None too few have made that evaluation driving past the ranch.
“Wow, they sure know how to grow the biggest, lushest, thickest dock in the world.”
That’s been said by those missing the yard, looking into fields just beyond.
Both remarks have some truth to them. As appreciated rains have come, weeds have far outgrown the grass.
Intent is always to get ahead of the problem by spraying herbicides. At least once in 46 years, the yard was sprayed early, and that did the trick for a while until seed blew in from somewhere.
Nothing’s been done this year, and the pretty yellow flowers quickly seed, spread and overtake grass.
Broadleaved dock weeds in the field can also be slowed down with chemical. That’s verified by application last week almost instantly putting wilt to the two-foot tall menaces. Just wish it’d been earlier, when planned.
While applying poison to living form isn’t appealing, that’s about the only control. Mowing both early green intruders does no good.
Seemingly impossible to dig all of the acres of dock, yet do admire the lawn dandelion pullers. However, they’re wasting their time, as experts claim plants grow right back unless the three-feet-deep taproot is completely removed.
Come to find out these fast growing green spring menaces have admirable traits. Both are recommended as eating delicacy, although that’s strictly hearsay.