Weed-opedia: Wild Violet
Wild Violet (Viola Sororia)
What does it look like?: Broad heart-shaped leaves, and purple or white pansy-like flowers.
What causes it?: Overly acidic soil lacking calcium. They are spread by seeds and underground stems. Wild violets are very drought resistant.
When does it show up?: Blooms March through May. Doesn’t like heat.
Best treatment plan: Fall systemic treatment, and pre-emergent in the spring and fall to prevent the seeds from sprouting. Hand-pulling may work for small areas, but it is best to use a shovel to ensure the entire root system is removed. Call a professional for a free quote.
How long will it take to get rid of it?: Depending on the level of infestation, it can take a couple of years to eradicate.