How to Grow Bent Grass


Lawn grasses come in many varieties, each having specific qualities suitable for growing in certain climates and soil conditions. One type of lawn grass, bent grass (Agrostis), thrives in areas with cool, humid climates. This lawn grass spreads by producing stolons that creep along the surface of the soil and form new blades of grass. Bentgrass requires suitable soil conditions and management to form a healthy turf in golfing greens, parks and home landscapes.

Step 1

Plant your bent grass in a prepared bed to encourage healthy growth. This type of grass requires loose, well-draining soils, so incorporate 2 parts compost and 1 part sand into your existing soil to create a healthy medium. Mix these amendments into the top 4 to 6 inches of topsoil with a garden tiller until thoroughly combined. Smooth the surface of your soil with a rake to form an even seedbed.

Step 2

Spread your seeds over your seedbed with a seed broadcaster at a rate of about 1 pound per 1,000 square feet of surface soil. Roll the seedbed with a seed roller to encourage good contact between the seeds and the soil. Apply a ¼-inch layer of fine-textured mulch over the top of your planted seedbed. Moisten the soil immediately after planting and keep your soil slightly moist until seedlings emerge from the soil.

Step 3

Apply a light spray of water to your growing grass to keep the soil near the roots of your bent grass slightly moist at all times. Depending on your climate, this may require watering once or twice each day. Determine the correct amount of water by inserting a finger into the soil near your bent grass to feel for moisture in the soil near the level of the roots. As the grass matures, reduce your watering to allow the surface soil to become dry between watering sessions. Apply about an inch of water every week to your mature lawn. Reduce supplemental watering during periods of rain.

Step 4

Mow your bent grass regularly to maintain a healthy lawn. This grass tolerates short mowing heights but requires less water at taller heights. Use a mower with a sharp blade and cut no more than a third of the entire length of the blades during each mowing session. The frequency of mowing depends on your desired length of lawn. Keep your lawn looking nice and maintained by mowing regularly throughout the summer season.

Step 5

Fertilize your bent grass lawn during the early spring. Select a lawn fertilizer with nitrogen and apply about ¼ of a pound per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Mix and apply your grass fertilizer according to the package instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Sand
  • Garden tiller
  • Rake
  • Seed broadcaster
  • Seed roller
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Lawnmower
  • Fertilizer


  • Texas A&M University: Bentgrass
  • "Principles of Horticulture", C.R. Adams, 2008

Who Can Help

  • Seedland: Bent Grass
Keywords: bent grass lawn, grow bentgrass, lawn care

About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.