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How to Get Rid of Creeping Bentgrass

You pull and pull and those weeds still keep coming back, making you instead want to pull your  hair out. That’s what lawn owners go through especially dealing with a difficult to remove weed like creeping bentgrass. Bent grass is typically found on golf courses and mowed short for the tees, fairways and greens. However, it can creep into a home lawn and give the lawn an inconsistent look. Here we will share with you some expert advice and show you some of the best products that can remove this unsightly weed from your yard.

If you want to be successful in your quest to get rid of creeping bentgrass, before arming yourself with sprays and tools, you first need to arm yourself with knowledge about the weed so you can know what conditions this type of grass thrives in as well as what conditions give it a disadvantage and then based on the information, approach with an effective control strategy. This is where we can best help.

Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn, we’re dedicated to serving you with not only supplying the best professional-grade products in the lawn and pest control industry, but also we want to empower you with the confidence to tackle any issues you have on your yard or home yourself, without hiring a professional.

Our motto is, “Ask us, then do it yourself”. Aside from our customer service line where you can talk live to an expert, you can also email us your specific questions and concerns at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we’ll be happy to help guide you in the right direction.

View our selection of products we recommend for getting rid of creeping bentgrass and then scroll further to learn how to eliminate creeping bentgrass in depth using our solutions 4 step process.

How To Get Rid of Creeping Bentgrass: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step 1: Identification. It is important that before you break out any control products and get to spraying that you first properly identify the grass you are seeing as creepeing bentgrass. Tts not uncommon for property owners or land managers to incorrectly diagnose or identify the plant they see. For example, some lawn owners often mistake creeping bentgrass with some other grassy weed. Identifying the unwanted plant that is growing on your lawn is vital because once you know the correct ID of the plant you can then formulate a plan of action based on research which includeds finding and applying products that are designed to target it. Wrongly ID'ing a plant may result in waste of time and effort purchasing herbicides which won't work against it.


Creeping Bentgrass can be identified via their lighter bluish green color which can stand out amongst your desired grasses where it could grow quite dense and thick. It has a fine-texture and has flat and narrow leaves that are rolled in the bud. There are no auricles and a long tapered ligule is present. Creeping bentgrass grows low to the ground and has a shallow root system.

 

When you’re unsure or can’t quite pinpoint exactly which kind of weed you are encountering in your yard, turn to the experts to ID the weed for you. We recommend taking a high resolution photo of the unwanted weed with your phone and shoot it over to our email address


at Identification@solutionsstores.com. We will respond back to you quickly with not only the correct ID of the plant, we will also give you expert recommendations of products and techniques to apply to remove that weed from your lawn.

 

Step 2: Inspection. Conduct a thorough inspection of your lawn to see where the creeping bentgrass is growing. Creeping bentgrass is a cool-season grass but it also adaptable to warm-season territories. It is adapted to cool, humid regions and prefers sunny areas but can tolerate some shade. When bentgrass grows high it does not look good because it doesnt like to grow high and instead bends over and makes for a very unattractive area of your lawn. When inspecting, you will want to see how severe of a problem you have so you can guage how much product you need and also this will help you figure out where to focus your treatment application.


If you haven't had creeping bentgrass as an issue on your lawn before, you may be wondering how it got there. Creeping bentgrass seeds can come through the air, birds can drop a runner and it can reproduce by what is called stolons. The reason why it's called creeping bentgrass is that as it creeps out on a landscape, it will produce roots and roots and roots and continue to creep out into the lawn so just one little piece of grass could take root and become a problem.

 

Step 3: Control. Creeping bentgrass is hard to get rid of without the help of chemical intervention. One option is to use Roundup or Glyphosate product such as Glyphosate 4 Plus Weed Killer Concentrate.  This is a kill all or non-selective herbicide so you have to either spot treat the area where bentgrass is growing or if it is scattered everywhere, you may do a broadcast spray and reseed your lawn after everything is killed.


As an alternative you can use Tenacity Herbicide or Revolver Herbicide. This product will be able to control the creeping bentgrass without damaging your desired grasses like glyphosate will. Repeated applications will be necessary and it may take a couple of years to get rid of it as creeping bentgrass is stubborn enough to come back the following year. Patience and persistence is the key for total control.

 

Read all labels and instructions carefully with whatever herbicide you choose to use. If you have desired grass around where the creeping bentgrass is growing, you can choose to spot treat. Either way, be careful when using herbicides in general around your desired plants as they could potentially kill your wanted turf. Also, please be sure that when handling ay type of herbicide, you are properly protecting your skin and eyes with safety equipment. Goggles, gloves and love sleeved clothing should suffice.


Step 4: Annual Bluegrass. You can prevent the return of annual bluegrass after it has been controlled with cultural practices that will hinder the redevelopment of this invasive grassy weed. You can also apply a pre-emergent to your lawn in the fall and the following year. Creeping bentgrass often shows up in lawns that are older, especially ones which are overwatered or fertilized heavily and mowed too short. Therefore, another aspect for future control is to do deep, infrequent watering schedule and mow at least 2½-3 inches high which can give the desirable grasses a competitive edge against bentgrass.


Not the Weed Problem You Have? Check Out Our Other Weeds On Our Grassy Weed Control Page. 

 

Learn More About Creeping Bentgrass

Creeping bentgrass is a spreading cool-season perennial grass that is commonly used for golf course greens, tees and fairways. Like other grasses, bentgrass can be considered a weed when it is present in another species. The leaves of creeping bentgrass  are typically long and slender. It is bright green in color, so it’s easy to be able to ID it and set it apart from your desired grass.

Creeping bentgrass usually makes its way onto lawns by being blown onto the lawns from the air or perhaps birds are flying by and drop a runner. If you examine patches of creeping bentgrass you’ll notice that it contains lots of stems, or stolons, that extend along the surface of the soil.  These stolons allow bentgrass to spread rapidly among a lawn. Irrigation is almost always required for bentgrass to survive beyond where it is planted.


Bentgrass becomes very 'puffy' when maintained at mowing heights above one inch. It is also susceptible to a lot of different lawn diseases. The invasive weed also doesn’t grow as tall as most turfgrasses and forms mats and patches that are thick and dense all over lawns. This is how creeping bentgrass creeps and if left to it’s own devices without intervention, it will choke out your lawn grass and zap your lawn soil of all it’s nutrition.

 

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Creeping Bentgrass Control Options

Complete removal of creeping bentgrass will require a combination of cultural control methods and chemical control applications. Either one of these alone will make management difficult since it is such a pesky persistent weed. Our lawn care experts here at Solutions would recommend first and foremost going with a non-selective approach with Glyphosate or RoundUp. Keep in mind though that since glyphosate is non-selective, you will need to be extra careful not to get the chemical on your desired grasses as it will kill them as well. Tenacity is another good choice because it is a non-selective herbicide and thus will spare your desired vegetation.

Spray about 6 inches beyond the patches to make sure you reach the stolons, or above-ground runners, that may spread out into the lawn, but are often not visible.


This weed will likely require multiple applications.  The most effective time for treatment is when the grass is green and actively growing in spring or fall, not when it’s brown and dormant in mid-summer.


Once the grass in the treated area is dead, rake it out and reseed the spot. However, since the seeds can survive a year, you will need to also treat your lawn with a
pre-emergent product in the fall and the following year.

Check out our article: The Ideal Times To Use Pre-Emergent on Your Lawn

 

 

Creeping Bentgrass Tips and Recommendations

  • Make sure to use a surfactant when treating creeping bentgrass to combat surface tension and help make the herbicide stick to the leaves. Mix the surfactant with your selected herbicide and water. Add the ingredients to a tank sprayer and spray directly onto the patches of creeping bentgrass.

  • To use herbicides safely and successfully, follow the manufacturer's label carefully. Application rates can vary based on the selected herbicide you are using.

  • For more detailed guides and demonstrations on how to use herbicides and remove other problem weeds, please check out our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos

Better Safe Than Sorry: Equip Yourself With Protective Safety Equipment Before Spraying

 

For more information on controlling creeping bentgrass on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.


Additional Resources on Creeping Bentgrass

Healthy Lawns—Creeping bentgrass - UC IPM

 

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