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Century bentgrass rates among the best in overall turfgrass quality in putting green trials. Century has improved turf density in all seasonal conditions due to its finer leaf texture. Century can be used on golf greens, tees, and fairways, grass court tennis, bocci ball, or croquet courts in high maintenance sports turf applications. Century has improved wear tolerance, has a fast establishment rate, and very good seedling vigor.

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This variety of creeping bentgrass tolerates extreme heat like no other, making it one of the leading bentgrasses in the transitional regions and southern states. Crenshaw is recommended primarily for use on greens because it produces one of the smoothest putting surfaces available, even in the most intense heat.

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Imperial has improved turf density due to its finer leaf texture. It can be used on golf course greens, tees, and fairways, grass court tennis, bocci ball or croquet courts in high maintenance sports turf applications. Imperial has improved wear tolerance, has fast establishment rate and a very good seedling vigor. Imperial Creeping Bentgrass is also known as Syn 92-5 Creeping Bentgrass.

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Kingpin is the newest, improved, high shoot density creeping bentgrass developed by turf scientists at Rutgers University. “It is the culmination of 7 years of extensive plant collection, hybridization, testing and evaluation,” states Dr. Bill Meyer, Professor of Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University. Kingpin produces an erect, non-grainy, uniform, very dark green, low height of cut (LHC) putting surface. Kingpin is the ideal variety with high density and putting green speed. The canopy of Kingpin is dense, but not so dense that mechanical penetration of the turf must be performed to allow topdressing to be worked into the canopy.

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PinUp creeping bentgrass was genetically selected from top quality German mixed bentgrasses in the northeastern US based on medium to fine leafed turf, medium bright green color, vigorous uniform growth habit and excellent resistance to dollar spot.  PinUp exhibits superior turf quality, is salt tolerant, and competes with annual bluegrass while requiring less nitrogen.  This EcoSmart variety is ideal for greens, tees, fairways and bowling tops due to its elite high shoot density.  Finally…a bentgrass worth pinning up! 

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Blended for the Pros:  A 3-Way Creeping Bentgrass Blend of Kingpin, Imperial and Century creeping bentgrass that germinates quickly, shows excellent turf quality and color while providing superior disease resistance and salt tolerance.  

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Velvet bentgrass is the densest of the bents used for turf and tends to have better shade tolerance than creeping or colonial bentgrass. Compared to creepers, velvet has a brighter green color, better dollar spot and brown patch resistance, and less prone to localized dry spot.

High Density Creeping Types

These varieties have the highest shoot density with a range of 2,200-2,600 shoots per decimeter squared. These are best adapted to golf course greens, croquet, tennis courts, and bowling tops. They often require frequent top dressing and mowing, and prefer low mowing heights of 125,000ths or less.

Velvet Bentgrass Types

Velvet bentgrass is the densest of the bents used for turf and tend to have better heat, drought, and shade tolerance than creeping or colonial bentgrass. Compared to creepers, velvet has a brighter green color, better dollar spot and brown patch resistance, and is less prone to localized dry spot.

Dry-Arid Climate Creeping Types

Developed from germplasm collected from dry arid regions of the Western US. All have high shoot density ranging from 1,400-1,600 shoots per decimeter squared. These varieties are very susceptible to dollar spot, but have excellent turf quality and have been used successfully around the world.

TWCA, turfgrass water conservation alliance