TifBlair® Centipede offers more cold and drought tolerance than common Centipede. Tests conducted over three winters in Blairsville, GA and Stillwater, OK demonstrated that TifBlair can survive even severe winter temperatures. A deep root system allows TifBlair to grow in low pH soils as well. This low growing, warm season grass offers lower maintenance requirements, ideal for commercial and residential installations.

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Performance Ratings

DROUGHT RESISTANCE
SHADE PERFORMANCE
DISEASE RESISTANCE
TRAFFIC TOLERANCE
SPEED OF RECOVERY

Characteristics

APPEARANCE
Medium textured blades; medium green in color; greens up earlier and retains color longer than common centipede

SHADE TOLERANCE
Medium

DROUGHT TOLERANCE
High

MAINTENANCE
Low

Technical Data

  • Acidic soil, pH 5.0 – 6.0
  • Low fertility requirements
  • Low mowing frequency
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Remarkable drought tolerance
  • Superior cold hardiness 
  • Sold only as certified

Best Usage

  • Landscape — Home lawns, commercial properties

Maintenance Guide

Once established, follow general recommendations of 1″ of water from rain or irrigation per week, depending on soil conditions and climate. Blades turn gray under drought stress, greening up immediately after watering. TifBlair prefers well drained soils. Visit the resources page to view or click here to download our watering guide for new and established grass.

TifBlair can be installed year round and establishes more rapidly and consistently than common centipede, helping to deter weeds. TifBlair tolerates acidic soils at 5.0 to 6.0 pH, so do not add lime without a soil test. Visit the resources page to view or download our soil preparation and installation guides.

A low growing grass, TifBlair requires less frequent mowing. Maintain at recommended mowing height of 1.5″ to 2″. Follow general mowing recommendations, keeping mower blades sharp and removing no more than 1/3 of grass height per mowing. Click to view or download our Centipede Maintenance Guide.

Test soil before fertilizing and DO NOT over-fertilize. TifBlair boasts low fertility requirements of 1 to 2 lb nitrogen per 1,000 square feet annually. Excess nitrogen may result in increased thatch and reduced vigor. Avoid high nitrogen “winterizing” fertilizers in fall. Click to view or download our Centipede Maintenance Guide.

TifBlair is typically disease resistant, with minor issues limited to Centipede patch and Centipede decline. Strengthen TifBlair lawns against disease with proper fertility management. Click to view or download our Centipede Maintenance Guide.