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Lawnifi Centipede Grass Grow Guide

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    Centipede grass is a popular warm-season turfgrass known for its low maintenance and adaptability to the southeastern United States. It thrives in acidic soils with low fertility and requires minimal fertilization, making it an eco-friendly choice. This grass is tolerant of heat and drought, providing a lush, green lawn with minimal upkeep. Its dense growth habit helps suppress weeds, making it an excellent choice for homeowners seeking an easy-to-care-for lawn.

    Lawnifi Centipede Grass Specifications

    Specification Detail
    Growing Zones Southeastern US: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Texas and North Carolina. It thrives in regions with mild winters and hot summers, making it ideal for USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9.
    Days to Germination 14-30 days
    Mow Height 1.5-2 inches
    Planting Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
    Soil Preference Loamy, well-draining
    Soil pH Preference 5.0-6.00
    Water Needs Regular watering, keep soil consistently moist
    Fertilizer Needs Centipede grass requires low nitrogen fertilization, typically 1-2 pounds per 1,000 square feet annually, applied in late spring and mid-summer. Avoid over-fertilizing to prevent grass decline and other issues. Always follow soil test recommendations.
    Light Preference Centipede grass prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade. It performs best in areas that receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
    Common Weeds crabgrass, goosegrass, nutsedge, spurge, dollarweed, chickweed, annual bluegrass, and clover
    Common Pests Sod webworms, armyworms, mole crickets, grubs, spittlebugs.
    Common Diseases Brown patch, dollar spot, fairy ring, leaf spot, large patch, take-all root rot, helminthosporium leaf spot, Centipede Decline

    Centipede Grass New Lawn Establishment:

    1. Soil Preparation:
      1. Soil Test & Amendment: For the best results, start by getting a soil test done or using a soil pH tester to check the soil’s acidity. Lawnifi Centipede Grass thrives in a pH range of 5.0 to 6.0. If adjustments are needed, use lime to raise the pH or sulfur to lower it, and follow the instructions on the product labels.
      2. Clear Debris: Till the ground and remove all weeds, grass and debris.
      3. Loosen the Soil: Use a lawn rake to loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil. This helps the seeds to settle in and promotes better root growth.
      4. Add Topsoil or Compost (optional): Spread a thin layer of topsoil or compost over the area to provide a nutrient-rich base for the seeds.
    2. Seeding: Use a lawn spreader to evenly distribute the Lawnifi Centipede Grass seed over the prepared soil. Broadcast spread the grass seed at .5 lb to 1 lb per 1000 square feet for best results. Apply in a crisscross pattern to ensure even coverage.
    3. Watering: Gently water the area immediately after seeding.
    4. Fertilizing: Apply Lawnifi Grow starter fertilizer as directed.
    5. Continual Watering: Lawnifi Centipede Grass may take 2-4 weeks to germinate and 6-8 weeks to establish. Water is crucial during this period. Until germination, water lightly every day to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. This may require multiple applications daily on sandy soils or during drought. Once the seeds have germinated, reduce the frequency of watering.

    Overseeding Existing Centipede Lawn:

    1. Soil Preparation:
      1. Clear Debris: Remove all weeds, grass clippings and debris.
      2. Mow: Mow the existing grass short and remove clippings.
      3. Aerate: Aerate the soil to improve seed-to-soil contact.
    2. Seeding: Use a lawn spreader to evenly distribute the Lawnifi Centipede Grass seed over the prepared soil. Spread the grass seed at 1 lb to 2lb per 1000 square feet for best results. Apply in a crisscross pattern to ensure even coverage.
    3. Watering: Follow the same watering guidelines as for a new lawn. Keep soil moist but not soggy until seeds germinate. It may be best to hand water larger bare spots as established grass does not need as much water as seed.
    4. Fertilizing: Apply a light layer of Lawnifi Grow starter fertilizer as directed. Fertilize carefully, centipede lawns do not respond well to excessive fertilization and can lead to issues.

    Post-Germination Centipede Grass Care:

    1. Watering: Gradually reduce watering frequency but increase the amount of water applied. Establishing grass needs deeper water. Make sure the soil stays moist but not water-logged.
    2. Mowing: When grass reaches a little over 2 inches, mow it to 1.5 inches. With regular mowing, maintain a height of 1-1.5 inches. Mow roughly every 7-14 days, depending on weather and growing conditions.
    3. Weed Control: Manually remove weeds promptly. It is not recommended to use any weed control products during the establishment phase of new grass.
    4. Maintenance: Monitor soil pH and adjust as needed.
    5. Fertilizing: Centipede grass has low fertilizer needs, if you apply a fertilizer, apply it lightly.

    Post-Establishment Centipede Grass Care: 

    1. Watering: Water deeply and infrequently, about 1 inch per week, adjusting for rainfall.
    2. Weed Control: Apply pre-emergent herbicides in early spring and spot-treat weeds as needed.
    3. Disease Control: Monitor for signs of disease and apply fungicides as necessary. Ensure proper watering and mowing practices to prevent issues.
    4. Pest Control: Inspect regularly for pests and treat with appropriate insecticides if infestations occur.
    5. Mowing: Maintain a height of 1-1.5 inches, mowing regularly to keep the grass healthy.
    6. Maintenance: Aerate annually and remove thatch build-up to promote healthy growth.
    7. Fertilizing: To avoid decline and other issues, apply minimal nitrogen, about 1-2 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft. annually.

    By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure a lush, green, and resilient centipedegrass lawn.

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