How to Plant Bentgrass

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Bentgrass refers to a genus of grass plants. Several members of the bentgrass genus are grown throughout North America as lawn grass and golf course turf. Bentgrass is popular for its lush, green appearance and quick proliferation. Learn how to plant bentgrass for a thick, fast-growing lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or hoe Garden rake Bentgrass seeds Lawn starter fertilizer (optional) Lawn seed spreader
  • Prepare the soil. Remove existing vegetation to expose the bare dirt. Rake the area to collect all sticks, large rocks and other debris.

  • Use the shovel or hoe to break up the soil to a depth of two inches. Break any large clumps of dirt, though the soil does not need to be fine. Rake the soil to make it relatively level.

  • Apply lawn starter fertilizer. Lawn starter can be purchased from your local garden store, nursery or online retailer. The fertilizer quickly primes the soil with the nutrients bentgrass needs. Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions, as every brand differs in its specific nutrient mix.

  • Obtain bentgrass seeds. One pound of bentgrass seed is sufficient for every thousand square feet of lawn you wish to plant. Adjust according to the size of your yard. Bentgrass is widely available at major nurseries and garden stores, as well as in the garden section at some general retailers (e.g. Wal-Mart or Home Depot).

  • Use your hand or a mechanical lawn-seed spreader to distribute the seed. Distribute so that the amount of measured bentgrass seed is spread evenly. Aim to sow approximately 20 bentgrass seeds in every square inch of soil.

  • Water the soil plot. Keep the dirt moist until the bentgrass germinates and reaches a height of approximately two inches. After the grass reaches this height, water twice daily.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plant bentgrass in the fall, when annual weeds are less prolific and days are shorter: It will take less water to keep the soil moist.
  • Avoid using herbicides on your property before or during the bentgrass seeding process. Bentgrass does best in the northeast regions of the U.S. and similar cool environments. Warm locales such as Hawaii and the southern states are not conducive to growing bentgrass, though it's not impossible.

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References

  • Duble, Richard L. "Bentgrass." Texas A&M University. 2005.
  • Dernoeden, Peter H. "Creeping Bentgrass Management: Summer Stresses, Weeds and Selected Maladies". New York: Wiley, 2000.
  • Texas Cooperative Extension service
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