students from Alvarado Middle School, Union City (California) helped illustrate techniques with help of Matthew Miller

1.  Find an area where the tules have dried out and in loose soil   Digging tules that are wet is very difficult to uproot. 

2.  Isolate some of the roots. First dig vertically and then horizontal so you get under the root.  With enough pressure a section of the root will break up.

Jamie Apoderado digs for tule roots Bhargav Brahmbhatts digs under the tule roots

3.  After you expose the tule root, trim it into 3-4 inch sections.  Use a lopper or smaller pruner for best results.

Mr. Miller, Julie Ann Apoderado and Crystal Deng looking at the roots. Julie Ann Apoderado and Crystrall Deng cut tule rhizomes. Section of tule root that will be planted

4.  Put roots into a bucket and cover with water.  They will root in about 2 weeks and ready to be planted along the water's edge.

Cecilia Wu and Priscilla Wu show the tule roots ready to be submerged in water and put in greenhouse.  Tule growth after 2 moths of growth in greenhouse.