Control Garlic Mustard

To the editor:

The month of May is the time to put forth a small effort and gain a big reward. Experience tells me to, “look for and control invasive garlic mustard.” This year, at my property, I found two plants. These were pulled, bagged, and properly eliminated. Left alone these two plants would have produced thousands of seeds. My garlic mustard control started four years ago and repeats every April-May. I attain 100 percent control of flowering plants! Ignoring this plant gives it free range to attain 100 percent domination! I win, gm loses! Take some advice from a 66-year-old, “learn how to identify and control garlic mustard at the beginning of the invasion.” Go to my website at thegarlicmustardman.com

The same advice is true for our city parks: volunteer a small amount of time to stop invasive garlic mustard. It is a nontoxic plant, safe to touch, easy to pull. Pulling, bagging, and disposing of this biennial plant before it goes to seed destroys future generations. Help your city parks by pulling small populations of garlic mustard. Come to these orientation sessions (all starting at 7 p.m.): May 22 at Nehls Park; May 23 at South Park; May 29 at South Market Park; and May 30 at Adams Park. Bring gloves. For more information call Joe Gartner at 507-276-8326 or email him at jlgz1@juno.com

Garlic mustard was brought from Europe as a food and medicinal plant. It favors shaded landscapes and shorelines. There are no natural controls. Left uncontrolled, in a few years it produces a dense cover. Its roots produce chemicals that kill wildflowers, ferns, fungi, and tree seedlings. It destroys wildlife habitat. Small populations are easy to control in May. By mid-June garlic mustard matures, produces thousands of seeds, and dies.

Joe Gartner

New Ulm

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