Please join your LA Lakes Committee and neighbors for some quality time with nature – help in our essential annual project to control some highly invasive wild plants seen now emerging in our parks and roadsides, yards, wood lots and gardens: Garlic Mustard, Hedge Parsley, Bittercress and Motherwort. These nasty plants do “take over” if not pulled now, the time before seeding, and especially easy to pull as the “tap roots” aren’t established. And best not spray with herbicides, in order to save surrounding beneficial vegetation, bee and butterfly habitats, and our lakes.
Meet us SATURDAY, MAY 8th from 10 a.m. to Noon at the upper lake Park Pavilion to pick up a map of the LA areas needing work and some yard bags. If you can’t make that day, please spend a few hours when you can - soon. (Pullers’ rain day: May 9) The Association is looking to employ some teens (family, club or team members) to help in this important work; it’s a few weeks at best, as many hours as are available until reasonable progress is made. Instruction and guidance will be given. Interested parties should contact any Lakes Committee member or Bob Sendra, Comm. Chair.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE: Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant over-running LA common areas and yards. It's aggressive and toxic to native plants and wildflowers, things you may have planted. We have been “after it” for many years. Now it’s joined by some newcomers, many from former golf course areas no longer being maintained.
THIS IS THE PROPER TIME to pull them out – before flowering, seeds and spreads. THEY MUST BE REMOVED from the ground, not left to seed out after pulling. The Lakes Committee has identified common areas where invasives are growing now that we can work to clear. When you see them, please yank out and bag! If you compost, shred or separate the roots from the leaves and flowers so they won’t re-grow. It’s best to place this material in yard waste bags for removal by our waste collector.