How to Invigorate Centipede Grass


Centipede grass is a perennial grass type with a natural yellowish-green color. It thrives in sandy soil types, with a pH level of 5 or 6. Plant centipede grass in full sun exposure, as it is not considered a shade-tolerant grass type. Due to its preference for porous, sandy soil types, centipede grass is best suited to areas that receive a minimum of 40 inches in annual rainfall.

Step 1

Fertilize centipede grass at a rate of 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Apply the fertilizer in the spring and fall.

Step 2

Supplement soil with a pH of 7.0, or higher, with iron. Perform a soil test to determine the soil's pH level and amount of iron to apply.

Step 3

For heavier soil types, water centipede grass to a depth of 4 to 6 inches when the grass shows signs of wilting or discoloration. Sandy soils require water to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Step 4

Reduce winter kill in centipede grass with an application of potassium. Use a 3-1-2 fertilizer in both the spring and fall.

Step 5

Mow centipede grass to the height of 1 inch. Leaving the grass length longer when mowing encourages thatch development, which can choke out healthy grass.

Tips and Warnings

  • Centipede grass is sensitive to herbicides. Avoid fertilizers with broad-spectrum herbicides; only use herbicides recommended for centipede grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Nitrogen-based fertilizer
  • Iron
  • Potassium


  • Texas A&M University: Centipedegrass
  • North Carolina State University Plant Pathology Extension: Problems on Centipedegrass

Who Can Help

  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service: Lawn Care Calendar for Centipede Grass
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