One of the biggest problems you can have in a lawn is nutgrass. Anyone who has had it will tell you it can be a nightmare! One of our past County Extension Agents, Lowell True, used to say the best way to get rid of nutgrass is to move!
That was then, this is now and there is hope! First of all if you’re wondering what is nutgrass, well it isn’t really a grass but a sedge (think reed family) Wondering why we have it, well here is a picture of a stream on the rim where all of our water storage comes from (runoff into our salt river and verde river lakes). See all the beautiful “grass” along side the stream! You guessed it, nutgrass! Nearly all of our creeks and mountain lakes are lined and rimmed with nutsedge. It produces lots of seed and eventually it finds it’s way to the valley!
What we didn’t have in Lowell’s day was Halosulfuron. This is a selective control for nutsedge and can be used effectively in bermudagrass lawns without damage to the turf. It is a little expensive but it does work well. Be sure to follow instructions and to use the “wetting agent” or “spreader sticker” as directed! Nutsedge will grow faster than your lawn so mowing becomes discouraging, it is uncomfortable to walk on, and don’t try to dig it up, you’ll just make it worse. The best part is you don’t have to “move”
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