What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass?

I've tried different brands of the usual spectrum herbicide that kills everything but doesn't kill grass, and everything - like clover, dandelions, etc - does die, but not this stuff. And I've tried the herbicide triclopyr, made for chickweed, etc., and I sprayed on a few times over a few weeks. The weed appears to die or die back, and then regrows. I've never seen it bloom, so I don't know if it is the wild violet that others talk about not being able to kill. Glyphosate will kill this, as I used that in areas that were solid weeds without grass; but Glyphosate also kills the grass, so I can't use it in the yard.

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It does look like wild violets, and they are difficult to eradicate, but triclopyr, or any other lawn weedkiller that purports to kill these, is much more effective used in autumn, see here https://www.thespruce.com/get-rid-of-wild-violets-in-the-lawn-2132476

Even so, you may need to be as persistent as the violets by carrying out repeat treatments.

  • Thanks, seems that way; I'll spray in the fall a few times. They are taking over my lawn; not that my lawn is perfect, and I don't want a perfect lawn, but it would be nice if it was mostly grass. Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 16:32
  • What is the exact name of the weed? Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 4:51
  • Viola odorata is the Latin/botanical name
    – Bamboo
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 14:47

Should have you look at this site I am posting on Henbit to see if you think this is the same plant; look for opposite leaves, two leaves coming from the same joint on the stem...

How much of your lawn has this growing in it? Lawn management practices are far superior to pesticides. How low do you cut your grass, how do you water, fertilizers, aeration...we have a ton of stuff on cool season lawns right here on this site. Check them out, please and send a picture of the entire lawn if you can.


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