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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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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.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist January 16, 2020
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Biochar is a fine-grained charcoal left behind after pyrolysis of wood, crop residues, livestock manures and other organic material used in alternative fuel production.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist January 2, 2020
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While range livestock is the agricultural crop with the highest value in Yavapai County, we do have many small farms which grow fresh produce in season.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 26, 2019
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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.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 12, 2019
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Pocket gophers (Thomomys spp.) are beneficial to wildland ecosystems because they loosen soils increase water infiltration, transport beneficial soil microbes and are prey for other animals.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist November 14, 2019
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The porcupine (Erithizon dorsatum) is fairly common in some parts of northern Arizona.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist November 7, 2019
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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.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist October 31, 2019
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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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