Sorrel Weed Control: How To Control Yellow And Red Sorrel Weeds

The following are some of the most common types of sorrel weeds found in your yard. These weeds have been known to cause major problems in your garden. They will not only affect the growth of other plants but they may even kill them if left unchecked.

Yellow Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)

These weeds grow along the edges of roadsides, fields, and in many areas around your home. They are often mistaken for wildflowers or grasses because of their color. If left unattended, these weeds can quickly become a problem. Once established they can spread rapidly through your garden and eventually out into the surrounding area. You cannot control these weeds with chemicals since they do not respond well to chemical treatments.

Red Sorrel (Oxalis Sp.)

These weeds grow throughout the landscape. They are easy to recognize because of their reddish coloration. They look like small bushes rather than weeds and they are hardy in most conditions. However, once established they can spread very quickly and can be difficult to eradicate completely from your garden.

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Acetosella)

These weeds grow in the form of clumps or small tufts. They have a reddish hue to them and resemble small clumps of grass. These weeds are usually found in shady locations such as under trees or other areas with low light conditions. They are common in many parts of the world including yards and gardens. They can be very difficult to get rid of once they become established.

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)

These weeds grow in many different areas. They are very common along roadsides and fields. They are also found in many landscapes and yards throughout the world. They grow in a clump like pattern and have similar characteristics of the wood sorrel weed. If left unchecked, they can quickly take over an area and kill off surrounding plants.

Yellow Woodsorrel (Oxalis Acetosella)

These weeds grow in a very similar pattern to wild strawberries. They are very recognizable because of their small yellow flowers. They have a very delicate look but can be very hardy and spread rapidly throughout the landscape if left unchecked. They are common in yards and gardens throughout many parts of the world.

Black Sorrel (Rumex Scorododes)

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These weeds are often found in pastures and other areas with a lot of moisture. They grow in a mat like pattern which helps them absorb as much moisture as possible. If they are growing where you don’t want them, they can be very difficult to get rid of. They have an extensive root system which makes them hard to pull out of the ground. Not to mention, they also reproduce very quickly.

Blind sheep sorrel (Rumex Rubrocaeruleus)

These weeds are very similar to the regular sheep sorrel weed. The main difference is that they don’t have the red pigmentation that the other types of sheep sorrel contain. They are often found in shaded areas or under trees. They still have a tendency to spread rapidly if they have the room to grow. They aren’t quite as hardy as the other types of sheep sorrel but they can still survive in average conditions making them very hard to kill.

Yellow Pine sorrel (Oxalis Triangularis)

These weeds are very similar to regular yellow woodsorrel weeds except that they are much harder to get rid of. They are often found growing underneath trees or in very shady locations.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Chemical control of red sorrel in Kentucky bluegrass seed fields by CL Canode, WC Robocker – Weeds, 1967 – cambridge.org

Plant cover changes following herbicide applications in orchards by OE Schubert – Weed Science, 1972 – JSTOR

Competitive effects of weeds on the growth of container-grown plants by DL Berchielli-Robertson, CH Gilliam, DC Fare – HortScience, 1990 – journals.ashs.org

Weed control efficacy and tolerance of Canaan fir to preemergence herbicides by JS Aulakh – Weed Technology, 2020 – cambridge.org

Orchard weeds as hosts of tomato ringspot and tobacco ringspot viruses. by CA Powell, LB Forer, RF Stouffer, JN Cummins… – Plant disease, 1984 – apsnet.org

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