Invasive Garlic Mustard

Published 04/20 2012 07:56AM

Updated 04/20 2012 08:06AM

Controlling the Invasive Garlic Mustard

It's taking over our woodlands and landscapes at a rapid rate as it crowds out native beauties like trillium, spring beauty and trout lilies.


Help control this invasive weed in your community and backyard.  This culprit, Garlic mustard, produces small white flowers atop garlic scented leaves in spring.  These quickly go to seed before dying, dropping thousands of seeds that will last for years in the soil.


Pull small populations of garlic mustard weeds in spring or cut large populations free of desirable plants just above the soil surface.  Remove any weeds that have begun to flower as the flowers continue to develop and form seeds.


Place flowering plants in a clear plastic bag and label as invasive.  Allow the sun to cook the plants and kill the seeds   Then dump in the garbage if your municipality allows.


I'm Melinda Myers, check out our website for this and other gardening tips.

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