The desert critters have gone to work on a prickly pear cutting I just put
in the ground. It's a fairly large "arm" from the mother plant. The critters
have been eating the surface layer off on one side of the arm and now the
wound is dry and white. I've put up a wire barrier around the cactus and
trapped a woodrat last night in a rat trap - assuming it was the hungry
Being new to desert plants, I'm wondering just how resilient these cactus
are. Does it stand a chance after all the nibbling? I put a wire barrier
around the young palo verde tree we planted just in case something takes a
shine to its bark, too - is that necessary or am I over-reacting?
Thanks in advance.