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Weed-opedia: Curly Dock

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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.