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Description

Creeping bentgrass is the most widely used cool-season grass on golf course putting greens. It is a fine-textured species that can tolerate close mowing heights and spreads by stolons. This allows it to recover from traffic and golf ball marks. However, it has very high maintenance requirements including fertilization, topdressing, mowing, and frequent fungicide applications, particularly during the summer months.

Species Data

  • SEEDHEAD / FLOWER
    • seedhead is a compressed panicle; each spikelet is elliptical, with a single seed
  • VERNATION TYPE
  • LIGULE TYPE
    • membranous; rounded or blunt, finely irregular-toothed or entire, minutely hairy on back, 0.04 - 0.08 inches (1 - 2 mm) long
      ​Figure 2, Figure 3
  • GROWTH SEASON / LIFE CYCLE
    • cool season turf
  • AURICLE TYPE
    • absent
  • LEAF BLADE TIP SHAPE
    • sharp-pointed; flat, distinctly ridged upper surface, slightly creased on lower surface, surfaces and edges rough
      Figure 4
  • LEAF BLADE WIDTH
    • 0.08 - 0.2 inches (2 - 5 mm) wide
      Figure 5
  • STOLON PRESENCE
    • present; slender
  • RHIZOME PRESENCE
    • absent
  • COLLAR TYPE
  • SHEATH MARGIN
Creeping bentgrass vernation

Figure 1. Creeping bentgrass vernation.

Creeping bentgrass ligule

Figure 2. Creeping bentgrass ligule.

Creeping bentgrass ligule

Figure 3. Creeping bentgrass ligule.

Creeping bentgrass leaf blade tip

Figure 4. Creeping bentgrass leaf blade tip.

Creeping bentgrass leaf blade

Figure 5. Creeping bentgrass leaf blade width.

Creeping bentgrass collar

Figure 6. Creeping bentgrass collar.

Creeping bentgrass collar

Figure 7. Creeping bentgrass collar.

Creeping bentgrass sheath

Figure 8. Creeping bentgrass sheath.

Author

Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist
Crop and Soil Sciences

Publication date: Nov. 3, 2017

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