|When is the best time to plant centipede and where can I find the seed?|
|Centipedegrass can be established by either seeding or vegetative plantings, including plugging, sprigging, or sodding. Proper seedbed preparation of the lawn area before planting is critical to ensuring successful establishment.
Centipedegrass seeds are expensive, but the seeding rate is low, and this method of establishment is probably cheaper than vegetative plantings if time and labor are considered. Seed quality should be considered when purchasing seed for planting. It is recommended to purchase only centipedegrass seed with a purity of 90 percent or better and a minimum germination rate of 85 percent.
The suggested seeding rate for centipedegrass is 1/4 to 1/2 pound of seed per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Since centipedegrass seeds are extremely small (600,000 seeds per pound), best results are obtained by mixing 20 pounds of dry sand with 1 pound of centipedegrass seed and spreading this "seed mix" on the lawn. It is recommended to apply half of the seed in one direction and then apply the remaining half of the seed perpendicular to the direction of the first application. This will ensure a more even distribution of the seed.
Home Depot has a wide selection of grass seeds. Scotts Premium Centipede Lawn Seed is one available product but there are other brands available. April is a good time to establish a lawn. Good luck with your new lawn.