From first seedling to stacked pallet, we’ve been attentive to your TifBlair™ Centipede. You’ve monitored your new sod and watered ‘til strong roots were apparent. Now, carefully follow these simple and specific maintenance instructions to get the most out of your Lifetime Lawn:
Mowing your TifBlair Centipede Lawn
- Mow at 1.5 to 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.
|mow when grass is this tall:||2 to 2.5 inches|
set cutting height of mower to:
|1.5 to 2 inches|
Watering TifBlair Centipede Sod
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)
Fertilizing TifBlair Centipede Sod
- Fertilize with Super-Sod’s Starter & Centipede Formulation 5-10-30 + Iron, which can be purchased at your local Super-Sod store. Fertilize according to the table below and according to soil test recommendations.
- TifBlair may not even need fertilizing. Never apply fertilizer to a Centipede lawn without first running a soil test.
- If it does need fertilizer, apply between 1 and 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 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.
- Read about How to Calculate Fertilizer Rates.
Weed, Pest and Disease Control for TifBlair Centipede
- 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 products that are specifically labeled for Centipede grass. Do not apply pre-emergents 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 just before turf turns green (which is approximately late winter in the coastal plain and spring further north). Scalp or rake heavily and remove debris.
Fertilizer (lbs/1000 ft2)
Weed Control (as needed)
|Early Spring||Wait to Fertilize Until After Green Up||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|
|Spring Seeding||10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron||Omit pre-emerge if seeding|
|Mid-Spring||10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Mid-Summer||10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Early Fall||None||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|