How to Grow Centipede Sod Grass

Overview

Centipede grass originates from Southeast Asia and China. It was transported to the United States in 1916. The slow growing grass gets its name from its similarity in appearance to the centipede insect. Centipede creates a thick sod with a medium or light green color. It is considered the easiest to maintain out of all the lawn grasses. The variety does not need to be mowed as frequently as other grasses. it survives in mild cold temperatures, as long as your region does not experience hard freezes. When growing centipede sod grass, site preparation is essential for the health of the grass.

Step 1

Test the pH of the soil in the planting area. Centipede grass prefers acidic soils. It can grow in full sun or shade.

Step 2

Plant centipede sod as soon as it is delivered. If that isn't possible, keep it in a shaded, cool area. Moisten it frequently to keep the grass from dying.

Step 3

Remove debris such as stones and sticks from the planting area. Run a rototiller over the area to loosen the top few inches of soil. The sod will have trouble rooting if it encounters hard ground.

Step 4

Spread a starter fertilizer with a 2-1-1 nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratio. Set a sprinkler to the oscillating setting and lightly water the area until it's thoroughly moist. This will help the food penetrate the soil.

Step 5

Transport the centipede sod to the planting area with a wheelbarrow. gently lift out a full section of sod and lay it down along the outer edge of the lawn. Put another strip right next to it, as close as possible.

Step 6

Work toward the far edge of the lawn, using full sod strips whenever possible. Use a sharp blade to cut irregular shapes. If you need to use small pieces of centipede sod, put them in the center of the lawn. If they are on the outer edges, they're more likely to die.

Step 7

Run a half-full roller over the centipede sod. Water it until the top 6 to 8 inches are moist. Keep watering it daily until the grass becomes established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not walk on sod until it's established. Be careful with damp sod. It falls apart easily.

Things You'll Need

  • pH test kit
  • Rototiller
  • Sprinkler
  • Water
  • Rake
  • Fertilizer
  • Sod
  • Blade
  • Roller

References

  • Seedland: Centipede Grass
  • Texas A&M University: Turfgrass Establishment
  • Yardcare.com: Building a Lawn
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