Centipede

Homeowner Maintenance 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 overwater. Centipede needs about one inch of water a week considering 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,  apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.
  • Centipede does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen 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 you are returning from 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 overwater the grass. Centipede only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
  • Centipede does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen 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 soil absorption.
  • 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.
  • Centipede does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen very well; don’t do it.
Fertilize your lawn:
  • 1.5–2
  • inches
  • 1 inch
  • per week
  • total
  • Preventative
  • Fungicide &
  • Insecticide