What Are Wild Violets?
Wild Violets are perennial flowers with predictably dark purple flowers that bloom in the Spring. The flower color can vary from white or very light purple to blue-ish purple to dark purple. They have low-growing, waxy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves form a cone and do not lose their color in the Fall or Winter. Their flowers attract pollinators in Spring and Summer. They grow in USDA Hardiness Zones (3-9), in the eastern part of the United States.
What Causes Wild Violets?
Wild Violets grow best in shady, moist and fertile soil. They spread via underground root systems and seeds. Wild Violets form large colonies, connecting via their underground roots: rhizomes. They often occur in newer developments that were previously wooded or in established yards with forests nearby.
How To Get Rid Of Wild Violets?
Some people love Wild Violets in their lawn, but if these perennial weeds bother you, they can be weakened with a chemical weed control treatment applied in the Fall. Perhaps the most effective method of getting rid of Wild Violets, is digging them up by hand. We recommend this method because this weed can spread quickly and outcompete the grass, if you don't get it out of the lawn. One tool that can make the weeding process easier is Weed Out. After removing the weed, be sure to use a hand spade to dig up any roots that got left behind. Let the plant dry out and fully die before putting it in your compost pile, otherwise you may just be planting it elsewhere!
How To Prevent Wild Violets In Your Lawn?
To prevent Wild Violets, make sure your grass is thick and healthy. Do not overwater, otherwise you may be promoting the moist soil Violets prefer. We recommend mowing high so your grass roots are strong and deep. We also recommend Core Aeration and adding Microclover to your lawn to feed your soil and keep your grass healthy.