April showers bring May … garlic mustard? Township's annual battles with invasive plants about to begin

By Chris Hung
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Finally unshackled by the grasp of winter, the arrival of spring means the return of green nature, including with them, the threat of invasive plant species. On Meridian Township’s 2016 strategic goal list, it includes a plan to continue in managing invasive species in its many parks and land preserves. The list includes garlic mustard, buckthorn, autumn olive, Japanese knotweed, Japanese hedge parsley and phragmites. While Michigan’s and Meridian’s flora is host to many species of invasive plants, garlic mustard is considered one of the worst and fastest spreading. It is a biennial plant, meaning it has a lifespan of two years.