How to Take Care of Centipede Grass


Centipede grass is a slow-growing but dense grass used in lawns in warmer climates. As a warm-season grass, it cannot withstand winter temperatures colder than 5 degrees Fahrenheit, especially prolonged periods of these cold temperatures. Native to China and Southeastern Asia, centipede grass is extremely low-maintenance, requiring less frequent mowing than other types of warm-season grasses and demanding little regular watering or fertilization. Centipede grass is also fairly resistant to diseases, insects and weeds.

Step 1

Water your centipede grass twice per week during times of drought or prolonged dry spells. Water the lawn evenly and moderately to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Step 2

Feed your centipede grass lawn once each year in the spring with a 15-0-15 or a 16-4-8 NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium) fertilizer according to the directions on the label.

Step 3

Mow your centipede grass lawn once every two or three weeks during the growing season to maintain a grass height between 2 and 4 inches. Don't cut more than one-third of the total grass height in a single mowing.

Step 4

Control weeds in your centipede grass lawn by applying a broadleaf, crabgrass or annual weed herbicide in early spring. Follow the herbicide instructions on the package.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't mow your centipede grass too low (less than 1-1/2 inches in height), because this will stress and can even kill the grass. Also, don't mow the centipede grass short before new growth begins in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • 15-0-15 or 16-4-8 NPK fertilizer
  • Lawnmower
  • Herbicides


  • American-Lawns: Centipede Grass
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Who Can Help

  • Lawn Care: The Lazy Man's Grass: Centipede Grass
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