Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rizzos24, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. rizzos24

    rizzos24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    can someone tell me a good fall/winterizing fertilizer that can be used on southern centepede that will give some similance of life during the winter in south mississippi? thanks a bunch
  2. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    It is not a good idea to fertilize warm season grass after September. MSU only recommends two applications of fertilizer a year for your zone. These times are April and August. Frequent nitrogen applications are bad for centipede.
    You may want to think about overseeding your lawn for the winter season. I don't know of anyone who overseeds centipede, but it is a relatively common practice in bermuda.
  3. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    I would not recommend that on centipede.
  4. olive123

    olive123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    i like a 15-5-15 type product so that the roots get strenghted for the winter and still get a good greening from the N.
  5. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Alright, so overseeding is a bad idea.

    Spraying it with iron should help it maintain color.
  6. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    Also avoid significant amounts of phosphorous with Centipede.

    This time of year you should apply a preemergent with a potassium fertilizer such as 0-0-20. Do not use any type of Nitrogen fertilizer.
  7. pesticide

    pesticide LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    if you have a clay type soil you should avoid any P fert at all. most clays are alkali and have enough on their own.
  8. B&B

    B&B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Every sept. I apply 6lbs. 5-10-15 per 1000sq.ft. It feeds the root system over the winter & gives you a good greenup in early spring. I then apply 15-0-15.
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    DO NOT APPLY ANY NITROGEN after august......

    the potash is what you want for overwintering, so use a product like 0-0-60.

    there are numerous studies that show that increased nitrogen levels, ESPECIALLY in the fall contribute to winter kill.
  10. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Be careful with centipede.Centipede only requires 1 lb/1000 sq ft of Nitrogen PER YEAR.Over fertilizing can do alot damage to centipede grass.It's color is naturally light green,also.Centipede is known as the "lazy mans grass" for a reason.Slow growth rate(vertical),minimal fert requirements,and drought tolerant.
    Trying to get the centipede to look dark green like fescue or bermuda can actually result in damaging your turf.

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