Centipede Grass Seed - Coated - Our Coated Centipede grass seed is very popular for home lawns in the Southeastern US including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas. Centipede grass is a low maintenance, low growing crawling lawn grass with medium leaf texture and pale green color. 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.
Centipede Grass History:
Centipedegrass (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 Depression and is sometimes referred to as "lazy man's grass" or "poor man's grass". It is well adapted to the climate and soils of the coastal plains and lower Piedmont areas of the southern United States.
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 per pound of seed. Coated Centipede Seed is also easier to see after it is applied. Raw seed is pure raw seed just like it sounds. Raw no fillers, coatings or treatments.
Planting Centipede Lawns:
Seed Rate: 1 lb. per 1000 - 2000 sq. ft.
Seed Depth: 1/8 to 1/4 inch
Planting Time: March - July
pH: 5.0 - 6.5
Fertilizer: 5lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. (16-04-08)
Variety: Common Centipede (Eremochloa ophiuroides)
Centipede Seed Planting
- Prepare the seedbed by tilling the soil. Remove existing grass & debris. Apply 10-15 lbs. of a complete fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. DO NOT USE A WEED AND FEED FERTILIZER PRODUCT
- Distribute seed evenly over soil surface using a Cyclone-type spreader. Mix with sand for best results and even distribution.
- Plant by raking the seed into the soil to a depth of not more than 1/4 inch. Keep the seedbed constantly moist for two to three weeks after planting. Seed should germinate in 2 to 3 weeks.
- Maintain your lawn by mowing at 1 1/2 to 2 inch height. Cut no more than 1/3 of the leaf off at one mowing. Use sharp mower blades. After germination, water only as needed.
Fertilizer should be applied to centipede grass in 1 to 3 applications from spring greenup through fall. Do not apply nitrogen too early in the growing season, particularly in north Florida, or subsequent frosts may damage the grass. Likewise, don't fertilize too late in the year, as this can slow regrowth the following spring. If applying water-soluble forms at the lower application rate, it will take more applications to apply the total amount of fertilizer needed for the year than if applying a slow-release fertilizer form.
When To Plant Centipede Seed
New Lawns - Seed a new lawn any time it can be prepared, except in late summer. Planting in Florida should be accomplished no later than the end of August due to the chance of frost damage to young seedlings. Early spring plantings should include 1-2 lbs. of winter rye grass per 1000 sq. ft. as a cover grass.
Over seeding Centipede grass:
Over seed your existing lawn with one pound per 5000 square feet. Depending on the existing vegetation seed rates should be adjusted to fit your specific needs. Higher seed rates will increase coverage on existing lawn applications.
Water the seeded area immediately after planting. The soil must be kept moist for the seedlings to survive. Centipede doesn't require much water after it is fully established.