- Curled dock spreads via seeds which are dispersed by wind, water, animals and machinery and has the potential to spread large distances.
- The plants have deep taproots which can grow to depths of 1.5m. Buds on pieces of broken taproot can create new plants spreading infestations.
- Curled dock can hybridise with Broad-leaved Dock, another injurious weed species.
- Curled dock is a tall perennial species which typically grows to 1m in height.
- It forms distinctive smooth leaves with a waved or curled appearance from the large basal rosette.
- Flower spikes appear from June to October and have numerous tightly packed clusters of reddish-brown flowers, these spikes die down once seed is produced.
- Seeds lack the toothed wing structure that Broad-leaved Dock have, and are oval / triangular in shape.
Curled dock can be successfully treated with herbicide, applications are most effective whilst the plant is actively growing between April and October. Established infestations will required treatment over a number of years.
If you have concerns over Curled dock on your land, if you are unsure of your legal responsibilities, or, if you would like a quotation for control, please contact one of our specialist surveyors. Treatment costs start from £380.00 + VAT.