Wild Violet infestation

Asked April 28, 2020, 5:47 PM EDT

my lawn is heavily populated with wild violets. I have tried several products to kill the weed with no success. My lawn service has offered no progress/solution either. I have pulled hundreds and hundreds from the earth careful to get the dense root system, but there countless others to be removed. Can you offer any concrete advice to help me make significant progress in removing these difficult weeds. THANK YOU

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

Wild violets are tough perennial native plants, and they are difficult to control. They move into areas of lawns where the turf is struggling, typically moist, shady areas with compacted soil. They will also move into sunny areas also. They are resistant to most herbicides and to manage them you will need to also improve the growing conditions for your lawn.
In general, wild violets are native and they do have wildlife value. They are the larval food source for fritillary butterflies.
For more information on control please see the following information,
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advi...
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-violet
As mentioned in the above information, look for an herbicide with the triclopyr as the active ingredient.

Here are Tips for Prevention & Weed Management https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/tips-lawn-weed-prevention-and-management
and the Challenges of Growing A Healthy Lawn https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/challenge-growing-lawn-maryland

Marian