Edge of Reveg

One cold and blustery day over 3 years ago, landscape contractor Robert Macias and I walked the linear ponding areas, in advance of their revegetation seeding once it warmed up.

The goal: restore the Las Cruces east mesa’s former Chihuahuan desert grassland cover, stabilizing slopes as well. Goal met.

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10/13 – two years after seeding…parkway strips too narrow for seeding; container Soaptree and Sideoats Grama blend with the same in seeded areas

A few stray NOID bluestems volunteered into the sideoats and soaptree, from the seed mix or the wild. I’ll re-check the plans; also works, so they can stay.

The golf course crew is following my maintenance plan; they remove volunteer plants from edges and that are overgrown, but keep others.

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10/13 – Western Pygmy-Blue butterflies abound

In fact, a variety of wildlife already appreciate our native plants. Part by design, part just by using what grows just beyond the development.

I’ve never accepted that native landscapes need to look terrible.

A minimal rotary irrigation system was designed in seeded areas, to establish seeding and help it during drought periods. Some insist such seeding needs no irrigation, though they have few examples, especially if the monsoon or winter moisture fail.

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11/13 – some reveg seeding allowed to colonize slopes to the edge of ornamental plantings, here it’s Purple Threeawn / Aristida purpurea

The low green mounds are Thompson Broom / Baccharis x starn, and the colored trees are Texas Red Oak / Quercus buckleyi.

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7/2014 – thanks, temporary irrigation and solar power

The yellow wildflowers behind the the steel boxes are Desert Marigold / Baileya multiradiata. You can tell from other posts how I like that one almost as much as it likes our disturbed ground.

More on this project later, including how the ponds changed from the original developer intent.

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5 Replies to “Edge of Reveg”

  1. You are doing G*d’s work. Not politically correct to say this, but true. How did gardeners become the canary in the coal mine? The poets?

    XO T

    As do you! Well-said as always, Tara. This morning it hit me, I can’t play music but I try to make music with the land.

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  2. I love these projects, and those blue butterflies. Do the grasses seed into the pebble mulch?

    Thanks so much, those butterflies are something. Yes, bare soil under the mulch; many areas here have a thin surface layer of gravel called “desert pavement”, that holds enough moisture that seeds germinate under it.

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  3. Those pygmy blues have caught everyone’s attention. They certainly love the fact you planted sideoats. Not only is the landscape beautiful but if hand picking a few strays is all that is necessary then I would say it is a success in every respect.

    Great to hear from you again! Yes, I guess I’ve taken them for granted for years, but not that day with that light. Thanks, it really did come out well, and I’m doing cartwheels over the maintenance. Finally…

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  4. Love the butterflies – are those Western pygmy blues?\

    Yes and thanks, I added that and a link to it. I was trying to remember the name of that one, since I recently learned it…I think on your blog!

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