Can I use Talstar EZ Granules on Bentgrass?

I’ve spent a lot of time and money putting together a bentgrass lawn and I’ve so many pests that have invaded it I am ready to rip it all out.  However, someone has been telling me about a product called Talstar EZ granules, and I was wondering what you guys thought about using Talstar on bentgrass?  I’ve got an old school Penncross lawn and it’s full of some sort of fire ant.  Obviously it’s hard to enjoy the bentgrass when ants are all over the place.

If it’s ok to use on Penncross bentgrass, how many applications a year should I count on, and where’s the best (read cheapest) place on line to purchase?

Penncross Bentgrass

Penncross bentgrass is one of the most popular types of bentgrass available.  It is a favorite at the golf course for the putting greens, fairways and tee boxes.  The growth of this type of bentgrass is very aggressive, making it a favorite for homeowners, once they figured out what it takes to grow and maintain it properly.Penncross Bentgrass Seed One of the more amazing facts about this seed is that there are over 6,000,000 seeds per pound of Penncross bentgrass.


Establishment & Maintenance of Penncross Bentgrass

  • When you plant the seed, do so in order to make sure that good seed to soil contact is made, and make sure to keep seedlings moist until they have become well rooted.  Make sure that you don’t put down more than 1/4″ deep of seed.
  • The seed will germinate in about 7-15 days, but it all depends on what the soil temperature is, as it should be warm, but not hot
  • Most people find that they are able to mow the bentgrass lawn within the first 30 days.  Just make sure the grass has taken root, and then go ahead and mow.
  • When you do mow, keep it at a 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) height of cut or lower until turf is very well established.
  • If you have planted the Penncross bentgrass to be a putting green, then the optimum mowing height 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.
  • We know you are probably really excited, so expect limited, light use of the area in about 6 weeks.
  • PennCross bentgrass performs best in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.
  • Did you know tt has a moderate nitrogen requirement?  Put down 1 – 2 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet every year, and we think you will find that is adequate for most situations.
  • PennCross bentgrass performs best with sandy soils, however, it will tolerate the clay soils if you’ve made appropriate consideration to have adequate drainage.
  • We have found that bentgrass in general do not do well in wet areas; however, PennCross bentgrass can do very well in saturated soil conditions, but only for short periods of time.

If you are planting a new lawn, or putting green, etc., then you will need 1-2 pounds of Penncross bentgrass seed for every 1,000 square feet you wish to plant.  You will find that the germination of this seed is excellent at around 80%, and that because of the strict standards, and the cleaning process that this seed undergoes, the rate of weeds amongst this seed is as close to zero as you can get.

Here is a video that shows the cleaning process the Penncross bentgrass seed goes through:

Penncross Bentgrass Picture


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

More Penncross Bentgrass Characteristics:


  • Strong seedling vigor
  • Aggressive growth and good wear tolerance
  • Medium dark green color
  • Good Dollar Spot resistance



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