Good Oak News

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Stop Garlic Mustard!

Its that time of year again when the garlic mustard is tall and in bloom and it seems to be everywhere! This extremely noxious weeds is a major threat to our woodlands displacing native plants and, in turn, animals. It might be found in just about any shady area and a few sunny areas too. Get to know this plant and if you find any on your property: get rid of it! Now is the time to act, so take a look around and check with your neighbors to be sure it is kept under control (eliminated!) in your neighborhood.

Take at look at our Garlic Mustard Weed ID and Control Sheet (PDF) for more information and pass this information along to your friends and neighbors.

Monday, May 4, 2009

More Spring Wildflower Walks this week!

We have two wildflower walks coming up this week!

The first is on Tuesday at 6pm at meeting at the Wingra Springs parking lot at the UW Arboretum in Madison. We should see a variety of showy spring ephemerals such as great white trillium, woodland phlox, trout lily, anemones and more! From the Mill street entrance take Arboretum Drive past the residential area and up the hill through Gallistel Woods. The parking lot is at the top of the hill.

The second is on Sunday at 1pm. We'll travel south to Abraham's Woods in Green County to see its exceptional display of spring ephemerals including some rare species such as nodding trillium. After the walk through the woods we'll visit a nearby prairie remnant to see what happening in our grasslands this time of year. We'll meet at the South Madison Branch library at 2222 Park Street to car-pool, or contact us to make other arrangements.

These walks are free and open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the natural beauty of our region. Please contact Frank if you have any other questions. Please see our wildflower walks webpage for other trips and more information.

Upright weeding tool lending service courtesy the Greater Madison Healthy Lawn Team

Frank is participating in the Greater Madison Healthy Lawn Team's upright weeding tool lending program. This program is intended to promote chemical-free weed control by loaning out quivers of several types of weeding tools that can be operated easily from a standing position. If you are in the Madison metro area would like to borrow these tools for a few weeks let Frank know and we can check the tools out to you for a few weeks. For more information about the GMHLT, see: