Indiana legislation helps in the fight against invasive plants

Terrestrial Plant Rule (312 IAC 18-3-25) designates 44 species of plants as invasive pests. This rule makes it illegal to sell, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport, or introduce these plants in the State of Indiana.

This rule goes into effect in two stages. As of April 18, 2019, it is illegal to introduce plant species on this list not already found in Indiana.

Plant species already in trade will be prohibited from sale one year later (April 18, 2020).

garlic mustard is back – time to pull it up!

it’s that time of year: unwelcome invader garlic mustard is back and getting ready to spread itself as much as it can.

good news: it is quite easy to pull up!

what do I need? light work gloves or gardening gloves.

what do I do? grasp the plant as close to the ground as possible and pull gently (sometimes a slow back&forth helps). this plant pulls easily any time, even more so after a rain — but don’t wait, do it now.

how do I dispose of it? in with the regular trash is fine.

why should I do this? if this plant goes to seed then your problems multiply in the coming year!