Centipede Lawn Grass Maintenance

    Centipede Lawn Grass Maintenance

    Taking good care of your Centipede Lawn often requires no more work overall than taking poor care of it.  A Centipede lawn that is properly watered, fertilized and mowed has far fewer problems with weeds, diseases and insects.  A well kept Centipede grass lawn also remains lush and attractive, giving you much more enjoyment.

    Watering Needs of Centipede Lawn Grass

    Centipede lawn grasses endures drought conditions well.  Watering Centipede is required to keep centipede uniformly green all summer.  Water on as as needed basis.  Watering deeply is more important than watering it frequently.

    Mowing & Thatching Centipede Lawn Grass

    You should mow Centipede grass at 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length as needed. Mowing Centipede sod frequently should not be no more than 30 percent of the leaf removed.  Don't mow it too short.  It will damage the turf.  Mowing your Centipede grass too high and too infrequently can be detrimental by allowing thatch to build up.

    Soil & Fertilizer Needs Of Centipede Turf Grass

    Centipede grass often fails as a result of too much fertilizer.  Winter damage of Centipede grass is directly proportional to the amount of nitrogen applied.  We recommend a 15-0-15 or a 14-4-14 fertilizer.  You should apply this fertilizer in the Month of June at the rate of 4 to 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet.  You should follow up in September with a 6-0-24 winterizer at 3 to 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet.  Centipede has a pea green or a crab apple green color.  Attempting to achieve a dark green color can be disastrous.  You need to maintain a PH level of a 5 to a 6.5 to have a healthy Centipede lawn.

    Disease, Weed and Insect Control of Centipede Grass

    Centipede turf grass has few disease and insect problems.  These problems can be controlled easily.  Over mowing and over watering causes some problems.  Be gentle with your yard and don't over do it, and you will have a beautiful Centipede lawn.