How to Plant Carpet Grass


Carpet grass, botanically named Axonopus affinis, is also commonly called "petite gazon" by the Louisiana Creoles, Louisiana grass and flat grass. It is a creeping, perennial grass with rounded blunt leaves best suited for wet, warm climates found in states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Since it easily grows into a dense turf, carpet grass is often used for parks, roadsides and golf course roughs as well as for cattle grazing. Many homeowners shy away from carpet grass for their lawns since it requires frequent mowing to keep seed stalks under control.

Step 1

Prepare area to be seeded by loosening topsoil and removing weeds with a rake, while maintaining a firm seed bed.

Step 2

Broadcast 2 lbs. of carpet grass seed per 1,000 square feet using a drop spreader.

Step 3

Rake seeds gently to cover with approximately 1/4 inch topsoil to hold seeds in place during germination.

Step 4

Water to keep soil moist until carpet grass is established. It typically takes eight to 10 weeks for carpet grass to become firmly established.

Step 5

Feed with a complete fertilizer at a ratio of 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet once planting is complete.

Step 6

Reapply fertilizer monthly until carpet grass is firmly established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Carpet grass has a shallow root system and is not drought tolerant. Seed stalks on carpet grass may reach heights of 12 inches or more. Frequent mowing with a rotary mower, as often as every five days, is required to maintain a manicured lawn. To prepare a firm seed bed, a rototiller and roller may be required for best results. Carpet grass is invasive and will crowd out Bermuda and other grasses as well as weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Drop spreader
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • United States Department of Agriculture: Plant Fact Sheet--Carpet Grass
  • Mississippi State University--Turf Library: Carpet Grass
  • Texas A&M University Cooperative Extension Service: Carpet Grass
  • American Lawns: Carpet Grass

Who Can Help

  • All About Lawns: Carpet Grass
Keywords: planting carpet grass, seeding carpet grass, carpet grass care

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Linda Marie was first published in 1969 while a feature news writer for the "Selfridge Flyer". She has held positions in broadcast copywriting, trade magazine publications, retail advertising and medical marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.