Weed Creeping bentgrass
Scientific Name Agrostis palustris
Family Grass family (Poaceae)
Life Cycle Cool season perennial
Reproduction Method Reproduces by seeds and stem pieces
Appearance Creeping bentgrass spreads by vigorous above-ground stems and forms puffy, dense patches of fine-textured grass capable of forcing out other turfgrasses.
Leaves The blue-green leaves of creeping bentgrass are flat, approximately 1/8 inch wide, and usually rough on upper and lower sides and on the margins. The tip is pointed and the veins on the upper surface are prominent.
Flowers The purplish flowers of creeping bentgrass are compressed panicles usually occurring in late spring or early summer.
Occurrence Creeping bentgrass can occur in most lawns throughout growing season, especially in moist, fertile areas where the turf is closely mowed.
Non Chemical Control To control creeping bentgrass without chemicals, maintain turf density and health through proper culture; avoid overwatering, over fertilization, and close mowing.
Chemical Control
Application Period Apply nonselective, postemergence herbicides during periods of active weed growth.
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  • No selective control
  • No selective control

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Creeping bentgrass in Kentucky bluegrass

Creeping bentgrass thatch forming

Creeping bentgrass stolon

Creeping bentgrass tiller

Creeping bentgrass in flower

Creeping bentgrass ligule

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