Garlic Mustard

Do you recognize this plant? Most of us are likely to have it growing on our properties. It grows well here and likes to get started early, so it will be up and growing now. Unfortunately it’s invasive and if left unattended will establish itself quite quickly in undisturbed forests. Once established, it can displace native wildflowers like trilliums (Trillium sp) and trout lily (Erythronium americanum). It hinders other plants by interfering with the growth of fungi that bring nutrients to the roots of the plants.

Now is the time to get rid of it. It’s easier to spot before everything else grows in and relatively east to pull up with roots intact while the soil is workable. With isolated plants, you should try to pull them up, roots included. If you have a large established patch, you can use a mower. Mowing won’t get rid of the plant, but it will slow it down and prevent it from going to seed. 

Here is a link if you would like to learn more:

Click to access OIPC_BMP_GarlicMustard.pdf

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