Least mowing requirements


Slow growing


Trouble free


Loves acid soil

Sun or Shade? Both. ☀️🌤

Centipedegrass is a turfgrass adaptable to sun or bright shade.

Centipedegrass naturally grows in full sun or very slightly shaded ecosystems, thus it thrives in full sun yards. TifBlair Centipede lawns require at least 6-7 hours of direct sun every day to maintain dense growth. It's tolerant of shade the rest of the day if that shade is bright, filtered shade such as under pine trees or hardwoods that are limbed up high (called "high shade"). We have articles to help you determine if your yard is too shady for grass and we offer tips on how to make it a little more sunny, if necessary.

Centipede is a Warm-Season Grass

The term "warm season" means it's green during the warm growing season; going dormant after frost. Even though it's dormant during winter, it can still be walked and played on.

Unique to any other type of Centipedegrass, TifBlair lawns can be planted as sod and seed. TifBlair sod can be installed during the growing season when the grass is green. TifBlair seed is best planted during the growing season when the ground is warm and there is no danger of frost.

Centipede is a Warm-Season Grass

Other Assets of "The Lazy Man's" Grass

  • Lowest fertility requirements of all lawns; grows well on poor soils
  • It may never need fertilizing - saving time, lowering cost, and reducing inputs
  • Loves acidic pH (that's a low pH) - no need to raise the pH with lime
  • Slowing growing - needs less mowing
  • Drought tolerant; it goes dormant in extended drought, greening up again when rain returns
Other Assets of "The Lazy Man's" Grass

Where to Use Centipedegrass

Centipede was introduced by seed from China in 1919. Centipede is slow growing in height, but a highly aggressive colonizing grass that can be depended upon to produce a good, dense, relatively weed-free turf at low maintenance levels. In spite of its aggressive stolons (the lateral spreaders) Centipede is easily controlled and usually requires edging only once a year around walks and flowerbeds.
  • Residential lawns & commercial landscapes
  • Public & private parks
  • Roadsides & Airports - a non-attractant for Canada geese and deer, for safety reasons Centipedegrass is a good choice for airports and highways
  • All sod and turfgrass needs in the Deep South, from Birmingham to Atlanta, then from Charlotte to Raleigh and all points southward
  • Zones 7b to 11a on the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map or Zones 1-2 on the Turfgrass Hardiness Map

Centipede sod or seed?

The variety TifBlair is unique and can be planted as sod and seed. TifBlair sod and seed are best planted during the warm growing season when the ground is warm and there is no danger of frost. Sodding and seeding result in beautiful lawns that, in time, will look the same. The differences, in brief:

  • TifBair sod costs more, but offers instant impact
  • TifBlair sod cost more, but is easier to take care of during the establishment phase
  • TifBlair seed costs less, but the trade off is in your time and effort
Centipede sod or seed?