Nutsedge is a perennial weed that infests lawns and causes general despair throughout the US. Yellow nutsedge(Cyperus esculentus) and Purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus ) colonize in thick, dense groves and can seriously reduce your turf production. Nutsedge is particularly hard to eliminate because it grows via tubers that form and run underground. These creeping subterranean stems are called rhizomes and young nutsedge plants sprout throughout the growing season. Nutsedge leaves are straight and smooth and resemble grass although they are generally thicker. An obvious identifier for nutsedge is the triangular stem. Unchecked, yellow nutsedge will grow up to three feet with pointed, light green tips and spikelets that are….as you might guess…..yellow. Purple nutsedge will rise to one foot and sports rounded, dark green tips and dark purple spikelets.
What does nutsedge look like?
Nutsedge is distinctive and easy to spot by its erect, triangular-shaped stems. Yellow nutsedge casts a yellow hue, while purple nutsedge is more…you guessed it…lavendar. The leaves are up to .5 inches wide with a thick vein and a waxy covering. The root system is shallow and fibrous and produces a plethera of nut-like tubers, which serve as underground food storage stations. The tubers germinate and produce new plants which spawn rhizomes that increase their nefarious tribe even more. Very hearty stuff. Nutsedge is a warm season perennial plant. While the above-ground portion of nutsedge rarely survives the winter months, the subteranian tubers certainly do. With Spring comes a whole new crop. By late Spring and early summer, you can have heavy infestations of nutsedge and the enjoyment of your beautiful lawn will be severely compromised. Egads!
Enough already. How do I get rid of nutsedge?
Both yellow and purple nutsedge love warm, wet summertime conditions. It often will begin to infiltrate your lawn in low, damp areas. Worst of all, unlike most common lawn weeds, nutsedge resists traditional broadleaf weed control products. Some folks are tempted to hand-pull nutsedge. Before investing too much time in hand-pulling, we suggest you consult your back doctor, and probably your mental-health care specialist as well. It’s just not a good use of your outdoor time. Nutsedge is a member of the hearty sedge family and will require the use of specific herbicides for you to gain the upper hand. In short, you need an expert.
Sedgehammer knocks-out nutsedge.
Sedgehammer is a turf herbicide that eliminates yellow and purple nutsedge and is safe to use in established turf and landscape areas when used as directed. With this herbicide, you should plan your attack when the nutsedge is young. If you allow the nutsedge to mature it become very dificult to kill. Plus, the mature plants will spawn tubers that will lurk unfettered below the surface. Go after nutsedge in the early Spring, just as it comes up. While nutsedge has a well-earned reputation as a tough custmer, you and Sedgehammer can get the job done.
Three easy steps to nutsedge control.
Sedgehammer comes in an easy-to-use packet with clear instructions.
- Pour the entire contents of the package into one gallon of water.
- Shake or aggitate the contents within your sprayer. No need for any additives or surfactants.
- Spray on the visible affected areas.
Sedgehammer will work down into the root nutlets and tubers and will begin to show visual results within 7-14 days. Sedgehammer will often take care of nutsedge with one application, but if you have a particularly heavy infestation, an additional application may be required. This is another reason to get started early.
Don’t wait. Get after nutsedge early.
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