Tall Fescue Time

first_imgTo successfully establish a new tall fescue lawn or interseed an existing lawn, consider the following techniques and practices from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Grass seeded earlier than September or October is subject to heat stress and diseases. Planting later leaves the plant vulnerable to cold weather. Seeding in December and early spring is generally not recommended because the plant does not have adequate time to develop a deep root system needed to survive Georgia’s hot summers.Preemergence herbicides are needed to minimize weed pressure. These herbicides pose the least amount of risk to tall fescue that was seeded the previous September and October. Tall fescue seeded in November and treated with preemergence herbicides the following February has lower turfgrass quality ratings and reduced stand density compared to tall fescue seeded in October.Proper soil preparation is critical for effective seed establishment. Ridding the lawn of debris, tilling, incorporating lime and fertilizer and smoothing the surface are all necessary prior to seeding.Add amendments, like organic matter or topsoil, for soil improvement and till thoroughly into the existing soil. After initial preparation is completed and the area is properly leveled, collect a soil sample to obtain soil fertilizer recommendations. Submit soil samples to the local UGA Extension office. If starter fertilizer and lime are recommended, incorporate 3 to 4 inches into the soil. Tilling deeper is always better.To ensure you plant high-quality pure seed, search for the blue certified seed tag on the bag. In the retail market, most tall fescue seed is available as a blend of several tall fescue cultivars. Single cultivars are also available but often at a higher price.The ideal seeding rate for tall fescue is 5 to 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. To minimize skips and gaps, divide the seed into two equal portions and broadcast half in one direction and the remainder at a right angle to the first direction.The seed can be lightly raked into the upper quarter-inch of soil or pressed into the seedbed with a roller. Apply a straw mulch to retain moisture for improved germination and prevent erosion.After seeding, keep the upper 1 to 2 inches of soil moist, not wet, for uniform germination. This usually means daily watering of about one-tenth to one-quarter inch for the first three weeks. As the seedlings develop, irrigate less frequently but wet the soil profile deeper. Under good conditions, tall fescue seed will germinate in 5 to 10 days and be ready for its first mowing between 2 and 3 weeks.Begin mowing at a height of 2 inches. As the seedlings mature, raise the cutting height to the 2.5- to 3-inch range. Once mature, the lawn can be maintained between 2 to 2.5 inches, but a height of 3 inches is suggested during the summer months. Use a mower with a sharp blade and mow often enough so no more than a third of the leaf height is removed in a single mowing. Do not mow a grass, especially young seedlings, when it’s wet.If the lawn needs reseeding, estimate the percentage of tall fescue loss and multiply that number by the establishment seeding rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. For example, if 50 percent (0.5) of the stand is lost, reseed with 0.5 x 6 = 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Spring reseeding is less successful because of the shorter establishment time before summer heat and moisture stress.Seed-to-soil contact is necessary to assure successful reseeding. First, mow the lawn at a height of 1 to 1.5 inches. Disturb the soil by coring or vertical mowing before and/or after seed distribution. (Equipment for this task is available at rental or garden centers.) Reseed thin areas at 2 to 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Getting the seed below the existing turfgrass canopy and to the soil surface improves germination. Apply a starter fertilizer at 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Lastly, keep the soil moist as discussed for new lawn establishment.Successful seeding depends on proper soil preparation, good soil-to-seed contact and proper water management.last_img read more

Robert Kraft Massage Parlor Tape Reportedly Leaked

first_imgA video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft naked at a massage parlor is reportedly being shopped around to media outlets.Two women charged in a sex crime sting at the Florida massage parlor claim the evidence tape has been sent to news outlets, and say it “must’ve been leaked by prosecutors.”A news outlet called The Blast says it has seen the tape and it appears to show the 77-year-old Kraft in a massage parlor with another person.The Patriots owner is pleading not guilty to solicitation charges and is fighting the allegations.Earlier this week, Palm Beach County prosecutors filed a motion in court to release the video to the public.Related content:Judge Blocks Prosecutors’ Attempt to release explicit Robert Kraft day spa videoProsecutors have no yet spoken out about recent news of the alleged leaked footage.last_img read more

Kaymer inspired by video of last major win 6 years ago

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:09 IST Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:09 IST Kaymer Inspired By Video Of Last Major Win 6 Years Ago Martin Kaymer hasn’t won since the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and while he thought he was playing decent coming into the PGA Championship, he knew decent wouldn’t cut it at a major championship WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Martin Kaymer hasn’t won since the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and while he thought he was playing decent coming into the PGA Championship, he knew decent wouldn’t cut it at a major championship.So for his final piece of preparation, he watched highlights of his last major win on Wednesday night.It seemed to have worked.“That video from last night of me winning the U.S. Open, that helped me to believe that my putting was good enough, that my ball-striking was good enough. Even though it’s a few years back, it’s always nice to remember those moments and feel the same that you felt that day.”He found the video on YouTube, just under two hours of him playing the back nine in his eight-shot victory.“There’s not much to do right now other than hanging out in your hotel room by yourself,” he said.He had seen the video briefly while golf was shut down for three months during the pandemic. He also watched the conclusion of the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which he won in a playoff against Bubba Watson.How long he can keep these good vibes is the question.Kaymer explained his drought on not playing well enough, not feeling motivatated and his priorities not what they used to be. But he was eager to resume playing after the pandemic, particularly because Germany only allowed golf a few months ago. He got a bonus when the White House lifted the 14-day quarantine for international travelers if they were athletes, so he played the Barracuda Championship. He missed the cut, but it was competition he needed.“Coming out here, it’s a huge motivation again, seeing the guys, the way they play golf,” he said. “The type of golf has changed so much, and it takes a little bit of time to get used to that and getting into a similar groove without losing your own game, and that is something that takes a little bit of adjustment.”INNOCENT BYSTANDEROne of the few people wandering outside the ropes Thursday to watch the action kept to himself, his mask obscuring his identity. It was PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who rarely has time to get a look at the product — in this case, his players.What had he seen?“We have a lot of good players out here,” Monahan said, smiling at his understatement.What did he feel? Well, that’s different.Turns out Monahan, with a deep history in golf, experienced a first at Harding Park. He was hit by an errant tee shot by Matt Fitzpatrick.“One hop off the shoulder,” he said.FAMILIAR TERRITORYZach Johnson is one of three players who have played at every big event at Harding Park since it was refurbished.He was in his second year on the PGA Tour when he tied for 43rd in the American Express Championship, which Tiger Woods won in a playoff. He went 2-3, losing to Tim Clark in singles, at the 2009 Presidents Cup that the United States won. He went 2-1 in his matches at the Cadillac Match Play in 2015, but failed to advance to single elimination when Branden Grace won the group in a playoff.And now he’s at the PGA Championship, with no complaints about the start. Johnson opened with a 66.Johnson played nine holes Monday in warm weather and thought he could handle the course. And then on Tuesday, when the chill and the fog and the wind took over, he thought it was one of the hardest golf courses he had ever played.“But it was gettable today,” he said. “With minimal winds and obviously decent temperatures, this is what I remember this course playing the three other times I competed here. It’s a little longer, but this is how I remember it.”TIGER’S STARTTiger Woods opened with a 2-under 68, which is worth noting because of his history in the majors. He has won 15 of them, more than anyone but Jack Nicklaus.But rarely does Woods get off to great starts. He has three wire-to-wire wins — at the 2000 U.S. Open and 2002 U.S. Open, and the 2005 British Open — and only once has he rallied in the final round to win (2019 Masters).Of his 15 majors, he started with a round in the 60s seven times. In his five Masters victories, he has never started with a round lower than 70.Some context is required, but his 68 was his lowest start in a major since the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and his lowest in the PGA Championship since a 67 at Hazeltine in 2009.Of course, Woods was coping with injuries in 2011, and his series of back surgeries began in 2014. He missed 10 majors from 2014 through 2017. Still, it was a solid start for someone playing for only the second time in six months.“I made some good putts,” he said. “For the most part of the day, I missed the ball on the correct sides. This golf course, you have to hit the ball in the fairway. … I felt like I did a decent job of doing that, and the golf course is only going to get more difficult as the week goes on.”SANITIZERS ON DISPLAYThe PGA Championship features hand sanitizers on every tee box.But is anyone using them? Not Shane Lowry.“Personally, I wouldn’t feel that comfortable sanitizing my hand before I put my hands on my grip,” Lowry said with a grin. “So no, I certainly didn’t use it.”He wasn’t alone. Lowry says they mostly are there for workers filling coolers with water, or caddies opening the lids. But it’s not like he was paying attention.Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Kenya improve in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgHarambee Stars are not expected to have any international assignment until March when new head coach Paul Put is expected to have his entire team assembled as he builds up for September’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.Ghana, Kenya’s next competitive opponents have also moved one spot up and are placed 50th globally.Meanwhile, despite dropping one spot, Uganda remains the best placed East African team at position 75 while Rwanda is the best mover in the region, climbing seven places up to 113th.Tanzania have dropped a massive five places to 147th, Burundi down four places to 142nd while Ethiopia who will also face Kenya in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers have risen two places to 143rd.Senegal, Tunisia and Egypt remain the top three placed African countries at 23rd, 27th and 31st worldwide.Globally, there has been no movement amongst the top 35 with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium remaining the best five national football teams in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate after winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18- Despite inactivity in December, national football team Harambee Stars has moved one spot up in the latest FIFA rankings released last evening climbing from position 106 to 105.Stars had moved five places up in the last rankings released in December after the splendid CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup performance that saw them clinch a seventh title.last_img read more

A Rocky Mountain Remodel Story

first_imgThe Rocky Mountain homeowners embraced the opportunity to “green” their remodeling project, primarily targeting the kitchen and the master bathroom. The design team—interior designer, architect, and homeowners—worked together as an integrated team to meet the project goals. We designed for multifunctional rooms with improved spatial relationships, family connectivity, increased storage and work areas, updated aesthetics, energy and water efficiency, and healthy indoor air quality balanced by timeless, durable, and easy-to-maintain design.An initial design charette meeting at the existing house set the scope for the remodel. We determined the overall layout of the home, the green strategies and goals, and the aesthetic vision. From there the design team, homeowners, and contractor met on a regular basis to keep the project on track, ensuring the goals were managed and met throughout the design, documentation and construction process. Detailed drawings and specifications were provided for the contractor incorporating the green strategies, and frequent job site meetings with the entire team proactively supported the project’s success.Greening the kitchenThe existing kitchen sat in a self-contained space not at all conducive to supporting the family’s active lifestyle. An open floor plan was developed relocating the kitchen adjacent to the existing family room and new, centrally located staircase.An oversize picture window invites the outdoors in and celebrates the magnificent views bringing joy to the heart of the home! Balancing aesthetics with sustainability were the top priorities. Local concrete countertops with integral concrete sinks complement the locally crafted, certified beechwood cabinetry. Recycled-content products were used for the glass bar front and backsplash, stainless-steel hood, and bar details. Low-VOC adhesives, finishes, and substrates plus nontoxic grouts and sealers sustain a quality indoor environment. European appliances are ISO (International Standards Organization) certified, exceeding Energy Star ratings for energy and water efficiency. Sustainability was paramount right down to the furnishings, which are made of certified wood with low-VOC finishes, recycled-content stainless steel, and washable upholstered seats for the bar stools.Refined eco-master bathThe existing master bath didn’t work. The spaces were disjointed with minimal storage, a small pedestal sink on an exterior wall with a minute mirror, and inadequate lighting, not to mention an outdated design.The homeowners yearned for a cohesive space with increased bath and closet storage, natural light, and updated aesthetics. Reconfiguring the existing space provided them with his/her closets separated by a full bath, with all rooms off a hallway that floods the spaces with natural light and provides easy access to the master bedroom.Green strategies were incorporated throughout the bathroom. Integral-colored earthen-based plaster walls and ceiling allow the surface to breathe, which helps to mitigate potential growth of mold and mildew and supports healthy indoor air quality. A local-glass countertop with integral glass sinks sits on top of certified sycamore custom-wood cabinetry, locally crafted. Low-VOC adhesives, finishes, and substrates plus nontoxic grouts and sealers sustain a quality indoor environment. High-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures and fittings reduce water usage, and an on-demand water heater delivers hot water straight away. A tonal, natural hemp area rug complements the neutral color palette. To preserve the green and healthy interiors, the homeowners use natural cleaning and body products along with organic towels and linens.Deconstructing the homeFor the entire remodel project, we worked with ReSource for architectural salvage and deconstruction support services. Existing building materials that were not reused were responsibly reintroduced to the reclaimed marketplace or donated to local charities. From cabinetry and countertops, to lighting and plumbing fixtures, to doors and hardware, to interior finishes, most everything was repurposed and recycled to local resources. We paid a nominal fee for the deconstruction services, which was offset by not having to pay dumping fees.Environmentally preferable productsRather than asking “How much more will the green renovation cost?” the homeowners understood that the integrated systems designed for optimal performance contribute to saving energy, water, and resources, aligning with the green objectives developed at the onset of the project.They enthusiastically supported the use of ecofriendly products and services in an effort to positively affect the marketplace. Many team discussions determined the environmentally preferable products that would meet our goals, including but not limited to the following criteria:What makes a product green?– Energy and/or water efficient– Healthy, nontoxic materials– Recycled or renewable sources– More efficient or more durable– Recyclable or biodegradableNext time you research products, refer to the Green Product Checklist on the REGREEN website to help in qualifying environmentally preferable products.REGREEN successWe’ve reached a critical mass of practicing sustainability! Today we are renovating homes using sustainable strategies and environmentally preferable products, and working with contractors and trade professionals with extensive green remodeling expertise. Every sustainability step we take is a success, and working alongside clients and project teams that are fully integrated truly is an amazing process. We delve deeper into increasing systems performance, water and energy efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, and material and resource efficiency, and into respecting the land and the community we live in, creating projects that we can all learn from.A great resource for green remodeling is REGREEN, created through a partnership between the American Society of Interior Designers and the U.S. Green Building Council . These tangible, in-depth best-practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects are available through the newly launched REGREEN website.last_img read more

Chicharito realigns focus after staying put

first_imgJavier Hernández Chicharito realigns focus after missing out on January move Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:05 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez West Ham Getty Javier Hernández West Ham United Mexico Premier League The West Ham striker has revealed that interest was shown in him during the winter window, but he is prepared to fully commit to his current club Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is prepared to commit himself fully to West Ham after missing out on a January transfer.Having slipped down the pecking order under David Moyes, the Mexico international striker attracted plenty of interest during the winter window.He has admitted as much, with advances from Premier League rivals shunned by the Hammers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the deadline having passed, Hernandez now knows that he will remain in east London until at least the summer, so he is prepared to knuckle down and give his all to the collective cause.The 29-year-old, who has netted two goals in his last four appearances, told West Ham’s official website: “I always try to be a professional and now my head is here 100%.“I will dedicate myself 100% to this team as I had done in all the clubs I have been in, to save us from relegation, which is the goal that we all have, from the coach, the players, all the staff who work at the club, and then also the fans — we will do everything possible to do it.”Moyes may need Hernandez to be at his predatory best over the coming weeks, with West Ham perched just three points above the relegation zone.They have gone three games without a win in the Premier League, and four in all competitions, and there is an acceptance within the camp that more needs to be done to dig themselves out of trouble.Hernandez added: “We have got to be at our best to stave off relegation.“Two weeks ago we were in 10th place, in the middle of the table practically.“Then, you can have two bad results and you are down, or you can have two very good results and you are up. This is how it will be.“We obviously want to be more consistent, which is obviously the key to saving us as soon as possible and not suffering going into the last days [of the season].”last_img read more

Your Chance To Discuss Your Dog With Cesar Millan

first_imgHere is your chance to win a personal encounter with Cesar Millan just by donating to charity.Meet Cesar Millan!Dog lovers everywhere know that Cesar Millan’s relationship with dogs is undeniably special. As a young boy he was teased for his close relationships with dogs by his classmates calling him ‘dog boy,’ but today, he is the pet care industry’s most recognized and sought-after authority working in the field of dog care and rehabilitation. Pooch lovers everywhere would dream of the opportunity to meet this celebrated dog behaviorist in person and Omaze.com is now making their dream come true.Anyone can now enter-to-win the ultimate dog-lover’s experience: a flight to Miami with their best pal to meet Cesar Millan, VIP access to filming of the Cesar Millan show and some one-on-one time with the man himself backstage before the show. The winner will learn about Cesar’s philosophies on dogs, see a live demonstration with a variety of breeds and participate in an audience Q&A session. The best part? Entries start at just $5 a pop and every 5 entries will teach a classroom of children humane education and helps save the lives of shelter dogs.Donations benefit the Cesar Millan Foundation.To find out more about the experience or Omaze.com, click here.last_img read more

Adam Beach talks Aboriginal actors and the future of movies and television

first_imgAPTN National NewsAdam Beach needs no introduction.The well known actor  and producer from Manitoba recently opened the Adam Beach Film Institute in Winnipeg.Beach was recently  in Ottawa talking to a major gathering of TV and media executives looking into the future of broadcasting.He talked to APTN National News about whether we could see more Aboriginal characters on our TV and movie screens.last_img