Garlic Mustard is a highly invasive and destructive weed. Its rapid early growth prevents our native plants from thriving by blocking vital sunlight and outcompeting them for moisture and nutrients. With a forest floor choked by plants that do not meet the needs of native wildlife, this single plant species can disrupt an entire ecosystem.
It takes persistence to fully eradicate garlic mustard. Anyone can join us in the rewarding work of pulling this disastrous weed before it seeds near the end of May.
Starting on April 26, visit Dutro-Ernst Woods or White River Woods and start pulling! Put the garlic mustard into a trash bag and once the bag is full, leave it in one of the blue barrels placed along the trail. Red-tail will collect those bags on May 7.
Pictures and information on how to identify garlic mustard can be found HERE and is also taped to the barrels.