Pest Alert – Sedges in Lawns and Ornamentals

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Nutsedge, also called chufa, nutgrass, or watergrass, can be a difficult-to-control weed in lawns and landscapes. Nutsedge is not a grass or broadleaf plant. It is a unique type of plant with sharp edges on the leaves; sedges have edges!

kyllinga sedge

There are many different kinds. Some are native including Cherokee Sedge. Others are non-native such as yellow and purple nutsedge and kyllinga. Most of them like wet soils.

Sedges move into turf areas during wet weather. The leaves are distinctly different than turfgrass and the plants grow faster. This can make lawns less desirable.

Globe Sedge


Sedges are difficult to control. The plant has tubers that grow along the root. Although the plant is easily removed by hand weeding, the tubers remain and grow back.

There are several herbicides that kill sedges. SEDGEHAMMER is safe to use for sedge control on fescue grass. It will also kill many broadleaf weeds.

According to the product’s website, “SEDGEHAMMER is one of the most “gentle- to- turf” products around. It has proven to be safe to most commonly used grasses of North America and has been successfully used for many years.” Also, “SedgeHammer+ can be safely used on a variety of cool and warm season turfgrasses including the following: creeping bentgrass, fine fescue, perennial ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, tall fescue, bahiagrass, bermuda grass, buffalograss, centipede grass, seashore paspalum, St. Augustine grass, kikuyugrass and zoysia grass.”

***DO NOT use IMAGE sedge killer in your lawn because the chemical will kill fescue grass.