First Year Plants

A common question has come up again- What about those little first year plants? It’s easy to become overzealous and want to pull out all of those little fellas, but take a moment to consider…

When you see a dense monoculture of first year plants, the vast majority (+90%) of them will not survive because of competition between each other. They compete for things like sunshine, space, and nutrients. By allowing this process to happen, most of the work will be done for you naturally!  Also, those older and larger plants are easier to spot, grab, and pull out.  But of course, it’s never a bad thing to get the young ones out- Just very time consuming. Remember, one of the most important things is to contain the seeds that develop. So make sure to look around for the tall second-year plants first.

Photo of Garlic Mustard from http://courses.missouristate.edu/pbtrewatha/garlic_mustard.htm, Missouri State University.

Photo of Garlic Mustard from http://courses.missouristate.edu/pbtrewatha/garlic_mustard.htm, Missouri State University.

 

After exploring your site, you can decide what is best.

Have any other garlic mustard management questions? We’re happy to help- Just shoot us an email at garlicmustard@stewardshipnetwork.org and we’ll get back to you.

 

Happy Pulling!

 

 

 

 

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