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In the past the use of bent grass, Agrostis stolonifera, was traditionally confined almost entirely to golf greens. Now many homeowners prefer bentgrass lawns because of their beautiful carpet like turf.
This is in spite of the work of establishing and maintaining a bent grass lawn.
The bent grasses spread by their long creeping stems, which extend over the surface of the soil. The joints (nodes) of these stems take root very easily, to form the thick,
velvety turf for which bent grass is famous.
Bent grasses are considered by many to be the most beautiful of grasses with their fine
texture, deep green color, thick density, and low growing habit. They are considered the luxury grasses of the cool season lawn grasses.
Types of Bentgrass
are three types of bent grass: the Colonial, Creeping, and Velvet. Each retains particular qualities relating
to climate, salt tolerance, depth of color, and texture.
Bentgrass is a cool season lawn grass. Bent can be
planted from seeds or sod and provides a beautiful golf like turf grass lawn in Northern
areas. Bents requires high amounts of lawn care & maintenance.
Creeping bent grass
is a native of Europe and parts of Asia. It is a cool season grass requiring cool, humid
environments. This grass forms a dense mat by creeping stolons and has a shallow root
system with long slender leaves.
Creeping bent grass is the most popular and most planted of the Bents. It is used extensively in lawns, golf courses, athletic fields for the creeping, dense growth, beautiful coloration and short mowing
tolerance. It is used primarily on golf putting greens because of the denseness and mowing qualities.
Two varieties of creeping bent grass supplied by Pennington Seed are Penncross Creeping Bentgrass
and 13M Creeping Bentgrass sold online by Seedland.com.
Penncross Creeping Bentgrass is considered one of the best choices for
home lawns and for lower maintenance home putting greens.
Velvet bent grass
has the finest texture of all the bent grasses and is one of the oldest grasses used for lawns and golf courses in Europe and was brought to the US for use on the earlier putting greens
because of the texture and ability to be clipped closely.
Colonial bent grass has been in the United States since the early days of the colonists. This variety was brought from Europe to reproduce the fine lawns of their homeland. Colonial Bentgrass is the tallest of the bents with very fine texture and the density associated with the bent grasses.
Read detailed information about the varieties of bentgrass.
Here is information on Building and maintaining a home putting green.
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