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The Line in the Sand (I mean Grass)

Category: Lawn Care | Posted by: Jeremy Newell

I am fairly tolerant of turf issues in my own lawn. Violets taking over in that shady spot? Well, they’re a nice green and I don’t really have the time to reseed anyway. Moles making tunnels in the backyard? Eh, the dogs will get them eventually. There is however, a lawn pest that I will not tolerate.

I am fairly tolerant of turf issues in my own lawn.

Violets taking over in that shady spot? Well, they’re a nice green and I don’t really have the time to reseed anyway.

Moles making tunnels in the backyard? Eh, the dogs will get them eventually.

There is however, a lawn pest that I will not tolerate.

It is a perennial and pernicious weed named nutsedge. If you have dealt with this weed, you probably understand my hostility. There are a couple reasons for my animosity towards this tall, grass-like menace:

It grows much faster than the fescue turf that comprises my yard.
Nutsedge sticks out like a sore thumb. It seems like 20 minutes after I mow the grass the nutsedge  is already towering over the newly shorn turf.

It’s sneaky.
Let me explain. The plant actually pulls out of the ground easily. You pull it and think to yourself, “Well, this is no problem.” Unfortunately, any tiny little piece that is left in the ground (and there will be many) will resprout with aggressive vengeance. Hand-pulling doesn’t work, which means that…

Chemical control is the only effective answer.
And that kind of irks me. Now, I am not 100% organic mind you. But I try to minimize my spray applications in the areas where the kids play. But spraying is the only way to truly get rid of nutsedge and I don’t like the weed making that decision for me.

Fast growth, deceitful resprouting, and chemical-exclusive eradication. These characteristics of nutsedge offends my ‘live and let live’, hippy-dippy gardening attitude.  And that reason, more than any is why nutsedge is on my most-hated list. I could go on but I need to grab my bottle of weed killer- I can hear the nutsedge growing.

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