Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris [A. stolonifera])-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Creeping bentgrass
Agrostis palustris [A. stolonifera]

Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) - fairway height (1/2")
Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) - fairway height (1/2")
Life Cycle and Growth Habit
Cool-season perennial with stoloniferous growth habit. 
Regional Adaptation
Cool humid
Cool semiarid
Transition zone
Well-drained, moist, slightly acid (pH of 5.5 - 6.5), fertile soils; often grown on pure sand or sand modified with organic matter; full sun to light shade; avoid drought; tolerates cold; moderate tolerance to heat.


Light Requirements
Requires full sunlight
Best Suited for These Uses/Sites
Typically used in areas requiring smooth surfaces and low height of cut; golf course putting greens, tees, and fairways, as well as bowling, tennis courts, and croquet greens; rarely used in other areas because of high maintenance requirements. Should not be used on home lawns or in mixes with other species due to its aggressiveness.


High maintenance; 2 to 6 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per growing season; requires frequent mowing at low heights, usually 1/8 to 1/2 inch depending on use and site; may become puffy at heights above 1/2 inch; irrigate as necessary, may require mid-day syringing during summer's heat; often requires topdressing; may be prone to thatch development; there are a variety of disease and insect pests that attack this grass, especially when mowed at putting green height.


Seed (0.5 to 1 pounds per 1000 sq. ft.), sod, stolons (5 to 12 bushels of stolons per 1000 sq. ft.).



Refer to the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) website ( for additional varieties and performance data atvarious locations. Look for trial sites and maintenance levels most similar to your own.


Pests and Problems
Additional Notes

Slow to establish from seed. Native to Eurasia. Develops thick thatch layer due to its aggressiveness. It is a weed when growing among other turfgrass species.


Related Resources
General Lawn Maintenance
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic