1. Ask the Expert: Fertilization Strategies for Success: Dec. 12, 2017
    Learn how to do more with less when it comes to your fertilization services. Join the live Ask the Expert event hosted by Koch Turf & Ornamental: Dec. 12, 12-2 p.m. ET in the Fertilizer Application forum .

bent-grass in VA

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by rcederholm, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. rcederholm

    rcederholm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I've attempted bentgrass last season for a slate patio near our lakefront. The drought got the best of it. Can anyone suggest a low growing grass or ground cover that's drought resistant for zone 7-8, Virginia? Our initial attempt was Thyme but it took to long to root and spread. I'm open to ideas at this point. Russ
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I do not know what you mean by a slate patio - is the turf being grown around it?
    There are many varieties of Agrostis Palustris (creeping bentgrass) that work very well.
    I need more info on your desired height of cut, machine used to cut, soil profile info, irrigation, etc.
  3. rcederholm

    rcederholm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I tried to attach a photo yesterday but had to resize it. Here is the patio I'm referring to. The preferred height would be no more than 2". I have ammended the soil with compost and sand. I use a rotary push mower on the lowest setting. I've not tested the ph level. We ran water to the area so I can place a sprinkler, which we did last year and had a good stand of grass, but had to quit considering we're on well water in a rural area. The seed I used last year is called Penncross creeping bentgrass from outsidepride.com
    This photo was taken before I planted.

    lizard lounge 002.jpg
  4. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    A picture is worth a thousand words - nice patio. I hope my wife doesn't see it or she will want one too!
    As far as the Penncross - excellent low growing bentgrass - however, primarily used for putting greens on golf courses.
    I am not familiar with the climate you mention, however, a more drought resistant variety of bentgrass is the A1 thru A4 and G1 thru G4 strains available from Tee to Green.
    The big problem is all these turf types require regular irrigation - in the summer you are going to have to water at least once every 4 days.
    As far as a ground cover, at this time I can't think of one.
  5. rcederholm

    rcederholm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for your input. I'll look into the grass you suggested. Russ
  6. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    if you want to use a bentgrass.Penncross is fine but bentgrass is alot of work.And never use a rotary mower on bent. Must use reel mower 10 blade if you can.Your best bet on the patio would be bentgrass plugs if you choose the bentgrass

Share This Page