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Centipede

Fertilizing and Watering

Description & Characteristics Fertilizing and Watering Aeration and Dethatching Seeding and Propagation
 
 
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 Centipede
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Fertilizing

Centipede does not respond well to heavy or frequent fertilization. Centipede 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 Centipede grass 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 centipede lawn. The annual nitrogen requirements for centipede are very low when compared to other turf grasses. A rate 0f 1-2 pounds of nitrogen per year is the requirement for centipede. Please refer to the section on fertilization for more details on fertilizing your centipede lawn.

 

DO NOT LIME Centipede. Centipede lawns prefer an acidic soil with a PH range of 4.5 to 5.5. Adding lime will raise the alkalinity and produce an environment that is not centipede friendly!

 

Watering

 

Centipede is drought tolerant and will generally do well on a minimalist watering schedule. It is recommended that you do water regularly and especially during periods of extended drought. Although Centipede will survive drought periods that will leave other lawn types barren it will look better and recover faster if you water it during periods of drought.

 

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