Wild Violet - Knowledgebase Question

Oxford, Ma
Question by endzone494
March 31, 2010
We have been trying for years to get rid of wild violet and each year it comes back even stronger. It turns yellow for a few weeks and then turns green and spreads.

Answer from NGA
March 31, 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. 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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