Characteristics: looks ugly because it grows faster than your lawn and really sticks out. Waxy appearance with a yellow to yellow green coloration. Stands upright because it has a triangular stem. Produces a seed head and tubers or nutletts on its rhizomes underground.
- Cultural: thrives in wet areas
- Natural: Easy to hand pull when the plants are young. Keep scouting for any young plants and pull as soon as they appear. If heavy established growth is present, dig it out and get the rhizomes.
- Chemical: If you must use a chemical, please do not use a non selective herbicide like Roundup, which is so damaging to the environment. Instead, use a selective herbicide like Sedgehammer that is specifically for Sedge.
Buy a premium multi-purpose pump style sprayer with a long wand and brass, for use with Sedgehammer. You will probably have to treat several times if the Sedge is well established.
Depending on the chemical you choose, I also recommend adding a few drops of Dawn as a surfactant. Dawn will help the herbicide stick to the waxing leaves and penetrate the grass. However, BE SURE to follow the exact instructions on the directions and wear rubber gloves along with eye protection, while mixing and applying Segehammer or other chemicals.
Prevent spring weeds by NOT scalping your lawn in the spring. If seeds cannot contact the ground nor get sun light they will not geminate. The best weed control is a healthy managed lawn.
The following two products I’ve purchased and mentioned above. The Smith Premium Multipurpose Sprayer is a one gallon and the Sedgehammer packet is to be mixed with 1 gallon of water. Both products have received four and half stars by reviewers.