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Question: 576-2811
I have violets all over my lawn. My mom and our neighbor also have them. Is there any way to get rid of them? John, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
You could learn to love them. For a temporary fix, you can squirt vinegar directly on them on a very hot day. Be careful, it will kill any grass on contact. You will need to put new soil and annual rye in the holes immediately. Put down limestone this fall and hydrated lime in the spring to change the pH. Unfortunately, you may never truly get rid of your legacy from your mom. New seed will always be a threat to your lawn, especially if in the shade. Removing the source of the shade is an option that you may not want to use.

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Question: 952-2313
What can I use to get rid of my violets in the lawn? Rose, Newington, CT

Mort's Answer:
Putting hydrated lime down in early spring or limestone in late fall will help raise the pH. This will help in the long run. There must be shade nearby that is helping grow this violation of your lawn. You could learn to love them like some folks have. An immediate solution would be sour milk or vinegar or other target sprays. Be sure to top dress with new seed once the violators have gone. The best weed control is a good tight lawn.

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