It Will Drive You ‘Nuts’!

“Nutsedge”, that is…

Nutsedge in the Lawn

Nutsedge in the Lawn

Nutsedge- leaf, root, tuber

Nutsedge- leaf, root, tuber

Lately I’ve noticed the return of this nasty weed in my yard and throughout the neighborhood. It looks like normal fescue grass but has a distinctive triangular or v-shaped stem, and grows 3 times as fast as regular grass. It is not easy to get rid of either. Usually once you have it in your lawn, it returns to some extent the following season, even if you kill it now!

Here’s an excerpt from the Lawn Club eBook about Nutsedge… (page 38)

Nutsedge in the Lawn

Nutsedge is not just any ordinary weed. It is a weed with a nearly indestructible will to live. You can’t just pull it up and dispose of it like a dandelion. Although if you pull it out when it is very small (only 3 leaves or less), and you get the tuber, you can weaken or possibly destroy it. However, this is very time-consuming and not guaranteed to work. It’s particularly difficult if it is spreading throughout your yard.

Even though it looks like grass, Nutsedge is not technically a member of the grass family. It is actually a “sedge” which is a family of marsh-loving grass-like plants, usually found in wet areas. It is very hardy and grows through a system of underground roots and underground tubers (little balls that grow below the roots in the soil). So if you just pull out the leaf, two thirds of the weed remains and continues to reproduce in a matter of days! And, if you let the leaf grow long enough to produce the yellow seed flowers at the top, they will end up multiplying all over your (and your neighbor’s) yard.

 

Nutsedge Stem

Nutsedge Stem

There are a number of products on the market that are eective in killing the leaves of the Nutsedge weed, but to really eliminate it, you must get to the roots (and tubers). This is called a “systemic” approach since it kills from within. The only product that seems to be eective is called “Dismiss”.

 

Dismiss, the Solution

It is available at Southern States (maybe Home Depot & Lowe’s). You can get it in 6 oz. and 16 oz. size concentrates, depending on how big of a problem you have. Dismiss also controls or suppresses more than 50 broad leaf weeds including wild violets, clover, dandelions, chickweed and spurge. To apply Nutsedge, mix it in a sprayer and spray the acted area. Since it needs to soak into the ground, you should spray it after it rains or you have watered the lawn, when the ground is soft and wet. You may also spray the leaves. Results can be seen after 48 hours.

 

Don’t wait! Pick up some ‘Dismiss’ now and get a handle on this weed!

 

Here’s a link to get a copy of our Lawn Club eBook:  Lawn Club eBook

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