How to Control Carpet Grass in Centipede Lawns


Carpet grass is a warm-season, rapid-growth grass type found primarily throughout the southern United States. Because carpet grass grows rapidly, it requires constant mowing and is a less desirable landscaping choice than lower-maintenance varieties such as centipede grass (also found throughout the southern United States). Fortunately, controlling carpet grass is possible in a few weeks with a few inexpensive materials. Eliminating carpet grass from your centipede lawn does not require special landscaping or gardening skills.

Step 1

Hand-pull patches of carpet grass from your centipede lawn. Throw the grass patches into a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Step 2

Cover remaining carpet grass patches with old newspaper and weigh the newspaper down with bricks or heavy weights. Leave the newspaper in place for two weeks.

Step 3

Remove the newspaper from your lawn and spot-check the area to ensure no new carpet grass has grown in the patches. Hand-pull any new carpet grass growth and dispose of it in a trash bag or compost bin.

Step 4

Inspect the area on a weekly basis to make sure the carpet grass hasn't returned.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash bags (or compost bin)
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks (or heavy weights)


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Carpetgrass
  • Gardening Know How: How To Kill Grass Naturally--Kill Unwanted Grass In Your Yard
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