How to Fix Brown Spots on Centipede Grass?

How to Fix Brown Spots on Centipede Grass

Centipede grass, with its fine blades and medium to light green color, is a popular choice for warm-season lawns. It's known for its low maintenance requirements, slow vertical growth, and beautiful appearance. However, even the most well-cared-for centipede lawns can develop brown spots, which can be frustrating for homeowners. In this guide, we'll explore the common causes of brown spots on centipede grass and provide practical solutions to restore your lawn to its lush green glory. 

What Is Centipede Grass? 

Centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) is a warm-season grass variety prized for its attractive appearance and minimal upkeep. It's often referred to as the "lazy man's grass" because it requires less mowing, and fertilization compared to other grass types. Centipede grass has a slow vertical growth pattern, resulting in a dense and carpet-like lawn. 

Ideal Conditions for Centipede Lawns 

Centipede grass thrives in specific conditions, and understanding these requirements is essential for maintaining a healthy lawn.  

Sandy Soils and Their Benefits  

Centipede grass performs best in sandy soils with good drainage. Sandy soils promote root development and prevent waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root rot and other problems. 

The Lazy Man's Grass: Low Maintenance Benefits 

One of the key advantages of centipede grass is its low maintenance nature. It doesn't demand frequent mowing or heavy fertilization, making it an excellent choice for those seeking an attractive lawn with minimal effort. 

Conducting a Soil Test for Centipede Grass 

Before addressing brown spots on your centipede lawn, consider conducting a soil test. This will help you understand your soil's pH levels and nutrient content, allowing you to make informed decisions regarding fertilization and soil amendments. 

Introducing Centipede Grass Plugs and the Complete Project Bundle 

Now, let's talk about the solution to those brown spots – Centipede SodPods Grass Plugs. SodPods offers these fine-bladed grass plugs that are perfect for repairing damaged or thin lawn spots. But that's not all; they also provide the complete project bundle, which includes SodPods, NutriPods, and the SodPod Power Planter. This bundle ensures you have everything you need to rejuvenate your lawn conveniently. 

The Benefits of SodPods and NutriPods 

SodPods grass plugs are sized at 3 inches by 3 inches, making them easy to handle and plant. The SodPods Power Planter can be attached to most cordless drills, making the planting process a breeze. With established roots, SodPods are excellent at conserving water. NutriPods play a crucial role in accelerating grass growth and last for 45 days (about one and a half months) with zero waste. 

How to Fix Brown Spots on Centipede Grass 

Now, let's get down to business and fix those brown spots on your centipede grass lawn using Centipede SodPods Grass Plugs: 

  • Identify Brown Spots: Walk around your lawn and identify the areas with brown spots. Make sure you've addressed the underlying issue, whether it's drought stress, poor soil conditions, or thatch buildup. 
  • Prepare the Soil: Before planting Centipede Grass Plugs, ensure the soil is slightly acidic and well-drained. You may need to adjust the pH level with lime if your soil is too alkaline. 
  • Plant the Plugs: Place the plugs in the holes, making sure the roots are fully covered with soil. Space them about 12-18 inches apart on the center. 
  • Water Thoroughly: After planting, water the area thoroughly. Centipede grass requires consistent moisture, especially during the establishment phase. Once the grass plugs are fully grown in, you can return to a standard watering schedule.
  • Apply NutriPods: To promote faster growth, use SodPods Power Planter to dig your hole,  drop a NutriPod in each hole, and plant your grass plug on top.  
  • Monitor and Maintain: Keep a close eye on your lawn. Water is needed to keep the soil consistently moist. Avoid excessive nitrogen fertilizer, as centipede grass prefers a low-nitrogen diet. 

Preventing Future Brown Spots 

Prevention is key to maintaining a beautiful centipede grass lawn. Here are some tips to keep those brown spots at bay: 

  • Regular Maintenance: Mow your centipede grass to the appropriate height and remove excess thatch as needed. 
  • Soil Testing: Periodically test your soil's pH levels to ensure it remains slightly acidic. 
  • Proper Irrigation: Water deeply and infrequently rather than shallow and often. This encourages deep root growth. 
  • Weed Control: Keep an eye out for broadleaf weeds and address them promptly to prevent them from stealing nutrients from your grass. 
  • Avoid Drought Stress: During dry spells, supplement rainfall with irrigation to prevent drought stress. 

Lawn Care Calendar for Centipede grass 

A comprehensive lawn care calendar from the University of Arkansas lawn calendar by following this lawn care calendar, you'll ensure your centipede grass lawn remains vibrant and healthy throughout the year.  

Spring Care (March to May) 

  • Mowing: Start mowing when your Centipede grass reaches a height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Maintain a recommended height of 1 to 1.5 inches during the growing season. 
  • Fertilization: In late spring, apply a balanced fertilizer. Conduct a soil test for accurate nutrient recommendations. Try NutriPods for the perfect amount of grass plug nutrients. 
  • Weed Control: Address emerging weeds promptly to prevent them from taking over your lawn. 
  • Watering: Centipede grass is drought-tolerant, but it benefits from consistent watering during dry spells. 

Summer Care (June to August) 

  • Mowing: Mow your Centipede grass lawn every 5 to 7 days and less often during drought stress. 
  • Fertilization: Apply 0.5 pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet approximately three weeks after the grass turns green in June. Fertilize again in July and August with 0.25-0.75 pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet or use a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. Try NutriPods Grass Plug Nutrition for no measuring, and easy application. 
  • Watering: Water early in the morning, ensuring the soil is wet to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Centipede grass needs about 1 to 1.25 inches of water weekly during summer. 
  • Insect Control: Check for insect pests and treat them if necessary. 

Fall Care (September to November) 

  • Mowing: Continue mowing your Centipede grass lawn every 5 to 7 days, reducing frequency during drought stress. 
  • Fertilization: Do not fertilize. Apply lime only if soil pH is less than 5.0. 
  • Watering: Follow the irrigation guidelines from March through May. Water dormant Centipede grass periodically when dry, windy conditions occur. 
  • Weed Control: Control broadleaf weeds as needed. 

Winter Care (December to February) 

  • Mowing: Remove debris (rocks, sticks, leaves) from your lawn but avoid burning, which can harm the grass. 
  • Fertilization: Do not fertilize during winter. Submit soil samples for analysis every 2 to 3 years to determine nutrient requirements. Try NutriPods for the perfect amount of grass plug nutrients. 
  • Watering: Newly planted sod should be watered to prevent desiccation. 
  • Weed Control: Avoid using glyphosate for winter weed control. Control broadleaf weeds with a postemergence herbicide approved for Centipede grass. 

Brown spots on your centipede grass lawn can be a thing of the past with the help of Centipede Grass Plugs from SodPods. By understanding the needs of your centipede grass, addressing the underlying issues, and following the planting and maintenance steps, you can enjoy a lush, brown-spot-free lawn.  

Don't wait any longer! Get started with Centipede Grass Plugs from SodPods and transform your lawn into a green oasis. With our complete project bundle, including SodPods, NutriPods, and the SodPod Power Planter, you'll have everything you need for a successful lawn makeover. 

Follow the simple steps outlined in this guide, and you'll be on your way to a beautiful centipede grass lawn in no time. Don't let brown spots hold you back – act today and enjoy the benefits of a thriving, low-maintenance lawn. 



Jamie Tedder

Jamie surrently serve as Vice President on the board for Turfgrass Producers of Florida. He currently oversees the production of all grasses throughout all farms in Florida at Bethel Farms. He is actively working with top grass breeders, researchers, producers and end users from public and private institutions around the country to stay up to date on current industry developments. Being a University of Florida graduate, he has applied that knowledge to over 22 years of experience growing spectacular grass!

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