The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help remove the invasive weed garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from the trail’s corridor at Max Patch in northern Haywood County this Saturday, April 23.
Teams will competing to pull the largest amount of the weed. Garlic mustard escaped cultivation and has spread aggressively in North American natural areas because of a lack of natural controls, and its release of allelopathic chemicals that inhibit seed germination of other species.
The Great Garlic Mustard Gathering will also teach people about the threats of invasive exotic plants, how to identify them and what techniques are used to monitor and remove these infestations.
After a morning of garlic mustard removal, the group will gather on nearby Max Patch for an optional potluck and picnic.
Meet at 9 a.m. Work gloves and all other materials needed for the garlic mustard removal will be provided. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, April 30.