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1- My lawn has a lot of dead bare places,
which I de-thatched with a rake. It hasn't been fertilized or
watered. Should I overseed the entire yard with pure
Centipede grass, a combination of Centipede and Carpetgrass, plant
sprigs, or just keep it watered and let the yard "heal"
it self now that the thatch has been removed?
2- Are your prices for Centipede seed
1- My advice would be to
try and let improved maintenance do most of the work
for you. You should first obtain a soil test through your
local county extension agent. That way you can check for the
soil pH and also for the iron content of the soil.
Sometimes spots such as you indicated are part of a problem
classified as "centipede decline". This is caused
by a variety of factors including over fertilization and improper
mowing (usually not mowing low enough). Also... nematodes
can cause similar problems. Your extension agent can also
test for nematodes.
You will want to fertilize using a good quality
fertilizer such as a 16-4-8... Try to get one that includes 1-2%
iron as a minor element. Centipede is usually iron deficient
and must have it supplied to grow properly. Do not
overfertilize centipede or you will end up with the problems you
As to seeding the bare spots.
I would only re-seed the spots that are thin or bare. And on
those I would simply use pure centipede seed at a rate of 1/4 to 1
lb per 1000 sq ft. you can base the actual rate on how bare
the area is. If it is completely bare use 1 lb, if half, use
1/2 lb etc.... You will need to re-rake these areas that you
seed, so as to cause some of the seed to get covered by your
raking action. You will need to keep the planted areas
watered daily for at least 45 days for best results. Limit
the heavy watering rate to only the areas you re-seed. Too
much water is not good for grasses. If you do
not water those areas, expect slower or less re-establishment
rates from what you seed. Centipede is slow to establish
anyway... but I would think you should be able to get your lawn
back in shape by late summer.
2- I believe you will find
Seedland price competitive on Centipede seed.
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