Unfortunately, the perfect combination of rainfall,temperature and the timing of the two seemed to have germinated every weed seed on our property. Our weeding began in late January when the horrible burr marigolds emerged--everywhere.
|burr marigolds start off green but turn a bristly gray when mature|
|the carpet of burr marigold, filaree and dried grasses.|
But the results have been fantastic! Baby sagebrushes and daisies are coming up in the abused 'back forty'
|Before weeding--dried filaree and burr marigolds|
|After weeding--baby sagebrushes|
after weeding--rhizomatous daisies
and native plants abound.
Although the weeding was extensive, we could see a definite trend. It was easier and, for the first time, we managed to weed the entire property--including the 'back forty.' In addition, many native plants came up this year that we've never seen before, including
Scott also found a cache of pinyon seeds when he was weeding. A few pinyons had sprouted, but were eaten by the next day. I took the rest of the seeds and put them in a pot. A few weeks later, 13 seeds had sprouted and I transplanted them into pots. Only a few have survived the transplant. Now that the weather has warmed up, I hope at least one or two survive.
|Pinyon seedlings in pots|
From 2015 to 2017 we've come a long way!