Excerpt from an interview with Abe Sanchez on June 19, 2008 at his home in Laguna Beach, with Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small:
Deergrass has its season. Again, it’s one of the plants that does better after it’s been burned or chopped down or lopped off. This is very important.
You want to gather it when its starts coming up around August—July or August when the little stems start coming up. This of course depends on the altitude. Timing all depends on the altitude. It starts coming up, and then its ripe … again, high altitude, low altitude: October, November, December. I’ve been able to gather it as late as January or February.
You have to gather deergrass early. If you leave it until later, it’s no good, because the elements will destroy it and wear it out, so it has to gathered just after it dries. So right after it grows the seeds, right after it dries out, that’s when . . . before the rains come. . . . Because if it’s been sitting out there in the rains, the rain is going to rot it, and the deergrass will not work.