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Old 04-23-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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Part of my lawn has this purple plant/weed growing in it. I'm wondering if there is something I could put down to get rid of it. I live in central Ohio. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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I live near you and have rentals in central OH. I had this problem last year and these guys are tough to get rid of. They have a 'waxy' coating on the leaves and shed water-based weed killer. Nothing at the DIY stores would kill them. Their leaves would just turn a little yellow and then green back up again. After two treatments, I gave up and called a lawn care professional. The have access to different, stronger chemicals than you or I can buy at the DIY stores. It took multiple treatments, but the violets did die off by the end of the summer.

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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Go to a farm store and get some 2-4d. Just be careful with it, because it'll "drift" and will kill all the broad-leaf plants it touches.
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. If it ever stops raining here I'll give it a try.
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I have a recurring problem with wild violets in my back yard.
As other alluded, the leaves are rather waxy and shed herbicides rather well.
To make your spray stick to the foliage better, add a squirt of dish soap in your sprayer. You can do this whether you are using an Ortho dial-n-spray or a tank sprayer.
2-4D Amine requires a minimum of 5 hours dry period to attain a systemic effect on the plant, but ideally you should shoot for a 2-3 day period of no rain after application.
Wild violets are especially tough to eradicate since they produce a root system with runners or rhizones, so repeated application may be necessary. I would come back in a month or so and hit it again if necessary.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:03 AM   #6
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^^ Years ago, us old farmers used "crop oil" mixed in our sprayer tanks. Basically a vegetable oil, it'd make the spray stick to the plants. It also cut down on drift.

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