The battle over yellow nut sedge has begun in the new Nature
Photography Garden (NPG). This is a serious weed, or plant thug as I like
to call it, in the mid south and through out the United States.
issue with this weed is its tenacity. Growing in low damp areas, it
spreads by underground stems (rhizomes), which are attached to small nodules or
nuts. This leads to the plant forming small, but growing colonies which
can extend to 10 ft. It also spreads by its tiny seeds.
Thinking about pulling it? Think again. When you pull
this plant, you may pull some roots, but you are also breaking the rhizome,
which forces the nodules to grow and produce a new plant, which produces more
rhizomes and nodules and so on and so forth.
The best way to eradicate
this trouble some weed is to spray it with an herbicide especially designated
for nut sedge, such as Manage or Sedge Hammer with the active ingredient being Halosulfuron.
For me and the establishment of the NPG, it is
important to get this and many of the other troublesome weeds eradicated from
the ground not only for the aesthetic reasons, but to also limit the seed
bank. This will help keep weeds from popping up in the future and will
let the desirable plants establish quicker.
So if you see yellow nut
sedge, don’t pull it!! Instead, grab your sprayer and apply the correct
herbicide, and save yourself many head aches in the future.