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