Minnesota Doesn’t Want Garlic Mustard In Your Yard
It almost sounds like a new flavor condiment you might want to slather on a hot dog or hamburger after you've pulled them off the grill, but it's not edible-- and the state of Minnesota doesn't want this invasive plant in your yard.
This time of the year, when the grass, trees and flowers are all in full bloom, is great in Minnesota. But it also means some nasty, invasive restricted weeds could be popping up in your yard, too.
Our local neighborhood website posted a notice over the weekend that THIS noxious, invasive weed has been spotted in our neck of the woods again this year (It had previously been spotted here both last year and back in 2018 as well.) And, that because it's an invasive species not native to Minnesota, the post said if it was in your yard, you're advised to take steps to get rid of it.
Just what is it? It's the Alliaria petiolata plant, more commonly called garlic mustard. And while it sounds like something you might enjoy on a hot dog or brat, it's not supposed to be here in Minnesota. (Don't get it confused with another invasive species that sounds like food, the wild parsnip -- which can also be nasty if you come in contact with it!)
The Minnesota DNR website says garlic mustard is native to Europe and was first brought to New York state in the 1800s. It has now spread across the east coast and here into the Midwest.
The site says it poses a threat because it can take over an area (like your yard) and alter your natural vegetation (that'd be your grass and other plants) which then is a threat to native birds and animals. If it's in your yard, the DNR says you're advised to get rid of it.
To find out more about garlic mustard, what it looks like, and how to get it out of your yard, click HERE.