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    Back to Grass Types    |   Creeping Bentgrass

Creeping Bentgrass - Agrostis palustris



Cool-Season Grass


Full sun is best, but will tolerate some shade

Likes well-drained soil. Tolerant of acid soils

Needs regular, frequent watering

Fine-textured, very low growing. It's the lowest growing species of all the cool-season turfgrasses


Very high


Bentgrass is a fine-textured, cool-season species that spreads by stolons and is able to tolerate very close mowing heights of 1/4 to 3/4 inch (.63 to 2 cm). Bentgrass is the finest-bladed, lowest-growing, and highest-maintenance species of all the cool-season turfgrasses.

It makes a nice looking lawn, but requires a great deal of care with frequent mowing, watering, dethatching, and fertilizing. This is the grass that is used on many putting and bowling greens. It forms a soft, dense, carpetlike lawn that must have good drainage and frequent watering.

It also needs good air circulation over the surface of the grass to prevent disease, of which it is susceptible to many. It likes full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It is best adapted for use on putting greens, or where professional care is at hand, since it is not a lawn that is as well-suited for home lawns as other grasses.

Optimum Mowing Height: 1/4 to 1/2 inch (.63 to 1.27 cm)

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