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Starting a Centipede lawn from seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ArTurf, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 3,975

    I have a customer that wants a centipede lawn. For economic reasons it would be seeded vs sod. The yard is currently bahia, bermuda & weeds. I know the basics of starting a lawns from seed and have done it with bermuda which is fairly easy. I know it will be more of a challenge with centipede. I'm located in south Arkansas, the lawn has irrigation & will do this next May. For those of you who have established a cenitpede lawn from seed what were your experiences & any advice over the basics would be appreciated.
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    Unless you use a lot of seed it is going to take a couple years to do. You'll be real good at weed control by the time it's done.
  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 3,975

    I realize it's going to be a process and won't be as quick & easy as bermuda.
    Know the basics, just looking for tips beyond the norm.
  4. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 3,975

    Is there any product that would I could use similiar to the mulch they use when hydroseeding to hold dirt in case of a hard rain.
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,622

    If the area is that big, it might be worth it to have it hydromulched. One more thing, it you are starting over, now is the time to soil test and correct soil chemistry. It is rare that I get to have sulfur tilled in before a lawn is planted. Usually, I am having to spray wettable sulfur and water it in. On the weeds, Tenacity works great on a lot of weeds and even better if it is combined with a triazine herbicide.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 3,975

    I checked into hydro seeding and it seeems to be the way to go. They said they mix the centipede in with a hybrid bermuda. According to them the bermuda gives a stand of grass the 1st year and then the centipede takes over as time goes. What do you think about this?

    Tenacity, good idea, would you apply pre plant or after seed germinates?

    So a triazine such as metsulfuron would not affect new seedlings? I read the label and it mentions new landscape plantings but not grass seed. Just wondering since I tend to use metsulfuron a lot.
  8. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,239

    Seem a bit late for centipede which needs 75+ to germinate the seed. When I've needed to reseed or just augment the existing grass, the soil was very warm during the 1st of June. I think it might be "Iffy" now. It may have time to germinate but getting a good stand before cold weather could be difficult.
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    I don't like the idea of putting bermuda into the mix. I know you need a cover crop but i don't see the centipede out competing the bermuda, you could wind up with a real mess. You have irrigation, if you stay on top of the weed's you should be able to do it.
  10. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 3,975

    Not going to do this till next year. Prob in May when soil temps are close to 70+. Just figuring out all my options now since I have been talking to homeowner. I know you're a centipede expert so any info you have I'll gladly listen to.

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