Fountain grass removal the easy way

I revisited a wash on the Tonto NF that I visited pre- and post-Mountain fire last summer. The plan was to remove the fountain grass that I'd spotted on previous visits. Brought along a small pick for the job. Turns out I only needed it for two plants along the bank. The mid-wash plants were gone, along with many other mid-wash plants. The area received quite a bit of rainfall last week - 2.99 inches at Horeshoe Lake down the road. Given the loss of vegetation due to the fire, the wash - a fairly steep one - flowed high and fast. At some of the narrow points in the canyon the water ran at least head-high. There were quite a few changes. Areas that had been deeply cut in previous flows were filled, and other areas cut deeper. It was quite a bit easier to navigate the wash than last summer, too. Deep in, there is a riparian area; cottonwood-willow, grape vines, carrizo, etc. A number of willows had been knocked down and the bark stripped by the flow.

One unfortunate result was the loss of the largest of the four Abutilon parishii plants I found earlier. This one. It survived the fire only to be lost in the ensuing flood.

On a positive note, there were seedlings galore sprouting in the burned areas. More flowering than I expected as well. Even found a flowering Mexican poppy.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, November 26, 2019 01:38

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Sand Wash Groundsel Senecio flaccidus var. monoensis

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November 25, 2019 10:46 AM MST

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Red-gland Spurge Euphorbia melanadenia

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November 25, 2019 10:48 AM MST

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Cheeseweed Burrobrush Ambrosia monogyra

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November 25, 2019 10:50 AM MST

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Desert Tobacco Nicotiana obtusifolia

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November 25, 2019 10:51 AM MST

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Fringed Amaranth Amaranthus fimbriatus

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November 25, 2019 10:51 AM MST

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Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle Anisacanthus thurberi

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November 25, 2019 10:52 AM MST

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Carrizo Mountain Sandmat Euphorbia pediculifera

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November 25, 2019 10:53 AM MST

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Desert Marigold Baileya multiradiata

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November 25, 2019 10:53 AM MST

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Canaigre Rumex hymenosepalus

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November 25, 2019 10:54 AM MST

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Wright's Buckwheat Eriogonum wrightii

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November 25, 2019 10:56 AM MST

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Arizona Poppy Kallstroemia grandiflora

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November 25, 2019 11:00 AM MST

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London Rocket Sisymbrium irio

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November 25, 2019 11:02 AM MST

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Whispering Bells Emmenanthe penduliflora

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November 25, 2019 11:05 AM MST

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Southwestern Mock Vervain Glandularia gooddingii

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November 25, 2019 11:05 AM MST

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American Black Elderberry Sambucus canadensis

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November 25, 2019 11:06 AM MST

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Mexican Golden Poppy Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana

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November 25, 2019 11:08 AM MST

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Western Soapberry Sapindus drummondii

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November 25, 2019 11:13 AM MST

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Akeake Dodonaea viscosa

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November 25, 2019 11:13 AM MST

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Tamarisks Genus Tamarix

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November 25, 2019 11:14 AM MST

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Coulter's Brickellbush Brickellia coulteri

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November 25, 2019 11:15 AM MST

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Hartweg's Climbing Milkweed Funastrum heterophyllum

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November 25, 2019 11:16 AM MST

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Red Barberry Berberis haematocarpa

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November 25, 2019 11:16 AM MST

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Graythorn Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

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November 25, 2019 11:17 AM MST

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Hollyleaf Redberry Rhamnus ilicifolia

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November 25, 2019 11:20 AM MST

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Odora Porophyllum gracile

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November 25, 2019 11:20 AM MST

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Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum

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November 25, 2019 11:22 AM MST

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Removed

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Canyon Clarkia Clarkia epilobioides

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November 25, 2019 11:32 AM MST

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Watson's Goosefoot Chenopodium watsonii

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November 25, 2019 11:32 AM MST

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Unpleasant aroma

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Fragrant Evening Primrose Oenothera cespitosa

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November 25, 2019 11:34 AM MST

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Giant Reed Arundo donax

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November 25, 2019 11:46 AM MST

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Canyon Wild Grape Vitis arizonica

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November 25, 2019 11:49 AM MST

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Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum

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November 25, 2019 11:50 AM MST

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Graham's Fishhook Cactus Mammillaria grahamii

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November 25, 2019 12:02 PM MST

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Dirt deposited by recent flooding

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Sugar Bush Rhus ovata

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November 25, 2019 12:03 PM MST

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Mule Fat Baccharis salicifolia

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November 25, 2019 12:06 PM MST

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Big Bur-Sage Ambrosia ambrosioides

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November 25, 2019 12:08 PM MST

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Sacred Thorn-Apple Datura wrightii

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November 25, 2019 12:08 PM MST

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Arizona Sandmat Euphorbia arizonica

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November 25, 2019 12:09 PM MST

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Trans-Pecos Morning-Glory Ipomoea cristulata

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November 25, 2019 12:11 PM MST

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Saharan Mustard Brassica tournefortii

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November 25, 2019 12:14 PM MST

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Removed. A few large populations in the area and scattered individuals.

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Saharan Mustard Brassica tournefortii

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November 25, 2019 12:15 PM MST

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Removed. A few large populations in the area and scattered individuals.

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Dwarf Abutilon Abutilon parvulum

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November 25, 2019 12:16 PM MST

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Stinknet Oncosiphon piluliferum

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November 25, 2019 12:17 PM MST

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Lehmann's Lovegrass Eragrostis lehmanniana

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November 25, 2019 12:18 PM MST

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Brownplume Wirelettuce Stephanomeria pauciflora

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November 25, 2019 12:18 PM MST

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Broom Snakeweed Gutierrezia sarothrae

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November 25, 2019 12:20 PM MST

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Parish's Goldeneye Bahiopsis parishii

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November 25, 2019 12:22 PM MST

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Saharan Mustard Brassica tournefortii

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November 25, 2019 12:24 PM MST

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Scorpionweeds Genus Phacelia

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November 25, 2019 12:25 PM MST

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P. ramosissima or P. distans

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Mexican Sagewort Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. mexicana

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November 25, 2019 12:25 PM MST

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Common Sow-Thistle Sonchus oleraceus

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November 25, 2019 12:25 PM MST

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Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

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November 25, 2019 12:28 PM MST

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Desert Broom Baccharis sarothroides

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November 25, 2019 12:32 PM MST

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Female

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Crucifixion Thorn Canotia holacantha

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November 25, 2019 12:33 PM MST

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Slimleaf Bursage Ambrosia confertiflora

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November 25, 2019 12:39 PM MST

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Hartweg's Climbing Milkweed Funastrum heterophyllum

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November 25, 2019 12:40 PM MST

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Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis

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November 25, 2019 12:42 PM MST

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Thornber's Buckhorn Cholla Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. thornberi

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stevejones

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November 25, 2019 12:43 PM MST

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

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stevejones

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November 25, 2019 12:49 PM MST

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Very large specimen

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Texas Virgin's Bower Clematis drummondii

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stevejones

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November 25, 2019 12:50 PM MST

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Pelotazo Abutilon incanum

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November 25, 2019 11:58 AM MST

Comments

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How was the condition of the logs? Starting to rot yet?

Posted by ejensen89 about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Not yet - the flood was last week; last rain before that was two months ago. Lots of dead wood from the fire and trees knocked down by the flood, though. Won't be long.

Posted by stevejones about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Such a unique opportunity to observe the changing landscape. Great to hear recovery is already happening.

Posted by ezpixels about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Cool maybe I'll come down and check it out after this next storm. Always looking for wood slices for my xylarium

Posted by ejensen89 about 2 months ago (Flag)

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