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Low Maintenance: TifBlair Centipedegrass

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  • Loves acid soil
  • Full sun or bright shade
  • Lowest fertility requirement
  • Slow growth = less mowing
Clues are in the nicknames

TifBlair, aka ecograss or lazy man's grass

Why the nicknames? TifBlair has the lowest maintenance requirements of all the quality southern lawn turfgrasses. Keep scrolling for the reasons it's low maintenance for "lazy" gardeners.

Low maintenance = environmentally friendly

  • Lowest fertility requirements of all lawns; grows well on poor soils
  • It may never need fertilizing - saving time, lowering cost, and reducing inputs
  • Loves acidic pH (that's a low pH) - no need to raise the pH with lime
  • Slowing growing - needs less mowing
  • Drought tolerant; it goes dormant in extended drought, greening up again when rain returns

TifBlair's other assets

  • Light green color
  • Medium-textured blade
  • Heat tolerance
  • Full sun; tolerant of partial shade or some bright filtered shade (pine shade or high shade)
  • Stays greener longer in the fall and greens up earlier in the spring than common Centipede turfgrass

Where to Use TifBlair Centipedegrass

Commercial, Residential Buildings, Parks
  • Home lawns & commercial landscaping
  • Public & private parks
  • Roadsides & Airports - a non-attractant for Canada geese and deer, for safety reasons Centipedegrass is a good choice for airports and highways
  • Throughout the South where maintenance budgets are small and turfgrass expectations high
  • All sod and turfgrass needs from Atlanta to Raleigh and all points southward
  • Zones 7b to 11a on the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map or Zones 1-2 on the Turfgrass Hardiness Map

Intrigued? There's more about TifBlair on our Blog.

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Fertilizer Tricks for your TifBlair Centipede Lawn

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What to Consider When Choosing a Type of Grass for Your Lawn

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Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses: Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede

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Unique & versatile methods of establishment

TifBlair is available as sod & seed

Sodding and seeding result in beautiful lawns that, in time, will look the same. The differences, in brief:

  • Sod costs more, but offers instant impact
  • Sod cost more, but is easier to take care of during the establishment phase
  • Seed costs less, but the trade off is in your time and effort
  • Seed is the solution in areas where TifBlair sod is not available
McClellans TifBlair Centipede

Both methods can be even be combined. Examples of combinations are to sod your front lawn and seed your back yard or sod your slopes (to prevent seed loss due to runoff) and seed the flat areas. Seed can also be used to overseed patchy, thin sodded areas.