How to Plant Centipede Sod


Centipede is a warm-season grass that can be planted to create a lawn either by seed, sprigs or sod. Centipede is a low-maintenance, slow-growing and creeping lawn grass that grows best in warm-winter climates that receive few or no hard freezes. Centipede grass has a coarse texture and will stay green year round in non-freezing climates. You must wait until spring temperatures are above 55 degrees F for about three weeks before laying Centipede grass sod. Soil temperatures of 70 degrees or higher are optimal for planting Centipede sod.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in the area where you're planning to lay the Centipede grass sod using a rototiller. Turn and loosen the soil down to a depth of 6 to 12 inches.

Step 2

Spray the lawn area with a non-selective herbicide to kill any weeds about two weeks prior to sod installation.

Step 3

Spread powdered lime, a granular 5-10-15 NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium) fertilizer and 1 inch of organic compost over the tilled soil. Spread 50 pounds of lime and 10 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Step 4

Till the lime, fertilizer and compost into the soil to mix it thoroughly into the top 6 inches of soil. Rake the soil to remove any debris or rocks and smooth out the area.

Step 5

Soak the prepared soil with ½-inch of water the evening before installing the sod. Try to plant the Centipede sod the same day it's delivered to prevent it from drying out.

Step 6

Find the straightest line in the area where you're laying the Centipede grass sod, such as a driveway, a walkway or along the edge of your house. Begin laying the sod pieces along this straight edge.

Step 7

Lay the sod pieces in staggered rows, fitting the pieces tightly together so that the seams aren't easily visible. Trim sod pieces with a sharp trowel or shovel to shape them around trees, plants or other objects.

Step 8

Roll over the installed sod area with a roller to press the underside of the sod into the soil below it. Water the Centipede sod thoroughly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves and eye protection when operating the rototiller and roller, as well as when spraying or handling the chemical weed killer.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Non-selective herbicide
  • Powdered lime
  • Granular 5-10-15 NPK fertilizer
  • Organic compost
  • Rake
  • Centipede grass sod
  • Sharp trowel or shovel
  • Roller
  • Garden hose
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection


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Who Can Help

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