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02/29/09 TCSS Cactus Rescue

 
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Joel



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: 02/29/09 TCSS Cactus Rescue Reply with quote


After a bit of a lag, the TCSS Rescues are rolling again! Typically, I rarely show fellow rescuers. I think they deserve a hand after working these rock infested hills. Work was slow and each cactus was a battle royale, but we filled the trailer up! It's rare to be at a rescue where a shovel is totally useless, and the proper tools are a pick and a bar.

The corporate entity which shall remain nameless, that is kind enough to let us hit the area before the bulldozers requested us in protective equipment.



The hillsides were rough and rock strewn.








Still a morning of fun and doing what one loves is never a bad thing.

The Tagging Table.

Tagged and ready for an upcoming sale.
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LeeBeth



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would have loved to join in myself, probably could dig the smaller ones. Do the rescuers also help with the sale of the cacti? It would be good way to get their yards beautified, too. Can any of the larger saguaro be dug, or are their roots too deep? One thing about cacti, they only have a few roots.

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Joel



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the sales are all manned by volunteers, the TCSS in non-profit and I don't think a single soul is on the payroll. We try to encourage others to give up on grass lawns. Just imagine, desert plants growing in the desert. Crazy idea I know. Very Happy
You really don't want to ever dig a saguaro over six feet. They weigh way too much to deal with. The six footers are murder, but three or four strong people can just barely manage to deal with it. Anything larger and you'd want a crane of sorts.
The saguaro does have a tap root in its center that runs deep. You don't want to break during its rescue. The side roots will grow out just fine. You have to remember that the saguaros weigh a lot and have many roots to grab the water and to hold and anchor them in during heavy weather.
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LeeBeth



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to grow desert plants in the yard, besides their natural beauty there would be no lawn to mow. Smile

Saguaros are so unique to small area in the Southwest, would think everyone in areas where they grow would want one in their yards.

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Joel



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So one would think! Still a lot of grass yards.
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Kei



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome photos Joel! Looks like a lot of fun! Do you plant any of the cacti into your own yard from these rescues?

-Kei
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's very crowded now and it's a small yard. I usually give everything to the TCSS or other rescuers that I dig. I need to wait until I find a special one before I bring it home. The neighbors get all bent out of shape if I try to desertize their yards.
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toni07



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice, no surprises out there? What are the pink flowers? wildflowers? They look like dandilion, the make a wish flowers. Did you make any wishes? I see the protective gloves and hard hats. So do the saguaro's fall over like trees when you dig them up so you would need a hard hat?
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Joel



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pink flowers are the Desert Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla). Native plant.

We usually wear gloves. The cactus aren't kind even to rescuers. Very Happy The hard hats are a requirement of the site owners. Not a big deal really. We try not to let the saguaros fall. It would break spines and possibly injure it.
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Kei



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joel wrote:
Yes, it's very crowded now and it's a small yard. I usually give everything to the TCSS or other rescuers that I dig. I need to wait until I find a special one before I bring it home. The neighbors get all bent out of shape if I try to desertize their yards.


Wow Joel, I'd like to see an entire shot of your yard, I bet it is full of cacti Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That it is. I'll try to post one someday! Very Happy
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