Violets in my lawn

(Question)

I live in Wasaga Beach, my lawn has become infested with violets to the point that the grass is no longer visible. I have tried weed killers but the violets are unaffected. The only thing I can think of to do is destroy the current lawn and start over. Do you have any other suggestions?

 

(Answer)

 

Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

Wild violet (Viola odorata) is a perennial that reproduces by seed and stolons. Some gardeners regard them as a desirable perennial while others look on them as a weed, especially if found in lawns. These following articles are excellent resources to make a decision on what you should do: