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Tony Teolis
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Hi,

I hope someone can help me understand the wisdom of letting lawn violets go or do they really need to be eradicated. I have followed the lawn care for the cheap and lazy philosophy and things are picking up with a Ringer lawn and crocuses. I like the violets and have 3 honey bee hives as well as lots of hugel beds. Any advice is most appreciated. webpage Regardless of the advice or warnings I'm sure I'll keep them as well as the dandelions. Thanks. Tony Teolis
 
Marj Baker
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Violets are one of my favorite woodland plants, wherever I live there are violets, if they are in the path of the mower they get cut, but other than that they live in my yard, they would be great for your bees, I couldnt imagine how nice violet honey would smell, also violets are edible and make nice fragrant little bouquets.
 
Tony Teolis
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Thanks Marj. I have left the violets alone and only the occasional one get hit by the mower. Much appreciated. Tony Teolis
 
bob day
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i have always loved violets, they are totally edible, and if they are colonizing a section of lawn to themselves they get spared the lawn mower and become a totally natural part of the landscaping
 
Cris Bessette
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I personally have started letting them take over parts of my property that I used to mow.

Why not? Less to mow, they have nice flowers in early Spring, the rest of the growing season they have nice green foliage that acts as a ground cover, then when Winter comes, they die back and add organic matter to the soil.
(not to mention they are edible)

 
Tony Teolis
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I whole heartily agree and have let the violets go wild. Thanks for the reassurance. Tony Teolis
 
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