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To pull or not to pull...

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.

The major 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.

Posted by nick esthus at 11:12 AM


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