centipede grass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Flipper, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. Flipper

    Flipper LawnSite Member
    from atlanta
    Messages: 17

    I have a small area of cetipede grass that has begun to grow in my yard, and I would like to transplant this over the entire yard. I would like to know how to do this. Should I use the plug method, or cut actual squares, or what? What time should I do this? Should I use a fertilizer? I appreciate any help.
  2. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    If that is what you really want, then apply iron sometime between march-may. In may sow seed or just dig some of the sprigs and plant them in the area you want to cover. And be very patient.
    In mid June use 1/2 pound of N per 1m
    8-8-24 is good. Or any high potassium fert.
    Apply iron again about 2 oz per 1m. You can fert again in Aug.
    About 6 weeks before expected frost apply 1lb of potash per1m.
    Oh and dont forget to water, about 1in per week.
    Hope this helps.
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,941

    They make this T-bar type plugger with a round cylinder on the base. Don't know where you can get it. Just go to the centipede if you have enough and switch the dirt plug with the centipede plug. Do it in Late spring after there is no chance of frost. Need plenty of sunlight
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    It is a slow spreading grass so I would consider seeding with a slit-seeder next spring. Here is a good website for info: http://www.centipedegrass.com/
  5. Flipper

    Flipper LawnSite Member
    from atlanta
    Messages: 17

    Thanks a lot guys!!!!
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Don't overdo anything with centipede. Its a good grass, just not real tolerant to chemicals and high fert.
  7. mtwchw

    mtwchw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2


    You say "They"; could you be more specific about who they are. I am looking to find this type of plugger and am having difficulty. My Father has this type but I could not find the manufacturers name on his. I have tried all of the square models and they are not satisfactory

  8. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    I have one of those pluggers. Came with a starter kit for centipede once.

    I have found the best way to spread this stuff is to cut several stolons (the runners) out of established areas. Soften up the area you wish to plant it, stick it in the ground and keep wet. Around here centepede will spread rather quickly.

    It is called the poor mans grass for a reason. Only need to fertilize once a year in the spring. Cut no more that every 12 days, I find that 14 days is the best. Too frequent of mowings will stress the lawn. Dont bag the clippings, mulch as they provide the best source of nutrients for your lawn.
  9. mtwchw

    mtwchw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am trying to grow a St. Augustine lawn. What I was interested in was finding a good plugger. I have a square one and it works OK at best. My father got a plugger about 20 years ago that is round and has a plunger in the middle. I used this to transfer about 200 plugs in his yard (Va Beach) this past weekend and really liked the feel and function of his. I have been unsuccessful finding one like his. I would just borrow his, but I live in Ga and he in VA that makes for a long trek. I took pictures of his and would post them but I do not see a way to post a picture on this site.

  10. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    scroll down when you are posting a reply that is where you can post a pic

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