Garlic Mustard :evil:

Discussion in 'Iowa' started by noland, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. noland

    noland Young Morel

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    does anyone think that the places that are infested with garlic mustard is ruining the mushroom hunting. it seems like the places i go to find em im not finding them as much and that garlic mustard is really getting thick in some of those places.kind of a bummer.
     
  2. baddogbetsy

    baddogbetsy Morel Enthusiast

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    I definitely do Noland....maybe because the garlic mustard is so pervasive that it 'chokes' out other growth?
     

  3. ohsoblue

    ohsoblue Young Morel

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    Noland, yes it is a problem here in SE Iowa. I noticed it about five years ago in my back timber that once had loads of morels fifteen years ago. Once the garlic mustard takes over you won't see any morel mushrooms. When I finally understood what was happening, my timber was loaded with garlic mustard. It is highly invasive and the plant roots send out a toxic chemical that retards or kills all native habitat including hard wood saplings. One plant can have thousands of seeds that remain viable for five years. Once it flowers (white) it continues to seed even if it gets cut off. So when one sees the garlic mustard then it's highly possible that you will track the seed to your next site you visit. In communities north of me I notice they have volunteers come in to pull the plant during April and May at public parks and recreation areas. I feel educating the community and land owners is going to be the only way to keep on top of this evil plant.
     
  4. berli

    berli Young Morel

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    Another suggestion is to pull any garlic mustard you find, roots and all, and place in a black plastic bag. When you get home or to somewhere that you can light a fire, burn the stuff. It does add great flavor if you want to use it as an herb or leafy veg with other edibles, but if it has taken over an area you hunt or hike it could be really disastrous.