4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pull at Sutton Park
Invasive Plant Pull
Saturday May 25th, 2019
9:00am – 1:00pm
Members of the public are invited to join the Invasive Species Centre, EDRR, Sault Naturalist, Sault College and Sault Ste. Marie Regional Conservation Authority in taking part in the 4th Annual Sutton Park Garlic Mustard Pull.
Sutton Park, located along the Hub Trail in the city’s east end, has been identified as an invasive species hot spot for Garlic Mustard. We will start at 9:00 am meeting up at, Sutton Park (on the Hub Trail off Sutton Place) there will be a demonstration of how to pull out the plants, gloves and bags will be passed out as well as we will show everyone where these invaders are hiding.
“The growth of Garlic Mustard creates a significant ecological problem that can impact not only Sutton Park but also surrounding private properties, and eventually, other natural spaces in our city,” says Deane Greenwood, Sault Ste. Marie Regional Conservation Authority (SSMRCA).
Garlic Mustard plants can double in size every four years and can displace native flowers such as trilliums and trout lilies. It does not provide a valuable food source for native wildlife. Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) was introduced by European settlers in the early 1800s as an edible herb. Although the basal leaves of the plant look similar to several plants in the carrot, daisy and violet family, the tell-tale proof of identity is the scent of garlic that is released when leaves are crushed.
Garlic Mustard hinders the growth of native plants in Sutton Park by interfering with the growth of fungi that bring nutrients to the roots of the plants. It impedes he growth of some of Ontario’s most beloved plants including drooping trillium and the wood poppy. It is one of Ontario’s most aggressive forest invaders.
Knowledgeable staff from the Invasive Species Centre, Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and the Sault Naturalists will be on site to answer questions about Garlic Mustard or any other invasive species.
“Our goal is to remove as many plants as possible before they set seed,” says David Euler, Sault Naturalists Club. “We really need the public’s assistance in eradicating this species before it spreads further.”