Common – Centipede

Centipede grass does not enter a true dormant state during winter months and is severely injured by intermittent cold and warm periods during spring.

Common - Centipede


Centipede is the ideal grass for the homeowner who wants a fairly attractive lawn that needs little care. Centipede does not require much fertilizer or mowing, and compared to other lawn grasses, is generally resistant to most insects and diseases. It will, however, respond to good management and provide a very attractive turf. Centipede can be established from either seeds or sprigs. Since it is slow growing, it takes longer than bermuda and St. Augustine to completely cover an area.

  • Texture: medium
  • Cold tolerance: fair (damage possible below 15)
  • Shade tolerance: fair/good
  • Rate of establishment: slow
  • Mowing height: medium. First mowing, do not mow Centipede close before the growing season begins

Centipede grass does not enter a true dormant state during winter months and is severely injured by intermittent cold and warm periods during spring. Hard freezes kill the leaves and young stolons of Centipede grasses. The grass usually recovers as soon as temperatures become favorable. Recurring cycles of cold / warm during the winter months depletes its energy reserves and make it susceptible to extreme winterkill. Thus, its adaptation is limited to areas with mild winter temperatures.