Creeping Bentgrass - Grass like a Golf Course

Creeping Bentgrass ( Agrostis Palustris )

Going out to mow the lawn can be a chore most people are not fond of.  Most lawns I see day to day are full of crab grass and weeds with uneven or dead patches.  Who wants to go out and spend an hour plus mowing weeds to make them look nice?  Not this guy.

Ever seen a golf course before?  I’m sure you have.  Those lush green fields of grass rolling along, and the smooth low cut greens.  That is the kind of lawn I crave.   And it is something that can be done!  Want a lawn that turns peoples heads?  You might want to consider planting a variety of  Bentgrass!

creeping-bentgrass-garden-lawnThe variety I will cover here is Creeping Bentgrass.  This was originally cultivated to be used in golf course greens.  It is loved for its tolerance at being cut extremely low ( 1 inch ).  This does come with some drawbacks though.  If you allow Creeping Bentgrass to grow to the height of your average lawn ( 3 to 4 inches ),  it will start to look shaggy.  Bentgrass also does not tolerate really hot or dry weather, nor will it do well in cold winters.  This grass isn’t advised for regular home use, but if your interested in doing something a little different and have the climate and the time to keep it mowed down at around an inch, this would make a beautiful and unique lawn!

Perennial Cool Season Grass

creeping-bentgrass-greenCreeping Bentgrass spreads by creeping, like the name suggests.  Bentgrass has shallow roots with creeping stems that produce long narrow leaves that form a thick mat.  Other names that Bentgrass is know by include Carpet bentgrass, Creeping Bentgrass, Redtop, Redtop Bent, Seaside Bentgrass, and Spreading Bent.

 

Creeping Bentgrass safe to use?

Yes! This variety of grass is safe to use and is listed as nontoxic.  For those of you that have grass already and have pets, beware of the following grass types.  They are known to hurt your animal!  Bromus tectorum, Bromus rigidus, Elymus canadensis, Elymus virginicus, and Hordeum jubatum.  There are a lot more out there, but those are the main ones that pose the most danger.

 

Caring for Bentgrass

One of the largest problems people have with Bentgrass is dollar-spot disease.  This is caused by a fungus (Sclerotinia homoeocarpa) that causes silver dollar sized dead spots in the turf.  If left untreated, these spots and become much larger.  To treat dollar-spot disease, you can use a fungicide treatments.  To help prevent this from happening though, make sure you keep your turf moist by watering in the morning, and allowing it to dry out by evening.