Common Name: Centipedegrass
Latin Name: Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack.
Strengths: Low mowing and fertilization requirements, performs well in acidic soils
Weaknesses: Cold tolerance, shade tolerance, salt tolerance, traffic tolerance, high pH, coarse leaf texture
Growth Habit: Tillers and stolons
Planting Method: 1/4 to 2 lbs of seed per 1,000 sq ft; Can also be planted as sod
Mowing Height: 1.5 to 2 inches with a rotary mower
Mowing Frequency: Weekly to every 14 days during the growing season; none during winter dormancy
Fertilization Requirement: Single application rates; 0.5 to 1 lb of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq feet during the growing season months. Annual application rates; 0 to 2 lbs of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq feet per year. Application of other nutrients including Phosphorous, Potassium, and others should be based on soil test results.
Description: Centipedegrass is a low-input, warm season grass species that spreads laterally by stolons. It has medium textured leaves that are light green in color relative to many other lawn grasses. It has the least traffic tolerance of all warm-season grasses and is most commonly used in low-maintenance areas with little to no foot traffic. It’s primary use is in lawns that receive full sun, and little to no maintenance or use aside from mowing. As such, it is sometime lovingly referred to as a “lazy-man’s” grass that requires little effort to maintain. Centipedegrass is available as seed and sod. Like bermudagrass and zoysiagrass though,