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WHAT: Estimated pre-sale to bring $5,000 to $10,000, an almost 48-inch high Japanese bronze sculpture of a samurai archer soared to $23,700 last month at James D. Julia in Maine. The fierce figure is an okimono, an object d\u2019art intended for display and veneration.

MORE: Made in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), the sculpture represents a time when Japan moved from an isolated society to embracing Western themes in visual arts. The dynamic figure, seen here with the archer\u2019s arm extended, reflects that as does the use of gilt highlights.

SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: Within past decades, the market for all but the very best in Japanese antiques has been down. This sculpture, with its power and visual impact, appeals.

HOT TIP: The auction house IDs the warrior sculpture as \u201cYoshimitsu,\u201d that roughly translates to \u201cLight of Happiness.\u201d The same name also pops up in current fantasy games.

BOTTOM LINE: All told, Julia\u2019s recent Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction topped $3.2 million.

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Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero\u2019s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

QUESTION: I have a river-rock water feature in my yard, and the rocks have gotten very dirty and need to be cleaned. How can I do that?

A: I think you might have to pick them up those rocks one by one and rinse or scrub them and then put them back into the water feature. That probably sounds like a lot of work. In addition to that, the next time it rains and then dirty water washes back into the \u201criver,\u201d the rocks will get dirty again. You could also try to power wash them.

But the easiest thing might be buying a fresh pile of river rock to put on top of the old ones.

Q: I have a 30-year-old mesquite that recently started growing a root above ground. It\u2019s only about a foot long right now, but it\u2019s starting to cross the sidewalk. Can I just take a hula hoe and flatten it out? Or will that damage the tree somehow?

A: Taking one root off a tree shouldn\u2019t hurt it. I would go ahead and chop it off.

Q: If it\u2019s 80 degrees outside, is it warm enough to coat and seal my roof?

A: That should be warm enough. If you\u2019re doing this job yourself, make sure that your roof is very clean and completely dry before you do it. Any repairs that may be needed for the basic roofing material should be done prior to applying the new coating.

Q: I have an historic home built in the 1930s, and I\u2019m wondering if it\u2019s time to replace the wiring in my house? I\u2019ve had a few incidents recently when I\u2019ve had to replace fuses as well as problems with my dryer. I\u2019ve been in the house since 1980, and I haven\u2019t had to rewire it yet.

A: Yes, you probably need to have some work done. But before you go to the expense of totally rewiring your home, have a licensed, qualified electrician make a thorough inspection of your fuse box, your wiring and the overall condition of all the electrical distribution systems in your house.

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Q: I have had two mountain laurel bushes for 15 years . Suddenly last fall, one dropped its leaves. The stems were green and it is starting to bloom and add some new leaves. The other bush had some white places, not sure if there was an aphid attack, I did not notice a lot of this white on the bad plant.

A: Texas mountain laurel (Calia secundiflora) are fairly tough plants and have only a few minor insect problems that may cause limited defoliation or distortion from feeding.

Losing all the leaves as you describe is likely some sort of environmental stress. Consider what irrigation your plants receive since that is a limiting factor for most plants. Dropping leaves and blossoms is a normal reaction to lack of water. Leaves are where water vapor leaves a plant so to reduce the amount of water escaping; the plant may drop its leaves. It\u2019s good to see the leaves are growing back. It\u2019s possible the plant will grow much better with all the rain we\u2019ve had along with continued irrigation through the warmer months.

Q: I have been collecting compost material in my kitchen then burying it directly in my garden for several years. I didn\u2019t plant a garden this year but still bury fruits and vegetables. This year I discovered what I think are grubs. How can I get rid of them?

A: The grubs are in your soil because you made it so nice for them. These beetles do best in soil rich in organic matter because they feed on it and so the adult beetles will lay eggs where they find good soil or directly into compost piles. You can get rid of them if your garden is small and you don\u2019t mind sifting through the dirt.

Q: I had some lower branches trimmed from my ponderosa pine in December. How long will it take for the sap to quit flowing?

A: Sap flowing from a tree wound is part of its defense system . The sap flow will continue until the vessels clog and the tree seals the wound. There is no need for anything to be applied. Applying something to the wound is not good for the tree. It used to be a common practice to paint pruning wounds but it turns out trees do a better job of sealing their own wounds and the paint sometimes hinders that process.

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Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero\u2019s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

QUESTION: When should I fertilize my lawn and trees?

ANSWER: If you have a winter lawn \u2014 in other words, one that has been overseeded \u2014 you should fertilize it every 30 days with a cold-weather fertilizer. But if you have a winter dormant lawn that will get green later in the spring, you don\u2019t need to fertilize it until the grass starts to green up. You also don\u2019t need to water a dormant lawn very much right now.

Your trees can be fertilized now and through March \u2014 both citrus and other types of trees. We often say that Valentine\u2019s Day is a good time to remember to fertilize because that\u2019s when the danger of frost is past.

You don\u2019t want to fertilize a dry plant. Water first, if it hasn\u2019t rained recently, and then fertilize and water again.

Don\u2019t sprinkle fertilizer on a tree right next to its trunk. You want to apply the fertilizer away from the trunk so that the nutrients can reach the feeder roots of the tree that are located out at the edge of the tree\u2019s canopy.

Q: We have an older one-story home and we\u2019re doing some remodeling including replacing the flooring in the kitchen, dining room and hallway. Should we run the new flooring \u2013 which will be vinyl \u2013 under the appliances in the kitchen? Some people tell us we should; others say we shouldn\u2019t.

A: If you\u2019re using flooring that has a lot of thickness, you might not run it under the dishwasher, for example, because it might be harder to get the dishwasher out when you replace it. Vinyl is not that thick, however, so you probably could run it under all your appliances. If you\u2019re not replacing the cabinets, though, you will not be able to run the new flooring under the cabinets.

Q: I have a home that was built in 1988 that has popcorn ceilings. I want to get rid of the popcorn, but I have been told that I could just run a new ceiling layer over it. Should I do that? It seems as if it would be the easiest thing to do?

A: If your home was built in 1988, that popcorn finish is probably asbestos-free. You don\u2019t need to cover it up with another ceiling. It actually would come off very easily if you spray it with water first and then scrape it. But you do have to put plastic on the walls and across the floor to prevent the wet material from doing any damage. Obviously, the process can be very messy. So whatever you do to this ceiling, you probably want to hire a contractor for the job.

Q: I recently bought a house built in 1984. We decided to pull up the original carpeting and install tile. But underneath the carpeting, we found numerous small cracks in the concrete that run along the edges near the wall. Some are as big as \u00bc-inch-wide but many of them very, very tiny. What should I do about them?

A: If the cracks are not climbing the walls and are very small, you probably don\u2019t need to worry about them. Where the cracks run across the area where you are installing tile, a crack isolation slip sheet membrane can be put down first. The tile is laid on top of it.

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More than 50 local schools and camps will be at the #ThisIsTucson School and Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are trying to find the best local school for your kids or just looking for the perfect camp, this is a free opportunity to meet Tucson organizations face-to-face.

We\u2019d prefer that you let us know that you\u2019ll be there by preregistering on our website tucson.com/schoolandcampfair

And if you do, you could win one of five $100 gift cards to Fry\u2019s.

If you don\u2019t get around to registering, come anyway and bring the kids along \u2014 they can meet Wilbur Wildcat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and check out the bounce house and inflatable slide.

See you there!

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More than 50 local schools and camps will be at the #ThisIsTucson School and Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are trying to find the best local school for your kids or just looking for the perfect camp, this is a free opportunity to meet Tucson organizations face-to-face.

We\u2019d prefer that you let us know that you\u2019ll be there by preregistering on our website tucson.com/schoolandcampfair

And if you do you could win one of five $100 gift cards to Fry\u2019s.

If you don\u2019t get around to registering, come anyway, and bring the kids along \u2014 they can meet Wilbur Wildcat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar; check out the bounce house and inflatable slide; or you can take advantage of the JCC\u2019s babysitting services for $4 an hour.

See you there!

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Question: My yard is covered in \u201cHorrible Evil Spikey Seeds of Death,\u201d as we call them, though I\u2019m sure that\u2019s not the technical name. I think they come from the pictured tree. Humans can\u2019t go outside without spending several minutes prying the damn things off their shoes. Dogs literally weep doggie tears to walk out there. Is this tree some kind of precious native specimen or can I burn it to the ground (metaphorically) without the stain of eco sin on my soul?

Answer: Your Horrible Evil Spikey Seeds of Death are also known as Tribulus terrestris, goat head, puncture vine and other words unsuitable for a family newspaper. They didn\u2019t come from a tree but from a small green plant that grows prostrate to the ground. It\u2019s a summer annual so all you see now are the seeds. Once they germinate and begin to grow, you will notice the green foliage and eventually the nice yellow flowers from whence the seeds develop. To step on a seed is very painful, as your dog would say if dogs spoke English. They are able to puncture some bicycle tires and so they are not well-liked by humans either. I switched to thicker tubes to reduce the number of flat tires. You can keep the tree and still wage war on the guilty plants by pulling them out of the ground as soon as you see them so they won\u2019t produce more seed. Some people prefer to use an herbicide and any broadleaf variety will do. Please follow the label instructions for any pesticides you use to prevent injury to any non-target organisms.

Question: Several years ago I had a new evaporative cooler put on my roof \u2014 one that purges every few hours. The workman asked where I wanted the water to drain. I thought it would be great to use the water on some non-irrigated bushes below the roof. The man didn\u2019t warn me that the water would be salty, and in time it would kill the bushes, which happened within a year. It\u2019s been about four years since I\u2019ve redirected the flow. Now I would like to plant gardenias in that area. I know they are sensitive to salt. I\u2019m wondering if the rainwater draining off the roof has washed away the salt? I\u2019ve imagined digging deep holes, throwing out the dirt and putting in garden soil. What do you think I should do? How deep and wide should I dig these holes? Would adding acid neutralize the salts?

Answer: If gardenias could choose their location, they would seek acid, moist, well-drained, high-organic-matter soils in a sunny but not too hot spot. Not exactly what we see commonly in Southern Arizona. That\u2019s not saying you can\u2019t grow them here but you will need to choose a good spot and maintain their surroundings to keep them alive and healthy. It\u2019s best to have your soil tested if you are planning to plant non-natives to make sure they won\u2019t be compromised from the start. My guess is the spot you chose is still salty unless you have been adding organic matter and giving it a good soak once a month to wash the salt through.The rainwater draining off the roof probably left salt in the soil when it evaporated. It\u2019s hard to swap out your soil or change the characteristics of soil for more than a short time. Salinity, high pH and the lack of organic matter will be a going concern. If you are determined to grow these plants, the easiest way is to plant them in containers or raised beds with good soil. Since irrigation water is salty and so is fertilizer, you will still have to give the plants a good soak periodically to wash the salt through the soil. Keep an eye out for yellow leaves with green veins, which is a sign of nutrient deficiency. Also make sure to give them only northern or eastern exposure so they don\u2019t bake in the desert sun.

Question: Please advise if we can plant our hopseed bushes; foothills palo verde or desert museum palo verde; and \u201cLeslie Roy\u201d hybrid mesquites now. We\u2019re concerned the weather might still be too cold. We\u2019re thinking it might be better to wait for a few weeks, say third week of February. We live in Academy Village at Rincon Valley, southeast of Tucson, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet.

Answer: The cool part of the year is ideal for planting woody plants. They are dormant to some extent and less likely to experience transplant shock if the weather is cooler. The more time you allow the plant to become established in its new location before the summer heat begins, the better chance the plant will have to survive. Don\u2019t put any fertilizer on them because you don\u2019t want to stimulate new growth now. Also don\u2019t prune them because it adds additional stress to the situation. If you need more information, the Arizona Community Tree Council has a nice and short tree-planting guide on their website.

Question: I have a question about our magnolia trees. It appears that one is dying and I am wondering if that is because the grass below them was removed. When the grass was there, the trees were very lush. Since the grass was removed and the ground covered with rock (and no water), it has changed the life of the magnolias.

Answer: I think you answered your own question. The tree was possibly receiving significant water from the grass irrigation. The fix for that would be to set up an irrigation system for the trees. A drip system arranged in a circular fashion around the drip line of the tree would be ideal. Non-native trees like the magnolia should be receiving 24 to 36 inches of water every two to three weeks in the winter. In the spring and fall, increase the frequency to 10 to 21 days and in the summer every seven to 14 days.

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Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero\u2019s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

QUESTION: I want to install some of that new luxury vinyl tile plank flooring in my home. But I have to pull up the carpeting and I have to level the concrete flooring underneath first. My home is an older one, built in the 1950s. So how do I level the concrete floor, which seems to be really wavy?

ANSWER: You need to visit a building and masonry store to buy a self-leveling overlay product to use on the concrete. Be sure to read and follow instructions carefully. After pulling up the carpet, you apply the product with a spreader; it will feather out over the floor and fill in all the wavy spots and indentations. Most of these products are applied at thicknesses of one-quarter of an inch or more so that they can cover flaws and compensate for height differences. It should not take too long for this coating to dry and cure so that you can install the tile.

Q: I live in a 17-year-old house that is partly carpeted and partly covered with tile? I want to get rid of the tile areas. Can I pour concrete over the tile in order to do that?

A: Some people will tell you that you can, and others will say no. In my opinion, there will be a lot of complications if you use concrete to cover the tile. You\u2019ll raise the level of the floor so it will be harder to open doors, and you\u2019ll cover up the toe-kicks under cabinets. I understand that it can be miserable and ugly to chip away the tile if this is a DIY project. You may want to hire a tile-demolition expert for the job.

Q: I have a lot of fungus growing in my grass. The things that grow look like slimy mushrooms. I\u2019d like to get rid of them. What caused this?

A: This problem could have started because of an old tree that\u2019s rotting away underground. You should start by carefully scraping up the growths, putting them in a bag and throwing them away. You should probably cut back the amount of watering you\u2019re doing during irrigation. You might also want to work in some soil sulphur into areas that have been affected.

Q: White flies keep infesting my raised-bed vegetable garden. They\u2019re particularly bad in the summer and in the fall. So how do I get rid of them?

A: You can buy a neem-oil-based spray that is safe to use on edibles. But you have to apply this compound on the underside of the foliage of your plants every three days. Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from fruits and seeds of the neem tree.

Q: I have a mesquite tree with a single trunk that split into two trunks while the tree was growing. At first it seemed OK, but now the trunk at the bottom seems to be splitting apart. I can\u2019t remove one of the trunks. So how do I save this tree from falling apart?

A: An arborist can try to fix this by drilling holes into each side and putting in bolts with washers so as to hold the split section together. However, this has to be done very accurately or the tree may be lost.

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A day full of music, vintage baseball \u2014 and the live amputation of a leg.

It can only be the 36th annual Fort Lowell Day on Saturday, Feb. 11, where participants are whisked to the 19th century with crafts, games and the surgical removal of a leg performed by contemporary doctors in period garb.

In an event appropriately called \u201cBlood and Guts Medicine\u201d at Fort Lowell Day, Dr. Bob Hunter will perform a mock surgery \u2014 but he doesn\u2019t use a dummy.

\u201cMost of the times I\u2019ve done it, I\u2019ve done it with a healthy, living person,\u201d Hunter says. \u201cI have a trick table. I cut off the fake leg and use fake blood. It looks pretty real.\u201d

In one of his prior performances, Hunter, a retired physician who now works in clinical research, actually performed the procedure on a fellow historian who has a legitimate leg amputation. The man, already in the uniform of a cavalry trooper, graciously removed his prosthetic, changed into a pair of torn trousers, and was carried to Hunter\u2019s table for the performance.

\u201cIt all looked fairly realistic,\u201d Hunter says. \u201cI heard that a few spectators almost fainted.\u201d This time, one of Hunter\u2019s friends is scheduled to be the guinea pig on the trick table.

To make the scene look authentic to the the 19th century, Hunter performs the procedure in costume and uses antique Civil War medical instruments, some of which are original.

\u201cMilitary medicine is very important to the history of Tucson,\u201d Hunter says. \u201cIt\u2019s part of our history. It\u2019s our heritage.\u201d

Before Hunter takes the spotlight, Dr. Rudy Byrd, a Tucson native and physician, will present a lecture about medical history.

At last year\u2019s Fort Lowell Day, Byrd was scheduled to perform a 30-minute lecture, but the venue hit capacity before the slotted time.

\u201cEveryone was there 30 minutes early,\u201d Byrd says. \u201cI didn\u2019t want to make everyone sit there and wait, so I started talking early. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing.\u201d The hourlong lecture was well-received. This year, Byrd is scheduled to speak for the full hour.

\u201cPeople were fighting for their lives at this time,\u201d Byrd says about 19th-century Fort Lowell. \u201cIt gives us a greater sense of appreciation for what we do.\u201d

With many family-friendly activities, the free Fort Lowell Day celebration honors the extensive history behind the Fort Lowell Neighborhood.

For over a thousand years, the historic district has been swarming with cultures. Originally, folks flocked to the area because of its high availability of water. A military fort was formed there in 1873; it was decommissioned in 1891.

Besides the lecture and mock surgery, Fort Lowell Day will feature music, vintage baseball games, exhibits at the Fort Lowell Museum, children\u2019s crafts, cavalry drills and a meet-and-greet with soldiers.

\u201cFort Lowell is very important,\u201d Byrd says. \u201cIt\u2019s interesting for us to know why people came, what the circumstances were.\u201d

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Q: My primary question is regarding planting a grass that would be tolerant to the \u201ccolder\u201d weather that would not require a re-seeding of rye grass. Would it not be possible to make sure the bermudagrass would stay half way green through the dormant season? Or a different type of grass that would not have to be re-seeded with the rye grass. Also, is it really necessary to water two times a day on the rye seeding at this time?

Answer: The best grass for this part of the world continues to be bermudagrass. It can deal with high sunlight, high air temperatures, salty water/soil, shallow soil and heavy use. Unfortunately, the life cycle of bermudagrass includes going dormant. Think of dormancy as sleep and how it is hard to go without any for very long and remain in good health. Overseeding is optional but it helps keep some green if that is your goal. It also helps keep your lawn thick, which helps shade out weeds. Watering twice per day is recommended for germination. Once it starts growing you can water every other day and then once a week once the temperatures cool down for the winter.

Question: Can you help identify a shrub about 4 to 5 feet high, wide with fuzzy leaves, and a white umbrella flower? This photo shows what appears to be the seedpod.

Answer: It looks like Mexican olive (Cordia boissieri) and confirmed by our friends at the University of Arizona Herbarium. It\u2019s native to southern Texas and can be found in the wild. It isn\u2019t related to actual olives but it produces a similar looking fruit that isn\u2019t palatable to humans but wildlife like them. The flowers are nice though so it makes a suitable landscape shrub/small tree if you have room for something that can grow to 30 feet given the proper accommodations. However, it doesn\u2019t tolerate freezing temperatures.

Q: I have a clean yard, in which I have a few plants and trees, and had a large Mexican primrose that came up by itself. Last week gophers, plural, got the primrose and it disappeared. How did they find it? The ground for more than 40 feet around the primrose is bare and had no gopher mounds of dirt. Nothing, yet the tunnel surfaced an inch from the plant and they proceeded to eat it. I set a trap and killed one gopher overnight, but the next day there was an additional mound and the plant had disappeared. Do they come above ground to scout around at night? I\u2019m mystified.

A: Gophers are nocturnal so it makes sense that you could catch them overnight and lose plants to them at the same time. Their crescent-shaped mounds, tunnels, and plant damage are certainly signs they are present. Many animals find plants by smell and they may have been scouting above ground at night before building that part of the tunnel. While they feed on the roots primarily, they will also take whole plants underground. Continue trapping and try to exclude them from desired plants with hardware cloth buried beneath the beds.

Question: How do I keep cockroaches from invading my house from outside?

Answer: There are many species of cockroaches and only a few of them like to live with humans. For some species, entering your home is an accident and they can be dispatched with a broom. They are nocturnal and attracted to lights, water, food, and shelter. To protect your home, make sure it\u2019s difficult for them to get inside by sealing any holes in the foundation, making sure door sweeps are in good condition, or traps can be used

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More than 50 local schools and camps will be at the #ThisIsTucson School and Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are trying to find the best local school for your kids or just looking for the perfect camp, this is a free opportunity to meet Tucson organizations face-to-face.

Let us know that you\u2019ll be there by preregistering on our website tucson.com/schoolandcampfair and you could win one of five $100 gift cards to Fry\u2019s.

Bring the kids along \u2014 they can meet Wilbur Wildcat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar; check out the bounce house and inflatable slide; or you can take advantage of the JCC\u2019s babysitting services for $4 an hour.

See you there!

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Q: We live on a property in the near foothills on the east side of town that has a number of saguaros. There is one cactus that we\u2019d always assumed was just an odd looking saguaro because it is about the same size as many of the saguaros in our yard. This morning, we noticed that it has two blooms and they are quite different from those on saguaros. We also realized that while the spines are similar to those on a saguaro, they differ too. Can you help us identify this cactus?

A: From your photo this appears to be an Argentine saguaro (Echinopsis terscheckii), aka cordon grande. This species is sometimes planted in our area for its ability to withstand cold weather. It grows faster than the native saguaro and is hardier so it can be grown in slightly colder climates. As you noticed, the flowers look more like a cereus than a saguaro and the spines are longer as well.

Q: I think it\u2019s nearly time to begin pruning my grapevines (two Red Flame and one Thompson green) and seems like it\u2019s a good idea to address last year\u2019s pests. Although the photo shows the arbor in shade, the vines get six to eight hours of sun daily. In the summer, the drip system provides each vine with one gallon per hour, four days a week, for an hour and a half. And last summer, boy did we have bugs. I use Bt for one kind of caterpillar that has been with us since the beginning, coming up on four years, but it didn\u2019t seem to faze them. I\u2019d prefer a systemic, because our monsoons wash sprays off. I\u2019m happy to forgo harvesting grapes for another year or two. What is your recommendation?

A: Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is helpful in managing caterpillars such as the grape leaf skeletonizer (Harrisina brillians). Bt doesn\u2019t have any affect on the various species of leafhoppers that are causing the damage in the photo. Leafhoppers suck the sap from leaf cells causing the yellow appearance you are seeing. Grape plants can withstand a good amount of feeding damage before fruit yield is affected so you might not have to do anything. There are also natural enemies that feed on the leafhoppers so you probably already have some help managing them. If you want to determine if treatment is recommended, you can monitor the population by counting the number of leafhoppers per leaf on a random sample of leaves. If the number per leaf exceeds 15, then it might be worth treating. There are systemic insecticides available for this purpose and they can be applied as a soil drench. Active ingredients for these chemicals are toxic to bees and other animals so please follow label instructions if you go this route. So my recommendation is to assess the situation before treating because you might save money by monitoring them this spring.

Question: I have a Mexican palm that is about 25 feet high and still growing. Is there any way to slow it down or stop it from growing? Also it is 6 feet from an in-ground pool and 2 feet from brick wall. Should I be concerned about this?

Answer: Palm trees, like other tree species, tend to slow down growth when they receive less water. You can\u2019t stop it from growing unless you use a chainsaw. Trees growing too close to structures can be a problem as their roots grow and seek water. I think your description warrants a visit from a certified arborist to determine the gravity of your situation. Palm trees are not as big a problem as some other trees that have larger root systems but they can still disrupt hard structures over time.

Question: I have a mature grapefruit tree I have been maintaining for three years ago. I keep it watered, fertilized and trimmed. It has always given me many wonderful juicy pink grapefruit, which I love, and share with friends. This spring, I noticed very few blossoms and now there are very few (probably less than 50 total) grapefruit on the tree. The existing fruit has extremely thick rinds, about 1\u0192 inches thick, leaving very little room for the inside fruit. Did I do something wrong to have this problem? I love this tree and the fruit and would appreciate any help you can give me to do whatever it takes to bring back the bounty come next spring.

Answer: I recommend you double-check the fertilizer amount, timing, and type you are supplying. Over time, trees with an imbalance of nutrients may develop thick rinds. Nitrogen is often the main ingredient in fertilizer but trees also need a small amount of phosphorus and potassium. There are some fertilizers designed and sold for citrus. If you aren\u2019t already using one of these, it might be worth switching. You also might also double-check the watering schedule to make sure that is correct. It should be every 14 to 21 days to a depth of 36 inches in the winter, every 10 to 14 days in the spring and fall, and every seven to 10 days in the summer. Trimming your citrus tree is not something recommended unless there are dead or damaged branches.

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It wouldn\u2019t be a stretch to think that Dave Dosh might have a little Claus family blood in him.

Simply consider that the retired dentist is a self-taught woodworker who hides away in a makeshift workshop in his garage every year to make a little Christmas magic.

His work doesn\u2019t come with near the fanfare of the work of the man in the red suit, but it\u2019s no less treasured when it hangs from a family Christmas tree, or from a wreath or other decoration at the holidays.

Dosh crafts wooden Christmas ornaments with a meticulous process that makes his work as much art as decoration. He only makes a dozen or so a year \u2014 a single pattern each year \u2212 but it\u2019s a labor of love that keeps him busy and rewards him with gratitude from those who hang the ornaments in their homes during the holidays.

\u201cOriginally I just gave them away as gifts to friends and family,\u201d Dosh said, adding that in the current internet age, he was eventually encouraged by his daughter to make them available online to spread the joy.

\u201cMy daughter said I should sell these online, so she set up a store and she sells them,\u201d Dosh said. \u201cOne lady buys one every year for her husband. She\u2019s done it every year for about six years.\u201d

With a background of 30 years as a dentist working with his hands in tight quarters, precise woodworking is a natural for Dosh. It began as a hobby and evolved into a passion while he was still in business in Tucson with an office on Wilmot Road north of Broadway. But when he retired in 2005, his hobby became much more as demonstrated by a home full of elaborate bowls, vases and other woodwork, some which has been displayed in art galleries.

\u201cI\u2019ve been doing this pretty much full-time since I retired,\u201d Dosh said. \u201cI was doing this as a stress release from the office. The wood never complains. It was a way to creatively do something with my hands.\u201d

Dosh said the whole thing was triggered by an innocent comment he made to his wife, Kathie, while on a side trip to Tombstone 30 years ago.

\u201cMy wife wanted to buy some wooden flowers and I said, \u2018I can make some for you. For what that costs I can make a dozen for you,\u2019\u201d he recalled. \u201cSo she said, \u2018Do it.\u2019 So I did it and I made some two-dimensional flowers.\u201d

Then came the bowls and vases, when, as he said, \u201cI got bored\u201d with two-dimensional pieces. He said he read a magazine that described a \u201cwoodturning\u201d process by renowned expert Ray Allen, and he got serious about his craft.

\u201cFrom that, I went ahead and modified (Allen\u2019s process) to fit what I wanted to do and what I wanted to show within the pieces that I make,\u201d Dosh said.

As Dosh describes the process it is difficult to envision how the pieces of wood from his inventory come out on the other end looking like they do. But to see the process simplifies it, although it clearly requires a level of skill beyond high-school wood shop.

Step into Dosh\u2019s workshop and you find a space only about eight or 10 feet wide with shelving on the walls all around stuffed full of tools, wood and other materials for his craft so that more than one person in the space is a crowd. A lathe on the workbench dominates the space. Drawings of his current work are pinned to the shelf above.

The wood inventory, which he buys locally and cuts to size in his shop, is sorted by size and colors and sits neatly on shelves.

There\u2019s no air conditioning, but it doesn\u2019t stop him from being in there for hours at a time, even during the summer.

\u201cI\u2019m just amazed at what he keeps coming up with,\u201d said Kathie. \u201cI enjoy every year seeing what he comes up with. It\u2019s a passion of his and I enjoy it.\u201d

She adds that there\u2019s never any tension over the amount of time Dosh spends in his workshop because the couple makes sure to get their quality time throughout the year, in particular on an annual \u201c40-day driving trip\u201d and other travels where she can see his creative mind churning at the sight of possible designs at locations they visit.

\u201cWhy would it bother me that he would be out there working?\u201d she asks. \u201cWhen we\u2019re home that\u2019s what he wants to do. I\u2019m not a creative person and I can\u2019t relate to that. But I appreciate it.\u201d

Dosh said he started making the ornaments about 10 years ago using the same artistic thought process and woodworking skills that went into his other work. Delving into making Christmas ornaments was unexpected, at least to his family.

\u201cThe first year was a complete and utter surprise,\u201d said Dosh\u2019s daughter, Kirsten Bittel. \u201cBut he\u2019s always been a creative problem-solver and I think it goes back to his working career. He had people come into his dentist office with bizarre issues with their teeth and they couldn\u2019t afford to have a standard root canal or crown so he would come up with a creative solution that would fix the tooth and would work with a patient\u2019s budget. That flexibility and that creativity, he uses all of that with the ornaments.\u201d

The designs for all his work come from keeping an eye out on the couple\u2019s world travels where Dosh said he might see a design in a tile floor or a ceiling or a wall. His first Christmas ornaments are of a style he picked up in New Zealand.

\u201cOne of the things I found in our travels, thanks to a tour guide in France, is that Europeans, to show how wealthy they were, didn\u2019t put traditional slate roofs on their houses or businesses,\u201d Dosh said. \u201cThey put ceramic tiles and so they started putting patterns within the ceramic tiles. A lot of these are still around Europe and maintained.\u201d

Dosh said he\u2019s incorporated designs from buildings and museums he\u2019s seen in those faraway places and as close as downtown Tucson. He once made a vase incorporating the design on the Arizona state government office building on Congress, later giving the vase as a gift to the building\u2019s designer, James Gresham. Another bowl is from a design he saw at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

\u201cSometimes in the middle of the night it just comes to me and then I make some notes in the morning if I can remember.\u201d

And now others have come to anticipate his work as the holidays approach.

\u201cIt really varies,\u201d Kirsten said of the online sales. \u201cSome years he\u2019ll sell just five or six online. Our school did a craft fair so he sold a handful here. He only makes about 12 or 15 each year and he sells maybe half of those.

\u201cIt\u2019s more of a passion for him. He just loves the process of creating. He loves the smell of the wood. He loves all the aspects of it and creating something from nothing.\u201d

And even though it probably doesn\u2019t always make good business sense, Dosh has a soft spot for just putting his work in someone\u2019s hands.

\u201cGiving something away like this makes you feel good.\u201d

Santa couldn\u2019t have said it better.

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It will do.

That\u2019s what I thought when I \u201cput up\u201d the Christmas tree this year \u2014 the smallest tree we\u2019ve ever had.

For decades, we\u2019ve decorated trees that stretched perilously close to the various ceilings we\u2019ve owned \u2014 ceilings with heights beginning at just under 7 feet on up. Some of these trees began in a forest \u2014 or tree farm. Others began in some Chinese factory.

That was the case with the last tree we decorated up until this year. Close to 8 feet tall, it came in three sections. Assembly required. Like most artificial trees, it was pre-lit, though that seemed to be less and less true as the years rolled by.

Assembling, lighting, and decorating the thing was always a chore, but that\u2019s not what led to its banishment this December. It was storage.

Because we own a very small garage \u2014 we actually use a laser light doodad in the ceiling to help us park the car without sideswiping the garbage can or rear-ending the washer and dryer \u2014 storage is at a premium.

Which means ye olde Christmas tree had to be pulled down from an overhead storage rack at the beginning of December, then hoisted back up into said rack when the season was over. This entailed backing our pickup truck into the garage and climbing into the truck bed in order to access the rack and maneuver a 100-pound-plus tree up or down.

Did I mention that we\u2019re not getting any younger?

Ah, youth. Ah, memories. Float with me now back to our first Christmas together as 19-year-old newlyweds. Both of us came from homes where the Christmas tree was often less than stellar. My mom always seemed to pick a tree that could have been the understudy for \u201cA Charlie Brown Christmas.\u201d

Meanwhile, my husband spent his last Christmas as an unattached male in a home boasting an aluminum tree with pink lighting. Little wonder that for our first Christmas together, he hauled an 8-foot Scotch pine up a flight of stairs into our tiny apartment. The one with the 7-foot ceilings.

For years after, December meant a trip to the local Christmas tree lot, a trip punctuated with a rather spirited discussion as to whether the tree he wanted would work without cutting two feet off its trunk, or limiting actual human ingress and egress into the room where it would branch.

Eventually, a tree would be bought, hauled home, and decorated. Presents would be spread underneath, in hopes that the cat would not repeat that unfortunate Christmas past where his curiosity led to water being splashed from the tree stand onto the presents. Note: Wrapping paper does bleed.

When natural trees started inching toward 100 bucks, my husband won the argument in favor of an artificial tree. What it made up in economy it lacked in aroma. Boy, did I miss the smell of pine and resin.

Our latest \u201ctree\u201d offers neither. Just under 32 inches, it\u2019s one of those fiber optic wonders whose green, red, and blue lights somewhat resemble the glow of a lighted cigarette. Bought as a whim more than a decade ago, the tree stayed stored and forgotten until I rediscovered it not long after Thanksgiving.

I plugged it in, and lo, it still worked. My husband, of course, was all for this very extreme downsizing. I draped a red cloth over a small table, set up the tree, stuck a few pine cones around it \u2014 at least something was natural \u2014 and stacked the presents beneath.

No, in no way does it resemble the glory of past Christmas trees. Nor will it resemble the mess and muscle needed to put it away. And for that reason alone \u2014 at least for this year \u2014 it will more than do.

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WHAT: A horseman\u2019s steel folding knife introduced at the 1889 Paris World Exposition did not sell when it was offered in a December sale of Jewelry, Timepieces & Vertu at Rago in New Jersey. The unmarked and unnumbered knife is a Pius Lang, made by a German firm in business since 1852 and still making knives today.

Perhaps the reason was a pre-sale estimate of $7,500 to $9,500.

MORE: Overall, the sale where the knife was offered was a huge success: A large Art Deco platinum and diamond brooch sold for more than $1 million, and a Cartier Paris agate box brought $75,000, over a $25,000 low estimate. Bidders were jumping \u2014 for certain items.

SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: Owners and would-be sellers need to ask themselves before selling: \u201cWho is the likely buyer/bidder for this item?\u201d Sometimes a sale boils down to a handful of prospects. The key is reaching that target buyer.

HOT TIP: Sometimes an item is too specialized or esoteric for an easy sale. The knife is an example: While admired by many, buying is another matter. In this case, the reserve price, a customarily low estimate (here $7,500) was apparently too high for bidders to jump in.

BOTTOM LINE: In all cases, the market at the moment of sale dictates value.

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Sarah Simpson moved into her Foothills home 15 years ago because its enclosed patio was perfect for her two cats.

Her recent award-winning backyard redo was for the desert tortoise, Bono.

Oh, Simpson says she wanted a more inviting space in which to spend time outdoors. \u201cI wanted the indoors out and outdoors in,\u201d she says as she describes how the patio didn\u2019t create a good flow between the two spaces.

But after saying all that, the former Bostonian admits, \u201cIt was all about the tortoise.\u201d

The backyard redesign earned landscape designer Kathryn Prideaux first place in last fall\u2019s Design Excellence Awards.

The recognition program is presented by the American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona South.

TORTOISE TOWNHOME

Simpson says she got 16-year-old Bono about 12 years ago from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum\u2019s Tortoise Adoption Program. He had the run of the small, terraced backyard, but tended to hug the wall of the neighbor\u2019s house, which abuts the yard. He\u2019d accidentally flip onto his shell and sometimes require rescue.

Because of caliche in the soil, Simpson couldn\u2019t create a proper burrow for Bono to hibernate in, so each winter he got moved into a closet inside of the house.

About three years ago, Simpson was completing extensive interior remodeling when she hired Prideaux, owner of Prideaux Design, to tackle the backyard.

Bono\u2019s new habitat was on the top of Simpson\u2019s list of changes. The space that\u2019s away from the patio and accessible by a few stair steps is that spot.

There he has a proper habitat with a burrow, a water feature and appropriate plants for food.

Bono can still climb the stairs to the upper level. Early in the backyard redo he fell off the sudden drop between the two levels. Prideaux then extended the height of the retaining wall between the lower to upper level so that the wall now guides the tortoise back to the stairs.

HUMAN LIVING

Following Simpson\u2019s desires, Prideaux opened up the small outdoor space by getting rid of the enclosed patio.

The wall separating the living room from the backyard was replaced with wall-length windows and sliding glass doors.

Removing a large non-native bush revealed the spectacular view of a nearby desert hillside. It\u2019s now visible from both the living room and the patio\u2019s new seating area.

To make the outdoor space more inviting for Simpson and guests, Prideaux started her design by focusing on one of the homeowner\u2019s hobbies \u2014 collecting art.

\u201cShe travels a lot and I knew sculpture was her passion,\u201d says Prideaux. \u201cI wanted to reflect her personality.\u201d

They settled on a 3-foot-long, firetruck-red chile by Maryland artist Jan Kirsh. It also is positioned in a way so that people can see it from the living room.

\u201cThen we decided red was the accent color,\u201d says Prideaux. A red urn and red-trimmed custom pillows, straw-colored furniture, a rust-colored table with fire pit, orange-blossom lady slipper plants and rusted steel elements echo that palette. Yellow Carolina jessamine, purple penstemon and white blackfoot daisy add complement and contrast.

Simpson isn\u2019t a gardener, so Prideaux added many low-maintenance plants that require little irrigation, including several agave species, golden barrel cactus, Mexican fence post and deer grass.

Prideaux also employed some of the natural landscape beyond the new retaining wall that separates Simpson\u2019s property from the neighborhood\u2019s common area.

An unintrusive water feature attracts white tail deer and javelina. She added tiny lights to an existing mesquite. Underneath is a platform on which Simpson can use the gate into the area to set up a chair for stargazing.

Prideaux calls that undeveloped area \u201cborrowed landscape. You don\u2019t have to own it to enjoy it.\u201d

\u2018CAT-IO\u2019

In the redo, the felines got an upgrade from the enclosed patio. They now have what Simpson calls the \u201cQueen Supreme Cat-io,\u201d which rhymes with \u201cpatio.\u201d

The airy, metal-fence enclosure includes the litter boxes that were in the enclosed patio, plus a spiral staircase, above-ground platforms and hammocks.

A series of cat doors guide felines Lucy Lawless, Grace Slick and kittens Alexander and Hamilton either into the bedroom or living room.

During parties the enclosure doubles as a bar, Simpson says. Her outdoor living space has become quite the popular gathering place for neighbors and friends.

\u201cWhat (Prideaux) created was a very unique space from a pile of dirt,\u201d she says.

\u201cShe\u2019s got a flow of energy and movement that I love. I feel one with the earth and I could be more a part of the earth.\u201d

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WHAT: A brass figure of Canda Vajrapani set a new world record for Tibetan sculpture when it sold for more than $6.3 million at Bonhams Hong Kong in November. In this version, the deity, translated to \u201cfierce holder of the thunderbolt,\u201d has one head and two arms with the right hand up. The left hand is in the karana mudra hand position to banish demons.

MORE: At more than 3 feet high, the figure is exceptionally large. That makes the masterpiece of 13th century Tibetan sculpture \u201cmonumental\u201d according to Bonhams. It is also a significant survivor of Tibetan brass sculpture.

SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: From the collection of a known expert, scholar and author on Tibetan sculpture, this figure and others offered bidders a chance to own part of a master collection. That is catnip to connoisseurs.

HOT TIP: Note that Bonhams elected to sell the figure in Hong Kong, a nexus of new wealth. Featuring it in a sale titled \u201cImages of Devotion,\u201d it acknowledged Far Eastern objects of veneration in a season when much of the world is focused on other religious holidays.

BOTTOM LINE: Another figure from the same collection, dating from the 1600s, sold for $1.9 million.

BOOK IT! \u201cCollectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017\u201d by Judith Miller & Mark Hill (Mitchell Beazley, $27.99), a softcover in its 24th edition, has photos of more than 4,000 items ranging from 20th century glass to toys, vintage costume jewelry and luggage. Prices listed are gathered from the market and realistic. Best of all, the authors (Miller is a long-time expert) provide hints, picks and comparisons.

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Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish

By Cynthia Weil. Wood Sculptures from Oaxaca by Rubi Fuentes and Efrain Broa. Cinco Puntos Press

Bees say bzzz bzzz in English and zum zum in Spanish. Frogs say ribbit ribbit in English and crua crua in Spanish. Oaxacan-carved wooden sculptures illustrate this 30-page bilingual picture book of animals and the sounds they make in two languages. With beautiful and playful depictions ranging from roosters to snakes, this little book is just right for interactive animal play with kids and adults.

Desert Dark

By Sonja Stone. Holiday House

A suspenseful young adult thriller about four teens who have been recruited to attend a CIA Black Ops training school in Arizona. Nadia joins Jack, Damon and Libby on a team, but the news that there\u2019s a double-agent at the school has them suspecting each other. Exciting right to the very end! This book would make a great movie for teens or adults. Ages 12 and up

The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona and Other Stories/La Se\u00f1ora Asno Se Enfrenta a La Llorona Y Otros Cuentos

By Xavier Garza. Pi\u00f1ata Books/Arte Publico Press

This fun, bilingual collection of Mexican-inspired short horror tales would be a treat for a camp fire read-aloud or other get-together for kids ages 9-12. One of the offerings, \u201cTunnels,\u201d starts with a boy falling into a tunnel and confronting some drug dealers. Luckily his dog, Chato, comes to his rescue. Is Chato actually a dog or a chupacabra? You\u2019ll have to read \u201cTunnels\u201d and the other stories to find out!

Maya\u2019s Blanket/La Manta de Maya

By Monica Brown; illustrated by David Diaz. Children\u2019s Book Press

Maya\u2019s blanket, handmade by her abuelita, has become frayed and worn, so they turn it into a vestido (dress). As it becomes more and more worn out, the remnants are used as a rebozo, a cinta (ribbon), and a bookmark. This story was inspired by the Yiddish folk song \u201cI Had a Little Overcoat.\u201d The colorful illustrations and engaging storyline make it a perfect choice for bilingual story time. Ages 5-9

Slingshot and Burp

By Richard Haynes; illustrations by Stephen Gilpin. Candlewick Press

Slingshot and Burp are two boys riding around dusty trails on their trusty steeds (bikes), looking for action. When they return to their bunkhouse, the boys find that their sisters have turned it into a pink doll house. They shoot up the dolls and suffer two days of \u2018jail\u2019 time for the crime. Once released, Slingshot and Burp go back to their adventures, hunting for snakes, scorpions, and a Ghost Cat. Ages 7-10

Stealing Indians

By John Smelcer. Leapfrog Press

As recently as the middle of the last century, when this book is set, Native American children were routinely taken from their families and sent away to government boarding schools in an attempt to assimilate them into white society. The motto of the time was \u201cKill the Indian, save the man,\u201d and the boarding schools tore apart the lives of thousands of Native American families. Smelcer focuses on four Native American children. One of them, Simon Lone Fight, a Navajo from Four Corners, lost his parents when they were killed in a car accident and was turned over to the authorities by his grandparents. He spent the rest of his teen years at the school, along with hundreds of other Native American children. A disturbing, factual account. Ages 12 and up

Sand Dune Daisy: A Pocket Mouse Tale

By Lili DeBarbieri; illustrations by M. Fred Barraza. Westcliffe Publishers

Daisy is a tiny pocket mouse living in a sand dunes burrow. Gypsum, a kit fox, is hunting for food for his family and likes to eat mice. Daisy gets lost one day and is chased by Gypsum and a hawk when suddenly she sees a child sledding down a dune. Daisy hops onto the sled and whooshes away! There is a good glossary at the end of the story as well as a \u2018Did You Know\u2019 section that describes four of the largest sand dunes in the United States. Ages 5-8

\u2014By Ann Dickinson

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Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero\u2019s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

QUESTION: I have a 16-year-old ash tree and some of its tree limbs are starting to die off. This process started in August and has been continuing ever since. What could be causing this?

ANSWER: It could be a minor issue including water stress. Ash trees are pretty thirsty and need periodic deep watering. Sometimes entire branches will die but the tree will still survive. On the other hand, there is a serious pest \u2014 the carpenter worm \u2014 that can infest ash trees. The adult carpenter worm moth lays eggs in the crotch of tree limbs, and the larvae eat the interior wood of the tree. They weaken branches that can suddenly fall. It\u2019s a problem that will eventually kill the tree. Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for carpenter worms.

To check if you have this pest, start by looking for small \u215c-inch diameter holes near branch crotches and for a build-up of what looks like little piles of sawdust around the holes. If you confirm that you have this pest, you need to carefully remove the tree as soon as you can to prevent the insects from moving to other ash trees in your yard or neighborhood.

Q: My front sidewalk has gotten pitted over the years and is looking pretty shabby. Is there any way to cover up the damage without air hammering the walkway and removing it?

A: There are a couple of options. You can overlay the sidewalk with thin concrete pavers that are manufactured for these kinds of overlay projects. It\u2019s possible you will have to make some step transitions if you have stairs in front of the house or if your sidewalk ties into the driveway. Another option that might take care of the transitions as well could be having an acrylic coating laid over the damaged area.

Q: I bought my house about a year ago and recently pulled up the linoleum in the bathroom and the garage. Underneath, I found that I have very wavy concrete flooring. What can I do to level off the flooring so that I can lay tile on top of these areas? And can I do this job myself?

A: Stores that specialize in building materials can sell you self-leveling coatings that can practically do the job for you. You simply pour the coating over the floor and it spreads out across the surface without you having to trowel extensively. The coating usually adds only about 1/64th of an inch to the floor, so it won\u2019t create a problem with doors and cabinets.

Q: I have a huge acacia tree in my yard that I planted five years ago. Not long ago, I had a huge root from the tree that surfaced near the house. It\u2019s about 3 or 4 feet long and about 4 inches in diameter. Another large one seems to be developing as well. Can I cut them off and dig them out before they manage to get under the house? Or will that kill the tree?

A: You have a couple of options. You can often simply cut off one or two roots without hurting a tree. They represent a very small percentage of the tree\u2019s overall root mass. Another possibility would be to have a root barrier inserted into the soil in front of the house or in front of any other object you need protected. Before you take on this job yourself, it might be helpful to call a certified arborist to get an accurate diagnosis and management plan.

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The long wait for the year\u2019s best Southwest reading is over.

\u201cSouthwest Books of the Year,\u201d Pima County Public Library\u2019s (PCPL) annual review of regional literature, will arrive in libraries this week.

This free, library-produced publication connects readers with books that are new, noteworthy, and sure to keep you turning pages. They are selected by the \u201cSouthwest Books of the Year\u201d panel of reviewers, composed of librarians and subject specialists, who read the books as they become available and meet regularly throughout the year to discuss them. Their favorites become the \u201cSouthwest Books of the Year\u201d Top Picks.

The panelists are:

Bill Broyles, author, retired teacher and research associate at the University of Arizona\u2019s Southwest Center; Bruce Dinges, Arizona Historical Society director of publications; Vicki Ann Duraine, adult services librarian for PCPL; Christine Wald-Hopkins, longtime high school and college English teacher, book reviewer, and occasional essayist; and Helene Woodhams, literary librarian for Pima County Public Library and coordinator of Southwest Books of the Year. Ann Dickinson, retired librarian and children\u2019s book selector for PCPL, reviews Southwest books for children and youth.

This is the publication\u2019s 40th year. The Arizona Daily Star began the program and the library took it over in 2000. Books considered for Southwest Books of the Year are set in the Southwest (in the case of fiction) or focus on a southwestern subject or personality. This year 10 terrific titles \u2014 both fiction and nonfiction \u2014 rose to the top of the 200 books that were considered. Here they are, with reviews from the panelists who recommended them:

Desert Boys

By Chris McCormick. Picador

Characters cycle in and out of the stories in this wise, affecting debut collection set mostly in Antelope Valley, California, in the western Mojave. Opening with a tale of three boys who test themselves in paintball wars, experience 9/11 only remotely, and come of age during the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, Chris McCormick introduces Daley Kushner, the sensitive son of an Armenian immigrant, who serves as the pivotal presence in the interrelated collection. Kushner goes off to Berkeley, comes out as gay, becomes a writer, and lives in San Francisco, but the stories he\u2019s part of and that he narrates\u2014about his Uncle Gaspar\u2019s tenant and the two reckless girls; the black kid who plays the Confederate mascot at Antelope High; the struggling alfalfa farmer \u2014 fondly recall the paintball-shooting, dirt-bike riders we started out with.

\u2014Christine Wald-Hopkins

Also selected by Bruce Dinges

The Disappearances: A Story
of Exp
loration, Murder, and Mystery in the American West

By Scott Thybony. University of Utah Press

Master storyteller Scott Thybony does it again, and gives us Southwest mysteries ripped from sandstone canyons and lonesome byways. He sets out to find three people who suddenly vanished in the Four Corners Country in 1935: Dan Thrapp, out exploring for Indian ruins and long overdue; Lucy Garrett, a 13-year-old girl abducted by a man who had murdered her father; and, Everett Ruess, a bright young artist gone walkabout who disappeared without a trace. Ever the detective, Thybony walks the ground of one of America\u2019s most remote regions, quizzes insiders to shake out the truth, and ponders the cold-case evidence and newspaper morgues. His riveting verdicts weave regional history into touching personal stories with startling endings. If we close our eyes we can imagine these sagas being filmed in Monument Valley by a master movie-maker like John Ford, or being uncorked like ghost stories around a flickering campfire, sip by sip.

\u2014 Bill Broyles

Also selected by Helene Woodhams

The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting

By Fernanda Santos. Flatiron Books

A stark diagram showing the placement of nineteen bodies sets the somber tone for this mesmerizing account of wildland firefighting and the tragic deaths of Prescott\u2019s Granite Mountain Hotshots at Yarnell Hill on June 30, 2013. Santos, the New York Times Phoenix bureau chief, combines impressive skill as an investigative reporter with a novelist\u2019s feel for character and pacing to describe the ecology and culture of wildfire and unravel, minute-by-minute, the events of a day when nature and human error turned the world upside down for a band of dedicated men and the families who loved them. Santos writes with passion, knowledge, and empathy about an overwhelming tragedy and the lessons it holds for fire management and the built environment.

\u2014 Bruce Dinges

Also selected by Vicki Ann Duraine

Georgia O\u2019Keeffe: Watercolors 1916-1918

By Amy Von Lintel and Georgia O\u2019Keeffe. Radius Books/Georgia O\u2019Keeffe Museum

No Southwest artist is more revered than Georgia O\u2019Keeffe as her paintings continue to please and her legend endures as the \u201cmother of American modernism.\u201d But far lesser known is her art from the period of 1916 to 1918 when she \u201ccame west\u201d and lived in Canyon, Texas, teaching art in a small college while exploring techniques, color palettes, and subjects. During that period she grew confident in \u201ccomposing spaces creatively through the rhythmic patterns of tight lines, flowing curves, and open spaces,\u201d and, according to her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, it was a time when she found her \u201cself\u201d as well as bridged from watercolors to her later, more recognizable oils under the influence of Santa Fe. This edition, arguably 2016\u2019s most beautiful Southwest book, reproduces 46 of her watercolors at full-scale in a bound book and slips in a 57-page back-pocket bonus booklet of gallery notes and biographical photos. At $60 the set is a bargain.

\u2014 Bill Broyles

Also selected by Christine Wald-Hopkins and Helene Woodhams

The Kid

By Ron Hansen. Scribner

His slight stature and cocky good looks secured him his soubriquet, but it was his deadeye aim and proclivity for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people that earned Billy the Kid his reputation as a remorseless murderer. Mrs. McCarty\u2019s favorite son spent his short career wreaking havoc on the run while seeking to be exonerated of murder charges for killings he didn\u2019t actually commit. But whether or not it was wholly deserved, his legend loomed large and became the one jail he couldn\u2019t bust free of. His story has been frequently told, but it would be hard to beat Hansen\u2019s well-researched and fast-paced account. No formulaic Western this \u2014 Hansen populates his meticulously researched novel with characters who are three-dimensional and richly realized. Far from being the blood-thirsty sociopath of Wild West lore, Hansen\u2019s Billy lives and breathes, at times tender, often conflicted, loyal to his friends, always articulate and frequently very funny.

\u2014 Helene Woodhams

Also selected by Bruce Dinges and Vicki Ann Duraine

Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest

By Melissa Sevigny. University of Iowa Press

Imagine a world in which a river\u2019s conservation was as important as the community it supports. With the insight of a hydrologist and the heart of a poet, Sevigny champions this ideal in her lyrical and exhaustively-researched science journal cum memoir, interweaving the centuries-old paradigm of unlimited natural resources with the facts as she knows them: the Southwest is running out of water and rain does not follow the plow. The mythical Buenaventura River is a case in point. Spanish explorers believed the nonexistent river ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean. Despite all evidence to the contrary it remained on U.S maps for a century, a testament to the same kind of wishful thinking that supports our current reliance on the Colorado River \u2014 which has been litigated, dammed, and drained almost to death \u2014 and our faith in technological sleight-of-hand to produce water where there is none. Realizing that what can\u2019t be fixed by politics may be remedied by love, and in keeping with recommendations from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Sevigny promotes conservation at the local level. It is a call to arms: Mythical River may be the most important book you read all year.

\u2014 Vicki Ann Duraine

Also selected by Bill Broyles

News of the World

By Paulette Jiles. William Morrow

It\u2019s a familiar theme, the unlikely pairing of a gruff old guy and a poor little orphan girl \u2014 think \u201cTrue Grit,\u201d or better yet, \u201cHeidi.\u201d Now, take Heidi out of the Alps and set her down in Indian Territory, where she\u2019s just been freed after four years as a captive of the murderous Kiowas. She needs to make the perilous, 400-mile journey across Texas back to her family, and 70-year-old Capt. Jefferson Kidd is the (unlikely) man for the job. It\u2019s an unpromising start \u2014 fully indoctrinated into the ways of her captors, 10-year-old Johanna speaks only Kiowa and her Indian ways are as inexplicable to Capt. Kidd as his old-man manners are to her \u2014 but he is patient and courageous and she is plucky and resourceful. In the face of adversity, they learn to trust and value each other. Jiles is a gifted storyteller, and in her capable hands the familiar becomes fresh \u2014 she never sounds a false note in her delivery of this truly captivating narrative.

\u2014 Helene Woodhams

Also selected by Christine Wald-Hopkins

The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Guide

Edited by Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos; illustrations by Paul Mirocha. University of Arizona Press

This field guide celebrates the very best of Sonoran Desert biodiversity \u2014 its plants, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians \u2014 and its essayists, artists and poets. Drawing from The Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park, a 2011 project that invited 80 writers to create literary pieces addressing species found in the park, this book presents more than 60 species. Paul Mirocha illustrated them, Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos scientifically described them, and writers from the region responded to them. Mirocha\u2019s drawings are clean and lovely, the text by Magrane and Cokinos is informative and entertaining, and the accompanying writings are delightfully diverse. Check out Alberto Rios on jackrabbits (\u201cThose ears have heard things/ And they\u2019ve brought back/So many stories to tell about you\u201d); and, Valentina Quintana on the parthenogenetic Sonoran whiptail lizard (\u201cPersonal ad: ... SWL seeks independent companion for fun in Sonoran desert.\u201d)

\u2014 Christine Wald-Hopkins

Also selected by Bruce Dinges

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement
in Ameri
ca

By Andr\u00e9s Res\u00e9ndez. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In his riveting chronicle of \u201cgood intentions gone bad,\u201d UC Davis historian Res\u00e9ndez recounts the dismal story of enslavement of native people in the New World from Columbus\u2019s landing through Spanish and Anglo settlement of the American Southwest up to the present day. Combining a firm grasp of the scholarly literature, deep research into documentary sources, and a facile writing style, he describes in moving detail how warfare and conquest over five centuries created an economy of involuntary servitude in the Western Hemisphere, and its impact on conquered peoples. This landmark book opens a window on an important but overlooked chapter in American history.

\u2013 Bruce Dinges

Also selected by Christine Wald-Hopkins

The Terranauts

By T. C. Boyle. Ecco

Beginning where the real-life Biosphere left off (its mission compromised when one of the occupants was released to treat a finger injury and returned with pizza), Boyle envisions a second mission in which four men and four women enter the sealed glass compound outside Tucson in a two-year experiment to test human beings\u2019 ability to survive in an artificial environment. Told from alternating points of view, this insightful and often hilarious novel deftly examines the foibles of human nature viewed through the eyes of a supremely self-involved cast of characters committed to achieving a cause that is at once transcendent and totally banal.

\u2014 Bruce Dinges

Also selected by Vicki Ann Duraine and Helene Woodhams

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It\u2019s been a rite of passage through the years.

A family member \u2014 grandma, grandpa, mom, dad \u2014 passes away and leaves a trove of keepsakes that tells a family\u2019s story, through photos, letters, books, artwork, clothing, even furniture.

The surviving family would gather and lay claim to various items. Someone would take the photos. Someone else would take the china or crystal. Someone else the love letters exchanged between a couple that may have spent a lifetime together.

It probably wouldn\u2019t be difficult to find a family that actually argued over those treasured items, rationalizing why one family member was more deserving than some other family member of getting that one keepsake that everyone knew meant the world to the family.

But in the current era of technology and mobility with cellphones and computers virtually serving as yesterday\u2019s hope chest, with every element of people\u2019s lives contained in a hard drive measured by gigabytes, family keepsakes aren\u2019t remaining as keepsakes anymore. They\u2019re increasingly becoming merchandise.

It was a typical Friday morning at the Golden Goose Thrift Shop recently, and general manager Stephanie Urdiales was directing traffic inside the cramped storage area and orderly sales floor where volunteers and staff were getting ready for another busy day.

\u201cThe Goose,\u201d as customers, staff and volunteers call it, is where thousands of items that back in the day might have been passed down as family heirlooms end up and are put up for sale to raise money for charity \u2014 more than $8 million has been donated to the community by the business in 13 years of existence. Browsing through the shop at 15970 N. Oracle Road in Catalina is like browsing through the histories of faceless families from throughout the community and beyond.

Items come to the Golden Goose from many directions. They\u2019re items left over from estate sales. Sometimes they\u2019re donated directly by family members who have decided not to keep them for any one of a number of reasons \u2014 lack of storage space, the surviving family lives far away and doesn\u2019t want to haul the goods home or, as Urdiales said, \u201cit just doesn\u2019t fit into their lifestyle.\u201d

\u201cWe get pieces of history and just remarkable things,\u201d Urdiales said. \u201cSadly, where I\u2019m concerned, they just don\u2019t have time to deal with it.

\u201cThe world has become so fast-paced. I think a lot of people feel like if they\u2019ve got that iPhone, it\u2019s pretty much all they need. A lot of these things were statements about people\u2019s families, who they were, their ancestors, and they used to be proudly displayed on walls and people would surround themselves in their homes with them. And it\u2019s just not so much anymore. Not that it\u2019s necessarily a bad thing. It\u2019s just different.\u201d

Pat Moore has been in the collectible and estate sale business with her husband, Bob, for more than 40 years, and is a little more direct in her opinion of what she considers a trend toward families getting rid of potential heirlooms instead of keeping them for future generations.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got two grown daughters in their 40s and I think they\u2019re a very good example of this,\u201d Pat said. \u201cWhen I say I have something that was mine or their grandmother\u2019s or theirs when they were young, their idea is to take a picture of it and get rid of it. They\u2019re that blunt. That\u2019s what we\u2019re seeing.

\u201cIt\u2019s clutter and they don\u2019t like clutter,\u201d Pat said of modern families in general. \u201cThey\u2019re busy out there, moving their lives, trying to do as much in their lifetime as they can and not worry about having to have a place to put all these things and take care of all these things.\u201d

Urdiales said she has come to expect donations of a large volume of certain items that fall in that don\u2019t-fit-the-lifestyle category, or that technology has made obsolete and considered by many to be unusable.

\u201cThere are things that aren\u2019t surprising like silver-plate serving pieces. Nobody wants that,\u201d Urdiales said of the once must-have wedding gift. \u201cNobody uses it. They don\u2019t want to polish it. So we get a ton of that.

\u201cWe get the china and fine dishes and fine crystal because frankly they\u2019re not microwavable. They\u2019re not dishwasher safe. You have to hand-wash them. When people get married now, they don\u2019t get a service for 12 of Noritake china and Waterford crystal and silver-plate flatware.\u201d

Those aren\u2019t the items that Urdiales and the Moores shake their heads about from time to time. It\u2019s the stuff that used to be considered sentimental.

At the Golden Goose, one might open an old book and find a personal, handwritten note. Or one can browse through a collection of Bibles, many that were gifted at one point and even passed down previously. Military medals, citations and uniforms come in and are sold, usually to collectors who place a high value on them.

\u201cWe\u2019ll get family photographs and love letters still tied with string,\u201d Urdiales said.

There\u2019s art for sale that clearly had meaning at the time it was created, including an original painting of a young girl who was someone\u2019s daughter, granddaughter or mother long ago.

The staff at the Golden Goose currently is dealing with a unique item dating to World War II. It\u2019s a book titled, \u201cI Knew Hitler,\u201d written by a man who, based on a letter that was found in the book, was suspected of being a Nazi. He apparently had been detained by the U.S. Government and the letter was a carbon copy of his plea to officials that he was not a Nazi. The letter was dated 1942.

\u201cWe\u2019ll get whole swaths of people\u2019s lives in boxes that are expressed through writing and memorabilia and photographs,\u201d Urdiales said, listing examples like theater programs, old newspapers, maps and souvenirs. \u201cThat always surprises me.\u201d

Those items require special handling and care because, Urdiales said, they were special to someone\u2019s life at some point even if they\u2019re for sale now. The more delicate items are locked under glass in the shop until someone comes along to buy them.

And, just because someone didn\u2019t think enough of an item to keep it, there is a market for all of it thanks to technology, Bob Moore said, pointing out \u201ceBay is an amazing thing.\u201d

Television has latched onto the trend to produce a bevy of reality shows such as \u201cAmerican Pickers,\u201d \u201cPawn Stars,\u201d \u201cAntiques Roadshow\u201d and others where sorting through, buying and selling family keepsakes apparently makes good television.

But as time passes, Moore said, he thinks regrets can and do creep in as family members realize what they gave away or sold and that they\u2019re missing it.

\u201cWhat happens oftentimes when people get (older) is they\u2019re sorry,\u201d Moore said. \u201cI hear that sometimes. \u2018My mother had one of those and I really wish I had taken it.\u2019

\u201cI think sometimes when they get older, they may wish they had taken something. If they\u2019ve been thinking about it all these years, then you know they\u2019re sorry.\u201d

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It started with a fly. A very pesky fly, insistent on dive bombing me as I drank my morning coffee and read the paper.

After a few ineffectual swoops with my hand, I headed for the closet where I knew the fly swatter would be \u2013 or rather what was left of the fly swatter. Half of its plastic \u201cswatter\u201d was torn and flopped over. The fly must have laughed.

Later that day, I was shopping at your usual big-box store \u2013 the one where insecticides and mouse traps are inexplicably shelved in the same general area as peanut butter and kumquats.

So naturally, I assumed fly swatters would be hanging around as well. Looked. Could not find. Up and down the aisles I went until I finally spotted a clerk. Before she could make a clean getaway, I corralled her.

\u201cWhere are the fly swatters?\u201d I asked. She looked at me as if I\u2019d asked where was Santa, and his eight tiny reindeer.

\u201cOh,\u201d she replied. \u201cIf we have any, they\u2019re down the next aisle. But we usually don\u2019t have fly swatters this time of year. Out of season.\u201d

Who knew all the flies had skipped town for Acapulco?

Naturally, I had to challenge her. \u201cC\u2019mon. You know we have flies in Tucson year \u2018round.\u201d Logic, however, seemed to escape her \u2013 and me. With a shrug of her shoulders, she was gone.

This, of course, is one of my pet peeves, items going out of season in a town that has two seasons: hot and not so hot. Try buying a bathing suit in August, or flip-flops in November.

Undeterred, I wheeled the cart down the aisle the clerk had pointed to and \u2013 Eureka! \u2013 I found, perhaps, the last two fly swatters in town. I bought both of them because that\u2019s the way they came. Two for 98 cents. What a bargain.

So far, they\u2019ve not been put to use. For the fly seems to have disappeared. Perhaps, he, too, is winging it down to Acapulco. Nevertheless, I am prepared.

Curious as to what the internet might have in the way of fly swatters, I logged on and found the most amazing thing. It\u2019s called the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Fly Shooter. Sale priced at $37.49 (Yes, you read that right, $37.49) it \u201ctakes out pesky flies with table salt without splattering them.\u201d

What\u2019s more, it\u2019s \u201csmooth-cocking slide makes it easy to operate\u201d and its \u201cpowerful spring delivers exceptional range.\u201d It also offers a \u201ctextured grip for sure handling\u201d and \u201cfires 80 shots before reloading.\u201d

Comes in yellow \u2013 or \u201ccamo\u201d for $39.74. Must be 18 to order. No word on whether it\u2019s approved by the National Rifle Association. Guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.

Want something a tad less expensive? How about the Dynazap Flying Insect Zapper. Fully extendable and bendable, it kills mosquitoes, wasps, flies, hornets and yellow jackets with one well-placed zap. Two AA batteries included, $24.50.

And for the traditionalist in the family, there\u2019s always the Real Old-Fashioned Fly Swatter. Yep, that\u2019s its name. Comes with wire frame, wood handle, and strong mesh with sewn edges. \u201cThis is the way your grandparents remembered this essential tool of summer,\u201d reads the ad. Um, at $7.95 for one, $35.95 for five, I think not.

Actually, my granny had a fly swatter that looked a lot like these and it was sturdy enough to not only swat flies but to also swat the bottom of any unruly grandchild. Ah, memories.

She also kept a tuft of cotton stuck to the front of her screen door with a bobby pin as a way to keep out the flies. No idea if it really worked. Then again, it probably worked about as well as shooting flies with salt.

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Q: I am beyond upset and frustrated. Last year, I booked a vacation at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for my pregnant girlfriend and me. It was supposed to take place in early January of this year.

After news of the Zika virus broke last January, we contacted Sandals to get a refund for the trip because of the seriousness of the health advisory. That is the only reason we don\u2019t want to go to Jamaica.

At that point, Sandals advised us that we already had paid in full, and it claimed that we were outside the refund period. We provided a note from our doctor stating that travel to Jamaica was highly discouraged and against her medical opinion due to family-planning concerns and the issues with Zika. The Sandals reps should have refunded our trip at that time.

They were not swayed, and in an effort to find a solution, we temporarily accepted their idea of pushing the trip back a year, which laughably cost us a fee as well. I was skeptical, but felt we had no choice, given that the trip was days away and we clearly could not go. In the time since then, concerns about Zika have only intensified.

We contacted Sandals again this past July to try and refund our purchase. We originally had paid for a trip, been told that we could not cancel because it was too close to the date, and then paid a fee to move the trip forward a year. We spoke with a customer-service representative on the phone and were led to believe that we could get a refund for the trip. But that has not happened. Can you help us get a refund from Sandals? \u2014 Kevin Kordosky, Tucson

A: You\u2019d think a company like Sandals would try to help you in a situation like this. But its refund policy, which you agreed to when you booked your vacation, is clear. If you cancel 30 to 15 days prior to arrival, you\u2019ll receive 50 percent of the purchase price, including any applicable airline fees. If you\u2019re anywhere from 14 days to zero days before arrival, no refunds. It\u2019s all spelled out on Sandals\u2019 website: sandals.com/general/legal

Sandals and your travel agent probably also recommended travel insurance. Some insurance, such as the pricier, cancel-for-any-reason variety, might have helped you secure a partial refund. But most normal insurance, which would have excluded any pre-existing medical conditions, would have been useless.

I\u2019m troubled that a manager left you with the impression that you might get a refund. You could have avoided that by putting your request in writing. I list the names, numbers and email addresses of Sandals\u2019 executives on my consumer-advocacy site: elliott.org/company-contacts/sandals

The real question is: Who should take the financial loss for the Zika outbreak? Sandals \u2014 or you? I\u2019m not sure if this is an \u201ceither/or\u201d kind of question. In a perfect world, no one would be left holding the bill. Sandals would get its money, and you would be able to keep your vacation.

I contacted Sandals on your behalf. The company says it agreed to refund your room upgrade fee and a private candlelight dinner you\u2019d paid for. You should see both of those items on your credit card statement soon. Sandals told me that it \u201cunderstands your concern,\u201d and has extended your trip credit for one year from your current travel date.

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Question: We have tiny black gnat-like bugs flying around the house. They seem to live in the dirt of my plants and though they don\u2019t bite, they annoy us endlessly. I put the plants outside to see if the change in temperature would encourage them to fly away but to no avail. They seem to end up even in rooms with no plants. We read somewhere to put dishes of soapy water out and we do catch a few this way, but I\u2019d rather find a permanent way to rid myself of the annoying pests.

Answer: Your gnats are living on fungi in the soil of your plants. For this reason, we often call them fungus gnats. Unfortunately, the photo you sent wasn\u2019t close enough to help identify which species. Fortunately, these are common insects in houseplants so we have a good understanding of their life cycle and some general methods for managing them. As you noticed, they don\u2019t bite; in fact the adults don\u2019t even feed. The adults are only alive for a week or so and their mission is to mate and lay eggs in the soil. They may fly to other rooms nearby seeking places to lay eggs. The larvae feed on decaying plant matter and fungi in the soil and complete their development in three to four weeks. The first step in managing them is to let the top 1 or 2 inches of soil dry out completely between watering. This step alone might be enough to solve your problem. If the population persists for a month after you change watering practices, you might need to use an insecticide. There are a few available including Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), pyrethroid-based insecticides and parasitic nematodes. Some of these are not easy to find in stores so you might need to order them online.

Question: The last couple of years, the fruit on my pom tree gets brown spots, and it is rotten inside. Any ideas?

Answer: Yes, it\u2019s likely that insects are feeding on your pomegranate fruit and the feeding allows entry for a fungus that subsequently rots the fruit. The most likely suspect is the leaf-footed bug (Leptoglossus species). There are three species in the Southwest. These insects are common in our area and may be found feeding on a variety of plants including citrus, pecans and pomegranates. As adults, these insects are difficult to manage because they can fly, they can sense predators and they are quick to run around the other side of the plant or fly away. The best time to remove them is when they are in the egg stage, laid in a strand \u2014 end to end on the underside of leaves. There are insecticides available and effective against newly hatched nymphs. Either of these requires monitoring your pomegranate tree on at least a weekly basis with the goal of detecting them before they mature to the adult stage. If you only have one tree and you are looking closely for them anyway, you might be able to just remove them by hand or sweep them into a bucket of soapy water.

Question: This question is a shot in the dark concerning a bushy plant we saw in Alton, Illinois, this past September. The cluster berries are striking in their vibrant color. No one we spoke with including park personnel knew what the plant was called. It was in a landscaped area, and planted in a manner that would suggest a landscape architect was involved. Any guess?

Answer: The plant is American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana). It is native to the southeastern U.S. from Texas to Virginia and is easily grown in that area. I had it growing in my front yard in Virginia and it really tied the landscape together. It has also been found in the Caribbean and northern Mexico as it adapts to a wide range of soil pH. It is a striking plant and there is a variety called \u201clactea\u201d with white berries that is sold by nurseries although it can\u2019t compare to the purple in my opinion.

Question: Is it necessary to cut back our red bird-of-paradise bushes in the late winter (here in Sierra Vista)? Some folks in town don\u2019t and their red birds seem to bloom OK. Is it also necessary to cut back (or really, cut down) our Tecoma stans-orange jubilee each winter?

Answer: There are three species of bird of paradise (Caesalpinia) grown in the Southwest, red (C. pulcherrima), yellow (C. gilliesii), and Mexican (C. mexicana). In general, the pruning of bird of paradise shrubberies is necessary only to remove frost-damaged limbs or to remove dead, crossing or damaged branches. More pruning will be needed if you are growing the Mexican bird of paradise and plan it to be developed and maintained as a small tree. Once blooming is finished, the flower stalks may be removed to prevent seedpods from forming and to reduce the likelihood of volunteer seedlings. If the pods are left on the plant to dry and split, the seeds can be thrown a surprising distance. The red bird of paradise dies back to the ground at temperatures below freezing. It generally regrows in spring from the ground and can be pruned to a few inches above the ground in late winter. Mulching the base of plants in colder areas may protect the crown until spring. For Tecoma stans, it is not necessary to cut way back or cut them down each winter. Generally, you should prune dead wood in early spring and otherwise just do light selective thinning as needed to maintain the size. Hard pruning Tecoma stans-orange jubilee back to 12-inch canes is sometimes done to reduce the size and to maintain its upright shape. Hard pruning is stressful for the plants so if you choose that method you might do it every third year.

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Give the gardener on your holiday gift list a little bit of Tucson in and for the landscape.

Here are details of locally created items for outdoor living and where in Tucson you can find them. Some also can be ordered online.

Tohono Chul Park\u2019s 2017 Calendar, $10. Find inspiration from the photos of the northwest Tucson botanical grounds that grace this wall calendar. The images were taken by Tucson professional photographers Andrew Brown and Robin Stancliff, park graphic designer Austen Arnould and park volunteer Larry J. Parkhurst, a photography hobbyist.

The calendar also contains dates of annual events at Tohono Chul Park, including concert series, plant and art sales, free admission days and special events such as the Sonoran Spring Gala and Holiday Nights.

It\u2019s available at the park\u2019s gift shops.

\u201cIncredible Edibles\u201d 2017 Calendar, $10. Learn how to grow edibles from this wall calendar by the Pima County master gardeners. It focuses on the monthly needs of fruits and veggies in pots, raised beds and the ground.

Each page is full of information gleaned from University of Arizona research. The photos of the demonstration gardens at the Pima County Cooperative Extension were shot by master gardener Tony Knight.

Calendars are available at Harlow Gardens, various farmer\u2019s markets and the extension office, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Proceeds support the master gardener program that trains people to become gardening educators.

\u201cMonth-to-Month Gardening: Arizona, Nevada & New Mexico,\u201d Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., $24. Prolific Tucson garden writer Jacqueline Soule covers the planning, planting and caring for specific edibles and ornamentals for each month in her newest book.

She includes general gardening issues such as soil, composting and dealing with weather conditions.

It\u2019s available at Tohono Chul Park, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Antigone Books and the Rillito Nursery & Garden Center, 6303 N. La Cholla Blvd.

\u201cSouthwest Foraging,\u201d Timber Press, $25. Forager and herbalist John Slattery owns Desert Tortoise Botanicals. His newly released book shows how to find, gather, prepare and grow 117 edibles in the wild.

Some of the book\u2019s advice also applies to native plants grown around your house.

\u201cThe first step for most people into foraging is learning to use what\u2019s already in their yard,\u201d Slattery says.

In his book, Slattery suggests using your landscape to practice identifying useful plants that you can then find in the wild.

The book\u2019s Southwest definition covers Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, southern Utah and southern Nevada.

Slattery will hold a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oils & Balsamics in St. Philip\u2019s Plaza, 4320 N. Campbell Ave. The book also is available at Antigone Books and Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Window paintings, $225-$325. Sandra Montgomery combines her love of gardening and painting in her works, which are mostly of Arizona scenes and garden flowers in permanent acrylic on framed window glass.

\u201cI have a studio of old sash windows I constantly collect for my canvas,\u201d she says.

The paintings can be hung indoors or outdoors under a covered porch or patio.

They are available at Art House Centro in Old Town Artisans, 186 N. Meyer Ave.; Sweet Poppy Boutique, 19 Tubac Road in Tubac; and Harlow Gardens. Montgomery also sells them at art festivals and the Rincon Farmers Market.

Clay hangings, $25-$125. Midtown artist Susan Stokes likes to play with color and texture in her artwork of plants and animals.

She\u2019s sold her pieces, which can be hung in a patio, for 12 years through her company, Horseplay Clay.

Her works are available at Harlow Gardens. She also can be found at art festivals.

Wind chimes, $65-$150. Kimber DeLorenzo walks the washes of Tucson to find broken glass for her colorful wind chimes. She also checks out thrift shops and estate sales for dishware.

While some pieces play with color, shape and texture, DeLorenzo also creates time capsules of sorts. \u201cI like to keep specific periods of glass together, the 1960s, 1940s,\u201d says DeLorenzo, who owns Pieces of the Past.

The chimes are available at Tohono Chul Park and Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

Olla spikes, $13. You may have heard about olla balls, unglazed clay orbs that irrigate plants using less water than other irrigation methods.

Tucson company Cutting Edge Ceramics has come out with an olla spike specifically for potted plants. The spike is inserted into the dirt. You fill the container through an opening that\u2019s not covered by soil.

Water seeps through the clay, attracting roots that then grow toward the water source. In essence, the water goes directly to the roots.

In traditional irrigation, water has to make its way through the soil first and eventually to the roots.

Olla spikes are available at EcoGro, 657 W. St. Mary\u2019s Road.

Seed packets, $3-$6. Native Seeds/SEARCH, headquartered in Tucson, packages seeds collected from its conservation farm in Patagonia, among other local sources.

Most of the seeds are of native plants; others are proven to grow well in the Tucson environment.

The seeds are not genetically modified. While the farm is not USDA certified as organic, the plants are grown using organic-growing practices. All the seeds are open-pollinated varieties.

Retail associate Laura Neff says the best veggies to plant from seed right now include I\u2019itoi bunch onion, Magdalena acelgas (a type of chard), San Luis pea and Magdalena cilantro.

The organization also sells wildflower seed mixes ($2) from local sources.

Seeds can be purchased at the organization\u2019s retail store.

Bee habitats, average price is $130. Tucson artist and landscape designer Greg Corman turns found objects into artful habitats.

In his owls series, the bodies are made of scrap lumber or mesquite. \u201cI spend a lot of time in scrap metal places, firewood yards and back alleys looking for materials,\u201d Corman says on his website. \u201cThe hunt is half the fun.\u201d

Corman drills holes on the sides of the wood for solitary native bees to create nests.

His owls and other works are available at Harlow Gardens.

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