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Dead centipede grass????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by onemancrew, May 10, 2003.

  1. onemancrew

    onemancrew LawnSite Member
    from tn. #7
    Messages: 95

    I live in zone #7. My mom has 1/2 her front lawn in centipede, it has been there for about 10 yrs. This is probably the coldest winter in a while. I fertilized it with a 28-5-12 w/fe in the lated fall. The grass seems to be dead or just not active yet. I've noticed some warm season grass in this area just now becoming active. What do you think? Thanks.
  2. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,670

    Be careful with the nitrogen. Centipede requires much less than other warmseason turf. If it does pop pretty soon, you may need to have a sample tested for disease. Also test the Ph.
  3. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Way way too much nitro. 5-0-15 are good numbers for centipede. Anything more than that and you cook your grass in a few years.

    IGROTURF LawnSite Member
    from CHAR NC
    Messages: 34

    That late season app on "N" pushed a late flush of growth, I bet you have winter kill. You could come in and aerate the turf, and skip all preemergent apps. Come in every 6 weeks with a 1 to 1 fert like 18-2-18 50% slow last app in early Aug. Then in late Aug, put down 1 Lbs of potash of winter hardness.

    You my need to sprig or sod large areas.

    Good luck!

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