Nutsedge or Nutgrass
Nutsedge, also commonly referred to as nutgrass, is a grassy weed that begins affecting Mid-West lawns around mid to late June. It’s scientific name is Cyperus esculentus. Nutsedge is extremely invasive and is considered one of the toughest weeds to control by lawn companies and golf course professionals around the world.
Nutsedge has a peculiar shape that makes it somewhat easy to identify. It has a triangular stem made up of 3 leaves, is light green in color and has a glossy sheen. It also has the ability to outgrow regular turf grasses in terms of height, causing lawn care customers to have to mow more often to reduce the visual affect.
Just like the dandelion, we strongly urge customers to not pull this weed! It has a very delicate root structure that is seemingly designed to break at the slightest pull. Root structures that are left in the soil will regenerate a new plant very quickly, making the problem grow. In fact, we ask the customer to leave the plant and let it get tall enough to be sprayed with an herbicide, which can then enter the plant and destroy it from the inside. The more leaf material the technician can spray, means that much more of the herbicide will be taken in by the Nutsedge plant.
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