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Receive one free Fertilizer and Weed control application on your next service when you refer a neighbor or a friend to Guaranteed Turf Care and they sign up for our Nature Green or Weekender Mowing program.

Ground ivy and wild violets are the hardest broadleaf weeds in Minnesota to control. Ground ivy and wild violets are aggressive, low-growing, cool season perennials that favor shaded, moist areas. They are most active in the spring and fall. Because turf is usually thinner in shaded areas their ability to thrive in those conditions contributes to the problem. Wild violets are hard to control because their extensive underground root system enables them to spread through use of rhizomes. Ground ivy spreads on the top of the ground by using stolons or runners very similar to strawberries. Ground ivy and violets have a waxy coating on their leaves which can repel herbicides. This makes them both hard to eradicate; however, ground ivy is typically easier to control than wild violet. 
Control always begins with improving the turfgrass health and density. Sound fertility practices and proper cultural techniques will ensure a healthier turf. Grass that is cut at 2 ¾” to 3 ¼” tall will have less low lying broadleafs than a lawn cut shorter. Broadleaf herbicides containing trilopyr or 2,4D with dicamba can be used effectively to reduce ground ivy and violet populations. Multiple herbicide applications at the appropriate time will be needed to successfully control these difficult weeds. The best time to apply herbicides to these weeds is when they are actively growing in spring and fall but I recommend at least 5 to 6 herbicide applications per season for these weeds. Depending on the severity, reseeding may have to be done after the weeds have been successfully eradicated. 

Herbicides will help control ground ivy and wild violets, but it’s unlikely that the plants will be totally eradicated unless the growing conditions that initially encouraged infestation are improved. Combining good maintenance practices with well planned herbicide applications is the best strategy to combat ground ivy and wild violets in your lawn. 

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