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Weed Focus: Curly Dock

As the weather gets warmer, it can seem that there are new Weed_Focus_Curly_Dock.jpgweeds appearing all over your lawn every day. This broadleaf weed can be found all over North America. Found in a large variety of areas, from meadows and pastures to roadside banks and vacant lots. This perennial prefers bare or thin areas, making that far corner of your lawn a prime victim. Read more to find out how to find, identify, and control this week’s weed focus, Curly Dock.

Where can find this weed?

This weed thrives in April to May when it reproduces by seed, developing flowers with no petals that are reddish-green in color. It can primarily be found in areas where the turf grass is bare and very thin.

How to identify it?

Curly Dock, also known as Rumex elongates, Sour Dock, Narrow-leaved Dock, and most commonly, Yellow Dock. This weed has a long taproot that digs underground with a large group of wavy-margained leaves. The leaves progressively become more reddish-purple and are shiny. At maturity, the stems are a reddish brown.

How to control Curly Dock?

This sneaky weed’s seeds can remain viable underground for over 50 years, making it impossible to get rid of the weed by pulling it out. It can also withstand lawn mowing and large amounts of soil moisture.

However, there are some ways to control Curly Dock showcased in this video below:

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