Even though we grumble and grouse about them, they ain’t going anywhere. And that’s not for lack of trying.
Prickly Pears are also called tuna for the fruit or nopal for the paddle. Nopal is an Nahuatl word. Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs, and several varieties of it are still spoken in central Mexico.
Nine years ago my husband received a government grant to spray 23 acres of cacti with a potent pesticide. Why does the US government care about cactus? Because they are water guzzlers in arid area. Land needs to be cleared of cacti so that crops or grasses for grazing can be grown.
In order to buy and use this spray, he had to take a class and a test for a private pesticide applicator license.
Nature seems more determined than we are.
Since they are a fact of life here, we choose (most of the time) to enjoy the delicate flowers in the spring and early summer and avoid the thorns. That means the larger, obvious spikes and the fine hair ones that get embedded into the skin and take a long time to work themselves out.
So the question is: how many are too many?
“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.”