Tussock Sedge

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The Tussock Sedge, Carex stricta Is The Most Prominent Sedge Species Due To Its Restoration Ability In Disturbed And Overgrazed Areas

The tussock sedge, formally known as the Carex stricta, serves as the matrix species in sedge meadow ecosystems throughout the Upper Midwestern and Northeastern USA, including the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes. Ever since sedge topography diminished due to repetitive mowing of vegetation and livestock grazing, the tussock sedge serves as the number one candidate for sedge restoration due to its many prominent attributes. It performs multiple functions effectively, such as growing at about half a meter per year, enhancing topographic heterogeneity, sequestering carbon, and removing nitrogen and phosphorus from nutrient-rich sites. It also serves as a habitat for small mammals and aerates the rhizosphere.

In growing the tussock sedge, collect seeds before the inflorescences disperse, then place the seeds in shallow water under the full sun. After that, cover the tray with adhesive plastic and make sure to replenish the water reservoir daily to keep tussock seeds moist since seeds germinate well when warm.  When the green epicotyl shows itself, carefully remove each germinated seed and place it in a carton with potting soil in its depressions. Next, place the tray in shallow water and keep the tussock's soil saturated, or you can use an alternative by stratifying seeds in cold and moist conditions for three months before placing them on damp sand in a warm growth chamber.

Tussock Sedge-Carex stricta Reduces Soil Erosion, Facilitates Nitrogen Removal, And Supports Other Plant Species

As a “superplant,” the tussock sedge is easy to grow and transplant, and it helps reduce soil erosion and facilitate nitrogen removal. Tussock sedge plants grow better from plugs, according to research made by Gallagher (2009). Growers may acclimate tussock sedges to match the conditions of the restoration site and increase establishment rates by cultivating seedlings and plugs under varying nitrogen and water levels. In growing the tussock sedge for restoration purposes, the process begins with sowing fresh seeds and transplanting shoots in preference to seeds or rhizome fragments. Then, test nitrogen levels and carefully consider the advantages or disadvantages of adding nitrogen to a wetland to keep adequate nutrient addition.

If nurseries do not offer plugs suited for specific restoration sites, you could pre-treat the tussock sedge by growing seedlings in high nitrogen for rapid growth. You can also use an alternative by raising propagules in standing water for transplantation during wet conditions. The growth habit of tussock sedges depends on the environment they thrive in---for example, short hydroperiods cause lateral growth. Weed the site regularly to remove aggressive invaders, especially those that spread vegetatively. You may need performance tests in large-scale transplantations and frequent measures of water levels, spread, density, and height.

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