Creeping Bentgrass Control: How To Kill Creeping Bentgrass Weeds

by johnah on November 22, 2020

Creeping Bentgrass Control: How To Kill Creeping Bentgrass Weeds

Climbing up the ladder, I take my first step into the darkness. My eyes adjust quickly to the dark. A few steps later, I’m standing at the top of a ladder with no flashlight in sight. The wind blows around me and I hear trees rustling nearby.

Looking down, it’s hard to see anything but bare branches against the moonlight. I’ve been walking for hours now, and I haven’t seen another person or object. Still, I feel like someone else is watching me from above. Something about all this feels wrong.

I have to get back down!

But where do I go?

There are so many things out here that could use my attention right now—the sun shining brightly on the ground, birds chirping in the trees, insects buzzing around me…but not me!

A sudden thought occurs to me.

What if I just kept going straight ahead? Then when I reached the bottom, what would happen? Would there be something new to see? Or would everything look exactly the same as it did before?

If that were true, then maybe it wouldn’t matter how long I was looking at these strange plants and rocks. Maybe they’d all look the same after awhile anyway.

I don’t know if I just wasted my time by continuing straight, or if I’ve actually been making progress this entire time…

I don’t think I’ll ever know.

Creeping bentgrass is a common name for several different species of grass. Each can be found in a variety of locations around the world. Although they are not considered to be weeds, creeping bentgrasses often grow in areas where ideal conditions for other lawn grasses exist. They are especially fond of human-inhabited areas, where they compete with desired turfgrasses for sunlight, water, and nutrients.

Creeping bentgrass is known by many other names, including creeping red fescue, hardinggrass, and mouse grass. The most common of these nicknames is hardinggrass, which was named after British farmer and poet George Edward (“G.E.”) Hardinge.

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All types of creeping bentgrass have a fine bladed texture that makes them ideal for putting greens.


Although there are several types of creeping bentgrass, only three major species are typically used for turf. They are creeping bentgrass, Chewings fescue, and hard fescue. Creeping bentgrass is considered to be the highest quality turf-type installation grass.

Sources & references used in this article:

Selective creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) control in cool-season turfgrass by JB Beam, WL Barker, SD Askew – Weed technology, 2006 – JSTOR

Mesotrione controls creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) in Kentucky bluegrass by MA Jones, NE Christians – Weed Technology, 2007 – BioOne

Effect of paclobutrazol and flurprimidol on suppression of Poa annua spp. reptans in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) greens by BJ Johnson, TR Murphy – Weed technology, 1995 – JSTOR

Seasonal Effects on Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) Control in Creeping Bentgrass with Bispyribac-Sodium by DW Lycan, SE Hart – Weed Technology, 2006 –

Prevention of fungal diseases in transgenic, bialaphos-and glufosinate-resistant creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) by CA Liu, H Zhong, J Vargas, D Penner, M Sticklen – Weed Science, 1998 – JSTOR

Temperature Influences Creeping Bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) and Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) Response to Bispyribac-Sodium by PE McCullough, SE Hart – Weed technology, 2006 –

Postemergence control of annual bluegrass (Poa annua spp. reptans) in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) turf by PB Woosley, DW Williams, AJ Powell Jr – Weed Technology, 2003 – JSTOR



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