Weed-opedia: Curly Dock
Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)
What does it look like?: A rosette of spear-shaped, wavy-edged leaves at ground level. From this a tall, hairless, ribbed stem emerges with small green flowers at the top. Becomes brown with age, but may also take on a red tinge.
What causes it?: This weed especially likes roadsides and fields or pastures–areas that are sunny, with soil that is wet or drains poorly. But it can withstand drought.
When does it show up?: Blooms April through July
Best treatment plan: The long taproot helps it survive drought and makes hand-pulling more challenging. Spring and fall herbicide applications work best for larger infestations and more mature plants. Call a professional for a free quote.
How long will it take to get rid of it?: Since the seed pods can live in the ground and remain viable as long as 50 years, you’re going to battle this one for a long time! But control can be reached within a year or two, depending on the infestation level.