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Centipede prefers mowing to about 2 inches in full sun, 3 inches in part shade. Centipede forms a poor turf in full shade and should not be planted there. When you mow Centipede, your goal is to have the target height after having removed only 1/3rd of the grass with each mowing. So if your Centipede is in full sun, you should wait until it reaches 3 inches and remove 1 inch. If it's growing in part shade, wait until the grass reaches about 4-1/2 inches, and remove about 1-1/2 inches. Keep your mower blade razor sharp!