CATONSVILLE, MD (May 24, 2017) – Members of Patapsco Heritage Greenway this week partnered with nine residents of the Charlestown Invasive Plants Crew to remove invasive garlic mustard on the retirement community's 110-acre campus. Under the leadership of Bert Clegern, they divided into three groups to cover different areas.A total of 15 volunteers removed 20 bags of invasive garlic mustard plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in just about an hour and a half.Garlic mustard was first recorded in the United States in the late 1860's and was brought by European settlers to use as a cooking herb. Although it can still be used for that purpose, there are no natural controls for it in Maryland. The deer don't like it. Moreover, has displaced vast areas of native wildflowers and is toxic to the larvae of several native butterflies.
Factoid:Charlestown environmental stewards have identified and documented 70 species of trees on their campus, 105 species of birds, and 15 species of mammals. Charlestown residents also have a Nature Trail Committee, which focuses on the trail and the lake area, and a new Tree Working Group, which focuses on the care, planting, and documentation of trees.