Can you tell me if it is possible to eradicate wild violets in my perennial garden by digging them out? I don't want to use herbicides. Hoping to perhaps interrupt the growth cycle by preventing seed dispersal? Thanks for any insights.
Harford County Maryland
Our native violets are tough plants.
You can slow violets down, and maybe eradicate them over time with digging but it will probably be a long process. They grow from bulb-like rhizomes, which can be lifted, and they self seed regularly. The newly growing plants from seed are easy to pull. The root area/rhizomes of mature plants need to be taken out. Once you are finished, a good mulch layer (2-4") can cover the 'seed bank' that exists from previous years.
Here is our page on wild native violets: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-violet