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 Post subject: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:38 am 
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How do I get rid of nutsedge, without using the chemicals?


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:57 am 
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Nutgrass is one of the flat sedges. They are all water or wetlands plants. Nutgrass does not define a wetlands but it prefers to grow in and around water. You'll never see it in the desert except where people have irrigated to suit the nutgrass.

At its simplest, just stop watering it and it goes away. If that is impossible, then look at the area where you have it. If it is a low lying area where rainwater gathers, raise the area so it does not hold standing water. If you are watering more than once a week, wean the plants to less frequent, but deeper, watering to allow the surface to dry out completely.

And continue with organic fertilizer.

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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:25 pm 
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When I had better knees I would kneel down on the grass and pull it out by hand and put it in a bucket and throw it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:51 am 
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The problem with pulling nutsedge is that the nutlets often won't come with what you're pulling and will just produce more plants. I posted about nutsedge in a different forum but only got a suggestion to look up the information for myself... which I will do but, since I'm new here, just making conversation. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:21 am 
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Howard talks about spraying molasses to get rid of nutgrass. That never made any sense to me but recently someone told me he'd read about molasses softening the soil. Given that nutgrass is a swamp grass, it could be that the use of molasses opens up the drainage in the soil allowing it to dry out enough to not favor the nutgrass.

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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:19 am 
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I read his article on applying molasses and want to try it. I also am curious why it might work but, if it works, it works.


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:51 pm 
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Update on the molasses spray:
My friend in Phoenix who is trying this tells me he has less nutgrass this year. He has been spraying with molasses, kelp, and baby shampoo.

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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:35 am 
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I spread molasses once a month. I have almost NO nutgrass. I remove the few I do find (they are by my fence...my neighbor has them in his yard) with a special tool. It goes into the ground and then I pull up the nutgrass. There is no nut.

Char Harris,
Flower Mound, TX


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:39 am 
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charris55 wrote:
I spread molasses once a month. I have almost NO nutgrass. I remove the few I do find (they are by my fence...my neighbor has them in his yard) with a special tool. It goes into the ground and then I pull up the nutgrass. There is no nut.

Char Harris,
Flower Mound, TX


Care to share what this special tool is? Great to hear that the molasses is helping.


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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:01 am 
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Care to share what this special tool is? Great to hear that the molasses is helping.

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The only think I can do is describe it. I have had it for years. I do remember that I bought it at Lowes.

It looks like a two pronged fork. The pronges are close together. That is what brings up the nut (which I no longer have). It has a long handle and a silver half circle attached. I went out to the shed to see if there was a name. It says 'Corona' on the handle.

It is also great on crab grass (which I no longer have).

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Char Harris
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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:56 am 
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I think I know what you are talking about, Thanks!
charris55 wrote:

It looks like a two pronged fork. The pronges are close together. That is what brings up the nut (which I no longer have). It has a long handle and a silver half circle attached. I went out to the shed to see if there was a name. It says 'Corona' on the handle.

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Char Harris
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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:54 pm 
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I have it in an area that rarely gets water and it still grows.

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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:46 am 
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Howard Garrett has suggested dried molasses, and vinegar herbicide, if the removal is non-discriminating (no other desired plants nearby). Another suggestion he offers (same link) is to try using hydrogen peroxide.

On another site, the usual controls are brought up (e.g., Image, Sedgehammer, Dismiss (commercial)). But one person mentioned a folk remedy where boiling water is poured at the base of the plant. This apparently kills the plant AND the nut. Look for PopeyeTheTurtle, about 2/3 down the page.

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 Post subject: Re: Nutsedge
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:09 pm 
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I'm thinking that BOILING WATER, might not be good for some microbes.


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