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Violets In The Woods Were Favorites Of Mine

The charming little violets growing in the grass of my lawn are deceptive, not so dear as those in wild places. Later in the year these pretty violets will turn tough and brown leaving large ugly patches throughout my lawn, and their tubers will raise up and be hard as pebbles to walk upon. They twist my ankles.

This invasive weed, the common violet, is almost impossible to eradicate. Over the years, I have paid hundreds of dollars to lawncare companies, but the herbicides they sprayed on my lawn did not work, might as well have been violet vitamins.

When I first met my old neighbor, he bragged that he had seeded violets into my lawn, pointing out where he started them just upwind of my backyard. I took them out by hand, then by spray, and then by commercial lawn service, all to no avail. Over the years the wind carried the vigorous violet seeds across my entire backyard. Later, that crazy old man passed away of dementia, which is as much explanation as I will ever have.

Caption: Pretty Invasive Violets That A Neighbor Seeded Into My Lawn

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

Caption: Violets Seeded In My Backyard Ten Years Ago

By A Crazy Neighbor Spread Throughout It.

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

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