Garlic Mustard, the Invader
Do you want to do something to help your Town and the environment? Here is something easy that you and your family can do. Go out to your yard, to the Town Green or along a Town trail with a trowel and bag and dig up some garlic mustard. Garlic mustard is an invasive herb/weed that is taking over our yards, forests, and public spaces.
Garlic mustard can live in either sun or shade and where it grows it releases a chemical from its roots which hinder the growth of other plants. With its ability to live in a wide range of environments and because of the way it can kill its competition, it has taken over wide swaths of understory in the forests and on the Town Hall side of the Town Green.
It is a biennial plant, which means it takes two years to mature and form seeds. The first year the plant leaves are more rounded with a rounded tooth on the edge. The second year the leaves are more triangular and alternating on the stems. The leaves are smaller towards the top of a mature plant. At this time of year, small white flower clusters are starting to open on the mature plants. Seeds will develop in May at an average of 600 per plant. So now is the time to attack these invaders.