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Old 04-26-2015, 03:18 PM
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Fertilizing centipede

95% of my customers have centipede. Most don't bug me and trust my professional opinion but I've got a handful that get antsy every year and want to know why I haven't fertilized yet when everybody else has.

I know the universities recommend not fertilizing until June but why exactly? Can you harm centipede by fertilizing it in April even if it is fully green?

I always wait until it has hit 80 for the highs consistently for about a week which is usually mid May here, just because that's what I was always taught to do. But I see a lot of companies slinging fertilizer at the first sign of green up.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:01 PM
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June seems pretty late for SC. I would think end of April early nay depending on temps...
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:12 PM
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June seems pretty late for SC. I would think end of April early nay depending on temps...
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Temps have been low to mid 70s for the highs and 55-65 for the lows.

We hit 49 degrees one morning this past week.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:14 PM
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Temps have been low to mid 70s for the highs and 55-65 for the lows.

We hit 49 degrees one morning this past week.
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Wow.

well, I would think mid May then....Imo you can fertilize when temps are mid 70s for the highs.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:48 PM
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JDL recommends fertilizing with 15-0-15 in mid April. All of mine have been fertilized and I'm just 10 miles south of you.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:58 PM
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JDL recommends fertilizing with 15-0-15 in mid April. All of mine have been fertilized and I'm just 10 miles south of you.
I'm sure it doesn't hurt but I'm really not even mowing much centipede yet, just weeds.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:39 PM
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Centipede has very few roots when it comes out of dormancy. You don't want to promote a lot of top growth until it has grown some roots. Can get away with it with adequate irrigation, but it isn't recommended.
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