My Weeds Won't Die
Q: I am sooo very frustrated. I bought a house about 2 yrs ago in Orlando that had been neglected and I have slowly been trying to give it much needed TLC. Next to the driveway is a patch about 4 x 30 ft that has some kind of weed. It looks like grass, but has tubers that interconnect with some kind of string. So if you pull just the top, the weed will regrow because the tuber is still there. And, if you pull up one tuber w/the plant, you are still not done because 2 or more tubers can be connected by the strings. The tubers can grow about 6 to 8" below the surface. I don't know if I am making sense trying to describe this, but I really do hope so. I took it to the gardening dept of Home Depot, but they did not know what it was.
Talk about going bankrupt by gardening... I have used at least 3 or 4 different chemicals on the soil from Scotts Weed & Feed (only made it grow thicker), Roundup (only kills the plant top (green parts above ground) but does nothing to the tubers, and other stuff which I can't remember right now. I have purchased all kinds of tools trying to kill this stuff and spent uncountable hours pulling, prodding, shovelling, hoeing, etc etc etc.
I am at the point now where I am tempted to just brick it in and forget about it. But I want grass, and more than that, I want to win. I don't want those weeds to win... So that is why I am writing to you...
Do you have any ideas for me?
Frustrated in Orlando, Dorothy
A: Gee whiz, could you ask me an EASY question? From your description, I'm guessing your weed is one called nutsedge (or nutgrass). Here's the bad news -- it's about the toughest, most infuriatingly difficult lawn weed to get rid of. It spreads by seed, runners, and underground tubers. Now the good news -- the tubers of yellow nutsedge are edible. I bet wild hogs would love them.
I could go on and on, but you since you came here for answers, I guess I should comply. Try spraying the offending weed with Image Nutgrass Killer according to label directions. It's about the only weedkiller you can use on St. Augustine grass (I figure that's what you have since you live in Orlando) that won't also kill the grass. Of course, if you're feeling really vindictive, you could apply Image Year-Long Vegetation Killer and kill everything there and then then start over with new grass next year. The following site tells more about Image and will help you find a supplier: www.amdro.com/Image/index.html
Good hunting, Grumpy