How to Plant Centipede Seed

Overview

Landscapers across the southeastern United States use the slow-growing, perennial centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides Munro) for lawns. The grass is not native to North America. Frank N. Meyer collected the centipede seed from China and brought it to the United States in 1916, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of the area for centipede seed planting. Multiply the numbers to determine the general square footage. According to the Texas Cooperative Extension, 1/3 lb. of centipede grass seed is the right amount for 1,000 square feet of coverage.

Step 2

Mix thoroughly one gallon of fine-grain sand with each 1/3 lb. of centipede grass seed.

Step 3

Loosen a small sector of the planting area's soil. Wet. Use a pH soil testing kit to determine the acidity of the soil. Make appropriate adjustments for the recommended soil pH for centipede seed. Soil with a pH range between 5 and 6 germinates and grows centipede seed the best, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension.

Step 4

Use a yard tiller to break up the planting area and add any nutrients or matter to adjust the soil pH levels. Remove all rocks, sticks, twigs, weeds, vegetation and other debris.

Step 5

Use a garden rake to level the planting area by raking the dirt back and forth in short, even strokes. This is an opportune time to fill in any dips or small holes in the yard.

Step 6

Pour the centipede seed mixture into a seed spreader. Walk back and forth in straight rows over the planting area, allowing the spreader to evenly distribute the seed.

Step 7

Press the distributed seed into the ground with a yard roller.

Step 8

Place planting stakes on the outside perimeter of the planted area. Tie twine between the stakes.

Step 9

Water the freshly planted area until very moist, but not saturated. No standing water should be visible. Repeat low-level daily watering for two weeks to keep seed moist during the germination period, advises the Texas Cooperative Extension.

Tips and Warnings

  • Centipede seed grass needs watering year-round because it does not go into dormancy. The grass is not drought tolerant.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fine-grain sand
  • Centipede grass seed
  • pH soil testing kit
  • Yard tiller
  • Medium-tine yard rake
  • Seed spreader
  • Yard roller
  • Garden stakes
  • Twine
  • Water

References

  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Centipede Grass
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