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What is the best way to care for centipede grass?

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Centipede grass requires little fertilization, infrequent mowing and just 4 hours of sun per day to thrive. Avoid excessive traffic and high phosphorus, high pH and low potassium soils to prevent damage to this coarse-leafed turf grass. Centipede grass requires 1 to 2 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet annually. Apply the first half of fertilizer in late April or early May once the lawn becomes green.

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Centipede grass also requires 1 inch of water per week. If there is no rain, it is necessary to irrigate the grass with half an inch of water every three to five days. Due to quicker draining, sandy soils often require more water.

Centipede grass thrives when mowed before reaching 2 inches in height. For the best success, it is important to mow grass when it stands about 1 1/2 inches tall. Fertilize the lawn again during the summer between June and August as needed.

Check the roots of centipede grass for white grubs, spittlebugs, mole crickets and the like. If any of these harmful insects are present, treat the grass to control them. Avoid applying fertilizer from September through February when the lawn enters its dormant period. However, it is important to continue watering the grass through November to prevent dehydration.

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