How to Install Centipede Sod


Centipede grass is a sun-loving grass favored by gardeners in southern United States. It is drought-resistant, requires little care and maintenance, grows in all soils including sandy and clay, is insect- and disease-resistant and spreads quickly to form a thick covering. There are two ways of growing centipede lawn grass--planting seed or laying sod. Planting grass seed is labor-intensive and time-consuming, while sod provides an instant although costly lawn, covering bare areas with green grass immediately.

Step 1

Prepare the area two weeks before installing sod. Wear gloves and pull out weeds by hand, or follow label directions for pouring commercial herbicide over large infestations. Remove stones, rocks and plant debris and discard.

Step 2

Rent a tiller from your local tilling company and till the ground to a depth of up of 4 to 6 inches to break compacted clods of dirt and aerate the soil. Add 5 pounds of fertilizer and 25 pounds of lime for every 500 square foot area. Also spread a 1-inch layer of rotted manure or compost over the area. Till the area again to ensure the soil conditioners mix with the soil.

Step 3

Water the area with a garden hose to moisten up to a half-inch of soil. This helps sod adhere to the soil better.

Step 4

Place a roll of centipede sod at the straightest and longest side of your lawn, and begin unrolling it slowly. Do it until its end, and place the edge of the adjacent roll flush against its edge before unrolling it. Check the seams to make sure there are no gaps in between.

Step 5

Break up visible seams in your lawn by staggering adjacent rows of centipede sod. Make sure the edges do not overlap each other but are flush. Use a shovel or hatchet to cut a roll to size to fit corners or irregular shapes in your lawn, or to conform it against the contours of any paths or driveway.

Step 6

Fill a lawn roller with water and run it over the freshly installed centipede sod so the roots establish good contact with the soil. Water the sod lightly with a garden hose and water it once a day for two weeks, preferably in the morning, until it establishes itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Herbicide
  • Tiller
  • Fertilizer
  • Lime
  • Compost
  • Garden hose
  • Centipede sod rolls
  • Hatchet
  • Lawn roller


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