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WaWaWeeWa
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Centipede seed

I had new sod put down over the winter and it’s really struggling and very thin. Can I spread centipede seed this time of year to try to start thickening it up?


ronk
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You can try but it is awfully hot and awfully dry (I'm not in Louisiana but reading this board it seems to be drier than normal) to try to get seed to germinate. You are better off in the spring or fall.


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TDsngumbo
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Buy some on Amazon and keep it moist. Water two times a day very throughly and it’ll start sprouting and taking over in 14 days. I’ve done it in the middle of summer in large bare areas before with lots of success it you have to water it a a lot.


WaWaWeeWa
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Yea heat was my concern and mainly why I was asking. I do have an irrigation system so I have the ability to keep everything wet. I may give it a try


TDsngumbo
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Layering some leaves or other thin layer of mulch over the seeds would help keep them moist.


Bayou
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This Topper is great stuff to put over seed you're attempting to germinate


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labguy
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I spread some earlier this year in my yard. I'm pretty sure the instructions on the bag recommend planting in early spring which is what I did. IMO the amount of success you have is pretty much based on how well the ground is prepared. You need to loosen up the dirt and keep it moist after planting. I had pretty good success with it except in the areas that don't get much sunlight.


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I've been told that Centipede is actually the worst grass to have in SLA. Bermuda grows naturally in your yard and will take over if allowed. Zoysiagrass is worth looking into.


ronk
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Some truth to that. Centipede is trash grass but it’s great for people that don’t want to do anything because it really doesn’t want anything done to it.

Hybrid/improved Bermuda is my favorite but you’ll need full sun.

Zoysia depends on the variety but it can be a great grass.


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Grassy1
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What's underneath your new sod?


WaWaWeeWa
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Clay soil. I don’t really have a choice, the sod is already centipede. I just wanted to make sure this wasn’t a terrible idea to put down some seed to fill in at this time of year


Grassy1
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If by "clay soil", you mean clay, the type of sod doesn't matter.

Think about how good of a base clay makes for any plant.

You might want to consider amending your soil rather than just adding seeds to the same situation.


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Zach
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Winter may have been the wrong time. I put centipede sod down in early Spring when I built my home. I did 1/2 acre with 1/4 acre of sod by checkerboarding it. By Summer of the next year I had a full lawn.


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Cutloose
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I cut empty, plastic water bottles in half, cut a few holes toward the bottom for drainage, add potting soil and 3 spoonfuls of grass seed to each.

I put them in a shady spot and water daily until it sprouts. Then, water as needed. I let them grow a couple of weeks. Cut the plugs out with a utility knife and transplant using posthole diggers. Water them for a couple of days.

Quicker and easier than trying to water your whole yard. Twelve hours of direct, La sunlight is brutal on growing grass from seeds.


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