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    Wild Violets: The Pretty Purple Lawn Killer

    Posted by: Charles Gates on August 23, 2013

    20130823 175155(1)They're purple and some might even say pretty. But you definitely don't want this sturdy, stubborn weed in your lawn. Wild violets are a troublesome plant that are a pain to get rid of. Weed Pro can help you out with these tips to get rid of wild violets.

    What are Wild Violets?

    Wild Violets can be found all over the world. They are quick to spread and hard to eliminate. They have waxy leaves and a widespread root system which makes them impervious to most common weed killers. The root system spreads several feet outward from where the plants are themselves, making them an absolute nightmare to kill. Fun fact: Wild violets and other members of the violet family are used for medicinal purposes, even helping in fighting cancer. Violets are also used as garnish in cooking!

    Wild violets aren't invincible and you can use these tips to get rid of them:

    • Muscle: The first step in ridding this monster is to yank it up. You'll notice quickly how extensive the root system is. Put your hand as close to the base of the plant as possible to get the most leverage in pulling the whole root out.
    • Weed killer and lots of it- One treatment is never enough to kill wild violets. They are very resistant to lawn care products and need to be treated repeatedly, once a week for up to a month.
    • Grass- Throw grass seeds on the affected area and keep it heavily fertilized and watered while you are treating with a weed killer.

    Wild Violets are not the only problem your lawn faces. Download our Five Summer Lawn Care Killers and Their Fixes guide to make sure you and your lawn are protected this summer. Click the button below to get it absolutely free.

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    Charles Gates


    is an intern here at Weed Pro Lawn Care. Charles is a marketing and public relations major studying at the University of Mount Union, class of 2016. Charles is a regular contributor to our blog. 

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