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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Infestation of docks in established lawn. Reply with quote

New to the forum, so I'm slowly feeling my way 'round. We have a lawn (1 acre) down for about 6 seasons. For the past 2 years I noticed small docks emerge. I cut the lawn on a regular basis but this seems to have made the problem worse. Alot of them and they're spreading!!! Have 3 children and a dog,(worried about certain sprays!!) digging not an option-too many. Please help.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: infestation of docks Reply with quote

hi there,the mowing wouldnt have spread the docks,maybe just spreading out by keeping their heads down.Think your only option is to spray with a selective weedkiller and keep the kids/pets off the lawn for at least a few hours after spraying to allow it to soak in.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A collection and explanation of dock controls....... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about2405.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

are you sure that they are docks as they need to have some source of seed. Docks usually grow to 18-24 inches before flowering /seeding occurs. You need to use a selective weedkiller in May. Alternatively dig them up with a trowel or spade making sure that all the root is taken up.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks frengers80, what selective weedkiller would you suggest bearing in mind it's an acre? Thanks also Michael Brenock, yes I'm sure they're docks. I also have them in my veg patch but I'm able to dig them out in the raised beds.I have a theory that the seed was dormant and germinated when the ground was tilled to put in the lawn. There are hundreds in the lawn-digging is not an option, I'm afraid.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bandock was the recommended weedkiller for docks but any mixture containing MCPA or 2 4 D will suffice and these may still be obtainable for lawn treatments.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael Brenock, I appreciate all your advice. Apologies James Kilkelly, I did go to your link but I thought it related to curley dock only- my mistake. Thanks for your help. This website is fantastic!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys, I sprayed the docks on Tuesday evening with Verdone. Saturday morning and they appear to have started to wilt Very Happy . Thanks for all your help. I did try to upload photos but to no avail I'm afraid. Maybe next time!
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Hi guys, I sprayed the docks on Tuesday evening with Verdone. Saturday morning and they appear to have started to wilt Very Happy .


Great to hear. You may have to carry out a repeat application in a month or two, but you've got those suckers on the run now. Wink

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