Here're some suggestions pertaining to Garlic Mustard, but the same principals
apply to other invasives too:
- Send your neighbors some literature or better yet, take it over to
them and ask if they wouldn't mind joining in the battle against Garlic
- The DNR made the wild cards with use in neighborhoods in mind. Brave
neighbors will go knock on doors and talk to the neighbors about it,
offering to assist in the control. Shy folks just leave the card with
a note. Really ambitious people will get an article in the neighborhood
newsletter, organize a SWAT team to go around and pull it from neighborhood
parks or yards of folks who can't do it themselves. The main thing is
to be cooperative and not blame anyone. Good luck!
There is a noxious weed ordinance in Shorewood Hills specific
for garlic mustard
Also, the April, 2005, issue of our Village Bulletin has a couple of pages
on what residents have to do.
- In case you run across this problem or get asked about it, here are
the options for disposing of garlic mustard:
- Burn or bury (if you have the room or ability to dry out the plants
and burn them)
- Compost - only if you will be able to control any plants that emerge
from the compost. We are trying to get data on the survival of GM seeds
in compost, but it appears that they are not necessarily killed. If
you have any info on this, please contact me.
- Landfill - Technically yard waste can not be disposed of in landfills.
Until we get the weed law passed with a landfilling exemption for invasive
plants, this will be the case. However, DNR solid waste folks have agreed
to use "enforcement discretion" to allow haulers and landfills
to take garlic mustard and other invasive plants. You may want to label
your bags "GARLIC MUSTARD - Invasive plants approved for landfilling"
in hopes that they are picked up. If your hauler or landfill won't take
your plants, contact your local DNR solid waste coordinator for assistance.
- The driftless area of western Dane County has been blessfully free
of garlic mustard. However, that situation has now changed. Garlic mustard
has appeared this year in rather large patches in the Town of Vermont,
probably for the first time. The principal location at the moment is
Moen Valley Road, but there are also substantial amounts on Old Indian
Kathie and Tom Brock have begun control measures there, although we
are confining our efforts to the public right of way. We have also informed
Town officials and the Town Patrolman. It is very important that roadside
garlic mustard be eliminated before the roads are mowed!
In spring, garlic mustard is very easy to spot on roadsides, even when
moving at 35-45 MPH. This is a plea that anyone seeing garlic mustard
on a roadside stop and pull it.