Best Nutsedge Weed Killers

Need help to get rid of nutsedge in your lawn? You're in the right place. We'll help you identify the type of nutsedge you have and share the best weed killers to remove it. While there are many herbicides to control nutsedge, we’ve narrowed the list down to the best 2 options.

What Is Nutsedge?

Nutsedge is an aggressive perennial weed that invades lawns across America. It thrives in warm temperatures, which means that it’s incredibly common in Southern states like the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and, Texas. Late spring through early fall is when you're most likely to see this weed. Nutsedge forms large root networks and grows in colonies, which can make it incredibly hard to get rid of. 

yellow nutsedge

What Are The Different Types Of Nutsedge?

While there are several types of nutsedge, the most common are “yellow nutsedge” and “purple nutsedge”. There is also it’s cousin called “green kyllinga”, which may look like nutsedge but is easier to remove as it doesn’t have the same dense underground root network. You may also hear people refer to kyllinga as “green nutsedge”. Both nutsedge and kyllinga are from the sedge family, grass-like plants that can be classed as weeds when they infiltrate home and golf turf.

Purple Nutsedge

Purple nutsedge grows in the second half of the year, in late summer or fall. The flowers are purple and can be incredibly resistant to most weed killers. It has been nicknamed the world’s worst weed. The flowers are spiky, and the whole weed usually stands well above the turf.

Yellow Nutsedge

Yellow nutsedge looks exactly like purple nutsedge except for the yellow flowers. It is cultivated in different parts of the world as the tubers can be eaten. Yellow nutsedge tends to thrive in early-to-mid summer.


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What Are The Best Weed Killers To Get Rid Of Nutsedge?

Nutsedge is one of the most challenging plants to eradicate due to its extensive underground network. For that reason, we’re recommending only the best weed killers available to eliminate this aggressive weed.

Cool-Season Grasses: Sedgehammer

Cool-season grasses thrive in extreme weather conditions: blazing hot summers and freezing winters. If your turf is Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue, and creeping bentgrass, your golf lawn turf is a cool-season grass. Sedgehammer is the best nutsedge weedkiller for cool-season grasses.


How Does Sedgehammer Work?

Sedgehammer attacks the weed while leaving the rest of your plants or ornamental grasses alone. It also removes “green nutsedge” or kyllinga in addition to nutsedge. One bottle can cover an extensive range of one acre. There aren’t temperature restrictions for this herbicide. That said, if temperatures are above 95F, applying it in the early morning or evening is recommended.

How Is Sedgehammer Applied?

One scoop of Sedgehammer can be mixed in with one gallon of water and sprayed over the affected area using a backpack or handheld sprayer. Do not use a hose-end sprayer to apply Sedgehammer. You should see results as early as two weeks from the day it's applied. Sedgehammer does not need to be watered in after application.

If you have an infestation of broadleaf weeds along with nutsedge, apply Tenacity herbicide with Sedgehammer at the same time for maximum results.

Warm-Season Grasses: Certainty Herbicide

Warm-season grasses are those that grow best in warmer climates. That tends to mean warmer states like Georgia, Florida, and southern Texas which experiences some of the warmest winters in the continental U.S. Warm-season grasses include Bermuda grass, Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Centipede grass. Certainty herbicide is the best nutsedge weedkiller for warm-season grasses.


How Does Certainty Herbicide Work?

Certainty is effective against all sedges and kyllinga. It also helps you target weeds like dandelion, Johnsongrass, and poa annua. A single application produces visible results within 7 - 10 days with the weeds dying off completely in less than 3 weeks. 

Certainty herbicide controls weeds without killing your grass. It removes many pesky weeds that commonly affect southern grasses without leaving the bare patches that killing off grassy weeds can often do. Certainty herbicide kills both “green nutsedge” or kyllinga, and yellow and purple nutsedge.

How Is Certainty Herbicide Applied?

Certainty herbicide is a professional formulation that should be applied with a 4-gallon backpack sprayer with a foliar spray tip. Hose-end sprayers should not be used to apply this product. Certainty does not need to be watered in after application.

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What Other Options Can Help Eliminate Nutsedge?

Cool Season Grass Herbicide Kit

The Cool Season Grass Herbicide kit comes with both Sedgehammer and Tenacity Herbicide to address extensive nutsedge and other weeds in your lawn. This combo controls over fifty grassy and broadleaf weeds and all sedges. It is a cost-effective option for anyone that wants excellent weed control in cool season lawns.

Warm Season Grass Herbicide Kit

The Warm Season Grass Herbicide kit comes with Certainty Herbicide and Celsius to control widespread weed problems in your lawn. It eliminates over 180 weed types and comes with a surfactant and dye to improve the effectiveness of your herbicide applications.


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nutsedge dead after sprayed with herbicide

Tips To Keep Your Lawn Nutsedge Free

There are a few additional tips for maintaining your lawn that can significantly help with the management of nutsedge:

  • Combine your weed killer with a surfactant, as this can help to penetrate waxy leaves and better eliminate the nutsedge.
  • Try to spray the affected areas when there is minimal wind or rain forecasted to minimize the chance of damaging non-targeted plants. 
  • Wait 2 days after application before resuming mowing to allow the herbicide adequate absorption time.
  • Control nutsedge as early as possible with herbicides to prevent yellow nutsedge from seeding, as this makes it even harder to remove.

Final Thoughts

Nutsedge in all forms is problematic and challenging to remove. Invest in Sedgehammer for your cool-season grasses to effectively remove purple, yellow, and kyllinga from your lawn. For the warm-season grass alternative, Certainty herbicide is the most effective option you can use to eliminate nutsedge successfully. 

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