Planting Centipede Grass


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.

Step 1

Plan to plant your centipede grass in late spring or early summer, when temperatures are at least 70 degrees F.

Step 2

Remove all weeds and grass from the planting area.

Step 3

Till the planting area breaking up any large clods of dirt and removing any roots, rocks and other debris from the soil.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Level the area with the rake until no peaks or valleys remain.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Lightly rake the bed until the seeds are barely covered with soil.

Step 8

Pack the soil around the seeds using the lawn roller.

Step 9

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use a weed and feed product prior to planting as the chemicals will kill the grass embryo.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Fertilizer
  • 1 gallon coarse sand
  • Rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Water


  • Texas A&M University: Centipedegrass
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Centipedegrass Lawns
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