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How to Get Rid of Nutgrass

About nut grass

The nut grass is a perennial grass also known as nut sedge. It is one of the types of grass weeds that comes in purple and yellows colors. It grows in various habitats. The nut grass has the ability to thrive in any kind of soil type, PH level, moisture and temperature. It can grow in disturbances of a land as well. You will find them on side roads, croplands, swamps and many other places. The grass spreads through fibrous roots and the underground part of the stem has a fleshy white color that turns brown rhizomes come out and turn into basal bulbs from which further nut grass can spread and grow. The nut grass tubers and flowers grow more slowly in cooler and damper areas.

Damage caused by nut grass

The nut grass spreads quite quickly and is difficult to control. It takes over entire agricultural land and can end up harming the crops and plantation growing on the land. It is considered a serious pest in gardens, industrial location and nurseries. The underground part of the nut grass, including the tubers produces substances that curb the growth of other plants, damaging harvest, greenery and landscape of garden and causing economic difficulty for agricultural landowners.

Tips to get rid of nut grass

  1. Applying herbicides wisely

There are different types of herbicides used for various kinds of weeds. Depending on the maturity level or the growth stage of the nut grass the herbicides can be used accordingly. For premature nut grass spraying pre-emergent herbicides is quite useful. Few of the suggested products are MSMA TARGET 6 HERBICIDE, MSMA TURF HERBICIDE, DITHIOPYR 40 WSB PRE EMERGENT HERBICIDE, and SEDGEHAMMER NUTSEDGE KILLER.

Choose appropriate herbicide for the nut grass and pour half gallon of water in the spray tank with 12 table spoons of the selected herbicide. Shake to mix the solution. Use a nozzle and apply over the few sprouts of nut grass leaves you can see in your lawn. Make sure all the nut grass or sedge is covered with the herbicide. After 2 weeks interval, apply the pre-emergent herbicide again. Keep repeating the process if required.

Wear gloves and use rake and a trowel to rake the and scoop out the dead nut grass and make sure all the roots including the strands and decayed sedge has been removed. Dispose the nut grass in the garbage bag and seal it properly before disposal. It can be given to ecological waste as well.

Pre emergent herbicides helps prevent the grass from sprouting and few of those that have grown get decayed.

Use more of the herbicide when the patches of nut grass are widespread but still freshly rooted out of the surface.   Apply 2/3 ounce of herbicide with half gallon of water. Wear gloves and mask. Shake and mix the solution well. Spray the grass with Herbicide and cover the whole patch of nut sedge. Reapply after 6 to 10 weeks. Use a trowel to scoop out the grass along with the roots. Rakes the dead grass and dispose and seal it in a trash bag.

  1. Hoe the nut grass out of the soil

Wear gloves, use trowel, hoe, wheel barrow, rake and other garden equipments. Hoe the soil, sweep the weeds and trim them down. Use trowel and dig 4 to 18 inches deep to scoop out the entire nut grass along with tubers, bulbs and roots. Grasp the nut grass tightly and pull out all the stubborn weeds and making sure the tubers, bulbs and each strand of roots is removed and thrown in a wheel barrow. This depends on how vastly the nut grass has grown in your lawn. Collect all the nut grass and the rest of the parts of the sedge and dispose it properly in a sealed bag. Rake all the nut grass and its roots. Apply post emergent herbicides over the lawn and the hoed out remains of the nut grass. It will prevent the nut grass from growing again. It can be applied before and after the process of removal to make sure the weeds have been removed.

  1. Mow the nut grass

While mowing the nut grass make sure to keep the height and level of mowing at a higher level. The more the grass is shortly trimmed more easily the nut sedge spreads all over the surface of the garden. Before mowing the nut grass apply the post emergent herbicides. Allow it to seep in before mowing the weeds. Same strategy could be used before hoeing the nut grass. Use the 2 highest setting of the lawn mower.

  1. Keep a watchful eye on the sedge

Keep a look out for any signs of nut grass and tubers and make sure to reapply the herbicides regularly after few weeks’ intervals to prevent the nut grass from invading your lawn. Apply herbicides before spring season to prevent the growth of the nut grass. Place fabric mulch as garden beds. These are known as geo fabrics that can be used to prevent nut grass from growing. It provides shade and dryness for the nut grass.

The nutty weeds

Applying herbicides at appropriate timing and season will help in preventing with dealing with eradication of the nut grass. Make sure to hoe the weeds and remove the tubers, roots and bulbs every time you get an eye on the nut sedge. For more helpful lawn care advice, log onto our website to set up a live chat, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or give us a phone call at 800-479-6583.


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