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.
Centipedegrass should be mowed to about 1½ to 2 inches. Any higher and you start to see thatch develop. Also, make sure your mower blade is nice and sharp.
Centipedgrass lawns are not as tough as other kinds of lawns. They can't handle traffic lot of wear and tear 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-green. Then apply about an inch of water, or enough to wet the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
Centipedegrass lawns require very little feeding. Give yours a mid-spring and mid-summer feeding with Scotts® TurfBuilder® Southern Lawn Food, which releases nitrogen slowly over a 6-8 week period.
In early spring (February - March), apply Scotts® Halts® Crabgrass & Grassy Weed Preventer to prevent crabgrass. For dandelions and other broadleaf weeds, you can use Scotts® Turf Builder® Bonus® S Southern Weed & Feed to feed your lawn and control weeds at the same time.