Thank you to our volunteers who have helped remove nearly 3,000 pounds of garlic mustard from DeVries Nature Conservancy!
On Saturdays in April, the Friends of the Shiawassee River work collaboratively to remove garlic mustard from the woodlots at DeVries Nature Conservancy. Removal occurs by pulling out individual plants from the soil surface. Plants are easily identified and removal helps create better habitat for our native wildflowers and vegetation, such as bloodroot and trillium. Volunteers may even be lucky enough to spot some of these early wild flower blooms during their hunt for invasives!
Students and others needing volunteer hours are encouraged to participate in this peaceful activity on the DeVries Nature Conservancy property. Volunteers should arrive at the DNC property by 10 a.m. Please contact the FOSR office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-723-9062) for more information on this event.
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). It is a biennial, a plant with a two-year life cycle, growing its first year as a seedling and rosette stage plant and flowering the subsequent year. It most often grows in the forest understory or along forest edges but is also able to invade undisturbed forest habitats. It tolerates low light levels and is adapted to take advantage of disturbed habitats such as trails, roadsides and areas where trees have been removed. Garlic mustard has no significant natural enemies in North America, although a diverse community of herbivores feed on it in its native range in Europe. Populations of garlic mustard can spread rapidly. In a study of high quality woodlots, i.e. typically old growth or undisturbed forest habitat in Illinois, garlic mustard advanced an average of about 20 feet per year, expanding as much as 120 feet in one year. When established, garlic mustard becomes a permanent member of the community, often dominating the ground layer habitat over extensive areas.
Information provided by Michigan State University Integrated Pest Management: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/invasive_species/garlic_mustard/about_garlic_mustard
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