The Q&A Archives: Nutgrass Control

Question: I have been unable to completly remove nut grass from my garden. You can pull the shoots when the soil is moist and there are 3 nuts attatched to them via a runner under the ground. Is there something I can use to eleminate this weed? It's taking the fun out of gardening.

Answer: I'm not familiar with this weed, but usually heavy mulch is a good organic option for the control of most persistent perennial weeds. Try layering 8-10 pieces of newspaper with straw or hay to smother the areas between plants. Alternately, you could use mulch that comes on a roll, and cut holes for planting. Mulch works very well in conjunction with irrigation in my garden.

You can build raised beds over the infested area, but first apply a thick layer of mulch below the bed so the weed won't come up through the soil into the bed. Good luck!

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