Introduced in the late 1960’s to the North Shore market by our founder, Jim Simpson, Centipede has been nick-named “The Lazy Man’s Grass” because of its ability to thrive with very low maintenance. It has a natural medium to dark green color, well suited for acidic soils but will adapt to poor soil, tolerates high temperatures and humidity, does not require excessive fertilizer and tolerates some drought conditions. Centipede requires at least 4-5 hours of good midday sunlight to thrive. River sand is an excellent choice to use under the Centipede because of the natural drainage and nutrients it provides. If you prefer looking at your yard more than working in it, Centipede is a great choice for you!
All grass should be watered immediately after being installed.
GREEN GRASS: Newly laid sod requires initial daily watering for approximately 1-2 hours per day. It takes approximately 5-14 days for the newly laid grass to root. Once the grass is firmly rooted in the soil, it will need only about 1” per week. To get 1” per week, water at the rate of 1 hour two times per week. Watering is best in the morning or early afternoon as the grass is more susceptible to disease when it stays wet overnight.
DORMANT GRASS: Newly laid sod requires initial watering for approximately 1 hour. Check dormant grass every 2-3 days to make sure the soil on the roots is still moist as it may not require watering after the initial watering.
Centipede does best mowed at 2-3” approximately every 7-14 days. Use the “1/3 rule” which is to mow often enough not to remove more than one third of the top growth at one mowing. The newly laid grass should be mowed when the grass is 50% higher than your desired mowing height.
We recommend a complete slow release product such as Fertilome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer directly on the ground before laying the grass on the ground. We do not recommend fertilizing on top of established grass between September 1st and April 15th. In order to maintain Centipede we recommend fertilizing only one-time a year in April or May.