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Centipede

Description and Characteristics

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Warm Season Grasses
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 Centipede
 Zoysia
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Description:

Centipede is an Ultra Low Maintenance grass, it is considered to be the lowest maintenance grass of the warm weather grasses. Low watering, feeding and mowing requirements are all characteristics of the centipede lawn. Ironically enough too much feed and care can actually damage this lawn! Centipede will grow well in sandy to clay soils and after establishing itself will propagate by rhizomes, eventually knitting itself into a dense mat.

 

An advantage of this is that it has a reputation of being able to choke out undesirable weeds because of its aggressiveness. A Disadvantage is that it may have a tendency to spread into areas where you may not want it to grow (one way to help discourage this is via the use of lime in areas you do not want centipede since it prefers an acidic soil).

 

Centipede seed is expensive, one pound of centipede seed running approximately $35.00 or more, fortunately it will go a long way. A distinct advantage is that since it spreads via rhizomes, it will, given time, fill in bald spots and spread on its own.

 


Characteristics:

 

Traffic  Low Traffic Tolerance
Type  Warm Weather Grass
Acidity     Loves Acid soils (DO NOT LIME) PH 4.5 5.5
Maintenance LOW Maintenance, Does not require frequent mowing, also call "The Lazy Man's Grass"
Fertilizer 15-0-15 or 16-4-8 preferably with Iron
Growth Rate   Slow Growing
Light Full or Almost Full Sun
Watering Drought Resistant
Mowing Height 1 1/2 to 3
Propagation Via Plugs, Sprigs or Seed 
Salt Tolerance Low
Best USDA Zones 7-8-9-10


USDA Information on Centipede

USDA Zone Map