The Best Weed Control for Centipede Grass


Centipede grass is a common turf grass found on home lawns in the southern United States and is known for its low maintenance requirements. However, centipede grass lawns may suffer from weeds, a problem especially apparent during winter months when the dormant grass contrasts with lush weeds.


  • Herbicides can be used to control different pest weeds. Apply pre-emergent herbicides before March to control crabgrass and goose grass. Broadleaf weeds can be controlled with post-emergent herbicides while halosulfuron is suitable for treating unwanted sedges.

Herbicides To Use Cautiously

  • Centipede grass is sensitive to the herbicides 2,4-D and MSMA, so follow label directions with caution or choose alternative herbicides like metasulfuron or sethoxydim.

Cultural Practices

  • Proper cultural practices are key to encouraging dense, healthy centipede grass that will discourage weed growth. Over-fertilizing centipede grass often leads to problems with the appearance of the lawn. Avoid low mowing in early spring to preserve runners; use proper irrigation practices and aerate if necessary.

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