Colonial bentgrass is a cool-season
grass that thrives in cool coastal weather. It is adapted to coastal
regions in northern California where it is used for general lawn areas.
It does best in cool, humid weather and can tolerate some shade.
A very fine-bladed, light-green grass. The
leaves are rolled in the bud, there are no auricles, and there is
a short membranous ligule. Colonial bentgrass is a soft turf with
upright leaves and a dense growth. It spreads by short rhizomes that
may give rise to short stolons.
Moderate to high maintenance. It has
a low tolerance for heat, salinity, water stress and traffic. It requires
frequent irrigation, aerating and dethatching, and a relatively high level
of fertilizer. Colonial bentgrass is slow to recover from moderate wear.
'Highland' is a cultivar of colonial bentgrass that tends to have a slightly
higher tolerance for heat and drought.