Centipedegrass is a slow-growing, coarse-textured, warm-season turf that is adapted for use in low maintenance situations. It is often referred to as “lazy man’s grass” due to its infrequent mowing and fertilization requirements. It has a light-green color and spreads by stolons. It does not tolerate traffic, compaction, high pH, excessive thatch, drought, or heavy shade. Centipedegrass performs best in sandy soils in the eastern part of North Carolina where the potential for freeze injury is limited. It should be mowed when it attains 1 inch in height and no higher than 2.0 inches. Centipedegrass can become thatchy, especially when mowed high and infrequently or when heavily fertilized. Like all warm-season grasses, centipedegrass goes dormant during the winter months.


Low mowing and fertilization requirement, low to moderate disease potential, and performs well in acidic soils.


Cold tolerance, shade tolerance, traffic tolerance, high pH, and herbicide injury. High disease potential if over-fertilized and/or over-watered.

A yard of centipede grass

Find Centipedegrass at any of the local NCSPA members below!