• ‘Sourwood decks itself with pendulous seedpods, and hazelnut displays dangling catkins in early spring.’
  • ‘Analyses of the photosynthetic system in pendulous leaves such as those of Eucalyptus were also made.’
  • ‘The fringe tree is an oval-shaped single- or multitrunked native that produces pendulous panicles of white, fragrant and fringey flowers in spring.’
  • ‘The nest is often located in a willow, cottonwood, or other hardwood tree, and is a pendulous basket suspended from a thin branch that commonly hangs over water.’
  • ‘This spring-flowering species has elegant slender stems, suspended from which are pendulous bell-shaped flowers, very green in bud, opening to cream, crisscrossed with green and maroon netted markings.’
  • ‘Sky flower is a common name for golden dewdrop, a towering shrubby perennial with pendulous clusters of white, lavender or purple flowers followed by golden berries.’
  • ‘The arrangement of pendulous petal groups has a similar appearance to that of the red-hot poker or some aloe flowers.’
  • ‘The varieties with pendulous growth are suitable for hanging baskets and window boxes.’
  • ‘The pollen needed to turn these flowers into pecan nuts comes from the male flowers or ‘catkins,’ 5-to 6-inch pendulous spikes growing laterally on year-old wood.’
  • ‘Most of the trees are leafless with just the golden pendulous flowers, while some have a mixture of gold blossoms and lovely tender green leaves tinged with a rich copper colour.’
  • ‘In one spot deep within the gorge, the pendulous nests of green oropendolas adorn the outer branches of a tall tree growing on one of the river’s small islands.’
  • ‘The large pendulous flower clusters of the wisteria vine are quite appealing to butterflies in late spring.’
  • ‘Most edible bananas have pendulous inflorescences (called Vazhapoo in Tamil) and are usually a dull maroon.’
  • ‘Also scattered along the back of the beach are clumps of windswept Horsetail She-oaks – a perfect name for these pendulous trees.’
  • ‘Although it is naturally tall, trim it each spring to make an elegant hedge with strong bushy growth, dripping with pendulous crimson flowers in summer.’
  • ‘Each stem sports a large number of pendulous flowers.’
  • ‘There are eight arcade windows also, and they’re hung now with pendulous floral arrangements of pumpkins, and little trees sprouting from lemons floating in gallons of water.’
  • ‘Seventy or eighty of them form enormous pendulous bunches, of which each tree annually ripens three.’
  • ‘A lone tree stands in a nursery in Portland with pendulous white bells ringing from its arms.’
  • ‘The many flowers are formed on a long pendulous spike and are very showy.’

Sedge Lawn Weeds: How To Control Sedge Plants In The Landscape

Much like the witches in the Wizard of Oz, there are good sedges and bad sedges. Sedge lawn weeds are invasive in other types of turf grass. Most problem sedge plants are found in warmer climates of the southern United States, but a couple are also common in northern climes. Controlling sedge weeds can be a challenge to many gardeners.

The first step is identification, as many types of sedge weed control are specific and there are more than 12 varieties of problem sedge. These are some of the more common found in lawns:

  • Yellow Nut Sedge (Cyperus esculentus)
  • Purple Nut Sedge (Cyperus rotundus)
  • Annual Sedge, Watergrass (Cyperus compressus)
  • Cylindric Sedge (Cyperus retrorsus)
  • Globe Sedge (Cyperus croceus syn. Cyperus globulosus)

Read your herbicide labels carefully for instructions on how to control sedge.

Sedge Lawn Weeds

Sedge plants appear similar to grasses but are actually in a classification unto themselves. If you are a pro, you can identify the plants by the absence of ligules and aruricles. For most of us, these characteristics mean little and all we know is a different type of plant is crowding out our spectacular turf grass in irregular patches with rough, stiff blades and prolific seed heads.

Sedge lawn weeds favor moist areas and are often naturally established in marshy areas or run-off zones. Controlling sedge weeds begins with an examination of your irrigation system and fixing low areas where moisture pools.

How to Control Sedge

As mentioned, you need to fix any area of your irrigation system that releases too much water. You also can raise the soil level in spots with dips that collect moisture. Ensure that the soil has adequate percolation or drainage. Often this means removing entire areas of sod and mixing in compost, sand or other amendments that increase the porosity of the soil so excess water can drain down into the ground.

There are no broad-spectrum herbicides recommended for controlling sedge weeds. Yellow and purple sedge control is available in herbicides recommended for crops. The majority of other sedge plants need to be identified and the specific management program applied for the variety of sedge species.

Sedge Weed Control ID

The best way to identify sedge is from its seed head.

  • Yellow nutsedge has a yellow seed head, is common in northern zones and has excellent cold tolerance.
  • Purple sedge has purple seed heads and dark green foliage.

These are the most common sedge plants; but for identification of others, you may have to take a specimen to your county extension or master gardener’s clinic.

Most sedges are well controlled by frequent mowing to remove the seed heads and prevent spreading. In the event that you have a widespread problem, you will have to resort to herbicide sedge weed control.

Pre-emergence herbicides have little effect for controlling sedge weeds. Spot application of the appropriate herbicide can be effective or broad range spraying for extreme sedge lawn weeds. As with any herbicide application, read the directions and follow the safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer.

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