How to Prepare Centipede Sod


Centipedegrass was introduced to the United States by Frank Meyer, the famous USDA horticulturalist, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension. It adapts well in the coastal plains area and the lower Piedmont area of the United States. It is grows well in infertile soils, making it low maintenance and easy to care for. Preparing the sodding site is the most essential element to its success or failure.

Step 1

Perform a pH test on the soil to determine the pH and nutrient content. Send soil samples to a local university extension service for an accurate nutrient analysis. Fertilizers are bought according to the requirements set forth by the pH test.

Step 2

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to the soil to kill weed seeds before they germinate. Spray the soil according to the package instructions. Apply a post-emergent herbicide to established weeds according to the instructions.

Step 3

Remove any debris from the lawn.

Step 4

Add soil amendments to the soil, according to the soil test results and till them into the top 4 to 8 inches of the site's soil. Rake the soil so that it is smooth.

Step 5

Apply the centipede sod to the lawn within 24 hours of delivery.

Things You'll Need

  • pH testing kit
  • Centipedegrass sod
  • Soil grader
  • Tiller
  • Fertilizer
  • Roller
  • Pre-emergent herbicide
  • Post-emergent herbicide


  • University of Illinois Extension: Site Preparation
  • University of Gerogia Cooperative Extension: Centipede Lawn Quick Care Guide
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Lawn Establishment

Who Can Help

  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Centipedegrass
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