nutsedge vs quackgrass, how to i.d.?

clairebuoyant(z4-5 Mi)September 1, 2011

I have something popping up in patches in our lawn, thought it was quackgrass. My neighbors says it's nutsedge. How can we distinguish the difference?

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Nutsedge will have a triangular stem at the base. Quackgrass has fleshy rhizomes that are very pointed at the end. Nutsedge will have small tuber-like nutlets along the rhizome that look like "mini-potatoes". Both are nasty in that just pulling them, the nutsedge leaves the nutlets in the ground and a new plant will emerge from each nutlet; quackgrass acts the same because any piece of rhizome left in the ground will regenerate a new plant. Tenacity required to conquer these beasts!
hortster

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 4:32PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The easiest way to learn the difference is to look at pictures of both. Yellow Nutsedge looks nothing like Quack Grass, even when mowed.

Here is a link that might be useful: images of nutsedges

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 7:16AM
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