Bentgrass

Bentgrass Specifications
  • Seeding Rate: 1-2 lbs./1,000 sq.ft.
  • Germination: 5-10 days
  • Growth habit: Stolons
  • Approx. seeds per lb: 6,000,000-7,000,000
  • Blade: 1-2 mm, pointed tip, flat, smooth
  • Uses: Golf Greens, Tee, and Fairways
  • Identification: Pointed tip leaf, flat and smooth in appearance. Lighter to very dark green color, vertical growth habit, dense growth habit, tolerates very low mowing.
  • Establishment: Quick germination, aggressive to medium aggressive growth habit, vertical growth habit without tendency to thatch. Good spring green-up, color retention and wear tolerance. High maintenance quality turfgrass.
Kingpin Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed
  • Very dark green, non-grainy erect blade type
  • Tolerates low cutting heights on putting surfaces
  • High shoot density and improved disease resistance
  • Excellent spring green-up and holds color late in the fall
Putter Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, Putter Creeping	Bentgrass Seed
  • A rich, dark bluish color
  • Dwarf growth habit and high shoot density
  • Improved disease and pest resistance
  • Fast aggressive establishment
Pinup Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, PinUp Bentgrass Seed
  • Elite turf for greens, tees and fairways
  • Improved salt tolerance
  • Elite high shoot density
  • Dollar spot resistant
Penn A-4 Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, Penn A-4 Creeping Bentgrass Seed
  • Elite high density creeping bentgrass
  • Requires less nitrogen once established than Penncross
  • Properly top dressed and verdicut A-4 is the best bentgrass available in the industry
  • Top entry in NTEP and On-site NTEP Tests
Penneagle II
Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, Penn Eagle II Creeping Bentgrass Seed
  • New and improved Penneagle for the progressive superintendent
  • Medium density for reduced thatch but competitive against poa annua
  • Good dollar spot resistance
Penncross Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, Penncross Creeping Bentgrass Seed
  • Aggressiveness, vigor, and wear tolerance make Penncross a natural for tees and fairways as well as greens
  • Extra vigorous growth means less water and fertilizer requirements
  • Extreme heat and cold tolerance
Venus Velvet Bentgrass
Bentgrass Seed, Creeping Bentgrass Seed, Velvet Bentgrass Seed, Venus Bentgrass Seed
  • Newest of the improved velvet bentgrass varieties
  • Top velvet bentgrass in the 2003 NTEP Bentgrass Test
  • Requires very low nitrogen rates
  • Best putting surface available
Bentgrass Traits
COLOR
MOWING
TRAFFIC
THATCH
NITROGEN
SHADE
TYPE
DROUGHT
WINTER ACTIVE
Very Dark Blue/Green 1/8″ – 3/16″ Excellent Moderate 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair High Density Creeper Fair-Poor Excellent
Dark Bluish Green 1/2″ – 3/16″ Good Moderate 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair Improved Creeper Fair-Poor Excellent
Very Dark Green 1/8″ – 3/16″ Excellent Moderate 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair High Density Creeper Fair-Poor Good
Very Dark Green 1/2″ – 3/16″ Good High 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair High Density Creeper Fair-Poor Good
Very Dark Green 1/2″ – 3/16″ Good Moderate 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair Improved Creeper Fair-Poor Good
Dark Green 1/2″ – 3/16″ Good Moderate 2-4 lb. per M Annual Fair Standard Creeper Fair-Poor Poor
Very Bright Green 1/8″ – 3/16″ Good Moderate 1-2 lb. per M Annual Good Velvet Poor Excellent
High Density Creeping Types

These varieties have highest shoot density with range of 2,200-2,600 shoots per decimeter2. These are best adapted to golf course greens, croquet, tennis courts and bowling tops.They often require frequent top dressing and mowing and prefer low mowing heights of 125,000ths or less.

Penncross Creeping

Expensive to produce seed due to parent production field established vegetatively. Open type with 1,000-1,100 shoots per decimeter2. Continues to be used regardless of age and
lack of improvements. Penncross requires high levels of nitrogen which results in high thatch production and reduced disease resistance.

Dry-Arid Creeping Climate Types

Developed from germplasm collected from dry arid regions of the western US.All have high shoot density ranging from 1,400-1,600 shoots per decimeter2.These varieties are very susceptible to dollar spot but have excellent turf quality and have been used successfully around the world.

Highland Dryland Types

Highland Dryland bentgrass Agrostis castellana has been incorrectly referred to as a colonial bentgrass. It has large robust stolons which under low height of cut and infrequent mowing produce unacceptable “false crowning” in manicured turf. Highland continues to be used for low cost roadside and utility turf situations.

Colonial Bentgrass

Compared to creepers, colonials are more upright with a weaker lateral growth habit. It has better wear tolerance at high height of cut (fairways) and is typically brighter green, maintains better color in cool weather, has better resistance to dollar spot, but is more susceptible to brown patch than creeping bentgrass.

Velvet Bentgrass

Velvet bentgrass is the densest of the bents used for turf and tends to have better shade tolerance than creeping or colonial bentgrass. Compared to creepers, velvet has a brighter green color, better dollar spot and brown patch resistance, and less prone to localized dry spot.

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