Garlic Mustard Invasive Species Cleanup Day - May 26, 2018 Print

Garlic mustard Cleanup - Removal of as much Garlic Mustard from the Tyneside Trail portion of the Binbrook Conservation Area as possible.

9am - 1pm - another great day for High School Kids looking for community volunteer hours.

Meet at the Tyneside Trail Parking Lot of the Binbrook Conservation Area.

Please RSVP to Brett Harrington if you are interested in helping out  --> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 26, 2018


Garlic mustard is a very invasive, fast-spreading weed. The roots produce a chemical that is toxic to other plants, and it can grow in most soil types. It can also grow in full sun or full shade, making it a threat to a wide variety of our native plants and habitats. You can help get rid of it, though.

Many other plants are often mistaken for garlic mustard, especially before the flowers come up. Control is easiest when garlic mustard plants are in bloom, unless you can easily identify the rosettes (leaves) of the plant. Hand removal can be a successful technique.

Keys to Successful Hand Removal:
  • It’s best initially to pull during flowering, before the plants produce seed.
  • Pull at the base of the plant and try to remove the entire root.
  • Pulled garlic mustard material will still complete flowering and set seed – do not leave it on the ground! Be sure to bag and dispose of pulled plants as garbage.
  • Mowing garlic mustard is not an effective control because plants will still bolt (send up flowers)and seed. To prevent spreading, do not mow garlic mustard when seed pods are present (May-September).
  • Revisit pulled sites as often as possible to re-pull plants that sprout from left behind root fragments. This is especially important later in the spring as seeds develop.