Docks (Rumex spp.) are easily recognised with their large leaves and distinctive seedheads. These leaves are edible and used for herbal remedies and dyeing. They are a common weeds in gardens and difficult to eradicate.

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Common and botanical name Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) and curled dock (R. crispus)
Area affected Recently disturbed ground, rough grass, borders and lawns
Main symptoms Thick tap root that can re-grow and abundant seeds
Timing Leaves appear in spring and seedheads persist into winter; treat spring to autumn

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