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How to Prevent and Remove Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard is a high-priority invasive plant that harms native forest ecosystems in Illinois. The key to keeping it from taking over your woodland is early detection and rapid response.

  • Prevent it from getting on your land. Clean shoes and tires when moving between properties. - Monitor first for garlic mustard in the fall and spring.
  • Garlic mustard can easily jump across property lines. Be a good neighbor and talk with nearby property owners about invasive species.
  • Know when garlic mustard can be removed by strategically handpulling, burning, or chemical control and when not to manage it. Garlic mustard spreads fast – remove it now or pay later. 

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