Help Us Eradicate the Invasive Garlic Mustard

Folks,

I REALLY could use a few hands to help me continue my informal
personal effort to eradicate the invasive non-native garlic mustard
plant that has spread along the Rail Trail in Lebanon and partway
into Enfield. Three or four of us have been working on this for the
last couple of years, with success .

garlic mustard

The bad news: Garlic mustard (GM) seeds remain viable for 4-5 years.
The plant alters soil chemistry to favor its sole propagation. The
good news: Garlic mustard is easy to pull; no special tools
required. Ticks don’t seem to like the GM, but take precautions
anyway; gloves, long pants & sleeves are advised.

Please read about this dastardly plant here:

http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/alpe1.htm

http://www.eminnetonka.com/public_works/natural_resources/restoration/documents/garlic_mustard_presentation.pdf

We have until sunset on June 12, after which the Rail Trail is
scheduled to be mowed–which likely is how the plant spread in the
first place.

Here are the NRT Lebanon/Enfield infestations known to me, starting
from the east:

*Enfield, between Baltic Mill & Pillsbury St.: 4 separate clumps
along S shoulder–DONE FOR THIS YEAR

*Lebanon, between Excelsior Mill/Memorial Pool bridge & the CCBA
trailhead.: Many large & small clumps, again, generally thicker on
the N side. SOME WORK BEGUN YESTERDAY FROM EAST END.

*Lebanon, Mascoma River Greeenway between High St. & APD: Worst
clump is on S side, W of the dumpsters. THE MOTHER LODE :—(

If any of you Rail Trail users/enthusiasts, wildflower admirers,
convivial gardeners, etc., can lend a hand at any time between now
and June 12, I’d be glad to meet with you, show you how we do this,
& pull together. Even an hour is helpful!

PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE HEADING OUT ON YOUR OWN SO WE CAN COORDINATE EFFORTS. I check e-mail in the morning & evening.

Home phone 448-2442; if you get a message, try me in the field:
603-252-4730.

BONUS: I will treat the first 5 respondents who turn out to help
with a Dairy Twirl item of your choosing.

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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