TifBlair™ Centipede Lawn Maintenance
We’ve carefully grown your new TifBlair Centipede sod.
You’ve carefully installed it.
Now, follow these simple instructions to maintain a healthy Lifetime Lawn:
- Mow at 2 inches cutting height. Mow no more than 1/3 of the leaf off at one mowing. Use sharp mower blades and catch and remove clippings. Can be mowed with either reel or rotary mower.
- TifBlair has the least mowing requirements of the turfgrasses; mowing may be required on a 10 to 14 day interval.
- Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings. Though drought tolerant, Centipede performs best when it receives approximately 1 inch of water per week. If one or more inches of rainfall occur in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.) Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)
- Fertilize with Super-Sod’s Starter & Centipede Formulation 5-10-15 + Iron, which can be purchased at your local Super-Sod outlet. Fertilize according to the table below and according to soil test recommendations.
- Apply between 1 and 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet annually, during the growing season. Select a fertilizer that is labeled for use on centipedegrass lawns. Do not apply fertilizer to wet turf to avoid burning. Too much fertility will result in a thatchy and unhealthy lawn.
- Centipede thrives on an acid soil with a pH range of 5.0 to 6.0. Do not apply lime to Centipede without a soil test.
- Centipede's open growth can encourage the weed population to grow. Use of a pre-emergent herbicide, recommended for use on centipede lawns on the label, is strongly recommended in the spring and fall.
- Apply pre-emergent weed control and “weed and feed” combinations that are specifically labeled for Centipede grass. Do not apply weed and feed 90 days prior to seeding. Apply weed control according to the table below. Read and follow all label directions.
- Pests can become a problem, especially if centipede is not growing healthily (too much fertilizer or water, etc.).
- For assistance with weed identification and pest control contact your nursery/garden center, landscaper, or State cooperative extension service agent.
- Thatch Removal: Periodically it may be necessary to remove accumulated thatch. This is best accomplished in the late winter - just before the lawn turns green. Scalp or rake heavily and remove debris.
|mow when grass is this tall:||3 inches (7.5cm)|
|set cutting height of mower to:||2 inches (5cm)|
Fertilizer/Weed Control Table
|Season||Fertilizer (lbs/1000 ft2)||Weed Control (as needed)
|Early Spring||Weed and Feed||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|
||10 lbs. 5-10-15 + Iron||Omit pre-emerge if seeding
|Mid-Spring||10 lbs. 5-10-15 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Mid-Summer||10 lbs. 5-10-15 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Early Fall||None||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|