Jeff Schalau is the Backyard Gardener and Courier columnist.
Northern Arizona gets its fair share of snow and ice in winter, and de-icing compounds are a common way of enhancing safety and access.
The word “chaparral” is derived from the Spanish word “chaparro,” which means small evergreen oak, which itself comes from the Basque word “txapar,” with the same meaning.
The porcupine (Erithizon dorsatum) is fairly common in some parts of northern Arizona.
Arizona has many areas with abundant stone suitable for construction — you only need look at the prehistoric buildings and ruins present across wide areas of the state.
Reliable soil testing is not expensive, and can be of great value where plant nutrition problems could be limiting production.
Stapelia is a genus of perennial succulent plants from South Africa.