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Creeping Bentgrass

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.

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Species Data

Seedhead/Flower

seedhead is a compressed panicle; each spikelet is eliptical, with a single seed

Vernation type

leaves rolled in the bud

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vernation
vernation
Ligule Type

membranous; rounded or blunt, finely irregular-toothed or entire, minutely hairy on back, 0.04 - 0.08 inches (1 - 2 mm) long

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ligule
ligule
ligule
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

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leafblade
leafblade
leaftip
leaftip
leaftip
Leaf blade width

0.08 - 0.2 inches (2 - 5 mm) wide

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leafblade
leafblade
leaftip
leaftip
leaftip
Stolon Presence

present; slender

Rhizome Presence

absent

Collar Type

divided; indistinct, usually slanted with unequal sides

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collar3
collar3
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Sheath Margin

open

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ligule
ligule
sheath
sheath
sheath