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Prevent Nutsedge and Maintain a Healthy Turf

Useful Advice from Your Professional Lawn Care Services Company 

As a home owner, it is a matter of great joy and pride to see your lawn healthy and green. Not only does it add to the beauty of your home, the lush expanse is an integral part of your outdoor living experience. While you may work hard at cutting, watering, fertilizing, aerating and mowing it, seasonal variations are bound to bring in your lawn’s worst enemies, weeds. One of the most aggressive and hard to control weeds that continues to plague this part of the country is the Nutsedge, also called nutgrass or watergrass. Do not be misled by its name. Although it looks like a grassy weed, it is actually a sedge. It most commonly infests your vegetable and flower gardens as well as the rest of the turf. 

One of the first steps to addressing a Nutsedge problem is to be able to identify its presence in the midst of your healthy grass. The stems are triangular or V-shaped as compared to grass stems that are round and hollow. With stiffer, thicker leaves featuring prominent mid-veins and arranged in groups of three at the base, Nutsedge can thrive like a perennial in a variety of different soils. Depending on the type of nutgrass, the color of the spiky heads may be yellow or purple. 

Tips to Control Nutsedge and Prevent it From Returning

Nutsedge is considered to be one of the worst weeds in the world and for good reason. Since it grows from slim nutlets or tubers that form roots eight to fourteen inches into the soil, even if you pull out the roots, some of these tubers will remain in the ground and continue to grow. Here are a few techniques to arrest the growth of this powerful weed:

  • Mow High: Depending on the landscape of your lawn and the newness of your turf, keep your lawn mower setting to one of the two highest ones. Weeds love the short settings of mowers, it stimulates them and gives them an opportunity to thrive. However, if you keep the grass taller, it will crowd out the nutgrass as well as other garden weeds.
  • Feed Your Lawn: Defend your lawn against nutgrass by feeding it regularly. A healthy, well-fed lawn will grow thick and force out the weeds.
  • Multiple Applications of Herbicides: Since Nutsedge is more a sedge than a weed, it can rarely be controlled by the approved herbicides available in the market. However, you will have to do multiple applications and time them correctly to target the tuber production, which will help to eliminate this stubborn weed. 

If your lawn is already filled with nutgrass and you are dealing with a full-fledged outbreak, the only solution is to go for a complete lawn replacement during the fall. Consider engaging the services of a professional lawn care company to remove the existing lawn and lay down a new one with sod or seed.

Let Your Trusted Lawn Care Services Company Tackle Nutgrass 

Arrest your Nutsedge problem in time, before it takes over your entire lawn. For all your lawn care requirements in and around Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, rely on Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. Our trained and experienced staff will be happy to evaluate your nutgrass problem and create a fertilization schedule that meets your requirements. Learn more about our comprehensive lawn care services that are available from spring through fall.

Choose a professional company for all your lawn care needs. Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. at (215) 822-3886 or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon. 


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