Thursday, April 18, 2013

Garlic Mustard Time


It is time once again to be thinking about pulling garlic mustard from the Core Arboretum. I'm sending you this email because you have volunteered in the past. I hope you are interested in volunteering again, I hope your email address is unchanged, and I hope you will forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in participating.

Our previous efforts are beginning to pay off in the form of smaller garlic mustard crops, but there is still plenty of this highly invasive exotic plant for us to deal with. Garlic mustard has a formidable seed bank. Student volunteers will pull some, but there will still be truckloads for us. I have seen reduced populations in some areas, but I have found a few places we missed last year, and I have found many large and vigorous plants.

We had an early season last year. This year, garlic mustard seems to be back to its normal blooming schedule. I would like to schedule weekday morning pulling sessions, beginning April 24, for interested persons able to work at such times. (Students will be working afternoons through May 2.) What suits you? What mornings and times would you like to begin? Of course, I also welcome evening and weekend warriors who can't shake free of other commitments on weekday mornings. All help is much appreciated.

Please let me know when you would like to help. I will try to schedule times that work best for the most people. I hope the snow has melted from Carol Nix's road so she can get in on the fun! As always, volunteers need to sign liability waiver forms at the start of their seasonal labors.

Thank you all for the things you do for our community. Let's once again enjoy each other's company as we pull garlic mustard, thereby doing something for the community of native plants.

Jon Weems
Arboretum Specialist
WVU Department of Biology
Morgantown, WV 26506-6057

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