How to Control Wild Violets
If you’re seeing a large number of pretty purple blooms in your turf, then you may have a wild violet infestation. Wild violets may be pretty, but that doesn’t mean you want to see them spoiling your grass. Unfortunately, this perennial weed has an extremely long taproot, which makes it really difficult to control through hand pulling. The best way to get a handle on the situation is through the application of an herbicide that specifically targets wild violets. If you’d like to know more about getting rid of wild violets without harming your lawn, then get in touch with us. We have the know-how and the expertise to get the job done right.
Experience tells us that the best time to deal with a wild violet infestation is the fall. Applying herbicide after summer winds down works because the chemicals are better able to make their way down to the taproot system, killing the plant from its source. Applying the same herbicide in the spring or summer merely burns the leaves and kills new growth without getting to the roots. Consequently, the problem keeps coming back again and again.
Even with applying herbicide in the fall, it’s usually necessary to make more than one application over the course of several years. That’s because the leaves of the wild violet are covered in a waxy coating that is resistant to herbicides. The professional-strength chemicals we use are pretty good at getting past that coating and into the root system, but persistence is key. It’s not realistic to expect wild violets to pack up and leave in one season.
The thicker and healthier you can make your lawn, the better able it will be to fight off invaders like wild violets. These pretty little weeds love an acidic soil, so it may make sense to use some soil amendments to make the environment a little less attractive to them. As with all unwanted invaders, it’s important that you don’t give wild violets room to grow. With good hydration practices, proper mowing techniques and the right fertilizer, you’ll see fewer and fewer instances of weeds cropping up in your lawn.
If you have wild violets in your Texas lawn, then give us a call and sign up for our Fertilization and Weed control program. We are able to purchase commercial products that only licensed applicators can buy to treat these weeds. These troublesome weeds may have been giving you headaches for years, but out time-tested techniques are exactly what you need to get rid of that headache for good.Fertilization and Weed control program