Can't name the plant. But, try vinegar. Several times over a couple days. It'll alter the ph of the soil but it's otherwise non-harmful. I've killed weeds in my driveway cracks with vinegar, and the great thing about this is they stay away for a long time.
I've never tried hot vinegar before, but that might work even quicker.
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Post by tropicallutefisk on May 6, 2020 5:38:04 GMT -5
Hard to say from the picture, but I'm guessing its nut sedge. It is a bugger to control, and I doubt vinegar is going to be the remedy. Vinegar works well for many weeds, but nut sedge has underground nodules that are extremely difficult to eradicate with something that just treats topically. Its been over 15 years since I've had turf, so I don't know what to recommend. There are herbicides that will work, and they will list nut sedge on the label.
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Hi, what type of weed is this and how to get rid of it? It's very difficult to pull it so likely need to use chemical to kill it.
I don’t know what it’s called, but I had some of it (along with a host of others.)
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Post by Percussionista on May 6, 2020 10:09:21 GMT -5
Well... This looks rather clumpy to be nutsedge, and the flower stalks in the picture don't remind me of them either, at least in full flowering. These also look a bit more prostrate. The picture isn't really clear enough, but it appears the blades fall out circularly from a central node, some look a bit reddish. This looks to me more like a crabgrass or similar course weed grass (dallisgrass, many kinds of weedy "grasses").
Pouring vinegar on anything in the lawn will also harm the lawn itself! If coming up in a driveway, vinegar would be a possible idea.
If it were nutsedge, the blades would by "triangular", which is to say, there would be a distinct crease going down the length of each blade. There are a number of herbicides specifically for nutsedge, that also handle others, but nutsedges do need to be handled differently - pulling them out is a bad idea because of those nut/nodes underground sprouting even more in response. I have purple nutsedge myself (and there is a yellow nutsedge), and am soon to go about spraying them en masse with Ortho Nutsedge Killer. But, I don't think this is what you have.
If these are indeed some kind of course grass, crab grass, dallisgrass, et. al., better to simply pull out than pour chemicals on them, and let the real grass reclaim the area. There's a tool that looks like a screwdriver, but with a V shaped end, to push under the center of these then lever up to pull up the weed with the root. If you've got time on your hands (COVID-19 home time ;-)) just pull them out. But do check to see if the blades have the center crease going along the whole blade first - if so it's probably nutsedge.
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