Sedge Weed

July through October is a favorite time of year for sedge weed, especially in Illinois and Missouri. What are sedge weeds? Well, they appear similar to grasses but are actually in a classification all by themselves. It’s simple to spot them, too. If a different type of plant is crowding out your landscaping turf grass in irregular patches, displaying weeds that are rough with stiff blades and prolific seed heads, you’ve got Sedge Weeds.

Purple and yellow nutsedge resemble grass with yellow-green leaves and purple or yellow seed heads that grow from triangular stems. Thriving in rich, poorly drained soil or frequently watered gardens, sedge weeds grow quickly and furiously, taking over your landscape in a blink of an eye.

Also referred to as nutsedge, they reproduce through tiny seeds in underground stems and nutlike tubers. To get rid of these ruthless weeds, you need to dig up each plant and throw out the soil containing the tubers. Believe it or not, one plant can generate several thousand tubers each season! Tubers can lay dormant in the soil for weeks, pushing up new shoots. Luckily, Joe’s Market Basket has a simpler, more effective solution for preventing sedge weed takeovers of your lawn, turfgrass or landscaping. We offer a friendlier alternative than other products to your turfgrass, family and pets: Sledgehammer + Turf Herbicide to the rescue!

What Sedgehammer+ Turf Herbicide can do for you:

• Controls yellow and purple nutsedge by penetrating the underground growing points (rhizomes and tubers) in lawns, but also keeps working after emergence in cool and warm season turfgrass including St. Augustine grass, Bermuda grass, Kentucky bluegrass, tall and fine fescue, and perennial ryegrass.

• Controls certain tough broadleaf weeds like horsetail.

• Suppresses green kyllinga.

Joe’s Market Basket can offer additional tips for identifying nutsedge and what may work best for your specific landscaping needs. Did you know that you can also mix in some Dawn dish soap to the Sedgehammer + Herbicide so the ingredients stay put during rainy season? It’s true! The experts at our Troy, Edwardsville, O’Fallon, Godfrey and St. Peters, Missouri locations are here to make your gardening and landscaping projects a breeze. Give us a call today or find us online at

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