How to Plant Centipede Grass in the Fall


Centipede grass is a warm-season grass, which means it thrives in warm climate areas---especially in the southern United States. It originated in China and was introduced to the United States in 1916. It is a slow-growing, medium-textured grass that grows low to the ground and can produce a lush, thick lawn. The fall is usually not a good time to plant warm-season grasses, but because centipede grass has a lower germination temperature (60 degrees Fahrenheit) than other warm-season grasses, you can plant centipede grass in the fall in the extreme southern United States with success.

Step 1

Rototill the planting area down to a depth of 3 to 4 inches and then roll to firm it up. Gently rake any lumps or bumps smooth so that you have a smooth and level dirt planting area.

Step 2

Mix one-third pound of centipede grass seed with 1 gallon of sand per 1,000 square feet of lawn space. Spread with a broadcast spreader.

Step 3

Firm the planting area up and encourage seed to soil contact by running an empty lawn roller over the planting area.

Step 4

Apply a lawn fertilizer at the rate of 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Use your broadcast spreader to apply to the planting area.

Step 5

Water the planting area and keep moist for 14 to 21 days after seeding the centipede grass. Ideally you'll need to water it two to three times a day for five to 10 minutes per watering. Check that it's not staying too dry or getting too soggy. If it is, adjust the watering accordingly.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Centipede grass
  • Sand
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose


  • Centipede Grass
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Centipedegrass
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.