Centipedegrass is often referred to as “lazy-persons” grass because it has low maintenance requirements.

TifBlair, an improved cultivar from the University of Georgia, is quicker to establish and more cold tolerant than common centipedegrass. It also retains its green color later in the fall.

Primary Use(s)

  • residential lawns

It is best used as low maintenance, general purpose turf.

Seasonal Type: warm-season grass

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Propagation type: vegetative

Centipedegrass spreads by stolons and is slow-growing.


Centipedegrass is coarsely leaved with stiff blades.


Centipedegrass is described as a vibrant and bright apple-green.

Traffic tolerance: low

It does not tolerate traffic, compaction, high soil pH, high soil phosphorus, excessive thatch, drought, or heavy shade.

Maintenance: low

It requires little fertilizer once established (0.5 to 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per year) and infrequent mowing, and it grows well on acidic soils in full sun to partial shade.

Thatch removal

Thatch may need to be removed every two to three years, but care should be taken because the stems can easily be torn from the ground, leaving bare spots.

Centipedegrass can become thatchy, especially when mowed high and infrequently or when heavily fertilized.


It should be mowed when it attains 1 inch in height and no higher than 1.5 inches.

List of Growers

Tidewater Turfgrass Farm LLC

Harold Henriksen
P.O. Box 973
Morehead City NC 28557

Phone: (252) 659-0198
Email: sales@tidewaterturfgrass.com


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Zoysiagrass: El Toro

Tarheel Turfgrass Company Inc

Malcom Newberry
2319 Dover/ Fort Barnwell Road
Dover NC 28526-9245

Phone: (252)527-2880
Email: mvnewberry@earthlink.net

Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, Arden 15
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Compadre

Super Sod

Brad Hubinek
1225 Farmers Market Drive Box 19
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 836-0492
Fax: (919) 836-0493
Email: bhubinek@supersod.com


Bermudagrass: TifTuf
Centipedegrass: Tifblair
Tall Fescue: Elite Tall Fescue
Zoysiagrass: ZenithTM, Zeon, Emerald

Sodco Turf Producers

Matthew Parrish
8625 Mt. Pleasant Church. Rd.
Willow Spring NC 27603

Phone: (919) 552-7075
Fax: (919) 552-5944
Email: matt@sodco.com


Tall Fescue: Confederate
Bermudagrass: Tifway 419TM
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Compadre
Bluegrass: Endeavor II
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Pennington Signature Series, Tarnation GT, Right Kentucky Bluegrass 5%

Sandy Plain Sod LLC

Paul Smith
521 Sumner Road
Pink Hill NC 28572

Phone: (910) 290-0574
Fax: (910) 298-5718
Email: smith192@embarqmail.com

Bermudagrass: Tifway 419
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: El Toro

Quality Turf Inc

Alfred Wooten
P.O.Box 1548
Burgaw NC 24825

Phone: (910) 259-3064
Fax: (910) 259-3065
Email: info@qualityturfnc.com


Bermudagrass: CelebrationTM, Premier Pro, Premier Pro, Tifdwarf, Tifway 419
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Zoysiagrass: Emerald, EmpireTM, Meyer

Oakland Plantation Turf Farm Inc

John Williams
120 Bermuda Drive
Council NC 28434

Phone: (910) 669-2991
Fax: (910) 669-2993
Email: jkwilliams@intrstar.net


Bermudagrass: CelebrationTM, GN-1, Latitude 36, Tifsport, Tifway 419
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Palmetto, Raleigh
Zoysiagrass: EmpireTM, Zorro

Mackilwean Turf Farms

Kenney McIlwean
1004 Washington Post Rd.
New Bern NC 28562

Phone: (252) 637-9261
Fax: (252) 636-1965
Email: mackturf@centurylink.net

Bermudagrass: CelebrationTM, Tifway 419
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Zoysiagrass: Cavalier, Compadre, El Toro

Laughinghouse Farms Inc

Andy Campbell
711 Pactolus Hwy
Greenville NC 27834

Phone: (252) 757-1567
Fax: (252) 757-0444
Email: sales@laughinghousefarms.com


Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Meyer

Duplin Sod Farm

Barry Evans
394 East Wards Bridge Road
Kenansville NC 28349

Phone: (910) 296-1355
Email: barry@duplinsod.com


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419TM
Zoysiagrass: Compadre
Centipedegrass: Common

DMG Turf Inc

Clay Gardner
997 Matthews Mill Pd. Road
Angier NC 27501

Phone: (919) 639-4027
Fax: (919) 639-6312
Email: cgardner@dmgturf.com


Tall Fescue: Triple Threat plus
Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, Tifgrand
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Compadre

Cooper Sod Farm

Betty or Jake Cooper
175 Five Mile Road
Richlands NC 28574

Phone: (910) 389-3296
Fax: (910) 324-6451
Email: bcooper@gibralter.net


Centipedegrass: Common

Carolina Turf Farms Inc

Scott Benton
1495 St. Pauls Rd
Raeford NC 28376

Phone: (910) 875-6141
Fax: (910) 875-6143
Email: ncsodman@carolinaturffarms.com


Bermudagrass: CelebrationTM, Latitude 36, NorthBridge, Tifway 419, Tahoma 31
St. Augustinegrass: Palmetto, Raleigh
Zoysiagrass: EmpireTM, Meyer, Innovation
Centipedegrass: Common

Neuse River Turf Farm, LLC

Christopher Jones
4406 Don Lee Road
Arapahoe NC 28510

Phone: 2526390016
Email: nrturf@gmail.com


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, NorthBridge
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: El Toro

Buy Sod, Inc.

Charles Harris, JP Hayes
P.O. Box 4089
65 Community Road
Pinehurst NC 28374

Phone: (800) 428-9763, (866) 428-7612
Fax: 8004287612
Email: charris@buysod.com, jphayes@buysod.com


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, TifTuf, Patriot
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Zeon
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend

Tri-State Turf, Inc.

Celia Richards
P.O. Box 527
Newton Grove NC 28366

Phone: (910) 567-2625
Fax: 9105672928
Email: celiaw@buysod.com


Bermudagrass: T-10, Tifway 419, Tifgrand, TifTuf, Discovery
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: JDL Select
Zoysiagrass: Meyer, El Toro, Zeon

Atlantic Coast Turf

Bud Brown, Bridget Markham
100 Leonhauser Lane

Phone: (252) 453-3001, (252) 333-6276
Email: Atlanticcoastturf@gmail.com, twineturf@yahoo.com


Tall Fescue: Turf Type Tall Fescue
Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, Arden 15
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Zenith