Ack it’s attach of the violets! Help me save my plants please?

Question by Sillygirlme: Ack it’s attach of the violets! Help me save my plants please?
Partial shade flower bed so everything is only barely hanging on as it is, this summer it’s attack of the creeping violets. I tried pulling by hand but no sooner do I get it under control they come back with a vengeance and are over taking everything even the hostas. How can I get rid of the violets without harming my flower & plants?

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Answer by Alex
Roundup the areas that are not too near the Hosta. use Preen pre-emergent herbicide granules to inhibit new germination and continue to pull the rest of the violets near the plants. It sounds as if you aren’t getting the roots completely

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One Response to “Ack it’s attach of the violets! Help me save my plants please?”

  1. Lene O says:

    I love violets and let them grow. When they got to be too much, the only solution that worked to fully remove them was drastic. I dug up all of the little “bulblets” throughout the season; that minimized the reproduction. At the end of the season, I dug up the bed, replaced the soil with composted soil that I had screened, and replanted the desirable plants. The few violet volunteers that I found in the early spring of the next year were easy to manage by digging them out.

    Next time I want violets, they will go in a pot on a concrete patio, far away from anything else.

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