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Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist
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Jeff Schalau is the Backyard Gardener and Courier columnist.

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Reliable soil testing is not expensive, and can be of great value where plant nutrition problems could be limiting production.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist October 10, 2019
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Stapelia is a genus of perennial succulent plants from South Africa.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist September 12, 2019
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Scorpions are abundant in Arizona, and one or more species can be found in virtually every habitat from mountaintops to desert floors.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist August 22, 2019
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Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) is a warm season, broadleaf annual weed sometimes called “goat head.” It grows in disturbed areas and vacant lots and can be found throughout Arizona at elevations below 6,500 feet.

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Harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex spp.) are most noticeable in wildland areas by the 4- to 35-foot-wide circular bare spots they create on the soil surface.

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