NUTGRASS - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by zacnana1
August 28, 2010
HOW DO I GET RID OF NUTGRASS IN MY FLOWERBEDS


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 2010

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Nutgrass (nutsedge is its proper name) is indeed a pesky foe! You have several options for controlling it. Although none of them are quick and easy, they will work if you are diligent. Since it is in a flower bed, you can hand dig the nutlets. Then wait a few days for more to sprout and remove them immediately. A second option is to spray the nutsedge with a herbicide containing glyphosate (such as Roundup). However, glyphosate is a non selective herbicide and will kill any plants it comes in contact with so be careful to keep it away from your desireable plants. You can paint the herbicide on the individual nutsedge blades. Each time it returns, you have to reapply. Nutsedge is tenacious, and whatever method you choose, keep after it regularly. If you let it get a hold again, you've lost ground! The key to any approach is to never allow it to reestablish and regain its stored reserves, which are in small nutlike tubers below ground. Keep forcing it to use stored reserves to send up more growth and then quickly dig or spray it again. If you don't quit, you will win the battle.

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