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Centipede

Mowing, Aeration & Dethatching

Description & Characteristics Fertilizing and Watering Aeration and Dethatching Seeding and Propagation
 
 
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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
 Centipede
 Zoysia
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue

Mowing

 There are recommendations on mowing centipede that range from the low end (1.5”) to the higher end (3”). Presumably anywhere in between these two should work well. I don’t recommend too low as this invites weeds with a centipede lawn. I have found that a 2” cut produces the best looking lawn. Since centipede is a slow grower you do not need to mow it as frequently as other lawns, so cutting it short wont help much in terms of extending the amount of time between mowing.

 

Aeration

It is recommended that the lawn be core aerated once a year, Centipede can be aerated anytime during the growing season but it is important to allow for at least four weeks of growing season so that the lawn can fill in the aeration holes before dormancy sets in.

 

Thatch

General Recommendation on dethatching - If there is more then 1/2” of thatch present (Thatch is the presence of dead leaves and stems that build up on the surface of the soil). You should power rake in the spring or fall.

Authors Note - I generally dislike thatching for the simple reason that it has a tendency to damage turf, this is especially true for grasses that spread via rhizomes. My preference is to aerate as aerating breaks up the thatch and helps it along in the decomposition process.