Centipedegrass Gives You a Lawn that Looks Terrific, but Is Low-Maintenance
If you live in the southeast, centipedegrass is a good candidate for your lawn. It's a
low-maintenance grass that's tolerant of sandy soils, and thrives in the shifting shade you
find under pine trees. Also, it requires less mowing and feeding than other grasses. If you
have a centipedegrass lawn, here are a few tips to help you keep it looking great.
Mow Centipedegrass at the Right Height
Centipedegrass should be mowed to about 1 ½ to 2 inches. Any higher and you start to see
thatch develop. Also, make sure your mower blade is nice and sharp.
Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic
Centipedgrass lawns are not as tough as other kinds of lawns. They can't handle foot traffic
and recover slowly when they're damaged.
Centipedegrass has shallow roots. It tends to turn brown sooner than other types of grass
during drought and heat. Water this grass only when you see wilting, rolling leaves or when the
grass turns grayish. Then apply about an inch of water, or enough to wet the soil to a depth of
6 to 8 inches.
Feeding Centipedegrass Lawns
Centipedegrass lawns require very little feeding. Give yours a mid-spring and mid-summer
Scotts® TurfBuilder®, which releases nitrogen slowly.
Centipedegrass and Weed Control
In early spring (February - March), apply a pre-emergent to control crabgrass. For
dandelions and other broadleaf weeds, you can apply a broadleaf weed control product to control
Learn about broadleaf weed-control products for centipedegrass from