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Old 01-18-2016, 08:18 AM
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So im wondering a few things about this grass....I will be sodding 8k sq ft of yard, Im being told that I should use the centipede because it grows well in the south where we have long hot summers and require very little attention..my question is, the intraweb pictures shows very green pretty yards, will it be bright green in the summer and would this be your choice of grass if you were in my position...others are available, but everyone I ask says go with centipede
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and that it chokes out weeds
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:24 AM
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It may need irrigation,But does tolerate drought.
Yes it is green and look great!Good choice.
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A good stand of centipede is hard to beat. It will choke out weeds when it gets well established.
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I went with zenith zoysia and wish I would have went with centipede after seeing yards with it in my neighborhood. It's very low maintenance. It needs 1/2 pound per thousand square feet of nitrogen per growing season. Drought tolerant like mentioned as well as shade tolerant. The zoysia doesn't 'choke out weeds' as the Internet read. Maybe the centipede will.
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One thing about centipede grass, once it gets growing good and takes a hold, it takes damn near a bulldozer to get rid of it. I love the stuff because you can't kill it.
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I'm a Landscape Architect and landscape contractor in New Orleans and I would suggest Centipede, "the lazy man's grass" for the following reasons:

1. It's cheaper than St. Augustine.
2. Centipede is not as invasive as Bermuda or Zoysia (those 2 will creep into your flower beds).
3. Moderate growth rate means less mowing than St. Augustine or Zoysia.
4. Grows very dense which chokes out weeds.
5. Takes shade better than Zoysia and Bermuda but not as well as St. Augustine.

My lawn in Metairie is still green but a few more cold nights will push it into dormancy and cause it to turn brown. I have not had to cut it since November.

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Originally Posted by Cocorick View Post
I'm a Landscape Architect and landscape contractor in New Orleans and I would suggest Centipede, "the lazy man's grass" for the following reasons:

1. It's cheaper than St. Augustine.
2. Centipede is not as invasive as Bermuda or Zoysia (those 2 will creep into your flower beds).
3. Moderate growth rate means less mowing than St. Augustine or Zoysia.
4. Grows very dense which chokes out weeds.
5. Takes shade better than Zoysia and Bermuda but not as well as St. Augustine.

My lawn in Metairie is still green but a few more cold nights will push it into dormancy and cause it to turn brown. I have not had to cut it since November.

Rick
Not to get off subject much here but do you know if I could overseed a weak zenith zoysia lawn with centipede? If so, what cultivar would you recommend?
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Originally Posted by Cocorick View Post
I'm a Landscape Architect and landscape contractor in New Orleans and I would suggest Centipede, "the lazy man's grass" for the following reasons:

1. It's cheaper than St. Augustine.
2. Centipede is not as invasive as Bermuda or Zoysia (those 2 will creep into your flower beds).
3. Moderate growth rate means less mowing than St. Augustine or Zoysia.
4. Grows very dense which chokes out weeds.
5. Takes shade better than Zoysia and Bermuda but not as well as St. Augustine.

My lawn in Metairie is still green but a few more cold nights will push it into dormancy and cause it to turn brown. I have not had to cut it since November.

Rick
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:55 AM
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I have centipede. Good grass, but gotta mow every week during the season.
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Originally Posted by glocktimes00 View Post
I went with zenith zoysia and wish I would have went with centipede after seeing yards with it in my neighborhood. It's very low maintenance. It needs 1/2 pound per thousand square feet of nitrogen per growing season. Drought tolerant like mentioned as well as shade tolerant. The zoysia doesn't 'choke out weeds' as the Internet read. Maybe the centipede will.
I put in zoysia and after a while wished I hadn't. I put an add on CL for free zoysia and had someone set up a time they could come out with a sod cutter .
A couple days later I was plugging st Augustine.
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The only real knock I've ever heard about centipede is it can be very slow to establish unless you completely sod your yard. When I lived in an area where it would have been a good option nobody carried the sod.

Here it's St Augustine and with proper care it does get thick enough that it's weed free without using any type of weedkiller. It does take a good bit of water but fortunately we're on reclaimed water here and at the new house.
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Centipede takes years to grow from seed. You would be better off buying some centipede sod, cutting it into plugs and planting them. You will get quicker coverage that way. When it is warm and with regular watering it will spread rather rapidly.
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Originally Posted by Cocorick View Post
Centipede takes years to grow from seed. You would be better off buying some centipede sod, cutting it into plugs and planting them. You will get quicker coverage that way. When it is warm and with regular watering it will spread rather rapidly.
That sounds better, I see it at our local Home Depot in the summer. I'll try mixing it in.
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First year it sleeps, second year it creeps, and the third year it leaps. I have it in my yard. Love it.
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