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Penncross Creeping Bentgrass Seed

Penncross Bentgrass Agrostis stolonifera

Penncross Bentgrass Seed produces a perennial creeping turf grass with aggressiveness, vigor, and wear tolerance. Since 1955, Penncross creeping bentgrass seed is still the most specified and most widely used and trusted bentgrass in the world. Along with providing a smooth surface for putting greens, its aggressive lateral growth and ability to recover quickly makes Penncross bent grass variety a great choice for use on tees and landing areas as well as high maintenance lawns.

Initially, Penncross received some criticism for being too vigorous and difficult to manage. Superintendents and Turf Managers now find that by reducing water and fertilizer inputs, Penncross is more manageable and yet, still crowds out Poa annua and crabgrass. Penncross's ability to perform under a wide range of conditions makes this bentgrass adaptable virtually worldwide. Golf course architects have specified Penncross for areas of extreme cold and heat. Seedland does not recommend the use of Penncross Bentgrass in the humid "Deep South" areas of the USA.

Bentgrasses such as this variety are generally used for golf course putting greens and require extensive maintenance activities. Homeowners should investigate the care required for this grass, along with the soil, air and drainage requirements needed to make this grass grow before planting.

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Penncross Bentgrass
Code Name Image Price    
BENT-PCROSS-25 Penncross Bentgrass Seed - 25 LB BAG. - Coated Seed. - Best Buy at Seedland! $289.95
BENT-PCROSS-05 Penncross Bentgrass Seed - 5 LBS. - Coated Seed (Light coating) - Ships from Florida $74.95

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Penncross Creeping Bentgrass Facts & Information

Penncross Bentgrass Seed - The Bentgrass Standard Since 1955. In the 1930's, bluegrass was the turf of choice for fairways, with Seaside and vegetative bents found on the greens. Summer heat and other stresses left them vulnerable to weeds, Poa annua and disease invasion. An aggressive bentgrass was needed to compete on golf courses.

Professor Burt Musser took on the challenge by gathering bentgrass strains from several locations, and established a research and development program that integrated seedling vigor, seed yield, various soil types, aggressiveness, disease resistance, low mowing properties and overall appearance and color. After years of research, the finished product was named Penncross. Penncross is exclusively a first-generation cross of three vegetative clones, which are planted by hand in Oregon. The parent material, developed by Dr. Musser and then graduate student Dr. Joe Duich, is still maintained at Penn State University, where it is not allowed to flower, and vegetative stolons are air expressed to Oregon, to plant new fields of Penncross to produce the seed.

Recommended Uses For Penncross Bentgrass

Golf Courses (fairways, tees and greens) and Winter Overseeding of Bermudagrass Greens. Penncross can be used for lawns but Homeowners should investigate the care required for this grass, along with the soil, air and drainage requirements needed to make this grass grow before planting.

Areas of Adaptation of Penncross Bentgrass

Thrives as a permanent turf in cooler areas of the United States and performs well in areas South of the transition zone with intensive management. Climatic Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (may not be adaptable to all areas within each zone).

Seeding, Establishment & Maintenance of Penncross Bentgrass

  • The high seed count, over 6,000,000 seeds per pound, allows for lower seeding rate 1 - 2 lbs./1,000 sq.ft. for new seeding and 1/2 to 1 lbs./1,000 sq.ft. when seeding into existing turf grass stand.
  • Plant the seed to make good seed to soil contact -- but no deeper than 1/4" -- and keep seedlings moist until well rooted.
  • Germination will take place in 7 - 15 days, depending on soil temperatures
  • The first mowing may be expected within 30 days, or when the plants have sufficiently rooted.
  • Mow at a 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) height of cut or lower until turf is established.
  • Optimum greens mowing height for PennCross is 3/16 - 5/16 inch (4.8 - 7.9 mm) but can be adjusted higher or lower depending upon maintenance practices and intended use.
  • Limited use of the area can be expected in 6 weeks.
  • PennCross performs best in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.
  • It has a moderate nitrogen requirement with 1 - 2 pounds of actual N per 1,000 square feet per year, adequate in most situations.
  • PennCross performs best on sandy soils and tolerates clay soils with adequate drainage.
  • Bentgrasses do not perform well in wet areas; however, PennCross can tolerate saturated soil conditions for short periods of time.

Maintenance of Penncross Bentgrass

Penncross performs best in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8. It has a moderate nitrogen requirement with 1-2 pounds of actual N per 1,000 square feet per year adequate in most situations. Penncross's optimum mowing height is 3/16 to 5/16 inch but can be adjusted higher or lower depending upon maintenance practices and intended use. Penncross performs best on a sandy soil and tolerates clay soils with adequate drainage. Bentgrasses do not perform well in wet areas, however, Penncross can tolerate saturated soil conditions for short periods of time.

Mowing Height For Penncross Bentgrass

Penncross Grass

MOWING HEIGHTS

Greens 3/16 to 5/16 mowing 5-6 times per week
Tees 3/8 to 5/8 inch
Fairways 1/2 to 3/4 inch mowing 3-4 times per week

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