What’s up, dock?

The invasive exotic curly dock (Rumex crispus) is a common pasture weed on the farm.  When we cultivated old pasture, most of the old field species (fescue, goldenrods, etc.) were tilled under, never to be seen again.  However, docks have long taproots, so they continue to spring forth in the middle of some of our fields in areas where our tilling didn’t go deep enough.  The only really effective way to control these weeds is to dig out their 1 foot long taproots so that they cannot send up new leaves.  Because of this, dock is of our least favorite plants on the farm!



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