Centipede Grass Planting Instructions


You can find centipede grass growing over the southeastern United States. It's a warm season grass, which means it needs warm temperatures to grow---generally over 60 degrees F. It doesn't do well in colder climates and can die when temperatures get below 5 degrees F. Centipede grass is low maintenance and does well in highly acidic soils. It requires a well-prepared seedbed and adequate moisture to germinate and grow successfully.

Step 1

Rototill your planting area to an average depth of 3 to 4 inches. Firm the planting area with a lawn roller and use your garden rake to even out any humps and bumps.

Step 2

Apply a lawn fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of planting area. Use a broadcast spreader to spread the fertilizer over the planting area. Read the instructions on the fertilizer package to set the broadcast spreader at the right application rate.

Step 3

Mix 1/3 pound of centipede grass seed with 1 gallon of sand for every 1,000 square feet of planting area. Pour this mixture into your broadcast spreader and spread over the planting area.

Step 4

Firm up the planting area with an empty lawn roller to make adequate seed-to-soil contact.

Step 5

Set up your lawn sprinklers and set timers to water the grass two to three times per day with a duration of five to 10 minutes per watering. Your goal here is to keep the planting area moist at all times. If you notice it getting soggy or drying up, adjust the watering duration accordingly to accommodate.

Step 6

Mow your centipede grass when it reaches 2 1/2 to 3 inches in height. It should be mowed to 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Back down on the watering gradually. You ultimately want to water the grass once per week and put down 1 inch of water each time. Check how much water is being applied with a pan set on the lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Sand
  • Centipede grass seed
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinkler timers
  • Lawn mower


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Centipedegrass
  • American Lawns: Centipede Grass
  • Hancock Seed Company: Centipede Grass
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