Wild violet is a perennial weed found in many northern regions of the U.S. It flowers in early spring and is usually found in the shady, damp areas in your yard.
Killing wild violets in your lawn can be a difficult challenge, but we can help. One thing to keep in mind: Wild violets are best controlled in the fall as they are preparing to go into winter.
How to Identify Wild Violets
Wild violets range in height from 2 to 12 inches tall. Their leaves are heart-shaped, with scalloped edges and a waxy coating. Violet flowers range in color from light blue to deep purple. They also produce rhizomes, fleshy underground stems that help them aggressively spread across your lawn.
How to Kill Wild Violets and Discourage Them From Coming Back
- Kill wild violets and other pesky lawn weeds with fast-acting Ortho® WeedClear™ Lawn Weed Killer Ready-to-Use. It's rainproof in just an hour and won't harm the surrounding lawn, plus the Comfort Wand makes it extra comfortable to use.
- To kill a widespread infestation of wild violet, go with Ortho® Weedclear™ Lawn Weed Killer Ready-To-Spray. A single bottle treats up to 5,000 square feet and the convenient hose attachment makes application as easy as watering your lawn.
- Regular feedings for your lawn (think 2 to 4 times per year) provide the nutrients your grass needs to grow thick and strong and help crowd out weeds like wild violet.
- Mowing at a height best for your lawn allows the grass to grow thick and develop a deep root system. Grass clippings recycle plant nutrients back into the soil, so leave them where they fall if you use a mulching mower.
- Your lawn will begin to wilt when water is needed. As much as possible, take advantage of nature's sprinkler and rely on the rain to water your lawn. If you do use sprinklers, set them to water your lawn deeply and infrequently. Most lawns only need an inch of water per week.