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.
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.
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.
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.
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.