Saturday, November 18, 2017

Work in progress

We built this fire pit early on in our tenure ...


and named the immediate vicinity ...


But then came drought in 2011 and with it our realization that the fire pit was ill-advised. So we turned to other projects and the Rocky Road filled with King Ranch bluestem ...


KR bluestem is a non-native grass. Better than nothing, it does hold the soil, but is shallow-rooted and crowds out more desirable native grasses. So this week Don decided to start pulling the KR out and I joined the party ...


exposing and then moving loose rocks around the zexmenias ...


little bluestem ...


milkweed ...


side oats gramma ...


and best of all, yellow Indian grass ...


just in time to let the good seeds fall on newly disturbed ground ...


Golden.


11 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

THANK YOU ENORMOUSLY for this post...it feeds my imagination for
what might await in the new Place....
just love all this...

Liz A said...

Grace - you were much in my mind as I did this ... I’m so looking forward to your new life on The Hill ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i'm just beginning to IMAGINE....specifics...like placing rocks...
and this post did me a World of Good

Liz A said...

Soon ...

Mo Crow said...

love how the KR bluestem has given shelter to the natives in your Rocky Road

Liz A said...

Mo - that it has, especially as KR lays down over the soil when water floods through, keeping it from washing away. Don will be using rocks and specially blended soil to provide similar protection. He also bought some potted grasses and sages to fill in the area ... hopefully before the next gulley washer.

Barry said...

Hi LA - such good discoveries amongst that pesky grass. Glad the good guys are going bro get ago. Go well. B

Liz A said...

Barry - Everything is relative, right? Going from good grass to better grass makes my day ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

today's the 22nd and i'm back to look at the pic with the
wheelbarrow.
am taking my wheelbarrow with. It has "forever" tires...for the
goatheads here. I'll need to be sure to brush any off the wheel
before loading....
I am excited
Thank you again for this post

Sue McQ said...

Liz...so nice to take a cyber walk to complement the walk actually taken there a few months ago. Hopefully, to be walked on again in not so distant future. Blessings.

Liz A said...

Grace - we too have forever tires ... which took us longer to figure out than I care to admit

Sue - Glad to hear you might be headed our way ... meantime, I'm spending so much time in the garden and in the kitchen that I haven't picked up a needle in over a week!