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Do you get cold weather where you live, if not heavy rake the patches put in garbage, not compost. Get some good soil from garden nursery, spread and then some overseed grass seed and lightly rake in to nursery soil. For the rest there is a weed n feed that is safe around pets and people it is a corn base, look for the symbol, spread over area where violets are and leave for rain in 24 hours or whatever bag says. Oh the other thing do you have a female dog, that could be cause of brown patches too, or someone elses dog is coming into your yard.
Try these and see.
Good answers by Nancy. My answer to the violets is let them live there. it's all green to me.
At Chatsworth in England, they have a natural lawn and they call it a Salisbury Lawn. I guess because the Duchess of Salisbury lives there. It's full of all sorts of plants including grasses. So you could proudly announce that you have a Salisbury lawn. Think of the work you'll save!
You could be right. If I let it go for a few years, it will be just that. I planted violets when we first moved into our home 17 years ago. Should have put a warning label on those babies. Been pulling them out ever since. They are pretty in the spring . Thanks for the advice.