Violets - Knowledgebase Question

Hoffman Est, Il
Question by jjcawinston
May 18, 2009
We have wild violets in the lawn and can't seem to get rid of them. What do we do???????

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2009


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. You can try mowing your lawn low to keep the violets from developing leaves but I've found 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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