It comes around every summer, everyone has it, can you guess what it is? It’s Nutsedge!
What exactly is Nutsedge? It is a grass-weed that isn’t really a grass, its a sedge. Nutsedge is a perennial and grows in moist, poorly drained sections of your yard or garden. It also grows faster in hot weather. The leaves are grasslike and yellow-green.
This may be one of the toughest weeds to control because they grow small nutlets (otherwise known as tubers) on their roots that can grow anywhere from 8 to 14 inches deep in soil. When you pull the roots, the nutlets will detach and stay in the ground to grow again. They can live for years!! Individual plants can form patches of 10 feet in diameter or more if not treated.
The nutlets also can end up back in the soil from shaking the weeds to get rid of excess dirt. So be careful and don’t shake them when you pull them!
You can control Nutsedge in a few ways: in a lawn, mow higher so the grass crowds out the other weeds. In extreme situations, a weed preventer or turf builder, may help.
For us at Project Bloom, just weed carefully! It’s best to weed after a rain, when the ground is softer and the weeds come out more easily. For greater success, weed one plant at a time, and pull gently and straight up, to get as much of each root as possible. Don’t shake the weeds to avoid sending seeds or nutlets back into the garden. Dispose of weeds in the corner of the compost area across from the greenhouse.