Is centepede grass better than St.Augustine - Knowledgebase Question

Clearwater, Fl
Question by ONeillHighro
March 30, 2010
I currently have St.Augustine grass for my lawns in 2 locations. Clearwater, Fl. and about 150 miles north of Clwtr. Old Town, Fl. about 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Augustine grass seems to always dry out from the sun and be overtaken with weeds. I end up replacing these areas with St. Augustine plugs.Would Centipede grass be better for me ? And plant it by seed.It seems to come back


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010

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According the the University of Florida extension service, "Centipedegrass does very well in acidic and infertile soils. It has fair to good shade tolerance and good drought tolerance. It can be established from seed, sod, or plugs and spreads by stolons. Maintenance and fertility requirements are low compared to other turfgrasses." There are 3 varieties you can choose from. Common Centipede, Tifblair which was released by the University of Georgia in 1997, 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. And, 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.

Hope this information is helpful.

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