Wild Violets Taking Over! - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Rosemary Dompke
Milwaukee, Wi
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Question by rsmrydmpk
July 2, 2010
How do you get rid of what look like wild violets. They have invaded my flowerbeds and have creeped into the grassy areas. The root system is very dense for these things, and I'm at my wits end trying to hand remove them. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010
Wild violets are really difficult to control because they grow from underground bulbs which store lots of energy for regrowth if the tops of the plants are mowed down. The only way to remove these pesty weeds is to dig them out, roots and all. You can try painting the tops of the plants with Round Up but this will kill only the tops, not the bulbs so repeat applications will be necessary. Of course if you get Round Up on your turf, it will kill the turf as well. Wish there were an easier solution, but digging them up, bulbs and all, is the only way to eliminate wild violets.

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