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How to Get Rid of Bahia Grass in a Centipede Grass Lawn

By James Clark ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bahia grass is a warm-season grass that grows throughout Florida, Texas, Louisiana and elsewhere in the southern United States. Because bahia grass is rapidly growing, it is considered high-maintenance and is less desirable than lower-maintenance grass such as centipede grass. Eliminating bahia grass from your lawn or garden is a simple process that should take just a few weeks. Getting rid of bahia grass in a centipede grass lawn does not require specialized landscaping skills.

Hand-pull patches of bahia grass from your centipede lawn.

Dispose of bahia grass into a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Pull clumps of bahia grass until it is at an even height (no higher than 5 inches). It is important that the bahia grass be even and flat, as this will ensure that the grass will be eliminated when newspaper is spread over the patches.

Spread old newspaper over all pulled patches of bahia grass in your centipede lawn. Ensure that the newspaper is lying as flat as possible.

Place bricks or heavy weights on top of the newspaper and leave in place for two weeks.

Remove the newspaper after two weeks and check the bahia grass patches to ensure that no new growth has formed. If necessary, pull any new growth and dispose of in trash bag or compost bin.


Things You Will Need

  • Trash bags
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks (or heavy weights)


  • Spot-check on a weekly basis to ensure that your lawn has been cleared of bahia grass.

About the Author


James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.