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Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

Posted by brownthumb65 8B Tallahassee (naturalmeds37@hotmail.com) on
Sun, Nov 15, 09 at 22:08

Hi!
I was wondering if it is ok for me to lay down some centipede sod in Tallahassee,Florida?
I see everyone is selling it, but I am not sure if special care needs to be taken since it is getting close to winter.

Thanks!


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

You can probably sod all year round there since it is not going to have any extended freezes. Why centipede though?


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

You can lay sod anytime of the year as long as the ground is not frozen or mud.

As for special care for Centiweed grass, they don't call it LAZY MAN gras for nothing. Only requirement is your soil is soil acidic nothing else will grow in it, and drag an empty bag of fertilizer around in spring.


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

Centiweed? HELP!!! We just moved up here from South Florida and all I see is centipede all over the place! I just assumed that is the way to go in this area. What is wrong with centipede? What else can I use? ST. Augustine I thought was hard to take care of...
Thanks!


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

If centipede is a popular choice would indicate your soil PH is very acidic. I wouldn't go as far to say there is anything wrong with centipede. I would say it is more of a niche application. It is not a particularly attractive grass, but it does have the lowest input requirements of all the grasses out there hence why they call it the LAZY MANS GRASS as all it needs is mowed once every 7 to 10 days and fertilized once a year in the spring. It performs best in very acidic low fertility sandy soil where not much else would grow.

If you go with it:

1. DO NOT over fertilize, drag an empty bag around once in early spring. :>) OK one fertilizer application per year applying 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000/ft2 with little to no phosphorous early in the spring, but no more.

2. DO NOT mow low. Doing so will cause it to thin out and possible die. 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 inches is about right mowed about every 7 to 10 days.


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

Thanks for the tips Texas-Weed!
You're right, we are basically a sandy soil around here. I am on the edge of a large field and the centipede sounds perfect. We just need to cover up the sandy area around our entrance to the house.
Thanks again.


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

Before I would dive into it I think it would be wise to test your soil PH first as a sanity check. It it is 6 or less you should be OK. 5.0 to 5.5 is perfect.


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RE: Centipede Sod in Zone 8B

Will do! Thanks!
:-)


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