Invasive weeds are a threat to native wildflowers and other plants.
Some are introduced on purpose by unknowing homeowners. But most arrive on Roan Mountain by accident.
Some times the seeds of invasive weeds are carried by in mud on car tires or in tread of hiking boots.
Once they are established they are very hard to eliminate.
The solution is as our old friend Barney would say “Nip it in the bud!”
Volunteers can “nip it in the bud”at the March garlic-mustard pull and again at the April pull.
Action now will make a big difference in the future of Roan Mountain.
The pull in 2012 was a very successful effort. Many dedicated volunteers gave their time and energy.
Here are some of the volunteers from last year and the proof of their labor.
The bags are full of the invasive garlic mustard weed. These will be carefully destroyed.
The spring garlic mustard pull is important because the weeds have not gone to seed. So each plant that is not pulled now could mean many, many more plants that will need pulling next year.
The schedule garlic-mustard pulls are March 23 and April 20. Contact the Roan Mountain State Park for registration information: (423) 772-0190Elm tree flower. (image by (c) 2003 Steven J. Baskauf)
Tree of the Week:
The tree of the week is another early flowering tree: the Slippery Elm.
On your next hike on Roan Mountain, see if you can spot these flowers in the elm.