Turfgrass NavigatorTurfgrass ForumsSubscribeTurf SurveysTurf Information ResourcesTurfgrass Frequently Asked QuestionsTurfscienceTurfgrass home
Turfgrass Forums
social icons twitter facebook youtube linkedin
  Lawn maintenance
  Centipede(?) encroachment in Bahia pasture

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Centipede(?) encroachment in Bahia pasture
posted 31 March 2002 19:39     Click Here to See the Profile for jmreynolds     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A centipede type grass is gradually taking over our bahia pasture. As we use this pasture to supplement the feeding of our horses, we try and keep the pasture free of weeds and other grasses. Although we have centipede in our lawn, the strain of grass encroaching into the pasture does not look exactly like centipede sod. Outside of disc harrowing and beginning from scratch, are there any chemicals or other pasture management practices that can be used to get rid of it?

IP: Logged

posted 07 November 2003 13:27           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We, too, are having the same difficulty with a type of centipede taking over our bahia pasture in Alachua, Florida. We graze cattle and horses on our 20+ acres, and over the past five years this centipede variant has usurped perhaps three or four acres in total, with numerous scattered patches ranging from 30x50 to 50x80 feet. Each successive year these patches appear to expand two-fold, and we figure on losing our pasture in another five to seven years. We purchased an herbicide (Dow's equivalent of RoundUp) which we used to spot-treat several patches. We're reluctant to kill huge sections of our pasture without knowing what the bahia recovery-rate will be. What have you found out thus far? We're getting pretty nervous about it. Please get back to me on this; your input will be much appreciated! Susan at dogtrotfarm@yahoo.com

IP: Logged

posted 09 November 2003 06:37           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Found an excellent solution to this common problem, thanks to Kevin Campbell at the Madison County (Florida) Agricultural Extension Office. To access the very informative July 2003 newsletter on this topic, go to:

madison.ifas.ufl.edu/Agriculture/ newsletters/julygrazing2003.PDF

Definitely beats losing your pasture, and doubly beats using herbicides! Send this man a thank-you letter!

IP: Logged

posted 17 November 2003 10:06     Click Here to See the Profile for Dchall_San_Antonio     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A slight typo in that posted URL makes it not work. Here's the working version


Basically the article says to apply lime to bring up the pH and later on (60-90 days later) apply fertilizer. Centepede likes acid soils and doesn't particularly benefit from fertilizer like the "real" grasses do. So you're setting up the soil to grow your preferred grass rather than the centepede.

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Turfgrass.com Home | Privacy Statement

Postings remain the property and responsibility of the original authors.

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47d

Turfgrass.com is a community service of:

Phil Busey Agronomy Consulting Inc.


Site index