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Wild Violet Weeds: How To Remove This Difficult Plant In Your Lawn
You can deal with wild violets by treating them organically or chemically. While the organic method can work well, the chemical method is quicker and more effective.
The best time to tackle wild violets is in the fall, when the plants are not actively growing and are more receptive to weed killers and herbicides.
Organically, you can apply a mix of one part white vinegar and four parts water on the plant. However, vinegar can compromise plant growth and soil pH to wreak havoc on your lawn.
Hand-pulling is another organic option, though it can be quite difficult. Dethatching rake is a better alternative, but the roots left behind can quickly grow and spread again.
If using herbicides, you need one that can laser-focus in on the violets while sparing the grass. The best option for this is a broadleaf killer with quinclorac or dicamba.
Spot treatment with a non-selective herbicide can also work for milder infestations. If your treatments were successful, you'll begin to see brown and curled violets.