Centipede grass is a warm-season turfgrass commonly grown throughout southern regions of the United States. Low-growing, aggressive and dense, centipede grass provides a dark green, medium-textured lawn with good shade and foot-traffic resistance. The slow growth rate of centipede grass requires less watering, mowing and fertilizing than other warm season grasses. Soil temperatures must be sufficiently warm before centipede grass seeds will germinate.
Late spring is an ideal time to plant centipede grass in the southernmost regions of the United States where soil temperatures reach a minimum of 70 degrees F by May or June. Soil temperatures below 70 degrees F are insufficient to support the germination and growth of centipede grass seeds.
Late June or July is the best time to plant centipede grass in the majority of southern states with a warm temperate climate. In this climate region, soil temperatures typically take longer to reach the critical temperate of 70 degrees F. Early summer is generally preferred to late spring due to the higher likelihood of warm soil temperatures and increased rainfall amounts.
Late fall or winter seeding of centipede grass is the most risky seeding time, but may also provide earlier germination of the seeds during the spring months. Seeds are sowed during the winter months when the soil temperature is below 60 degrees F. The seeds remain dormant in the cool soil until spring temperatures and rainfall promote germination.