Bentgrass, a fine-textured, bright green grass, is commonly used on putting greens, golf courses and lawn tennis courts throughout the U.S. This cool-season grass is native to Europe and some regions of Asia, where it commonly adorns lawns and pastures. Preferring sunny, well-drained soils, this perennial grass produces a stunning landscape when cared for properly.
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Things you need
- Pitchfork or rototiller
- Soil pH testing kit
- Lime or peat moss
- Metal garden rake
- Starter fertiliser
- Drop spreader
- Bentgrass seed
- Soaker hose
Clear the ground of leaves, sticks, large stones or debris. Pull weeds, exposing as much soil as possible. Break up the soil to a 2-inch depth using a pitchfork or rototiller.
Test the soil to determine the pH with a soil testing kit purchased from a garden centre. Bentgrass prefers to grow in soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Mix lime in with the soil if the pH is below 5.5. Add peat moss forums pH above 6.5. Follow the label instructions for allocation amounts.
Rake the soil patch with a metal garden rake, creating a level planting area for the bentgrass. Broadcast a grass starter fertiliser over the soil using a drop spreader. Follow the instructions on the product label for allocation amounts.
Even out the soil with the metal garden rake. Blend the fertiliser in with the soil as you do so. Fill the drop spreader with bentgrass seed. Most manufactures of bentgrass seed recommend 0.454kg. of seed per 1,000 square foot of soil; follow the label instructions for seeding amounts.
Run a soaker hose through the planting area and water the bentgrass seed generously after broadcasting. Keep the soil moist throughout the seed germination process, usually 10 and 14 days. Twice-daily waterings for five to 10 minutes per watering should suffice. Water once per day once the bentgrass reaches a height of two inches.
Tips and warnings
- Most bentgrass turfs are trimmed to a 1/2 inch or less, depending on preference.
- Bentgrass may need more frequent waterings to keep it green during a dry spell, because of its shallow root system.
- Fertilise the bentgrass with a nitrogen-based fertiliser following package directions. Most bentgrass appreciates a dose of fertiliser in the early spring and fall.
- Mow the bentgrass frequently to avoid damaging the bentgrass, especially if you want to keep it traditionally short. Allowing the bentgrass to grow high, and then mowing it down low, can cause scalp injury.
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