By Shawn McClain
On April 22nd for Earth Day, one of the most common practices of celebration is to plant new trees. Other practices of celebration include picking up trash, planting wildflowers and cleaning up streams. In my case, removal of invasive species from the woodland area here at Kingwood Center Gardens, particularly Garlic Mustard. This ecologically invasive and non- native plant easily naturalizes in shady locations and spreads viable seeds early in the spring pushing out many wildflowers and native plants.
This Biennial plant has successfully been controlled by mechanical means of hand-pulling for almost a decade.
By arming volunteers, students and staff with garbage bags and knowledge about the plant, we spread out shoulder- to- shoulder walking the woodland area to collect Garlic Mustard before seed production matures.
Our reward of collection yields bags of invasive plants and their roots. They are left in the bag and tied off and ready for disposal.
To learn more and see more pictures about Garlic Mustard go to: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/fr/fr0350.pdf