Thank you for your interest in the Village’s Garlic Mustard Removal Cost-Share Program.  An Ecological Consultation and approval from the Village Ecologist is required prior to applying for the Garlic Mustard Removal Program.

Follow up planting (typically with native seed) may be required after removing heavy infestations of garlic mustard to help prevent them from returning.  In the attachments below you will find the Application and complete program summary. Please read all requirements carefully and complete the checklist before submitting your completed application. The Garlic Mustard Removal Program is a 50/50 cost-share program. The Village’s share limit is $2,000 and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee.

The intent of the Garlic Mustard Removal Program is to encourage owners to remove invasive garlic mustard from their property thereby improving the health of the woodland understory by removing competition and increasing the opportunity for desirable native plants to grow and thrive. It requires an assessment by the Village Ecologist of the existing conditions and preparation of a plan that includes the general area(s) where proposed work is to be performed. The applicant is required to hire a certified contractor to remove the garlic mustard per the plan created by the Village Ecologist.

All garlic mustard on the subject property must be designated for removal in order to be eligible for the matching funds. For larger lots, the Village Ecologist may approve a phased approach that can be accomplished over multiple years.

After the application is submitted and approved by the Village, the applicant will receive a permit from the Village to proceed with the work as proposed in the Application. Once the work is completed, notify and deliver a copy of paid contractor invoice to the Village and the Village Ecologist will conduct a site visit to verify the work has been completed properly.  The reimbursement request is then forwarded to the Village Board for approval and reimbursement can be expected in 1 to 3 months.

Application Form

Please fill out and print this PDF application and submit to the office of Woodland Ecology.

Garlic Mustard Removal Cost-Share Program Application (PDF)


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