Garlic Mustard 2020 update

a field of invasive garlic mustard is flowering

EMSWCD Garlic Mustard control during Covid-19 pandemic:

Our staff and contractors will continue to implement our garlic mustard containment project to the best of our abilities during this crisis. However, our capacity to provide services has been greatly reduced in the last few weeks, and will be for the near future. We are currently working with State, Federal and local officials to gain access to lands with garlic mustard that are currently closed.

Because of our limitations we are encouraging anyone with a garlic mustard infestation on their property to take advantage of the extra time at home to pull and bag the plants located on your own property. You can dispose of bagged garlic mustard at the dumpster provided by EMSWCD, located at the old ball field at the top of Corbett Hill Road. Please be sure to sanitize your hands before and after touching the door to the dumpster.

We’ve made a lot of progress in the last ten years, and this year more than ever we need your help so that we don’t lose ground in our fight against garlic mustard.


Garlic mustard has emerged from its winter sleep and it will be flowering in the next few weeks as the temperature warms up and the sun starts coming out. This is the easiest time to identify this nuisance weed and make sure you’ve pulled it before it goes to seed. See pictures below of garlic mustard in its different growth stages to help with your identification.

If you aren’t sure that what you’ve got is garlic mustard, go ahead and take a picture to send to our invasive weeds staff. Our garlic mustard experts are standing by to support you – email Chris at