Wisconsin March 14, 2014 Here in central Wisconsin there has been at least 1″ of snow cover since December 9, 2013–a total of 96 consecutive days. Although the snow is melting fast and the temperature is in the mid-40’s today we are likely to go beyond 100 days in a row with snow cover.
We may have forgotten but underneath that snow cover lurks the dreaded garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) everyone’s favorite plant to hate. It’s been out of sight for a while but you can bet it will burst forth as soon as the snow cover is gone.
So, as we Wisconsinites get a tantalizing taste of spring today and are looking for ways to resume outdoor work and for opportunities to help our city parks, natural areas, and restorations, we should think about pulling garlic mustard and other troublesome weeds. One way to do this in early April is to get involved with the Madison Area Weed Warriors–a volunteer group dedicated to helping City of Madison Conservation Parks control garlic mustard, Dame’s rocket, and other pest species.
This is the weed warrior schedule:
- Sunday, April 6, Noon-3 PM. Cherokee Marsh, 6098 N. Sherman Avenue.
- Sunday, April 13, Noon-3 PM. Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Road.
- Sunday, April 20, Noon-3 PM. Elvehjem Sanctuary, 1202 Painted Post Road.
- Sunday, April 27, Noon-3 PM. Turville Woods, 1155 Olin-Turville Court.
- Sunday, May 4, Noon-3 PM. Edna Taylor Park, 802 Femrite Drive.
- Sunday, May 11, Noon-3 PM. Heritage Sanctuary, 625 Meadowlark Drive.
- Sunday, May 18, Noon-3 PM. Hiestand Park, 4302 Milwaukee Street.
- For more information email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Madison Conservation Parks have restored hundred of acres of natural areas in nineteen units ranging from prairies, to savannas, to oak woodland, and to wetlands. With all this area to manage, the weed warriors provide important help in keeping various weeds to a manageable level.