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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for colonial bentgrass


  • Mow closely to form a dense turf.
  • Mow at 0.5 - 1 inch.
  • Mow frequently to avoid scalping injury.
  • Leave lawn unmowed to form an excellent mat for soil stabilization.


  • Fertilize using 3 - 5 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (March - June; September - November).


  • Seed at 0.5 - 1 lb. seed/1000 sq. ft.


  • Water frequently to maintain the shallow root system of colonial bentgrass.

Special problems

  • Susceptible to most turfgrass diseases
  • Very low traffic tolerance
  • Frequent and close mowing requirements
  • Low drought tolerance
  • Produces heavy thatch

For more information, see the following sections:

Statewide IPM Program, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
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