Centipede Lawn Care Information
With a variety of grass called centipede lawn care can be simplified. First introduced in the United States in the early 1900s, centipede grass is now widely grown throughout the southeastern United States from the Carolinas to Texas.
This varietal that is native to South China has become a favorite of homeowners and professional landscapers alike because of its low maintenance requirements and adaptability to the sandy, acidic soils of the southeastern United States. It’s not a good choice for regions that have cold winters, nor does it grow in arid regions such as the desert southwest.
Centipede grass doesn’t completely become dormant in the winter and can be damaged by frost and snow. However, the grass will quickly recover when temperatures begin to climb. It can also be used in conjunction with annual rye grass for those who want a green lawn throughout the colder winter months.
Unlike with other grass types that demand frequent mowing and regular fertilizer treatments, centipede grass can thrive with a minimum of care and is naturally very resistant to diseases and insects. With bug lawn care is significantly less labor intensive than it is with Bermuda or St. Augustine grass.
In centipede grass lawns that are more than three years old, patchy areas of thatchy turf can develop. Since no one has yet been able to identify the particular cause of this condition, it has been broadly termed “centipede decline”. Areas that are hit with centipede decline show poor root development. Adding more than 2 lbs of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn has been linked to the development of the condition and should be avoided. Most lawn care experts recommend that no more than .5 lbs of fertilizer per 1,000 feet should be applied on a quarterly basis.
If you have questions about centipede lawn care, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at World of Lawn Care. We can help you with the strategies you need to grow a healthy, thriving lawn.