Seed a new lawn anytime it can be
prepared, except in late summer. March and April
are the best planting months, but quicker
germination will occur during May, June and
July. After the soil gets cold in late fall
(November in most areas) it is again safe to
seed because the Centipede seed will not
germinate until the soil warms next spring.
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 of seed covers 2,000 to 4,000 square
feet and often produces a good lawn in two to three
months of summer growth. We recommend planting 1/2 lb. per 1000 sq. feet for
Using the correct amount 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.
Successful Establishment ... is a
Three Phase Operation
- Good Seedbed Preparation: Grade, level and smooth your lawn. Remove
debris, sticks and stones,
- Fertilization: Use about 10 pounds
balanced lawn fertilizer per 1,000 square
feet into the soil. Good formulas are 8-8-8,
10-10-10. OR you can use a centipede fertilizer such as 16-4-8 (Some agronomist
recommend slightly higher rates of fertilizer application but 10# of fertilizer is usually
See special instructions for preparation and
fertilization of old lawns.
- Distribute seed: Use a Cyclone
type seeder. Divide seed in half and go over
the area twice, sowing from east to west and
then north to south to insure uniformity.
- Lightly rake into to 1/4 to 1/2 inch
of soil. Roll to smooth. Use a mulch
like wheat straw on sloping areas where
erosion might be problem. Distribute mulch
thinly so as not to shade young centipede
Water well immediately after planting, and
continue to water as often as necessary to keep
your soil constantly moist. Keep soil
moist below 1/2 inch. After seedling emerge,
water less frequently until watering only as
needed once the stand is established.
If planting in winter, apply a light
application of ryegrass seed (2 to 3 pounds per
Control weeds by mowing frequently until
centipede is established.
CAUTION: Do not use a weed and feed
fertilizer or any other weed control chemical
except Roundup before seeding Centipede because
such chemicals will inhibit germination or kill
the Centipede seedlings as they sprout!