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