How to Plant Bentgrass

Overview

Bentgrass is a popular sod choice for its thick, green appearance and fast growth. The grass is often used in golf courses and for lawns. Bentgrass grows best in cool climates, and is only used in the warmer southern states on highly managed golf courses. Although bentgrass is fairly easy to grow in the right climate, the land must be properly prepared for the grass seed, or it will not proliferate well.

Step 1

Use a shovel and rake to level the ground. Dig out any large rocks, and rake away sticks, dead vegetation and other debris. Level the ground as best you can.

Step 2

Use a soil testing kit to measure the pH of the soil. Bentgrass (and most other lawn grasses) do best with a reading of 6.0 to 7.5.

Step 3

Spread a one-inch layer of sand on top of the soil, and work it into the top layer of soil with a tiller or a metal rake. Then, spread a one-inch layer of compost or starter fertilizer onto the soil, and work that into the soil, again with the tiller or rake.

Step 4

Amend the lawn with lime or peat moss at this point if your pH level did not read between 6.0 and 7.5. Cover the entire surface of the ground. Then, use a broadcast spreader to cover the ground with starter fertilizer. Rake the combination of items into the soil with the metal rake.

Step 5

Use a broadcast spreader to cover the area with the bentgrass seed. Use one pound of seed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. Then, use the back of a plastic rake to gently press the seeds into the soil.

Step 6

Water the lawn so that it is wet but not soggy, as heavy water can drown or wash away the seeds. Continue to water two or three times per day for the first ten days, but only for five minutes at each watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Rotary tiller
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Bentgrass seeds
  • Plastic rake

References

  • Texas A&M University: Bentgrass
  • This Old House: How to Seed a Lawn

Who Can Help

  • Basics of lawn care from Cornell University
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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.