Native Creeping Bentgrass (Agrostis palustris)
Thick, green lawns are ideal for invasion by native creeping bentgrass.
Why is bentgrass undesirable?
Bentgrass can form an attractive lawn if it is the only variety of grass present as, for example, on a golf course putting green. Usually bentgrass is considered to be a nuisance in a home lawn because it requires so much care.
Bentgrass is slow to green up in the spring. It requires more fertilizer and much more water than other grasses. It is very prone to attack by plant diseases and bentgrass by nature creates a thick, spongy layer of thatch. Bentgrass is sensitive to warm temperatures and turns brown in summer heat.
Bentgrass invasion is encouraged by light, frequent watering and short mowing.
Bentgrass thrives in a maritime climate.
Few Weed Man clients are aware of a bentgrass invasion until winter's snow has melted and the lawn is dotted with patches of bentgrass damaged by winter diseases.
Patience and diligence are essential ingredients in this procedure. Ask your Weed Man for more tips on mowing and watering.