Centipede grass, one of the most widely grown lawn grasses in the southeastern United States, stems from its tolerance of a wide range of soil conditions and easy-care requirements. A coarse-textured grass, it spreads to form a dense turf. Centipede grass does not do well in shade, however, so choose a sunny location for your new lawn. Fertilize the established lawn once a year, mow it regularly and give it 4 to 6 inches of water only when it appears stressed.
Plan to plant your centipede grass in late spring or early summer, when temperatures are at least 70 degrees F.
Remove all weeds and grass from the planting area.
Till the planting area breaking up any large clods of dirt and removing any roots, rocks and other debris from the soil.
Mix fertilizer into the soil. You will need 10 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. Horticulturists at Texas A&M University suggest a 16-4-8 formulation for centipede grass.
Level the area with the rake until no peaks or valleys remain.
Mix the grass seed with the coarse sand and pour it into the broadcast spreader. Sow the seeds at a rate of 1/2 pound per 1,000 square feet of planting area. Sow half the seed in a north to south direction and sow the other half in an east to west direction. This will ensure adequate seed coverage.
Lightly rake the bed until the seeds are barely covered with soil.
Pack the soil around the seeds using the lawn roller.
Water the area well with the fine mist setting on your hose. Keep the soil moist during germination to at least 1/2 inch deep.