This perennial, aggressive, grass-like weed is lighter green and grows faster in hot weather than our lawns. Nutgrass, also called nutsedge, is a tough weed to control because it grows from tiny tubers, or nutlets, that form on roots that can grow 8-14” deep in the soil. So even if you are able to pull out the roots, some of these resilient tubers will stay behind to grow.
We may think it looks like some grass seeds gone astray because it grows easily in rock beds and in the cracks of cement, but it’s not. Nutgrass has thick, stiff blades that shoot up from stems in sets of three, while most normal varieties of grass have two blades that shoot up from a single stem. Here are more tips for recognizing nut grass:
- rich dark green-colored, triangle-shaped leaf (may resemble a tiny palm tree)
- grows 2-4 times faster than your lawn, making it look like you need to mow yard 2-3 times per week
- will produce a blossom with additional growth
- treatments with Roundup are futile; it simply will not kill nutgrass
Don’t fret, though; we can help! At Bug & Weed Mart, we carry all the same professional-strength herbicides, pre-emergents, sterilants, and post-emergent weed killers that professional landscapers use. We have a knowledgeable Manager at every one of our stores to give you the accurate advice you need. He will show you exactly how to get rid of nutgrass, and offer tips on how to plan for possible future growth, too.