TifBlair Centipede has proven to be a improved variety of Centipede Grass through research trials over the last few years. TifBlair Centipede is commonly used for home lawns, parks, roadsides, and landscape projects. TifBlair Centipede lawns require 50% less mowing than other lawn grass varieties. TifBlair Centipede is a fast and aggressive lawn grass variety. It will continue to spread after it is established, choking out weeds and other grasses. TifBlair Centipede grass is a excellent choice for home lawns in the Southeast. This is a certified centipede seed and the seed is coated.
TifBlair Centipede is more cold tolerant, and produces longer runners than common Centipede. TifBlair Centipede also germinates faster. TifBlaire Centipede is very popular for home lawns in the Southeastern United States, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Centipede lawn grass varieties require little to no chemical treatments, growing well in poor soils, full sun or partial shade with little or low maintenance or fertilization. Centipede grass is also preferred for its drought tolerance and little mowing requirements.
Coated Seed vs Raw Seed
Coated seed contains a clay-based surrounding shell that increases moisture retention and helps to reduce insect or fowl consumption. Coated seed contains approximately 50% coating weight, or inert weight, per pound of seed. Coated Centipede Seed is also easier to see after it is applied. Raw seed features no fillers, coatings, or treatments.
Centipede Grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) was introduced into the United States from seed found in the baggage of Frank Meyer, a USDA plant explorer who disappeared on his fourth trip to China in 1916. It was initially used for low-maintenance cemeteries and eventually for lawns, during and after the Great Depression, and is sometimes referred to as "lazy man's grass," or "poor man's grass."
"I am so happy with this product," says Nancy H. "Full germination and quickly. I have a brand new build so my yard is all dirt. This centipede seed is great. I planted a portion last year and it has developed into a nice carpet feel. I debated sod vs seed but everything I read said if you have the patience, seed is a better choice. Tif Blair is a great product!"
Nancy would later follow up after Winter, to add to her rave reviews for TifBlair: "I bought some of this seed last year to make a ne lawn. Everyone local told me it wouldn’t winter over well but the Hancock website said it would be ok. I have an acre to cover with grass so after my trial plot last year I came back and bought enough seed for the entire yard. I am pleased with Hancock and see them as a trusted advisor for product."
"Hancock was the only place I could find TifBlair Centipede in larger than 1 lb amounts," says Robert A. "Plus, it was best price I found as well. Will likely be buying more."
TifBlair can be planted anytime a new lawn can be prepared. Late summer planting (August 15 - November 1) is not advised due to inadequate time for establishment before Winter. For best results, plant in March or April, but quicker germination will occur from May through July. TifBlair can be planted in the fall of the year, after the soil temperatures are cold enough to prevent germination (typically after November 1). TifBlair seed will not germinate until the soil warms the following Spring.
To determine the amount of seed to purchase, multiply the length of the your lawn in feet by the width in feet to determine the square feet (sq. ft.). Subtract area for sidewalks, driveways, and other areas that will not be planted. Plant TifBlair Centipede at a rate of 1/2 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. Higher seeding rates (up to 1lb. per 1000 sq. ft.) will produce a quicker grow-in, and produce a more dense turf in a shorter amount of time. Using higher rates of seed is more cost-effective than trying to save money on "light" seeding rates, because more watering and weed control will be necessary with "light" rates.
Follow these instructions to establishing a beautiful and attractive lawn:
Remove loose debris, such as sticks, stones, and trash. Till and loosen soil to create a crumbly seedbed. Work in a 5-10-15 fertilizer at a rate of 10 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. Centipede thrives in acidic soil. To prepare seedbed, rake thoroughly and smooth the surface to provide a crumbly top layer that is ideal for sowing.
Sow the seed according to your spreader's recommended rate. Divide seed into two equal portions. Sow in one direction east to west, then use second portion and sow north to south to insure uniform coverage. Work seed into soil 1/4 to 1/2 in. with the flexing rake. Roll yard smooth. Use straw as light mulch in areas of erosion concern. Mulch should be used lightly so that it does not shade young seedlings.
Most importantly: Water thoroughly and frequently, but avoid creating puddles. Soil should be kept moist up to 1/2 in. deep, until emergence of the seedlings. Water less frequently after seedling emergence. Water only as needed after stand is established. Mow frequently to control weeds once seedlings are established, taking care to never remove than 1/3 of the plant.
Reseeding existing centipede lawns:
Cut existing lawn as close as possible or use Round Up to reduce vigor and competition from existing lawn. Rake or scratch (aerify, scarify) the surface and remove debris.
Apply seed and water as described above.