Southwestern Deserts

July, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference
At the Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference there will be an interesting variety of sessions related to trees and tree maintenance, including fire-wise landscapes, state and local tree inventories, and tree replacement efforts after devastating wildfires. The conference will be held September 14-16 in Pinetop, AZ. $125 early registration through Aug 1; $150 through Sept. 1; $175 after Sept 2. For details, go to: http://www.aztrees.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Removing a Section of Teddy Bear Cholla
If you've ever been unlucky enough to have a section of this cactus cling to your flesh, you know how difficult it is to remove. Unlike cacti with long, single spines, teddy bear's closely packed spines crisscross in all directions. Attempting to extricate one of the barbed spines has the unfortunate effect of pushing others deeper into the skin. Try this trick to remove the entire clump: Slide a plastic pocket comb between the cactus section and your skin. When the comb is secure beneath the cactus, use a quick, firm flick to dislodge it.

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