MADISON (WKOW) -- Garlic mustard weed is taking over our woodlands and landscapes at a rapid rate as it crowd out native beauties like trillium, spring beauty and trout lilies.
The culprit produces small white flowers atop garlic-scented leaves in spring. These quickly go to seed before dying, dropping thousands of seeds that will last for years in the soil.
Pull small populations of garlic mustard weeds in spring or cut large populations free of desirable plants just above the soil surface. Remove any weeds that have begun to flower as the flowers continue to develop and form seeds.
Place flowering plants in a clear plastic bag labeled "invasive". Allow the sun to cook the plants and kill the seeds.
Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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