Curly dock is a winter perennial. It contains a deep fleshy taproot. In a turf situation the leaves appear in a rosette form. The leaves are actually alternate at the top of the taproot. The oblong leaves have a wavy appearance on their edges. The flower of curly dock is almost never found in mowed turf situations. The flowers are long green spikes which turn reddish brown on maturity. The flower grows 2 to 3 feet in height and appears from April to July. Due to the lack of viable seed in turf areas, curly dock spreads by root fragments. Curly dock is found throughout the United states.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCarty. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.
For larger infestations, generally in areas requiring renovation, a post-emergence herbicide application can be made. Make your application when curly dock is young and actively growing for optimum control.
Barrier® Ornamental Landscaping Herbicide
PowerZone® Broadleaf Herbicide
Q4® Plus Turf Herbicide for Grassy & Broadleaf Weeds
SpeedZone® Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
SpeedZone® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
SpeedZone® Southern EW Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
Super Trimec® Broadleaf Herbicide
Surge® Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
Trimec® 1000 Low Odor Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® 992 Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Bentgrass Formula Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Classic Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Encore® Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Sensitive Southern Grasses
TZone SE Broadleaf Herbicide for Tough Weeds