs
are small, triangular-shaped black insects with two
red stripes across the sides. White grubs live underground
and can be identified when patches of grass begin to
die, and the patches grow in size. Chemical treatments
are available that control these pests.