||Forget "Kill Bill", Kill Kyllinga!
Howdy Gardening Enthusiasts!
Nutsedges are common turfgrass weeds that favor warm climates and poorly drained or over irrigated areas. Golf courses often provide ideal environments for several types of sedges. Some of the more common sedges on golf courses include purple nutsedge, yellow nutsedge, globe sedge, rice flat sedge, annual sedge and Kyllinga species.
Most of us, here in Southeast Texas are fairly certain about Nutsedge, but I get lots of calls and emails about a sedge that has the burrs on top, and that is what is affectionately known as Kyllinga. Appropriately, four of the letters in KYILLINGA are KILL. And that's exactly what should be done to it.
Kyllinga species are becoming more prevalent on golf courses. Forty-five Kyllinga species exist in the world but only five are currently found in the continental U.S. with an additional one occurring in Hawaii . Most are rather difficult to detect in turfgrass because their growth closely resembles that of turf. Kyllinga leaves, however, are glossier than turfgrass and are detected easier in the morning as dew falls off their leaves but remains on the turf. Also, Kyllinga has a distinctive "minty sweet" scent when their leaves are mowed or crushed.
Green kyllinga (Kyllinga brevifolia) is the most commonly known turf weed of all Kyllinga species. Green kyllinga has a rhizomatous/stoloniferous growth. Stolons (runners) intertwine within turf to produce thick mats. Repeated herbicide (Image, Basagran, MSMA, Manage) applications are generally required to remove green kyllinga because herbicides only contact the outer surface. I have personally had great success with Manage. Mats generally begin small, however, may increase in size if unnoticed and can literally choke out the surrounding turfgrass.
Green kyllinga also produces viable seed throughout the growing season. Its seedheads are about the size of a garden pea when unmowed and have a light green color. Seeds initiate germination in spring and continue throughout the summer.
Pre-emergent controls for grassy weeds, such as Betasan, Barricade and Pendimethlin are very important for long-term control of sedges and especially Kyllinga. See our lawn fertilizations schedule Click Here for those times.
Also, this weekend there are two special Daylily events. We are blessed, in the Houston area, to have world renowned Daylily breeders. The first event is Saturday at the Baybrook mall, and the second one is Sunday at a Daylilly farm in Pearland. Please read below and see which of these two great events you can attend.
LONE STAR DAYLILY SOCIETY FLOWER SHOW AND PLANT SALE THIS SATURDAY!
Lone Star Daylily Society will hold its 8th Annual Daylily Flower Show and
Plant Sale Sat., May 15, 2004. The event will be held at Baybrook
Mall located at I-45 South at Bay Area Boulevard in Friendswood, Texas. The
plant sale will begin at 11 a.m. until sold out. The flower show will be
at 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is "Exploring the
Universe." There will be hundreds of blooming daylilies to see, including
individual cultivars and designs. The Plant Sale will feature a wide range of
colors including many new modern hybrids at great prices. The event is free,
open to the public, and accredited by the American Hemerocallis Society.
CELEBRATION OF DAYLILIES THIS SUNDAY!
Leon and Paula Payne maintain an AHS (American Hemerocallis Society) National Display Garden. We grow over 800 different registered cultivars and approximately 10,000 of our own seedlings as well as numerous other perennials. We are going to host an open garden with the public welcome Sun., May 16, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Although you are welcome to come anytime other than this particular day, we hope the garden will be at peak bloom and looking its Sunday best on this special weekend. We hope to see you there. You may reach us at 281-485-3821. If you get the machine, please leave a message as we are in the garden. We will return your call. ‘Y’all come!!!!’ We are located on the west side of Pearland and very easy to find. Coming from Houston take HWY 288 south to the Pearland exit (FM 518). Go under the freeway and proceed to O’Day Road (Chevron Station on the left at O’Day) and go .8 mile to Olin Drive. Turn left. House and display garden are at the corner of Olin and Melanie. From HWY 35, come to Pearland and take a right FM 518 and cross the railroad tracks. At the first red light after you pass Strickland Chevrolet turn right. (This is O’Day Road). Proceed .8 mile to Olin Drive and turn right.
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