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Fertilizing and Watering

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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue


Carpetgrass does not respond well to heavy or frequent fertilization. Carpetgrass should be fertilized in the spring, after the lawn has greened up, with a fertilizer that has no phosphorous and moderate amounts of nitrogen. 15-0-15 is considered the ideal type of fertilizer for Carptetgrass and 16-4-8 is a good alternative as well. Fertilizers with the addition of Iron are recommended as Iron supplements will contribute to a darker green color in a Carpetgrass lawn. The annual nitrogen requirements for carpetgrass are very low when compared to other turf grasses. A rate 0f 1-2 pounds of nitrogen per year is the requirement for carpetgrass. Please refer to the section on fertilization for more details on fertilizing your carpetgrass lawn.


DO NOT LIME Carpetgrass unless the acidity is lower then 5.0. Carpetgrass is similar in this respect to Centipede and prefers an acidic soil with a PH range of 5.0 to 6.0. Adding lime will raise the alkalinity and produce an environment that is not carpetgrass friendly!



Carpetgrass is NOT drought tolerant and requires a regular watering schedule. It is recommended that you do water regularly and especially during periods of extended drought. Watering frequency should be based on the condition of the soil. If the soil is dry you should water the lawn before is becomes stressed. Several references I have found indicate that approximate every 5 days is recommended during dry periods.


For Turf lawns the recommendation is that receive a minimum of 1-2 inches of water a week, more watering will produce a healthier, better looking lawn.