The Q&A Archives: Grass in Florida

Question: When is a good time to lay centipede grass seed in Florida? This will be a new lawn.

Answer: Centipede grass is considered to require the least maintenance of any of the warm-season grasses. It requires less fertilizer and less frequent mowing compared to other grasses. Here are descriptions of the different varieties: Common This is a low-maintenance cultivar that can be established by seed or vegetative means. It grows slowly and in a prostrate manner. Oklawn This improved cultivar has better cold tolerance than Common. It must be established vegetatively. Centennial This cultivar was also selected for cold tolerance. Like Oklawn, it requires vegetative establishment, but is more tolerant of alkaline soils than Oklawn or Common. Tifblair This cultivar was released by the University of Georgia in 1997. It has good cold and freezing tolerance, and can be propagated by seed or vegetative means. It has a slightly faster rate of growth than other centipedegrass cultivars. TennTurf Released by Tennessee in 1999, this cultivar has the best cold tolerance of any centipedegrass. It is currently available only as sod, sprigs, or plugs. It prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. You can install your turf now. Be sure to keep it watered while it is established its root system. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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