How to Make My Centipede Grass Grow


Centipede grass is a creeping grass that grows on the soil surface in runners similar to vines. Centipede grass chokes out other grasses and weeds, and eventually creats a thick covering for your lawn. Centipede grass grows best in warmer states with little to no freezing conditions, however it can be grown in colder areas as long as the freezing weather doesn't last too long.

Step 1

Test the soil pH. Centipede grass prefers a pH of 5.0 to 5.5. Amend the soil with lime or other nutrients to get it in the proper range as recommended by the test results.

Step 2

Apply fertilizer to centipede grass once or twice a year. If applying twice, use only half the recommended amount each time. For a once-a-year fertilization, spread in June. For twice a year, apply in June and September. For a balanced fertilizer for centipede grass, use one with an NPK of 15-0-15.

Step 3

Water centipede grass in the morning, when necessary. The drought-tolerant centipede grass doesn't require watering every day ,or even every other day. Morning water keeps water from evaporating. This time of day also prevents mold growth.

Step 4

Mow grass at a height of 1 1/2 inches. Let it grow higher if drought conditions exist.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Soil test kit
  • Lime
  • Sprinkler


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Centipedegrass Lawns
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