Garlic Mustard Disposal Techniques

Garlic Mustard spreads easily and quickly. Practicing proper disposal techniques is essential to preventing further infestation.

When pulling, it is essential to pull up the entire root or new flowering stalks will emerge.

Once flowers have begun to open, it is important to remove the plants from the woods; otherwise, the uprooted plants can still develop seeds!

Remember that garlic mustard is quite tasty! You can lend a helping hand (or rather a knife and fork) by eating this pesky plant. The leaves add an interesting zip to salads, soups, appetizers, and entrees. See our cookbook for recipes!

While we encourage you to experiment with cooking garlic mustard, please do not throw it in your compost.

Please make sure all bags of garlic mustard are properly sealed (preferably in black plastic bags) and place in a dumpster. If possible, leave the bags out for a week to really cook the plants. If you attend our planned events we will take care of the disposal.

Burning is an effective method of control for garlic mustard but, landowners should not burn without proper training, equipment and permits. Use of fire with a high BTU propane torch with a long wand applicator is also effective, but should be done only if there is no chance of the fire spreading (ideally after a rain or when the ground and leaves are moist). BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND. If you pull garlic mustard on private land and intend to burn it, be sure you have the permission of the property owner and that you follow all state and local laws and regulations regarding outdoor burning.

Herbicides such as glyphosate or 2,4-D are effective in killing basal rosettes and seedlings if done in early spring, prior to native wildflowers emerging, or in the fall when rosettes are still active. Waiting to spray until the garlic mustard is flowering will result in more herbicide being used and more risk to native plants.

Plants that have started to form seeds may continue to produce seeds even after the plants have been sprayed, so start early! VOLUNTEERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE NOT ALLOWED TO APPLY HERBICIDES ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND. If you choose to use herbicides on private land, obtain permission from the land owner and follow all directions and precautions on the herbicide label.