How to Get Rid of Nutgrass? Nutsedges Solution

Nutgrass is most commonly known as weeds that grows anywhere in an excessive quantity if unchecked and untreated. They grow continuously throughout the year and have a strong & sturdy root system that enables them to stay lively for many years in your yard once they begin growing. They can be identified by their color i.e. yellow or purple because they have yellow or purple flowers on the leaves grown at the edges of the elongated blades of the nutgrass.

How to remove Nutsedges?

To save your lawn from the nutgrass, it is important to remove its presence with the help of the following methods:-

  1. Natural.
  2. Chemical.

According to our research, there are two valid natural ways to get rid of nutgrass in your lawn. The below-described ways are also tried by many landowners and they developed positive outcomes.

Use of sugar:

Sugar is known to work best on young nutgrass. Young weeds are easier to eradicate and kill by using natural methods.

For making use of sugar at the nutgrass you ought to make the location wet an afternoon before. Sugar will not work if you sprinkle it on the dry area. Remember that the best wetting of soil has to be performed.

Once you are done with it, wait for some hours and then take a good quality spreader and spread sugar all over the area where you see unwanted nutgrass. All the land should be covered evenly and equally.

For bigger places/lands your electric or gas-operated spreader can be used to save time and effort.

This is not the end!

Now, again sprinkle some water to wet the area but not too much watering is required because we do not want the sugar to get dissolved.

Use of vinegar:

Vinegar is also used for killing weeds or nutgrass. Along with the benefit of vinegar to kill unwanted weeds, it has a poisonous effect on useful plants and flower beds in the yard too.

Hereby, it is suggested to use it with deep care to save other plants and flowers.

Vinegar can be easily sprayed all over the nutgrass to kill it by using a heavy-duty sprayer.

Use of herbicides:

surfactant herbicideHerbicides that are post-emerging can be used to kill the nutgrass. These herbicides are considered effective against both kinds of nutgrass; yellow or purple. Be sure that you read the label ingredients and instructions carefully before applying any herbicide on your lawn.

Furthermore, you can also use herbicides that are composed of halosulfuron, and sulfentrazone. They are known to kill the yellow kind of nutgrass, and if you have only purple nut grass then you must look for the herbicides that contain glyphosate.

Use of surfactant:

Surfactant addition is also a great option to support the herbicide to stay longer on the nutgrass and kill them successfully. Surfactants act as a waxy covering on the weeds that allows the effect of post-emerging herbicide long-lasting. Another benefit of using surfactant with herbicide is that it makes the absorption of herbicide quick and deeper till the root system of the nutgrass/weeds kills them completely.

Herbicide and surfactant can be used by mixing all together and spraying evenly onto the unwanted nutgrass in your yard or anywhere you do not want its presence.

Make sure that you wear protective clothing, gloves, goggles, and foot covering to avoid any damage to your skin and eyes.

  • Keep in mind that there are a few herbicides to kill nutgrass or weeds that are not allowed to be used in home lawns, they can be only used in commercial properties.


From the above-described methods to kill nutgrass, we can conclude that a single application of both types of weed controls would not be enough due to the strong roots of the nutgrass if your lawn is troubled with excessive quantity. Therefore, the application of natural weed controllers or chemically-made herbicides should be more than one time with suitable intervals.


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