Centipede or St. Augustine?

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Date Photo Taken: November 13, 2011
Location: Cumming, GA
Posted By: w4dd


At first I thought this grass was Centipeded, but now I am thinking St. Augustine. Is one preferred over the other? I’m about ready to give up on Fescue and a patch of this grass is doing very well in my yard.


  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks to be centipede grass. Since St. Augustine is very sensitive to cold temps, it’s doubtful that it has persisted as far north as Cumming (although certainly possible) Try to Google for images of both types to help you identify it.

    November 14th, 2011 at 11:06 pm
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    I agree with Southern Garden Coach that the plant is not St. Augustine. I often find sprigs of Carpetgrass, Axonopus fissifolius, in older fescue lawns. I understand it was often used in shade mixtures of seeded grass varieties some years back. I call it centipede’s ugly cousin and if the turf doesn’t look exactly like centipede it is often the “contaminate”. I would not recommend it for a primary turf type. It will mix well with centipede but Cumming is pushing the northern limits of both their usefulness. Find info on this link and click on the picture of common carpetgrass stolons to enlarge it: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/home_gardening/lawn/turfgrass_varieties/Carpetgrass+for+Lawns.htm

    November 15th, 2011 at 10:15 am
  3. Jeff Registered says:

    thanks Bobby and Southern Garden Coach. That helps a lot. My yard was indeed sodded with Fescue, about 12 years ago, so there may have been a blade of Carpet Grass in there. I think I am going to try Centipede next May. Sounds like seeding results are not favorable so may do plugs.

    November 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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