Garlic mustard is in flower now.
Wild Ones encourages you to get out on your own and pull it in your neighborhood or nearby park. Remember to practice social distancing.
Garlic mustard is a highly invasive plant that stays green all year. It has the odor of garlic when crushed. The young rosette (above photo, cluster of leaves) grows close to the ground. Adult plants grow upright with white four petal flower at the end of the stalk.
Impacts: Out competes or displaces native plants and trees.
One plant can produce up to 3,000 seeds that can remain viable in soil for ten years +
Releases chemicals that hinder the growth of most other plants and trees.
Prevent Further Spread:
Monitor your property carefully and frequently for new infestations. Removing one or two plants before they go to seed is much easier than removing hundreds later.
Clean your shoes, pant cuffs, pockets and equipment thoroughly after walking or working in an infested area.
Hand removal is best achieved before plants go to seed. When the soil is moist, grasp low and firmly on the plant and tug gently until the main root loosens from the soil and the entire plant pulls out. Pulled plants should be bagged and placed in trash—DO NOT COMPOST.
Garlic Mustard Drop-Off Site Through May 23
Thorn Hills Fire Station
2865 Thornhills, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 A free service of Cascade Township
Place bagged garlic mustard in the dumpster behind the fire station.
Top photo: Daniel Herms, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
Garlic mustard rosette photo: John Cardina, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
Above photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, www.forestryimages.org