Spring transition in centipede grass is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about how to help your lawn come back to life. Here are a few reminders as we begin the active growing cycle again.

  • Your location will determine your spring greenup based on temperatures. In different areas, you may already be seeing some green, but in the transition zone, temperatures haven’t quite risen enough to begin this process. Always let your specific area and temperatures be your guide on timing.
  • Wait until your lawn is actively growing for the first mow. Start the season with a freshly serviced mower for the healthiest mow. As always, be mindful of mowing height!
  • In general, centipede grass requires about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. Don’t go on autopilot with watering schedules! Keep a close eye on the weather and rainfall totals for your area and supplement with irrigation only when needed.
  • Wait until after the last frost to fertilize. If you have lawn disease, treat before you fertilize.

In general, preemergent weed control should be applied in early March. Postemergent herbicides can be applied as needed throughout the spring and summer. Always check the label to be sure your herbicide is safe for your lawn, and use according to label instructions!