Jeff Schalau is the Backyard Gardener and Courier columnist.
I don’t think of myself as an extremely touchy/feely person, but as I’ve navigated my new work environment with the onset of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, working from home, reduced travel, etc.,
Of all the native shrubs in north central Arizona, manzanita is the most popular.
String trimmers (also called weed eaters) are useful tools for landscape maintenance professionals and homeowners with large properties.
Rock squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus) are found in many areas of Arizona. Many people also call them ground squirrels.
Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) is a large, sprawling, native perennial that grows across Arizona between 1,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. It is a member of the family Solanaceae making it a relative of the tomato, potato, pepper, and eggplant.