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Apr 28, 2017 4:13 AM CST
|Hi, these leafy plants are covering my lawn. The roots are very big and they are difficult to remove. What are they please? Also what's the best way to get rid of them permanently? Sometimes the rot will snap off under the ground. Will this be a problem for them regrowing? Advice desperately needed! Moved into this new place and the previous owner clearly didn't care! Thanks, Sam
Apr 28, 2017 7:27 AM CST
|Rumex... (dock or sorrel)
Most varieties of rumex are edible, some are even deliberately grown for the kitchen.
To remove... Use shovel...
Rumex usually digs fairly easily in moist soils.
Apr 28, 2017 7:44 AM CST
|Welcome to NGA, Sam ( @Maddzz )
Whew -- "the previous owner clearly didn't care" is a bit of an understatement!
I agree with digging it out -- if your soil is dry, give it a good watering first. If you then keep the lawn mowed I think the plants that try to regrow will eventually die off (or you could use something like Weed and Feed once you get to that point).
Dig it out soon, before it starts throwing seeds around and compounding the problem further.
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Apr 28, 2017 8:51 AM CST
|Big plants like that can't survive being mowed regularly. If it's not a mowed area, digging up the roots would be needed.
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Apr 28, 2017 11:26 AM CST
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