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Apr 15, 2016 1:22 PM # 
Would you share of pic of the offending species? Don't think this is one I have to deal with....
Apr 15, 2016 2:07 PM # 
Good job! I pulled a LOT of it out of one planted bed last fall and haven't seen much this spring. Will keep watching for it.

Best to get it the first year if you can, but yes, get it before it flowers and goes to seed.

(Bill...just Google "garlic mustard invasive" and look at the Wikipedia page.)
Apr 15, 2016 2:59 PM # 
Ah yes- unfortunately this looks familiar!
Apr 15, 2016 3:22 PM # 
matzah ball:
interesting that the problem w invasive plants is not necessarily the plant itself, but the fact that natural predators (bugs) are not imported along with the plant, so it can grow unchecked in its new habitat. (though one would think with time, bugs would adapt to feast on it. But we are not that patient. So humans have to do bug duty.
Apr 15, 2016 3:52 PM # 
Thanks Janet, Just a reminder I am working 4+ acres of this stuff, with the help of my landscaping guy. I should be logging it :-)
Still waiting for the sprouts from last years seeds to come up.

BP now that your war with Buckthorn is done..... Time for a new one!!

Rudy you sure there are some bugs, maybe goats or sheep might eat it.
Apr 15, 2016 4:22 PM # 
matzah ball:
Yeah according to this, there are 12 or less bugs that eat it in North America, 69 in Europe.
Apr 16, 2016 8:39 PM # 
Well I don't have any known bugs eating it and since its out of control every, I don't believe those 12 bugs are effective enough.
Apr 21, 2016 2:35 PM # 
....Pulling by hand must remove at least the upper half of the root to prevent a new stalk from forming...Hand-pulling should be performed before seeds are formed and needs to be continued for up to five years....

Gee, sounds like a nightmare! I hate running in that stuff since it often hides dead-fall that can twist an ankle. It will be interesting to see how successful you guys can be in eradicating it.

I like the idea of goats...what would your wife think of having that goat-odor around the house?
Apr 21, 2016 4:58 PM # 
In many places you can rent goats to chew up offensive vegetation. It wouldn't be any help around here because you need to make sure you have eradicated any mountain laurel before you let goats out, since it is toxic to them. Of course, if I could eradicate my mountain laurel, I wouldn't need goats.
Apr 23, 2016 10:33 AM # 
I have gone to great lengths to replace Buckthorn and plant grass. Easier to maintain than weeds. Also looks better.
Mountain laurel sounds bad!
I am getting rid of every bit of garlic mustard I can find, so next year will continue and the year after that too. Should get easier, but there is so much everywhere else.
Apr 23, 2016 12:37 PM # 
Knowing your wife, I'm sure your continuing battles out in the back yard are a constant source of amusement for her...a nice bit of levity to contrast to the problems she faces at Allendale.

Back in the early 1970's, when this was not a popular neighborhood and vacant lots were popping up as abandoned houses were torn down, one of my neighbors combined a couple 25'x125' Chicago city lots, fenced them in, tossed out some seeds....and let nature take it's course for 40+ years.

Today those lots are full of a tangle of mature trees, vines, bushes...and have become a refuge for migrating birds flying up the Lakefront. An amazing demonstration of the power of Nature to endure and thrive.
Apr 24, 2016 3:01 AM # 
Yep I am planting lots of seeds, wild flower packets and lots of columbine from seeds I harvest from my own plants. Probably 1 in 50 actually flower, after one maybe 2 seasons. But last year was the best and I am finding even more new plants this year. I do spend tons of time in Spike Woods, just hanging with my dog.

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