Garlic Mustard 6-08




In the past few years some of you may have participated individually or collectively in garlic mustard pulls at Mazo Beach. We want to thank you once more for the effort and time you put into this very important project.

This year Friends of Mazo Beach is once again among those helping the DNR with their attempts to keep garlic mustard from taking over woodland areas. Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s pulling efforts, either individually or collectively, can call (608-798-1954) and we will give you more info including some group pull dates that may fit into your schedule.

This year many bags have already been pulled to date. This year the DNR recommended beginning major pulling efforts in early May, going through June, and then for us to continue to monitor the areas throughout the entire growing season to catch the plants that germinate later. The key is to have them pulled before the seeds on the long chutes are released, which occurs later in July and August. We only need to focus on the mature plants, as the shorter low-lying first year growths will be sprayed. The DNR will again be providing the garbage bags and pick-up of the bagged plants.

For those of you who did not pull last year and are unfamiliar with garlic mustard, it is an invasive biennial herb that ranges from 12 to 40 inches in height as an adult flowering plant. It completely covers the forest floor in a short time and can displace most native wildflower species and tree seedlings within 5 years. What can you do? Learn to identify these invaders, and help control them by pulling them from the wooded areas around the parking lots and road leading to Mazo Beach. If unfamiliar, just contact us and we will help you learn more about effectively identifying, pulling, bagging, and how to leave the areas without unknowingly taking seeds with you on your shoes and clothing.

Added Incentive:

Yes, we do this for Mother Earth, but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little incentive. So as an added bonus, this year all weed warriors participating will receive thank you gifts from The Naturist Society and a chance to win a one year Naturist Society membership.image

“How?” you ask. Just be sure we have your name / address & email / phone, what date(s) you pulled, and how many bags you filled. In addition to receiving a thank you gift, for each bag you fill your name will be put in a box for the Naturist Society membership drawing. Want to increase your chances? Just fill more bags.

Although it is unknown at this time whether there will be a need for more pulling in July before the seed pods open, this offer will end June 30th. Thank you gifts will be distributed between now and then, and the membership prize winner will receive their membership certificate in July. In addition, all participants will be invited to a thank you party this fall.

Please consider how you can help. This is a great opportunity to show your continued vigilance at being a proactive steward of Mother Earth. The small investment of your time can go far in helping safeguard against the spread of this invasive species and helping maintain a healthy diverse environment in our backyard woodland at the beach. As volunteers, not only do we help rid the area of garlic mustard and restore and protect the biodiversity of our woods, but we build a sense of community (between ourselves, and also with the DNR) as we do so.

One Response

  1. Suggest you contact before running into the woods to pull weeds. Not only are the woods off limits and you might be ticketed, but it’s generally illegal to pick anything on State lands without permission.

    And don’t forget bug and tick spray, watch out for poisen ivy.

    You may also use the phone number on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

    And keep your knickers on!

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