Centipede

Maintenance and Fertilizer Guide

Spring

  • Keep centipede mowed between 1.5 and 2 inches. Mowing below 1.5 inches will stress your centipede, which may not recover; don’t do it.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
  • Don’t over water. Centipede needs about one inch of water a week, taking into consideration rainfall.
  • Apply fungicide (if needed). If you have had a fungus or disease in your centipede in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, you should apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.
  • Fertilize your lawn (choose your program). Centipede does not handle overfertilization very well; don’t do it.
Fertilize your lawn

Summer

  • When mowing, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If on vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing. Again, don’t mow below 1.5 inches.
  • Do not over water the grass. Centipede only needs about 1” of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
  • Fertilize your lawn (choose your program). Centipede does not handle overfertilization very well; don’t do it.
Fertilize your lawn

Fall

  • Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition. If you have had fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas.
  • Treat with broad-spectrum insecticide (if needed). If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil.
  • During the fall mowing will occur less often – keeping your centipede slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for the winter.
  • Water less as temperatures drop – too much water will lead to disease.
  • If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.
  • Fertilize your lawn (choose your program). Centipede does not handle overfertilization very well; don’t do it.
Fertilize your lawn
  • 1.5″ – 2″
  • Inches
  • 1 inch
  • per week
  • TOTAL
  • Preventative
  • Fungicide &
  • Insecticide

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