Sorrel is a low growing rosette like weed that sends up shoots with flowers heads of green that turn yellow and red and eventually brown.
Identify the problem
Sorrel (or Sheep's sorrel) is common weed of dry acid soils and will be found on grassland and in lawns. The leaf of sorrel has a distinctive arrowhead shape with 'spikes' of leaf sticking out the side at the base of the leaf. It spreads with shoots arising from creeping rhizomes giving dense patches of weed.
In garden beds
- To control sorrel in garden beds, spot treat with Weed Weapon or Weed Weapon Natural Power. Weed Weapon Extra Strength is systemic and kills weeds down to the roots within 2-4 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment. Weed Weapon Natural Power will burn down young weeds within hours and is certified organic by BioGro.
- For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing. Control before flowering and seeding to prevent similar problems the following year.
- Apply the selective herbicide LawnPro Prickle and Hydrocotyle. This will effectively control sorrel and other broadleaf weeds but will leave lawn grasses unaffected. LawnPro Turfclean will suppress sorrel as part of your routine lawn weed control.
- For best results use in Spring and Autumn when weeds and turf are growing.
In paths and driveways
- For long term control on paths and driveways use Weed Weapon Long Term. This will kill a wide range of weeds and prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.
- For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.
Did You Know
- Sheep's sorrel is a very hardy weed and will grow in areas of low lime where other weeds will not. Sorrel is a member of the dock family.
- Latin name: Rumex acetosella.