How do I control wild violet in my lawn?

January 07, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
Chemical control of wild violet is best achieved anytime following spring green-up and before the first frost in the fall. Repeat applications using a broadleaf herbicide labeled for violet control (could contain triclopyr or 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba). Violets should be actively growing, not stressed by a lengthy dry period, when spot or broadcast spraying. Also, make sure lawn has not been recently mowed; you want the largest leaf surface possible for maximum herbicide effect. Follow the herbicide’s labeled directions exactly. Contact your local Extension office for specific chemical recommendations.

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