Low-Maintenance Warm Season Grass

CENTIPEDE Sod is considered a low-maintenance warm season grass and can be an alternative to Bermuda or Zoysia. Centipede is more shade tolerant than Bermuda but not as much as Zoysia. The aesthetics of Centipede are usually considered less than that of Bermuda and Zoysia. When dormant Centipede will have burnt red color which is less attractive than Zoysia or Bermuda. The benefits are its ability to adapt too many soil types and has little need for fertilizer or pesticides. Centipede lawns are good for property owners that want very little maintenance and are not as concerned with competing neighbors.

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Requirements, Irrigation & Characteristics

Light Requirements:

Centipede Sod has moderate to good shade tolerance but grows best in full sun. It can tolerate as little as 6 hours of sun per day.


Not as drought tolerant as other grasses. To maintain a healthy appearance during the hottest months of summer, Centipede needs about 1 to 1 1/4 inches of water a week. On sandy soils it often requires more frequent watering, for example, 1/2 inch of water every third day. A light green-grey color and narrowing of leaves indicate that it is time to water.

  • Hot Weather Tolerance : Excellent
  • Sun Requirement : 6 hours (Good)
  • Wear Resistance : Excellent
  • Injury Recovery : Good
  • Winter Color : Dormant
  • Mowing Height : 3″ – 4″
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