Description: Green, heart-shaped leaves. White, blue, purple, or yellow flowers.
Peak Season: Late spring (May - June) and early fall (September - October)
Roses are red, violets are blue (or white, or purple, or yellow), and if you have them in your lawn, you have a lot of work to do. Also characterized by their heart or kidney-shaped leaves, Violets can be a very beautiful, as long as they are not in the lawn. Their roots go deep and wide, consisting of rhizomes and cleistogamous flowers (underground, unopened, self-pollinating flowers) which make them very aggressive and hard to get rid of.
When will I see Violets?
Violets are a perennial, meaning it can live for years. Therefore, you may see it in your lawn throughout the year as long as there is no snow. It begins to flower and accelerates growth in May, slows down for the hot summer months, then continues rapid growth as the weather cools in September.
How do I get rid of violets and how long will it take?
Violets are one of the harder weeds to kill with a selective herbicide, but it can be done. Apply this every 5 to 6 weeks. You should start to see damage and withering to the leaves after the first or second application, with the plant completely killed after 6 consecutive applications. If you don't want to wait for the whole summer, you may consider weeding them by hand. This option will only work if you are willing to dig deep and wide to get all the root system, including the rhizomes and c-flowers.
How do I prevent Violets from infiltrating my lawn?
While there is no way to perfectly keep out all violets, there are a few things you can do to help prevent new growth in your lawn. These include:
Your lawn will look its greenest 3 weeks after an application. If it’s not green to your satisfaction be sure to give us a call and we’ll re-spray at no additional charge.
All existing broadleaf weeds will be damaged after 2 consecutive applications. Hard to kill weeds, such as spurge and morning glory, take 6 consecutive applications to kill their root systems. We also spray a pre-emergence herbicide twice to help prevent spurge, crabgrass, and other summer annual weeds.
If you see brown spots anytime during our service for your lawn, please call immediately. We’ll be out to take care of the problem at no additional charge. This includes insecticide, fungicide or information for drought.
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