Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Garlic Mustart Update

Dear volunteers,

Many thanks for your good work so far. We have already covered most of the visited parts of the Arboretum, where we have found and removed two heaping truckloads of garlic mustard. Especially gratifying has been the dearth of plants found in the first areas control was attempted about six years ago. We're gaining on it!

Of course, part of the reason for this year's relatively light crop may be poor conditions for germination in the spring of 2012. Still, our persistent efforts are greatly reducing the restocking of the seed bank.

More pulling sessions have been added to the schedule. Morning sessions will begin at 8:30 May 1, 2, 6, and 7. That's this Wednesday and Thursday, and next Monday and Tuesday. Also, students will be pulling from 1:00 to 3:00 on May 1 and 2, and Master Naturalists and other volunteers are welcome to join these sessions as well.

[I don't seem to have an email address for Penny Patton. If you know Penny, please pass the info above to her. Thanks.]

I really enjoy working with you, and I hope you find some satisfaction in the good work being done.

Best wishes,


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


1 comment:

  1. Still lots of garlic mustard out there! Please come help. Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7th, Thursday May 9th, and Friday May 10th are scheduled days to work 8:30-noon. It would be a shame to lose ground this year-- every plant we miss makes hundreds of seeds that can germinate for the next 10 years. The toxins in the roots kill native wildflowers, and the Arboretum has a spectacular array of wildflowers that are in danger. There's no finer way to spend a morning than listening to the birdsong among the wildflowers and digging out this pest. Please help!