Lawn Soil Tests

first_imgWhen clients call the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office for help because their lawn is thinning out or has dead patches, the first thing I recommend is a soil test. A routine soil test will help reveal any underlying issues relating to soil nutrition or pH. This is often the first step to ruling out any problems with the overall health of a lawn. Lawns that are stressed due to nutrient deficiency are more susceptible to lawn diseases and less tolerant of insects. Many lawn care companies do not test soil and often prescribe the same fertilizers – with mostly nitrogen – to all lawns on a routine schedule. They may have no clue if they are applying the right type of fertilizer to meet the nutritional needs of the lawn.After testing the soil, the next step to finding a solution is submitting a turfgrass sample to troubleshoot for plant disease or insect issues. In some cases, a disease may be the primary cause of poor lawn health. It’s very difficult to get an accurate, on-site diagnosis of a disease without using a microscope. Clients that are anxious for a solution will often submit a turfgrass sample when they submit a soil sample to their local UGA Extension office. More often than not, the turfgrass sample is inconclusive and may not reveal any obvious disease problems associated with the dead patches. If we look hard enough at any stressed turfgrass, we’re likely to find a few secondary disease pathogens that are taking advantage of the dead or dying grass. However, the real problem is often environmental stress from poor drainage, overwatering, poor fertility, soil compaction or improper maintenance practices. The No. 1 problem I’ve seen through recent soil tests for lawns is a lack of phosphorus. This is an essential plant nutrient for root development, new lawn establishment and overall plant health. When there is a lack of phosphorus, the roots are poorly developed and the plant is unable to take up the other essential nutrients. Poorly developed, shallow root systems are unable to extract water from deep in the soil during dry spells and are less likely to be drought-resilient. Also, the roots are less cold-tolerant during abnormally harsh winters and less likely to recover from winter injury. Over time, the lawn slowly thins out and dies due to its inability to extract water and other nutrients essential for growth from the soil.Lawns that are given mostly nitrogen fertilizer will quickly green up after each application and appear to be healthy for a while. But, without the other essential nutrients, such as phosphorus and potassium, the lawn will eventually thin out and die from malnutrition. If you use a lawn care service, always ask whether or not they regularly test the soil as part of the service. If they do, they should provide a copy of the soil test results to the homeowner. Otherwise, it’s not clear whether they are fertilizing your lawn correctly. If the lawn care company does not provide soil testing, take a soil sample from the lawn for testing every few years to make sure fertilizer is being applied effectively. Soil test results through UGA are usually ready in about a week and can be delivered via regular mail or e-mail. For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.For more on lawn care in Georgia, see UGA Extension publications at or go to read more

Spartan Race launches “Race to a Million” contest to attain one million Facebook fans

first_imgIn a year-end push to attain one million Facebook fans, Spartan Race has announced the ‘Race to a Million’ contest. For every Spartan Race contest entry on Facebook received by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Dec. 31, 2011, twenty cents will be donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that annually sends 100,000 care packages to military personnel, their families and wounded service men and women.‘Two of Spartan Race’s biggest commitments are getting people from all walks of life active, healthy and open to new challenges and supporting the brave service members of the Armed Forces,’ said Spartan Race Founder Joe Desena. ‘This contest is a fun way to head into the New Year with increased awareness of Spartan Race and our mission as well as helping a very worthy cause.Upon achieving its goal of one million Facebook fans before New Year’s, Spartan Race, the world leader in obstacle racing, will donate an additional $50,000 to Operation Gratitude.‘To show our thanks to those who enter,’ Desena, added, ‘we’ll be giving away Spartan Race Season Passes for 2012 to ten lucky contestants. Once we reach that magic one million number, we’ll give away 50 more Season Passes to celebrate!’‘We are extremely grateful to Spartan Races for this generous gesture,’ said Operation Gratitude Founder Carolyn Blashek. ‘There’s still a critical need to send these care packages overseas,’ she elaborated. ‘Tens of thousands of American service members remain deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan and on ships throughout international waters. They are away from home and loved ones at all times of the year, but it’s felt even more so now during the holidays. They deserve to be remembered.’‘Care Package number 750,000 will leave our warehouse this week,’ Blashek added. ‘Operation Gratitude will keep sending packages as we have for almost nine years. Not just until my son comes home, but until they all come home.’ Blashek’s son is currently deployed to the Middle East.The ‘Race to a Million’ contest is just one of several examples of Spartan Race’s longstanding commitment to the Armed Forces. Spartan Race will host 12 Marines currently stationed at Camp Pendleton at its sold-out, Jan. 28, 2012, Super Spartan race in Temecula, Calif. The race will take place the day before those 12 Marines depart for a one-year, overseas deployment. Spartan Race also recently unveiled a new Military Series to benefit direct military nonprofits and other organizations to help address the unique needs of each respective host installation. The first race in that series will be held May 5 – 6, 2012 at the Fort Carson military base in Colorado Springs, Colo.About Spartan RaceSpartan Race is an international obstacle racing series with three levels of courses: three-mile Sprints with roughly a dozen obstacles; eight-mile Super Spartan with 15 or more obstacles; and 10- to 12-mile Beast Races. The Spartan Death Race, held in Pittsfield, VT is an annual event that inspired the obstacle racing series and is reserved for the most extreme competitors. Spartan racers may compete as individuals or teams. The series is the brainchild of Joe Desena of Pittsfield, Vt. and seven extreme athletes and a royal Marine.Desena of Pittsfield, Vt, home of the legendary Death Race, turned an interest in endurance racing into a passion. His racing resume includes more than 50 ultra-events overall and 12 Ironman events in one year alone. Most of his races are 100 miles or more with a few traditional marathons in the mix.Spartan Races are held in each region of the U.S. starting with a Sprint and working up to a Beast. The World Championship Beast will be held annually in Vermont starting in 2012. Courses are muddy, creative and extreme ‘ uniquely designed to exhaust and exhilarate as well as test competitors’ strength, stamina, mental and emotional fitness and sense of humor.For more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race, visit is external).About Operation GratitudeOperation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way, to their Children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 730,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.PITTSFIELD, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For more information, visit is external)last_img read more

Is technology the enemy of attention in our credit unions?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Details I’m often asked if technology is really the attention enemy it is made out to be. While I think there is a growing trend among some to make screen-time more important than people-time, I don’t think technology is evil. Sure, it gets blamed (a lot) for our lack of attention, but when leveraged well, it can help us achieve more in shorter periods of time and create a further reach than we ever thought possible.  While we do need to be disciplined in our use of technology, especially while in the company of the terrific people around us, I think the key is to use it for good (productivity) – and not evil (pure distraction).Here are five ways to use technology for good not evil:Freedom App.  I use this (almost daily) to block websites when I am trying to get work done. Can you use site blocking software to help you get more done at your Credit Union?Spotify. My smart friend Clay Hebert uses this by creating a playlist when he writes.  Music can be an awesome conduit to trigger focus and creativity.  Have you ever thought about making playlists to help you focus and create an environment of productivity?Headspace.  This is a great app if you want to meditate. I also use my Peloton app (using the Beyond the Ride aspect of the Peloton app) to meditate. I am not good at this yet but I do try to incorporate it regularly. Meditation, they say, is a practice, I sure have a lot to learn about that! Can you use an app to increase mindfulness so you can be more attentive to the members when they come into the branch?Zoom. This video tool is easy to use and gets people to pay attention in meetings, you can use it record conversation. The great thing about video conferencing, rather than teleconferencing, is the ability to look people in the eye and not allow them to multi-task. Companies like Genie Cast are brilliant at using this tool to provide experts (they call them Genies) to share information with companies using the Zoom platform. Everyone wins. Can you use video platforms to increase attention in remote meetings?Podcasts app. I love to listen to podcasts while I get dressed in the morning. One of my clients listens to them while she cooks at night. One of the beauty salons I go to allows guests to choose the podcast we listen to while she gives a treatment! It’s a great way to get in your personal development time in by listening to something that will help develop your skills or shape your beliefs. Can you listen to podcasts while you do a routine activity each day?I love the idea of using technology wisely to increase productivity and connectivity.  We can now share our lives with love ones in an instant. Families spread over states – or even countries can have face-to-face conversations.  Teams can meet, in real time, from all over the world without ever getting on an airplane. Like any good thing, using technology in moderation is a powerful tool for all of us.  I’d love to hear your favorite ways of managing the pull of technology in your life and business.If your team is eager to start paying attention to the things that really matter in terms of growing your business, client base, and bottom line – I’d love to chat with you about how I can help. Give me call today to learn more!last_img read more

Protests a great way to show outrage

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe March 12 letter with regard to the country’s gun problem posits that age and guns aren’t the problem. I’d suggest that age is one of many factors that should be explored to improve public safety relative to the use of firearms. Public policy often struggles to keep up with scientific findings — in this case (and others) with what research tells us about brain development. There’s a growing body of evidence that points to full maturation of the human brain well into our 20s. Less mature adolescent brains are prone to increased risk-taking, novelty seeking, lack of impulse control and influence by peers.By all means we need to do more and much better in order to address mental health, which is already at a crisis level. But the suggestion that gun laws wouldn’t deter someone with a mental health problem from obtaining a firearm, or an assault-type weapon like the AR-15, is defeatist. Screenings by qualified medical and mental health professionals as requirements to obtain a license to purchase a firearm would be prudent measures to decrease the likelihood of the frequent tragic consequences of easy access to guns. Such a screening might be periodically required to recertify gun licenses, as debilitating health and mental health problems may emerge at any point in our lives.No matter how we feel about it — and much of the debate is being driven by emotion right now — there’s strong evidence that we will all be safer by taking reasonable precautions, as have other countries quite successfully. Gun violence is a public safety issue that must be dealt with, just as we have put in place sensible measures for automobile safety, disease control, pharmaceuticals, smoking tobacco or using alcohol.Cooler heads must prevail and special interests sidelined, or we will continue to see people and children tragically injured, maimed and killed, and fear and anxiety rule our lives.Robert CarreauWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

Lucky no more? Australia’s golden economy faces long road to virus recovery

first_imgTopics : This time, she hasn’t been so lucky.”I have been hit hard in this recession,” said Gulin, who was laid off in April as the marketing director of the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, prompting her to ditch her rented house in the city and move back to her home in Melbourne.Gulin is among the hundreds of thousands who have lost their livelihoods overnight to the COVID-19 pandemic as Australia suffers its first recession in 30 years and its unemployment rate hits a 19-year high of 7.1%.Even though Australia’s economy was among the first to reopen after lockdowns worldwide and earlier than the government expected, it contracted 0.3% in the first quarter and a new wave of coronavirus cases could put a recovery at risk. Women have been particularly hard hit.The unemployment rate for females looking for full-time work surged to 8.3% in May from 5.4% in February before coronavirus-driven shutdowns kicked in. That compares with 7% for men from 4.8% in February.”Australia is known as the lucky country but I am not very lucky at the moment,” Gulin, who is receiving government welfare payments, told Reuters.”I have been talking to a few people about some opportunities but nothing has come up yet.”Vulnerable servicesDuring the unprecedented run of growth, Australia transformed into an open, services-driven economy, feeding China’s rise with its mineral and commodity wealth and shedding much of its manufacturing capability.The services sector accounts for almost two-thirds of Australia’s A$2 trillion ($1.4 trillion) annual economic output – but is now particularly vulnerable to the closure of national borders and social distancing measures to tame coronavirus.”The tourism-dependent economies are the ones we worry about the most,” said Citi’s global chief economist, Catherine Mann.Mann sees a V-shaped rebound for manufacturing generally but for the services or consumer discretionary sector, “it is absolutely an L-shaped recovery,” she said, meaning it could take a while for growth to fully recover.”What was lost in the early part of this year will never be recovered from the standpoint of revenues for a company.”Virus shadowPolicymakers, too, are worried about the long road back to economic health.The Reserve Bank of Australia has pledged to keep its benchmark cash rate at a record low 0.25% until there is progress in achieving its employment and inflation goals.”We’re going to have low interest rates for a long period of time,” central bank Governor Philip Lowe said last week, adding that there would be “a shadow from the virus for quite a few years.””People will be more risk averse, they won’t want to borrow. In Australia, we’re going to have lower population dynamics,” Lowe said, referring to the idea that fewer foreigners entering the country would lead to lower consumer demand and a tighter labor market.Puja Basnet, an international student from Nepal, is reconsidering her options in Australia after losing her part-time job as a waitress.”I was at home for two months without work and I have almost run out of my savings. As a non-Australian I don’t even have access to Centrelink,” she said, referring to government welfare payments.For Basnet, the future is even more challenging as more people are now jostling for each job.An L-shaped recovery also means the unemployment rate will stay higher for longer.”I am really worried about the future. I have been applying for 30-40 jobs a week but there has been zero responses.” center_img Coronavirus has done to Australia what even the global financial crisis couldn’t: abruptly end a record growth run and help trigger a deep recession from which the country will take time to recover.While Australia has had great success so far in heading off the pandemic, with just over 100 deaths, the cure of shutting out the rest of the world means massive hits to three key growth drivers – tourism, education and immigration.Fiona Gulin was 18 when the last recession hit Australia in the early 1990s. Back then, she managed to keep a part-time job at a music publication, before moving on to full-time work and a lucrative career in the entertainment industry.last_img read more

Mexican president mourns 39,000 virus dead

first_imgTopics : Mexico has the second-highest death toll in Latin America after Brazil, which has 78,772 deaths. “There will be time later to pay tribute with all the protocol and ceremonies — a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives due to this terrible pandemic,” added Lopez Obrador, flanked by a Mexican flag and two soldiers.He read out 10 commitments to protect those vulnerable to COVID-19, including tackling “diseases caused by hunger and poverty,” launching “a permanent campaign” to promote healthier eating and lifestyles, and treating hypertension, diabetes and obesity as a priority. Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday vowed to improve health standards in the nation, which has the fourth-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, as the number of fatalities rose to nearly 39,000.”We want to remember those who died from the COVID-19 pandemic, and send a loving, fraternal hug to their relatives, to their friends,” Lopez Obrador said in a video released on social media.Mexico, with 127 million inhabitants, had recorded 38,888 deaths from the new coronavirus, according to health authorities on Saturday, with additional suspected coronavirus deaths lifting the total to more than 40,000.last_img read more

PKA crystallises PE gains on one of ‘best investments ever made’

first_imgPKA, the pensions administrator that runs three Danish pension funds, has sold electrical components company KK Group to Scandinavian investment firm Solix, crystallising private equity investment profits from what it says may have been one of the three best investments it has ever made.A PKA spokesman said the pensions provider could not disclose the price it was paid for its controlling interest in the company.However, the firm said it made more than DKK1bn (€134m) in terms of ongoing dividends, as well as the sale of the investment in the KK Group, which it first bought in 1983.Michael Nellemann Pedersen, investment director at PKA, said: “We have made an outstanding return, and there is no doubt that KK is a top candidate to join PKA’s top three best investments over time.” PKA got the original sum it invested in the business back more than 100 times, he said.“Of course, there have been many challenges on the way, but we are proud that PKA – together with the company’s managers and staff, as well as Maj Invest – have transformed KK from a local electronics business to a leading global and innovative business for sustainable-energy products,” he said.Nellemann Pedersen said now the time had come for others to continue KK’s development.Solix is buying the KK Group from PKA, investment fund Maj Invest – which has been a co-owner since 2010 – and KK Group’s chief executive Tommy Jespersen, as well as its finance director Johnny Haahr.Jespersen and Haahr have been running the company since 2004.The KK Group is one of the world’s main suppliers of electrical components for the wind-power industry, with the company’s products involved in equipment producing more than 60% of total off-shore wind power capacity.PKA manages total assets of DKK250bn on behalf of three labour-market pension funds in the social and healthcare sectors.last_img read more

Asset management roundup: UK, China regulators agree stock connect programme

first_imgUS asset manager MFS is seeking to grow distribution in ItalyUS asset manager MFS Investment Management has signed a partnership agreement with Deutsche Bank to aid its distribution strategy in Italy.The deal means Deutsche Bank’s network of financial advisers and private banks will have access to a number of Luxembourg-domiciled funds including US, European and global equity strategies as well as fixed income and multi-asset products.Andrea Baron, managing director for Italy at MFS, said: “This is an important step in achieving our ambitious growth aspirations in Italy as we deepen our relationships with our Italian client base.”MFS has $466.9bn in assets under management worldwide. UK and Chinese regulators have approved a scheme to enhance cross-border investing between the two countries.The Shanghai-London Stock Connect programme was set up by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) to provide investors and companies with improved access to the two markets. It was supported by the UK and Chinese governments, according to a joint press release issued today by the regulators.Investors will be able to buy Chinese companies depositary receipts issued via a separate segment of the LSE’s main market. Companies must have A-shares listed on the SSE’s main board. Premium listed UK companies will be able to apply for admission to the SSE’s main board.Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said: “This new scheme will deepen and strengthen connectivity between UK and China capital markets to the advantage of both countries. “We both believe in the positive contribution regulators can make in international capital markets, and the new co-operation we’re announcing today will be an important contributor to the success of the scheme.”The FCA and the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a joint statement that the range of securities eligible for the stock connect programme could grow depending on market demand.The Shanghai Stock Exchange has a total market cap of CNY31.7trn (€4.1trn) across all its indices, according to its website.DWS to sell hedge fund businessIndependent asset manager Alma Capital has agreed to buy DWS’ €2bn hedge funds business.Six institutional funds will be transferred to Alma Capital as part of the deal, the manager said in a statement released on 14 June. The deal will more than double Alma Capital’s existing assets under management of “near $2bn” (€1.8bn), according to the firm’s website.The funds are built by DWS but managed by third-party asset managers, either as single manager strategies of funds of hedge funds.Subject to regulatory approval, the funds will be transferred to Alma Capital in the second half of this year.In addition, specialist alternatives investment group EnTrust Global has upped its stake in Alma Capital to 25%. EnTrust in turn is owned by Legg Mason (65%) and its chairman and CEO Gregg Hymowitz (35%).MFS strikes Italian distribution deal last_img read more

Barcelona star Coutinho seeks Premier League return

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho wants to return to the Premier League should he not continue at Barcelona, according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo.Advertisement Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is currently on loan – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised. Loading… The fresh report states that the playmaker has little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.It follows a report last week from Diario Sport claiming Chelsea are favourites to land the former Liverpool playmaker and indeed have already made an approach.It is said that the most likely structure of the deal would be an upfront loan deal for one season, with a purchase option linked into the move.Read Also: Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirusA report in El Mundo Deportivo last month claimed the Catalan giants have lowered their asking price for the playmaker to €80m as they look to balance their books.Coutinho has netted eight goals and provided multiple assists in 15 league starts for the Bavarian club, while the recent report stresses the good relations between the two clubs which could help smooth a permanent move this year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

North Vernon contractor on tap for State Road 244 contract

first_imgRush, County, In. — Dave Omara Contractor Inc. has been awarded a $1.4 million contract to rehab a bridge on State Road 244 over Flatrock River and to replace a culvert over Hurricane Creek, west of State Road 3 in Milroy.SR 244 will be closed for up to three weeks at the Hurricane Creek bridge. Traffic will be detoured via I-74 and SR 3. After the closure, SR 244 will be restricted down to one lane at the Flatrock River for up to 120 days. A temporary traffic will be installed to regulate both directions of traffic sharing one lane in the work zone.A start date will be announced after the contractors submit their project schedule. The project is anticipated to be completed by fall 2018.last_img read more