When To Plant
Centi-Seed can be planted
almost any time of the year (even winter)
however, warm soil temperatures (70 degrees F.)
are necessary for satisfactory germination.
Winter seedings will not germinate until spring
soil temperatures warm up into the 70's. It is important that
seeding be done early enough in the year to get
the planting established well enough to endure
the first winter. We do not recommend
planting after mid-summer (July).
How Much Seed To Plant
To calculate the area to be planted, multiply
the length of the lot in feet by the width in
feet to arrive at the number of square feet.
Deduct a reasonable amount for buildings, paved
drives and walks.
Plant no less than one-fourth (1/4) pound
per 1,000 square. One pound covers 2,000 to 4,000 square
feet and often produces a good lawn in two to three
months of summer growth. Using the correct amont of seed is
the least expensive part of establishing a good
lawn. "Saving" on the cost of seed results in
spending more on watering and cutting weeds. - We recommend planting 1/2 lb. per
1000 sq. feet for best results.
Existing Lawn - Seedbed Preparation:
Due to existing grass it is harder to "plant"
the extra centipede seeds. These MUST make
contact with the existing soil and then ideally
need to be covered very lightly by soil (1/8
inch ideal). To do this you can mow the
existing lawn down fairly low (1 inch / 1.25
inches) and rake / vacuum the debris.
The key then is to expose some soil that your
new seeds can be planted into. One way of
doing this is to spike aerate several times
across the lawn... Vertical mowing is another
method to help expose soil for planting
purposes. A third way is to core area and
rake out cores prior to planting. Fourth
method would be to rent a slit seeds and
professionally plant the centipede seeds no
deeper than 1/4 inch.
PREP & PLANTING
- First mow or scalp the lawn as indicated
- Before broadcasting seeds.... Rake,
spike aerate, core aerate or scratch up (or
vertical mow) the
surface of the lawn to bring some soil to
the surface. Rake out any cores before
- Distribute (broadcast) seed over the
area . Use a Cyclone type broadcast seeder. Divide
seed in half and go over the area twice,
sowing from east to west and then north to
south to insure uniformity. You can mix the
seeds with clean / dry building sand (play
sand) to make broadcasting easier.
- Once the seeds are spread lightly rake
the seeds (using lighter metal rake or leaf
rake) so as to ensure good seed / soil
contact. An ideal coverage would be to
have the seeds making soil contact and
become covered 1/8 to 1/4 inch. NOTE:
Do not cover deeper than 1/4 inch as this
can result in no germination (planted too