Overseeding a centipede lawn

mosquitogang201May 4, 2014

I have a (supposed to be) centipede lawn. There are a lot of areas that are thin or bare of centipede grass. I'd like to overseed to help fill these areas in but I do not have a sprinkler system and theres too much area to cover for me to be able to water everyday. If I just throw centipede seed out, will it germinate and fill in over the course of the growing season? I'm not looking for a perfect lawn next month but hoping it will be a lot better next year.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Why do you have a centipede lawn? Is it because your local people tell you that you have a very acidic soil? Is it because you were looking for something easy to maintain in FULL SUN that requires no fertilizer and very little mowing? Because if it isn't a combination of those two reasons, you might have the wrong turfgrass.

If you have any shade at all, then you have the wrong grass.
If your soil pH is 6 or higher, then you have the wrong grass.
If you have been fertilizing or liming it, then you got the wrong care instructions.
If you have not been watering deeply about once every other week, then you got the wrong care instructions.

Any of these mistakes will result in thinning and leave you thinking that adding more seed will help.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mosquitogang201

What's the better option then? My soil is clay with PH ~6.5. Mostly sun, no fertilizer, no irrigation system. 1/4 of my yard has centipede growing very thick, this part of the yard looks great which makes me think it would work. But the other 3/4 the grass is quite sparse in. Lots of homes here have bermuda lawns but I despise them. Would love to have a fescue lawn just so weeds don't have free reign during the 6 months centipede is dormant but I believe I'm too far south even for that (middle Georgia area).

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 3:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
butterfly4u

mosquito,
You need to buy a 10.00 lawn sprinkler at Walmart.
It will go back and forth, and it will water the lawn nicely.
Yea, you can seed centipede any time you want til the end of July. but you have to run your lawn sprinkler for both your seeds, and the exsisting grass.
water your seeded area for at least 2-3 weeks, so the seedlings won't dry out.
When you see the grass starting to turn a slightly grasy color, water the whole lawn.
Really water it, turn your sprinkler on and go in the house for a couple hours.
Centipede grass needs more water than Bermuda.
There you go, you will have a nice thick lawn.
Centipede is VERY aggresive, it climbs up my fence in the back, so, once it is established, you will love it!
10.00 sprinkler, at Walmart.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 10:22AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Two questions on landscape services and lawn maintenance
For the most part I have a pretty normal lawn. Last...
yuag
Need help with grass type for southern CA
My lawn went bad last summer...bare spots, brown, etc....
mschug
Convert lawn full of old dog feces to normal lawn
Hello, I would love some advice on trying to get a...
jillian242424
Swampy muddy mess!
Ive finally hit that point in life where im able to...
Nickd503
New Ant Hill on top of Grass Seedlings
I put down a layer of topsoil in my front lawn before...
mikec
Sponsored Products
Algreen Self Watering Modena Cube Planter - 12101
$69.99 | Hayneedle
Small Galvanized Steel Watering Can
Signature Hardware
Lena Copper Window Box - 30"
Grandin Road
Hammock with Stand: Algoma Hammock Post
$76.99 | Hayneedle
Weatherwise Vista Hexagon Tapered Planter
Signature Hardware
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Bungalow Flooring Rugs WaterGuard Medium Gray
Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™