Time to pull garlic mustard

Those who love our beautiful native wildflowers and the creatures who live among them can help keep them healthy into the future. Garlic mustard, an invasive species that chokes out local flora, is easy to identify now with its white flowers. Many nature groups in the area are holding events centered around ridding an area of this year’s blooming garlic mustard, but anyone out on the trails can help.

Pictured are Lance, Drew and Dana Bultman, who helped pull garlic mustard at Luton Park on Sunday, April 29.

Georgia Donovan, president of the local Isaak Walton League, met with members of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association, who maintain the park. She showed them how to identify the plant and to bag them up before they go to seed.

To view good pictures of garlic mustard, visit www.ipm.msu.edu/garlicmustard.htm.

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