Problem: Wild Violet (Lawns)
Viola species This short-lived perennial weed is also called violet, field pansy, or hearts-ease. Leaves grow directly from a small crown at the soil surface, forming a rosette. The leaves are dark green, heart shaped or almost round, and 1 to 21/2 inches long with slightly saw-toothed edges. The flowers, which may be blue, purple, white, or a combination of these colors, resemble pansies, to which they are related. Seeds sprout in spring or, in mild-winter areas, in spring and fall. Wild violets thrive in moist shaded or semi-shaded conditions.
Violets are persistent. Treat in early spring to prevent seeds from sprouting.