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Melinda's Garden Moment: Controlling the Garlic Mustard

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Garlic mustard is taking over our woodlands and landscapes at a rapid rate as it crowds out native beauties like trillium, spring beauty and trout lilies.

Help control the invasive weed in your community and backyard.

Garlic mustard, produces small white flowers atop garlic scented leaves in spring. These quickly go to seed before dying, dropping thousands of seeds that will last for years in the soil.

Pull small populations of garlic mustard weeds in spring or cut large populations free of desirable plants just above the soil surface. Remove any weeds that have begun to flower as the flowers continue to develop and form seeds.

Place flowering plants in a clear plastic bag and label as invasive. Allow the sun to cook the plants and kill the seeds. If your municipality allows, dump it in the garbage.

Check out Melinda's website for other gardening tips at www.melindamyers.com.

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