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What is the best way to get rid of violets in my lawn?  They are growing in both sun and shade.  They seem to be taking over my yard.  I have tried round up, but it does not seem to work.

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Ridding your lawn of violets is extremely difficult.  Spraying them with Round-Up will work on the existing plants, but the seeds are in the soil and will return, much too quickly. The plant does not have to OPEN flowers to produce seed, which makes it more difficult to control (people just don't realize the plants are creating and dropping more seed in fall; we let our guard down and by spring when we get around to filling a former-violet area with grass seed, it's already LOADED with violet seed.)  There is a cuticle covering the leaf that makes it pretty resistant to herbicides so you'll want to apply any kind of a weed killer more than once -- it'll kill some foliage the first time, the rest afterward.

 

You also have to make the area better for grass to grow or the violets (or some other opportunist) will be able to invade and dominate. Chances are the soil in the violet-riddled area is hard packed, that would give violets the edge over lawn. It's probably very shady, so if you can prune any trees to let more light in, do that. (And be sure to use shade grass seed when you re-start the lawn. Not sun loving bluegrass or sod but shade tolerant fescue.)

We'd dig or scrape to remove the violets, or smother to kill them and then aerate the lawn and spread grass seed. (You could kill everything growing there with a non-selective herbicide such as Round-up.)

Just a heads up: You may have to re-seed every year -- such is the price of wanting grass in a place where Nature wants to fill space with shade lovers!

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