Discussed about a year ago to death.
They're violets and there is not much you can really do to them.
I pulled a bunch by hand but you've really got to stick your fingers
into the dirt and get the rhizome.
I've got a lot less this year after 2 years of hand removal.
Why......... Because soon I won't have any grass. All of a sudden these
violets are taking over the whole front lawn. There are thousands of
them out there! Hand pulling these would be next to impossible!
Don't bother explaining why.
This happens every time the discussion of any weed comes up.
Last time around the consensus was that Weed-B-Gone has some effect.
Apply it now.
Maybe I weakened the suckers with the Weed-B-Gone but I really think
hand pulling is the best you can do. Of course anything you can do
to thicken the lawn is good too.
This year those damn shotweeds are going crazy.
I'm trying to get to them before it's too late.
They last all summer.
Sure the flowers bloom mostly in the spring but the dark green leaves
are visible year round.
Of course if you have a few acres of lawn that you only see from a
distance, it's no problem. But if you're trying to grow something
you view frequently from close up they can be a problem.
What I don't get is how they spread.
Of all the little plants I pulled out, only one so far has had
a seed pod. So if they spread by seeds I don't see how.
I'd expect they spread by rhizome. But the rhizome looks like
it's an inch to an inch and a half long. I'd expect to see them
in adjacent clumps, about an inch apart, but that's not how they grow.
They're pretty much spread out everywhere.
Is there a thinner part to the rhizome that you don't see when you
pull the plant?
Bag your lawn clippings and compost especially in the spring. Early spring
mow the yard short and add grass seed which will make it harder for weeds
to multiply. Mowing without bagging will spread the unwanted flowers. In
early summer let the grass grow tall, it will help snuff out the smaller
unwanted plants and the grass will go to seed and then mow the yard without
bagging, this will help in spreading free grass seed. Weeds tend to go to
seed before the grass goes to seed.
My initial guess it is purple clover which is beneficial to your lawn in
the long run.
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
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