The humid part of the summer season is officially here, and that means some unwanted familiar foes have probably popped up on your lawn. Arguably the worst of the weedy type grasses in the Philadelphia area is Nutsedge. This persistent eyesore might be driving you crazy and for good reason. Nutsedge is notoriously difficult to control! The experts at Giroud explain what Nutsedge is, why it’s such a pain, and what you can do to keep it in check.
Nutsedge is an invasive weedy sedge
It may surprise you to learn that Nutsedge is not really a weed. It’s actually a sedge. While sedge has a lot of the same properties as a weed, it also has a lot of the same characteristics of a grass, which makes it viable in almost any kind of soil.
If you are not sure what is growing on your lawn, you should schedule an appointment with a Giroud Lawn Care Expert for a proper evaluation. Clemson University’s Home & Garden Information Center explains why it is important to know exactly what you’re dealing with: “Correct identification is very important, as most herbicides for grass control are not effective on sedges…. They can be very difficult to eradicate and their control is likely to be a long process. Successful control involves both cultural and chemical management methods.”
Nutsedge Spreads Fast and Far
Nutsedge is like a flood that just won’t stop because it reproduces in 4 different ways! If left to grow tall enough, it will sprout seed heads, and those seeds can be carried to other places around your property.
Underground, Nutsedge spreads runners in the form of tubers and roots (or rhizomes), which act like tiny vines reaching far throughout the lawn. And, as if that weren’t enough, the nutlet at the base of the plant can stay in the soil and propogate for as long as 10 years! It’s easy to see why Nutsedge can quickly overtake a thin lawn or bare areas.
Nutsedge is an unbelievable survivor and very hard to control. Here are the best strategies for control:
The best defense against a Nutsedge invasion is having a thick and healthy lawn. Giroud’s comprehensive lawn program develops lawn density while safely utilizing properly timed treatments to control crabgrass and weed infestations with regular fertilization, core aeration, topdressing, and seeding with an appropriate seed blend. In time, herbicide usage may be reduced as the lawn thickens.
Take the first step to controlling your Nutsedge problem by scheduling your FREE Lawn Evalutaion with your Giroud Lawn Care professional.