Saturday, April 17, 2010

Invasive garlic mustard

Garlic mustard is a non-native invasive species escaped from gardens: it's everywhere, now. Large areas of central Ohio's Hoover Nature Preserve, Hoover Reservoir, Galena, Ohio are dominated by tall garlic mustard during early spring.

A bottomland overwhelmed by invasive garlic mustard.

Gardeners introduced this species long ago. Garlic mustard greens, young shoots and leaves, are delightful ingredients putting the 'tang' into tangy salads. There's our solution, lets all dig in and eat it up!

This destructive invasive should be eliminated from wild places. The size of the plants in the picture, with small white flowers, is the ideal size for hand-pulling, roots and all, and bagging for disposal. Before seeds develop, the plants can be composted. Once seeds form, hand-pulled plants must be burned or left in trash bags for landfill disposal to prevent further spreading.

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