Centipede Turfgrass Sod
Centipede turfgrass sod is a warm-season lawn grass that grows in thick clumps and is a medium to a lighter shade of green. This makes it an ideal turfgrass sod for the hot summers in the Triad areas such as Greensboro and Winston-Salem. It has a coarse texture and spreads by stolons. Centipede sod does not tolerate heavy foot traffic, drought or heavy shade very well. It is, however, a low maintenance turfgrass and is great when used as a general purpose lawn cover. You should mow Centipede grass when it reaches approximately 1 1/2 inches tall.
Other Centipede Turfgrass Characteristics
Centipede grass does great in sandy soil which makes it great for the southeast region. It can tolerate acidic soil much lower in pH than most grasses like. If your soil is a high pH you may need to apply supplements to keep your centipede grass happy.
Most warm season grasses are dormant in the winter but Centipede grass is not. In mild climates it can stay green all winter long. This does however mean that it is more susceptible to cold in the winter. If the temperatures drop too low it could damage the grass and if it suffers repeated injuries it could kill the grass.
Centipede Turfgrass Sod – Benefits
Centipede turfgrass sod is a great option when choosing a particular grass because it grows well in warm climates, requires infrequent mowing and maintenance and tolerates shade well. It has become one of the most popular grasses in the Southern United States. The main benefits of using centipede grass are:
- Required little fertilizer
- Tolerates shade if gets at least 4 hours of sunlight
- Thrives in warm weather climates which is great for Greensboro & Winston-Salem areas
- Infrequent moving and maintenance