Santee® Centipede

Santee® Centipede

Homeowner Maintenance Guide

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1.5–2 inches
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1 inch per week
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Preventative Fungicide & Insecticide

Seasonal Maintenance Guides for Your Santee® Centipede

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MOWING

During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Santee Centipede slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for winter.

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WATERING

Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.  Water to prevent drought stress while grass is actively growing and after the beginning stages of dormancy to prevent dehydration.

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FERTILIZATION

For fall fertilization, apply less than half a pound of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. to minimize spring dead spot. For optimal results, feed your lawn during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Fall Fertilizer Box. The Fall Fertilizer Box was designed to help your grass recover from the heat of summer and prepare for winter dormancy.

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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter annual and perennial weeds like chickweed, henbit, Poa annua, crabgrass or goosegrass. Apply post-emergent herbicides only when weeds are present. Since centipede is sensitive to certain herbicides (2,4-D and MSMA), follow label directions and use with caution.

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INSECT CONTROL

Check for and control any white grubs. Treat with an insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption.

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FUNGUS CONTROL

If large patch disease is a common problem in your Santee Centipede, apply a fungicide at a preventative rate. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption. Consider mapping those areas because fungicide treatment can be expensive.

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MOWING

When mowing, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing. Again, don’t mow below 1.5 inches.
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WATERING

Do not overwater the grass. Santee only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
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FERTILIZATION

Santee does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen very well; don’t do it.
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MOWING

Keep Santee mowed between 1.5 and 2 inches. Mowing below 1.5 inches will stress your centipede, which may not recover; don’t do it.
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WATERING

Don’t overwater. Santee needs about one inch of water a week considering rainfall.
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FERTILIZATION

Santee Centipede does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen very well; don’t do it.
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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide if needed. If you have had a fungus or disease in your Santee Centipede in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.
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FALL
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MOWING

During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Santee Centipede slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for winter.

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WATERING

Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.  Water to prevent drought stress while grass is actively growing and after the beginning stages of dormancy to prevent dehydration.

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FERTILIZATION

For fall fertilization, apply less than half a pound of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. to minimize spring dead spot. For optimal results, feed your lawn during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Fall Fertilizer Box. The Fall Fertilizer Box was designed to help your grass recover from the heat of summer and prepare for winter dormancy.

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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter annual and perennial weeds like chickweed, henbit, Poa annua, crabgrass or goosegrass. Apply post-emergent herbicides only when weeds are present. Since centipede is sensitive to certain herbicides (2,4-D and MSMA), follow label directions and use with caution.

insect control

INSECT CONTROL

Check for and control any white grubs. Treat with an insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption.

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FUNGUS CONTROL

If large patch disease is a common problem in your Santee Centipede, apply a fungicide at a preventative rate. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption. Consider mapping those areas because fungicide treatment can be expensive.

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SUMMER
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MOWING

When mowing, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing. Again, don’t mow below 1.5 inches.
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WATERING

Do not overwater the grass. Santee only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
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FERTILIZATION

Santee does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen very well; don’t do it.
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SPRING
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MOWING

Keep Santee mowed between 1.5 and 2 inches. Mowing below 1.5 inches will stress your centipede, which may not recover; don’t do it.
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WATERING

Don’t overwater. Santee needs about one inch of water a week considering rainfall.
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FERTILIZATION

Santee Centipede does not handle over-fertilization with nitrogen very well; don’t do it.
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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide if needed. If you have had a fungus or disease in your Santee Centipede in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.

Santee® Centipede Maintenance Tips

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SOIL MANAGEMENT

  • Soil test every two years.
  • Amend soil to maintain pH between 6.0 and 7.0
  • Know your soil type!

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MOWING

  • Sharpen blades every spring.
  • Keep mowed between 1.5 to 2 inches.
  • Don’t cut of more than 1/3 the blade.

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IRRIGATION

  • Don’t overwater.
  • Water less in cooler fall months.
  • About 1 inch a week total irrigation spring & summer.
  • Water deeply, frequently, and in early AM.

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WEED CONTROL

  • Pre-emergents prevent weeds from germinating.
  • Post-emergents kill weeds after they germinate.
  • A thick, luch lawn is the best deterrent to weeds.

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DISEASE CONTROL

  • Overly wet grass + shade = fungus problems.
  • Apply systemic fungicide to prevent fungus outbreaks.
  • Use multiple fungicide applications to treat affected areas.

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INSECT CONTROL

  • Use a broad spectrum insecticide that controls chinch bugs.
  • For a once-a-year treatment, July & August are good months.
  • If using a granular insecticide, water in after application.
  • Look for insect damage on grass blades and/or roots.

A WORD OF CAUTION FOR NEWLY SODDED LAWNS

A pre-emergent contains a chemical that prevents a weed from putting down roots. Because it is a root inhibitor, it can also negatively affect your new lawn, which is trying to establish itself by putting down roots.

If you successfully killed and removed your old lawn, including all the weeds in it, your newly sodded lawn should have relatively few weeds. It is suggested that you hand pick weeds out of your newly sodded lawn for the first season.

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