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Garlic mustard management at The Broadmoor

Garlic mustard is a Provincially regulated plant and was discovered at the Broadmoor in 2016. Under the Alberta Weed Control Act, it is classified as prohibited noxious and the Broadmoor is required to destroy all plants. Garlic mustard is not native to Alberta and it is highly invasive in forests where there are no naturally occurring controls. Garlic mustard can quickly become the dominant species in forest undergrowth through a number of methods: 

The Broadmoor has developed an integrated management plan to control garlic mustard, which includes: 

Golfers can unintentionally contribute to the problem by spreading seeds around the course or even to other golf courses. Golf spikes are designed to dig into the ground for proper footing but are also well suited to collecting seed in infested areas. Entering a blue staked area to search for a ball can result in moving seed to a new location and spreading the infestation. Within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region there are many golf courses built along the North Saskatchewan River valley, moving seed to these courses could result in garlic mustard establishing within the river valley.  

What can golfers do to help? 

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