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Weed of the Month – COMMON BURDOCK (Wild Rhubarb)

If there is one weed that seems to appear in some of the strangest places (along with poison ivy) is common burdock, also known as wild rhubarb.

We see this big and bold, large-leaved biennial weed growing within deciduous hedge rows, along edges of lawns, sides of buildings and even under large evergreen trees.   Anywhere the plant can avoid routine mowing or soil cultivation, but still receive modest sunlight exposure, the plant will flourish.

Common Burdock (also known as wild rhubarb):  Burdock is a biennial plant (2 year life cycle) that reproduces by seed.  Plant produces spiny cockleburs (seed heads) which cling to clothing, shoe laces and even animal fur for easy relocation.  Plant has a large fleshy taproot and massive dark green colored leaves with a hairy textured leaf underside.

Remove common burdock by digging out plant when small or by applying a systemic herbicide directly to actively growing foliage (surrounding environment dependent) for best long term results.

Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any vegetation control questions you may have.  We stand ready to help any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

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