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Lawn Care Apps

first_imgSummertime is synonymous with cooking outdoors, taking a dip in the pool and cranking up the lawn mower to begin the arduous task of caring for your home lawn. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has made the task a little easier through a few mobile apps for Georgia homeowners and green industry professionals alike. “More and more people rely heavily on their smartphones and mobile devices, so experts in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences created mobile apps based on agricultural topics,” said Patrick McCullough, a UGA Extension weed scientist and developer of several turfgrass-related mobile apps. McCullough developed a series of turf management apps that include photos of turfgrass varieties, pests, weeds and diseases. There are three versions: Turfgrass Management – Lite; Turfgrass Management – Subscription; and Turfgrass Management Lite (Spanish). The lite and Spanish versions are free. The subscription version costs $19.99 per year and includes the lite version, plus information on pest control applications and a pesticide database. For the more serious home gardener, the Turfgrass Management Calculator app covers all types of applications, pesticide rates, fertilizer requirements, topdressing sand requirements, and calibration of sprayers and spreaders. It also converts units from standard to metric, includes more than 16,000 pre-programmed calculations and costs just $5.99.If your lawn is overrun with weeds, download the free Turfgrass Weeds app and learn about turfgrasses and their most common weeds through a series of flash cards. To test your newfound turfgrass knowledge or to prepare for any turfgrass questions at trivia night or on “Jeopardy!” download Turfgrass Management Quiz, a free, trivia-style turfgrass science education app. The Turfgrass Management apps can be downloaded at www.GeorgiaTurf.com.Download IPMLite to learn how to control insects and pests while reducing chemical application and minimizing environmental impact. IPMLite costs $9.99.IPMLite is a homeowner version of IPMPro, an app designed for green industry professionals and developed through a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities, including UGA. IPMPro costs $24.99. IPMLite and IPMPro can be downloaded at www.IPMProApp.com.last_img read more


Animal Spirits

first_imgTatonka. The other day an acquaintance shared that she had recently noticed an unusual abundance of spiders in her life. All of a sudden, they seemed to be everywhere, climbing onto her body during yoga, getting stuck in her clothes and hair – in short, being a general nuisance. After overcoming her initial fear and repulsion, she began to view the creatures in another light, wondering about the reason for their sudden presence. Realizing that it’s not spider season in WNC, she came to the conclusion that the spider is her “power animal”. She began to look into myths and stories about these beings and subsequently drew some conclusions about the lessons she could learn from their sudden presence in her life.Which got me thinking – I need a power animal. I mean, how cool is that? The idea of an animal showing up in your life, that you might even view as somewhat pesty, actually being there for a reason. And that you might just learn something about yourself, about life, in the process.This obviously isn’t a new idea. Native cultures have long believed in the healing and guiding relationships between humans and animals, and shamans today continue to seek counsel from animal spirits. According to shamanic practice, each animal has something unique to offer, and unbeknownst to most humans, we each have a power animal that accompanies us throughout our lives, acting almost as a guardian angel. When we discover what this creature is, we can learn from its lessons and gifts.Obviously, some – okay, many – people consider this to be a bunch of New Age nonsense. Maybe it is – who am I to say? But I figure it can’t hurt to look into it a bit. Maybe I do have a power animal. If so, I’d hate to leave it hanging without checking out what it’s been trying to say to me.I think about the wild animals that have visited me lately. Is it the yearling bear that keeps hanging out in the backyard – or is he simply after the birdfeeder and compost bin? Maybe the buffaloes that seemed to follow us around last summer in Yellowstone. We nicknamed them the Three Amigos and got frustrated when they blocked traffic for hours on end. I hope it’s not the ants that invaded my pantry when I left a loaf of banana bread uncovered. Yes, that’s right – power animals can be insects. When I imagine my power animal, I picture something wild and free, a hawk soaring overhead, a bobcat darting through the forest. Not a common creepy-crawly that would typically warrant a call to the exterminator. I’m sorry, ants, but if you’re my power animals I’m going to have to call in a replacement. Call me shallow, but I need a power animal that can inspire.Failing to identify a power animal that’s made its presence known in my life, I decided to seek outside help in locating my spirit guide. I could enlist a shaman to help with this process, but since I don’t know any qualified spiritualists, I turned to the trusty internet. Turns out there are all sorts of nifty online ways of finding your animal, from quizzes to intuitive sites where you move your cursor over a peaceful scene and your animal appears.According to one on-line survey, my animal is the wolverine. Apparently I’m fearless, assertive, and tenacious. Nobody messes with wolverines. Not bad, but I’m not sure it fits, especially when I read on to learn that I would make a good Marine or middle linebacker. Onto the next quiz…The buffalo spirit. Once again, I’m described as strong-willed, even stubborn. I’m noticing a trend here. Apparently I’m also social and compassionate – I guess that could explain my career as a social worker. But the buffalo is described as laid back, which I could never claim to be. Again, this power animal doesn’t feel quite right for me.On the final try, I learned that I am fortunate to have the horse spirit within me. The horse promises to teach me how to balance my caring nature with my equally deep need for freedom and independence. She will help me to learn to relax fully into a peaceful and centered life, but will also help me to run like the wind and allow my soul to fly free when that’s what I need. Now we’re talking!Okay, so what do I do now that I have my power animal identified? I guess I look for the horse’s appearance in my life, searching for hidden messages. Or maybe doing this exercise was enough, helping me to become aware of both my strengths and the qualities that I wish to develop. How about you – which animal spirit speaks to you? Is it the stealthy jaguar, or the wise owl? Maybe the hummingbird, who symbolizes happiness. Next time you’re out in the woods, move quietly and pay attention to the creatures out there with you – who knows what message they may have to share?last_img read more


Lukaku eager to prove worth

first_img Press Association “This year, I have a point to prove first to myself, that I can do it again, and then to Chelsea, to show that I can be number one over there as well. “I had a few talks with the manager (Mourinho) about playing regularly and the importance of it, because I couldn’t afford another season on the bench or maybe playing one time out of three, at my age and especially with the World Cup coming up. “So I spoke with him a few times to see his vision and at a certain point I thought going on loan again was the best thing to do. “It was my choice. I want to play as much as possible. “I don’t want people to just remember the Romelu Lukaku of West Brom and for me to be in the background again.” Asked if he still saw a future for himself at Chelsea, Lukaku said: “I don’t know. “I think if I can do similar to last year, but for a club like Everton and with better statistics, why not? But we’ll see at the end of the season. “It was always my main ambition to go back to Chelsea, but the end of the season is when you can have a balanced view of how things have gone and make a final decision.” “You always need confirmation after a good year,” Lukaku said. “After only one good year, if you then have a down year the next year, people never take you seriously. “I want to become a better player – a much better player, not just the same player as people know from last year. “I hope that at the end of this season people say, ‘Romelu Lukaku is one of the best in this league’.” It had been widely expected Lukaku would feature prominently this season for Chelsea, whom he signed for from Anderlecht in August 2011. But Lukaku says conversations he had with the London outfit’s manager Jose Mourinho about his first-team prospects helped convince him he would be best off going out on loan again. And asked if he felt he had a point to prove, Lukaku said: “Yes, because I think after last year, I deserve a chance – like I did the year before, before I went to West Brom. “I thought I deserved that chance, I went to West Brom on loan and did well. Everton’s new on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is determined that he will not go down as a one-season wonder in English football. Lukaku emerged as a real force in the Barclays Premier League last term, scoring 17 goals while on loan at West Brom from Chelsea for the campaign. The 20-year-old Belgium international joined the Toffees in a similar deal on transfer deadline day earlier this month and is looking to make a major impact once again in 2013-14. last_img read more


Late fixture changes to U21 Tipperary games

first_imgThere’s been several changes to the U21 Football Fixtures this afternoonThe Mid U21 B football championship clash between Gurtnahoe & Upperchurch will proceed in Gurtnahoe at 2 but the game between Boherlahan & Moyne/Thurles Gaels has been moved to next Friday in Templetouhy at 7.30.Meanwhile there’s been a time change in the U21 A Losers group Semi Final: Drom Inch play Holycross Ballycahill in The Ragg at 12.30 now and not 2 as originally fixed. Extra time will be played in that one if necessary.And in South Tipp- the U21 A game between Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers at Kilsheelan is  OFFlast_img