What Is Bentgrass?
Creeping Bentgrass is primarily a cool season grass that grows quickly in humid conditions. The leaves of creeping bentgrass are long and slender and have a lighter shade of green than bluegrass. This dense high quality turf is used on golf courses, tennis facilities, and lawn bowling greens (where the environments are closely managed). It can tolerate frequent low mowing as well as heavy foot traffic. The amount of care needed for bentgrass is unrealistic for a home owner. Creeping bentgrass will not flourish in a home lawn. It is also very prone to disease.
How To Control Bentgrass
Bentgrass has a way of working its way into lawns by starting as a small patch and expanding over time. The Solution to bentrgrass is removal. For best results, treat bentgrass while it is still green and actively growing. Use a herbicide product containing glyphosate such as Roundup. Wait seven to ten days after treatment to reseed the area. Be careful when treating your lawn, Roundup will kill everything (even desirable grasses and plants). Follow all product directions of any herbicide that you use.
Reseeding Treated Areas
Be sure to use a quality seed mixture. Most Ohio lawns are a Kentucky bluegrass mix. Do not buy a seed mixture that has annual seed or weed seed in it. Brookside Lawn Services offers a quality seed mixture available in 10lb bags.
Seeding And Care
- Prepare your seed bed after applying the herbicide and waiting the appropriate (7 – 10 day) time frame.
- Loosen the soil so it will hold moisture and allow roots to grow (use a hoe or a rake).
- Rake seed into the soil & then seed over the top of the smooth soil.
- Use a straw too help keep the area moist after seeding.
- Water daily. If kept moist the seed will come up quickly.
- Water less frequent after 3 weeks.
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