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Creeping Bentgrass Management

2nd Edition

By Peter H. Dernoeden

CRC Press

378 pages | 201 Color Illus.

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Creeping bentgrass is considered the premier turfgrass species grown on golf courses, and there is a growing demand for an understanding of its maintenance and management practices. Still the only comprehensive reference on the subject, Creeping Bentgrass Management, Second Edition helps you identify the factors that contribute to summer bentgrass decline and guides you in selecting the best approaches for stress and pest management.

This full-color book delves into all aspects of modern approaches to creeping bentgrass management on golf courses. It describes the nature of mechanical, physiological, and environmental stresses and how they influence growth and management of creeping bentgrass. The book covers the selection of creeping bentgrass cultivars; cultural practices, including mowing, irrigation, and topdressing; the deleterious effects of organic and inorganic layers in golf greens; and ways to limit injury due to mechanical or physical stresses. It also discusses recent advances in the management of selected diseases and soil-related maladies of creeping bentgrass—from Pythium-incited root dysfunction to dollar spot, yellow tuft, and blue-green algae. The focus is on common disease symptoms, predisposing conditions, hosts, and cultural and chemical management strategies. Advances in biological disease control are also reviewed.

The book offers practical guidance in selecting and using fungicides, herbicides, and plant growth regulators. It also discusses the use of non-selective herbicides and fumigants for the renovation of creeping bentgrass and outlines strategies for dealing with selected invertebrate pests. Throughout, color photographs help you identify diseases and stresses that may be affecting your own golf course.

Fully revised and updated, this second edition of a bestseller features three new chapters, new photographs, and expanded information about diseases. Drawing on the author’s more than thirty years of experience and research, it brings together a wealth of information on how to optimize creeping bentgrass health and performance.

What’s New in This Edition

  • Three new chapters, covering the nature of fungicides, abiotic maladies, and selected invertebrate pests
  • An expanded section on disease—double the length of the first edition
  • Updated chapters that reflect the latest developments in creeping bentgrass management
  • More extensive discussion of annual bluegrass problems and their management
  • More than 100 new photos

Tips from Dr. Dernoeden

Watch these videos to get Dr. Dernoeden’s tips on how to control dollar spot disease and crabgrass and how to identify fairy ring.

Table of Contents

The Nature of Summer Stresses

Wilt and Drought Stress

Heat Stress

Soil Temperature and Rooting

Wet Soils in Summer

Wet Organic Layers

Dry Organic Layers

Sand–Soil Layers

Shade and Poor Air Circulation

Prolonged Overcast Weather

Cultural Practices for Summer Stress Management

Creeping Bentgrass Cultivars


Scalping and Puffy Greens

Grain and Grooming

Thatch and Mat Layers


Coring and Other Aeration Practices

Vertical Cutting


Irrigation Practices

Summer Fertilization and Soil pH

Surface and Subsurface Drainage

Common Pesticide Injuries

Selected Biotic and Abiotic Maladies of Bentgrass

Red or Purple Golf Greens in Winter and Spring

Summer Bentgrass Decline

Some Causes for Yellow Spots, Speckles, Patches, or Generally Chlorotic Creeping Bentgrass

Bentgrass Collar Decline


Etiolated Tiller Syndrome

Acidovorax Disease

Senectopathic Disorders

Yellow Spot

Selected Creeping Bentgrass Diseases and Pathogens

Pythium-Induced Root Dysfunction

Yellow Tuft

Anthracnose Basal Rot and Foliar Blight

Take-All Patch

Dollar Spot

Rhizoctonia Diseases

Pythium Blight

Summer Patch

Dead Spot

Fairy Ring

Superficial Fairy Ring

Localized Dry Spot or Dry Patch

Plant-Parasitic Nematodes

Biological Approaches to Turf Disease Management

Organic Fertilizers and Amendments

Microbial Activity in Sand-Based Rootzones

Biological Inoculants

Genetic Transformation

Understanding Modern Turf Fungicides

Factors Governing Fungicide Use Decisions

Fungicide Mobility in Plants

Chemical Groups and Modes of Action

Evolution in the Use of Turf Fungicides

Fungicides of Microbial Origin

Fungicide-Induced Resistance

Resistance Management

Other Nontarget Effects of Fungicides

Environmental Fate of Fungicides

Tank-Mixing Fungicides and Synergism

Fungicide Application

Herbicides for Creeping Bentgrass

Crabgrass and Goosegrass Control

Broadleaf Weed Control

Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua) Control

Bacterial Wilt and Other Diseases Specific to Annual Bluegrass

Yellow and Purple Nutsedge and Kyllinga Control in Creeping Bentgrass

Dealing With Soil Residues of Preemergence and Other Herbicides

Controlling Primitive Plants: Blue-Green Algae and Moss

Use of Plant Growth Regulators on Creeping Bentgrass

Annual Bluegrass Suppression and Maintenance with Plant Growth Regulators

Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression


Greens Renovation with Fumigants

Fairway Renovation with Herbicides and Plant Growth Regulators

Selected Invertebrate Pests

Annual Bluegrass Weevils

Turfgrass Ants

Black Cutworms

Sod and Subterranean Webworms

Cicada Killer or Sand Wasps



Chapters include a summary and bibliography.

About the Author

Peter H. Dernoeden is a Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General