Centipede was introduced by seed from China in 1919. Medium in texture with a pale to medium green color, Centipede is slow growing but highly aggressive grass that can be depended upon to produce a good, dense, relatively weed-free turf at low maintenance levels. In spite of its aggressiveness, Centipede is easily controlled and usually requires edging only once a year around walks and flowerbeds.
- Texture – Intermediate
- Shade Tolerance – Fair
- Soil Preference – Clay / Loam
- Fertility Requirement – Low
- Peak Mowing Requirement – 7 to 10 days.
- Care Required – Moderate
- Reel or rotary mower, if sharp, does an easy and attractive cutting job.
- Does not look scalped when cutting is delayed too long and excessive growth removed.
- Greens up rapidly after a brief drought with irrigation or rainfall.
- Suited to acid soils (pH range of 5.0 to 6.5)
- Should be fertilized very sparingly.
- Generally more trouble-free than other grasses.
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