KelleySod-Pic1Centipede is a popular, low maintenance lawn grass that grows well in Louisiana and throughout the South. Centipede is a creeping grass that has wider leaves than most Bermuda grasses and Zoysia grasses, but narrower than St. Augustine grass. Centipede grass is native to China and southeast Asia. It was first introduced into the United States in 1916 from seed collected by Frank N. Meyer in South China. Centipede grass has since become widely grown in the southeastern United States from S. Carolina to Florida and westward along the Gulf Coast states to Texas.

Its popularity results from its adaptation to areas with low fertility conditions and Centipede has low maintenance requirements. Properly managed Centipede Grass it has few serious pest problems and it is particularly well adapted to the sandy, acid soils of the southeastern United States. Centipede grass is slightly more cold tolerant than St. Augustine grass, but extended periods of 5°F or less can kill Centipede grass.

Centipede grass grows well in full sun and is more shade tolerant than Bermuda but generally less shade tolerant than Zoysia and St. Augustine. Centipede requires little labor for a near trouble free lawn. It has a light apple green color with good density, medium texture, minimal pest problems and fair shape tolerance.

Generally a Centipede grass lawn is stripped, plugged or solid sodded.

Centipede is presently very popular with homeowners. Centipede is healthiest when mowed at 1 1/2 inches high.


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