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Creeping Bentgrass

Creeping BentgrassCreeping Bentgrass is another cool season grass. The scientific name is Agrostis Palustris. Creeping Bentgrass os the choice for most golf courses in cooler climates. It is used for putting greens, lawn bowling, and similar applications. It is meant to be mowed very low and needs lots of water as a result. This grass has poor drought tolerance since there is little protection from evaporation from the low cut grass. It does well in full sun as long as you provide lots of water.

Creeping Bentgrass – Weaknesses

If you do not mow this type of grass low, it will build up an extensive layer of thatch. It is susceptible to disease. However good care will minimize the opportunity for disease to take hold.

It should be well fertilize with .5 to 1 pound of nitrogen fertilizer per 1000 square feet. It wears well as it should if it is to be used on a golf course. However golf course managers will move the hole often to manage the foot traffic in various areas.

Creeping Bentgrass will grow well in moist areas of the northern parts of the US and southern areas of Canada. It is used extensively in the pacific northwest and the northeastern pars of the continent.

This is not a grass type for consumers. It takes far too much care, water and fertilizer for most consumers to deal with. Constant watering, non drought resistant and constant mowing to keep the grass length low is a little too much work for most consumers. It is popular on golf courses as mentioned earlier and lawn bowling fields.

If you do not live in a moist area with lots of rain, this type of grass may not be the best choice for your lawn or for your golf course.

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2 Responses to “Creeping Bentgrass”

  1. I have bent grass in my backyard. I do not want it. How can I get rid of it and reseed with better grass seed?

    Please give me your advice? Thank you

  2. An effective way to get rid of the creeping bentgrass in your lawn is to spray it with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Herbicides such as Roundup with glyphosate are nonselective, so they will also kill the desirable grasses as well as any other plants whose foliage they reach. Otherwise you will have to replace your entire lawn

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