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Q: I am thinking of seeding my yard with centipede grass seed. What should I know about this grass?

A: The first and most important thing to know is the soil pH. This grass likes an acid, infertile soil with pH around 5.0 to 5.5. Centipedegrass is a slow growing, low maintenance grass with low fertility requirements. It grows close to the ground, is medium-textured and is naturally pale green in color.

Over fertilizing in order to produce a dark green color reduces its cold tolerance, increases long-term maintenance problems, and is believed to contribute to “centipedegrass decline.” It has fair to good shade tolerance and good drought tolerance. It can be established from seed, sod, or plugs and spreads by stolons. For more specific information about centipedegrass check out the University of Florida website: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep288