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Building a home putting green using bentgrass seed can be as simple or involved as you choose. We have provided instructions for building home putting greens from
two sources, Purdue University and the USGA.
Penncross Bentgrass is considered
one of the best variety choices for home Bentgrass lawns or putting greens.
Please find below the instructions from Purdue University. See our page for
USGA Putting Green Construction instructions here. Please note that the USGA putting green instructions are more
technical and you should consult with your AG Extension agent and/or the USGA if attempting this construction method
Available in 5 & 25 lbs sizes
Backyard Putting Green
By Clark Throssell and Zac Reicher
Purdue University Turfgrass Specialists
1 - Location
- Full sun - The green should be located in full sun for optimum
turf growth and performance.
- Air movement - Locate the green so the wind (air flow) is not
blocked by trees or buildings.
- Do not locate the green in a depression or low area.
2 - Construction
- Surface drainage - Contours on the green should facilitate
rapid surface drainage water.
- Do not create any pockets or low areas where water will stand.
Water should drain off the green in more than one direction.
- Rootzone - Almost any soil would be suitable for building a
backyard putting green. A sandy loam soil would make an ideal
rootzone. Traffic and wear on a backyard putting green is so
limited it does not make sense to haul in sand or other material
to create a special rootzone mix.
- Grass - Creeping bentgrass is the recommended grass species for putting greens. The seeding rate is 0.5 lb seed per 1,000 sq. ft. Creeping bentgrass seed can be purchased from seed
supply houses such as Seedland.com
3 - Maintenance
- Mowing - The green should be mowed at 3/16 to 1/4 inch four or
more times per week.
Fertilize the green with 0.5 lb nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. on May
1 and June 1.
Fertilize with 1.0 lb nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. on Sept. 15 and
- Irrigation - Water the green in the early morning (5-7 a.m.)
hours. Only water when the green shows signs of drought stress.
- Pests - Several insects and diseases are potential pests of
creeping bentgrass greens. The first step in pest control is to
produce a dense, actively growing stand of grass.
- Topdressing - Topdressing is the application of a thin layer
of soil on top of the putting surface. Apply a layer of
topdressing approximately 1/8 inch thick of screened soil to
putting surface. Use a push broom to work the topdressing down
through the turf canopy. Apply topdressing in early May and late
Additional Source Book
- Turf Management for Golf Courses by James Beard. Burgess
Publishing, Minneapolis MN.
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