Nut Sedge Control

 

Nutgrass is one of the most invasive unwanted grasses known, having spread out to a worldwide distribution in tropical and temperate regions.  Ranking right up there with poison ivy, it has been termed “the world’s worst weed” as it can be found in over 90 countries and infests over 50 crops worldwide. Due to changing climate it has become more widespread throughout New Jersey.

  Weed Controls are not effective, as sedge is actually a grass, and pulling only breaks the roots at soil level, and it will grow back by the next day. 

yellow nutsedge

 

 

 

Family Tree applies specialty products in timed intervals, coordinating with mowing and specific watering schedule to reduce nutsedge infestations.

Call Today to add a Nut Sedge Program to your lawn maintenance schedule.

Nutsedge Facts

*1 Nutsedge Tuber produces 1900 plants

*7000 tubers and can cover 20 sq feet in a single year

*Tubers can remain in soil without germinating for several years

*Tubers go below the ground up to 10 inches

 

To Help Control Yellow Nutsedge

*One of the best ways to avoid nutsedge in lawns in the first place is to cut high (good anyway for a lot of reasons). Cutting lower than 3 inches stimulates nutsedge growth.

*Nutsedge also seems to like poorly drained and low-quality soil, which can be overcome by core-aerating and top-dressing with compost.

*Nutsedge has upright, light yellow-green leaves 1/8 to 1/2 inch wide and up to three feet long. They have parallel veins with a prominent midvein. Leaves grow rapidly in summer often appearing well above the lawn grass. Nutsedge has a fibrous root system. It also develops horizontal underground stems (rhizomes) with white tubers (nutlets) forming on the ends of the rhizomes.

*Tubers develop rapidly six to eight weeks after the plants emerge usually during late July and August. Nutlets may get to be almost an inch in diameter. Unfortunately the nutlets may persist in the soil for many years. New plants emerge from the nutlets from late May to mid-July.

*Yellow nutsedge is often an indicator of poor drainage. It particularly likes wet or moist sites or sites heavily irrigated. However it can grow in all soil types and can tolerate dry sites once it's established.

*Yellow nutsedge is difficult to control especially once it has formed tubers. If you want to control it, don't wait. Once it has formed tubers, pulling it out will only remove the original plant.

 


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