Common Centipedegrass


Love free time? When it comes to the least-demanding turfgrass variety for low-maintenance areas, it’s hard to beat centipedegrass. A warm-season grass that’s particularly adapted to the southern environment — i.e., heat and poor soils — it shrugs off most pest and disease problems. Slow growing, it can go 10 to 14 days without needing a “haircut,” and a standard rotary mower easily keeps it in shape. And centipedegrass typically looks its best with only pound or two of nitrogen a year.

Look to Buy Sod for your highest-quality centipedegrass sod. Economical and hassle-free, a centipedegrass lawn is truly a leisure lawn!

Centipedegrass is a warm-season variety suited for Hardiness Zones 8A and 8B.

Zone Map

Attributes and Benefits

  • Slow shoot growth = reduced mowing.
  • Medium-width, soft leaf blades = easily mowed with a rotary mower.
  • Tolerant of poor, acidic soil = needs little nitrogen or lime.
  • Produces only surface runners (no rhizomes) = easily edged around borders.
  • Crab-apple green color = contrasts nicely with foundation shrubbery.


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Best Practices

  • Sunlight Requirement: Grows well in sun or shade. Best performance with at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Mowing: Best maintained at 1.5” to 2.5” (rotary mower).
  • Fertility: Recommended 0.5 to 1.5 lbs. N/1,000 ft2/year (best at 0.5 to 1 lb., as over-fertilization contributes to thatch development and disease problems). Thrives in acidic soil with a 5.5 pH level.
  • Weed Control: All herbicides labeled for use on centipedegrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s centipedegrass. Always follow label instructions.
  • Disease Control: Centipedegrass is not susceptible to most common turfgrass diseases. Always follow label instructions with fungicides.

Best Uses

  • Landscape — low-maintenance lawns and commercial landscapes.
  • Public parks.
  • Highway rights-of-way.


Centipedegrass was brought from southeast Asia to the United States in the early 1900s. It has become one of the most common home-lawn grasses in coastal areas of the South.


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Characteristics Ratings

Fineness of Blades
Wear Tolerant
Speed of Recovery
Heat Tolerance
Drought Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Shade Tolerance