violets in the lawn

Asked June 11, 2020, 5:34 PM EDT

I have a lot of violets in my lawn. I used a traditional weed and feed application in the spring but it did not kill them. Any ideas? thank you

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

Hi,

Thank you for your question. 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

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