GARDENING WITH GARETH – AUTUMN LAWN CARE BLITZ!

first_imgAerating the lawn with a forkGlorious weather over the past week has seen a great boost in the growth in the garden.The lawn is growing well and the hanging baskets have seen a resurgence in flowering, and any new planted winter bedding plants have started to root in well.Seedlings of winter harvesting salads have started to shoot out the ground with the heat in the polytunnel….in fact life is good this week in the garden!Moss on lawns.And its better if you’re involved with the Letterkenny or Buncrana Tidy Towns who both performed wonderful in this years judging, Buncrana winning a Gold and Letterkenny winning Irelands Tidiest Town award, a hearty congratulations to all the folks involved in making these two towns sparkle for visitors. Our focus this week is a bit of seasonal lawn care. Any effort put into the lawn at this time of year is repaid many times over come the spring.As mentioned above the lawn is still actively growing as such we are still cutting it every week (well hopefully you are ;-)), going into October raise the cutting height of your mower, by allowing the grass a bit more leaf length the plant has a larger leaf area to photosynthesis with, this larger leaf layer is needed as the spectrum of light and the overall levels of light are decreasing as the Autumn rolls in.As leaves fall try to gather these off the lawn, this can be done with a leaf blower or by my favourite tool – The Lawnmower, I just run the lawnmower over them, this in turn chops them up and makes them suitable compost bin material.Scarifying lawn mossIf you don’t collect the leaf litter this blocks out the light to the grass, killing off the lawn in patches, or at best weakening the lawn, thus allowing more weed competition to establish in the spring. Moss control and moss prevention can be an ongoing management task for most gardeners in this area. Causal agents for moss can be (a) heavy compacted soil, (b) poor drainage, (c) Acidic soil, (d) low fertility (e) excessive rainfall (f) low light levels.The amount of treatment for moss at this time of year will of course depend on the severity of moss in your lawn, but a good first step for all lawns is to aerate the lawn with then top dress with some sharp sand (a lawn aerator is easily hired from Letterkenny Tool Hire, PRO Hire etc), this aeration lightens the compaction in the top 6” of the soil, which is the critical area for the grass to root into. Then a treatment with an Autumn lawn Feed, such as Evergreen Autumn, will help to green the lawn, kill moss and thicken the lawn for the winter.For very heavy moss problems a product such as Suphate of Iron is a really strong moss killer for the lawn. But my top bit of advice is if you have a disaster of a lawn, and you want to get it put to a standard which you can then manage and maintain yourself then call someone like Inish Landscapes – Stephen McGirr is a fully qualified green-keeper and he’ll blitz the lawn for you, and help you with a tailored management plan for it (You’ll find them on FaceBook).Removing leaves from lawnsWeeds on lawn can be off putting to some, I don’t mind clover in a lawn, and I was raised in a house where the carpet of daisy flowers was an indication that the grass needed cut but for those looking for a high quality lawn then weeds are a definitely no-no. Weed control in the late Autumn time is pointless, selective lawn weedkillers depend on the weeds actively growing, so if you want to give a blitz of the weeds before winter then you need to get some ready to use Resolva Lawn Weedkiller and zap them quick sharp!So, to summarise, your quick hit jobs for Autumn lawn care:• Raise your cutting height• Keep the lawn free of leaves and debris• Treat the moss• Aerate the lawn• Feed the lawn And when you’ve finished doing the cutting, drop your lawnmower in straight away for its service and get the blade sharpened on it.Next Week….Try something new, Grow Asparagus!Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and Horticultural Lecturer with the National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH – AUTUMN LAWN CARE BLITZ! was last modified: October 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Picture special: Fifth ‘Run in the Dark’ proves a huge hit in Gweedore

first_imgTHE FIFTH annual Run in the Dark was held in Gweedore at the weekend.€1,350 was raised – taking the total to €16,350 over the five years.Organisers have paid tribute to the people of Gweedore and the surrounding areas for turning out in such numbers. The Run in the Dark for the Mark Pollock Trust raises money for spinal cord injury research.Anita and David from the No Barriers Foundation introduced organisers to the robotic eksoskeleton.Thanks has been paid to sponsors Siopa Mhicí, Cois Farraige Bakers, Maple Store and Donegal Hygiene.Music in the Amharclann was provided by Lara and Kelly and a huge thanks goes out to everyone involved for making the event a huge success. Picture special: Fifth ‘Run in the Dark’ proves a huge hit in Gweedore was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Calling all skid steer and track loader operators! It’s time to show your skills at the rodeo — the Skid Steer Rodeo, presented by Apple Farm Service.Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator? Apple Farm Service will be at the Clark County, Preble County, Auglaize County, and Darke County Fairs to find out.Contestants will be timed as they finish a series of obstacles while operating a skid steer or track loader provided by Apple Farm Service. These obstacles might include tasks like scoring a soccer goal, stacking a handful of pallets, lifting a bucket of water without spilling, and other fun-to-watch obstacles. The operator with the fastest time will walk away as the best operator in the county. First prize will win $150, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50.Come and watch as these contestants show off their skills in front of the grandstand. Admission to watch the Apple Farm Service Skid Steer Rodeo is free. There is a $10 entry fee to compete as an operator. Competitors must be 18 years and older, and pass a short operators test before the competition.Join us for the Skid Steer Rodeo, presented by Apple Farm Service at:Clark County Fair — Wednesday, July 25 , 7 p.m. at the GrandstandPreble County Fair — Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the GrandstandAuglaize County Fair — Saturday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. at the GrandstandDarke County Fair — Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Grandstand.Learn more, register, and view full contest rules at AppleFarmService.com/Rodeo. Only the first 30 registrations per fair will be accepted. You may not register for more than one fair.Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator in the county? Now’s your chance to take home the bragging rights and $150 cash prize with Apple Farm Service’s Skid Steer Rodeos.last_img read more

Muzaffarpur home rape case: 6 officials suspended

first_imgDays after the CBI took over the case of sexual abuse of 34 minor girls at a State-run Muzaffarpur shelter home, the Bihar government has suspended six officials, including the assistant director of Muzaffarpur child protection unit, Divesh Kumar Sharma, for “negligence and dereliction of duty.” Following the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report which had exposed “sexual and physical exploitation of girls,” Mr. Sharma had filed the FIR on May 31.The officials put under suspension were posted as assistant directors of child protection units at Muzaffarpur, Munger, Araria, Madhubani, Bhagalpur and Bhojpur districts. Notification of their suspension was issued late on Saturday night by the State Social Welfare department director, Raj Kumar. The TISS report had red-flagged about the pathetic situation at shelter homes in these districts. All the officials have been put under suspension with immediate effect.“They have been charged with failure to take adequate legal action with regard to assault, indecent behaviour and other undesirable activities at shelter homes within their respective areas of jurisdiction as pointed out in the TISS social audit report,” said a Social Welfare Department official. FIR lodgedEarlier, after the incident surfaced in a social audit report of TISS, an FIR was lodged by Mr. Sharma on May 31. Mr. Sharma, too, was suspended along with five others. In the FIR, Mr. Sharma had mentioned about page 52 of the 100-page TISS report which under the caption of “Grave Concerns” had said girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home were “physically and sexually abused.” In a single page FIR none was named accused.Following the FIR, the district police shifted all 44 girls and on their statement arrested the main accused Brajesh Thakur, who was managing the NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti which was running the affairs of the government-funded shelter home in a building adjacent to his residence. Later nine other staff members and officials, including seven women, were arrested in the case. However, one Dilip Kumar Verma is still absconding. Police have filed a chargesheet against them in the court.Papers seizedMeanwhile, the CBI has seized several papers from the Social Welfare Department and quizzed officials about the funds given to the NGOs managed by Mr. Thakur. Mr. Thakur’s NGOs have now been blacklisted by the department. Registrations of his newspapers and arms licence too have been cancelled.last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska Students Wearing Protective Goggles To Mock Notorious Iowa Eye Poker Adam Woodbury

first_imgNebraska students wear goggles to mock Adam Woodbury.Don’t even think about poking the Nebraska men’s basketball student section in the eye today, Adam Woodbury. The Huskers have come prepared. In an obvious attempt to mock the Iowa big man, a notorious eye gouger, three Nebraska students are sporting protective eye goggles for the Huskers’ game against the Hawkeyes this afternoon. Check it out: Students in the @HuskerRedZone wearing protective goggles today, just in case Adam Woodbury gets too close. pic.twitter.com/bYM6rnpAGH— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) February 22, 2015That’s just fantastic. Nebraska (13-13, 5-9 Big Ten) and Iowa (16-10, 7-6 Big Ten) are set to tip off at 3 p.m. E.T. The Huskers will be wearing special throwback uniforms for Legends Weekend.last_img

CBS Sports Ranks Its 5 Most Difficult College Football Schedules Of 2016

first_imgCBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli decided to rank what he believes to be the five most difficult schedules heading into the 2016 college football season Friday afternoon. #FridayFive: The five teams with the most difficult schedules in 2016 https://t.co/BLaRUUprr1 pic.twitter.com/aSJ99tGp1l— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 10, 2016With a lot of schedules to work through, these are the five he came up with.1. Wisconsin 2. USC 3. Alabama 4. BYU 5. AuburnA couple thoughts: There’s no way Wisconsin’s schedule is more difficult that USC’s. The Trojans have one of the most daunting slates in recent memory. In case you missed it, we ranked our 15 most difficult schedules for 2016 earlier this year and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did he get it right?last_img read more

Video: 4-Star Tackle D’Antne Demery Picks Georgia Over Alabama

first_imgd'antne demeryTwitter/@SouthernPigskinKirby Smart continues to recruit at an impressive level at Georgia, even when his former employer Alabama is involved. Today, the Dawgs picked up a commitment from four-star in-state offensive tackle D’Antne Demery. BREAKING: 4-star offensive tackle D’Antne Demery commits to #UGA over Alabama. https://t.co/Y16cVoLdhJ Free story pic.twitter.com/wmecdqDJJC— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) June 15, 2016Scout’s Chad Simmons broadcast the decision, which you can rewatch on Periscope.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/ZpPGanQbU4 — Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) June 15, 2016247Sports ranks Demery as one of the top 15 players in Georgia. He is the 11th player to commit to Georgia in the 2017 recruiting cycle.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgCALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.last_img read more

Prince William goes back to college

first_imgBritain’s Prince William is to become a full-time student of agricultural management for 10 weeks as he forges a life after the military, the royal family announced on Monday.William will learn about the issues facing rural communities and the farming industry in Britain during the course, which begins next week at the prestigious Cambridge University.The course will help the 31-year-old prince in his future role running the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments he will inherit when his father, Prince Charles, becomes king. A royal spokesman said William was “very much looking forward to it”.William, who is second in line to the throne, gave up his operational career with the Royal Air Force in September after completing a three-year stint as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.He will follow a course run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), an institution within Cambridge University’s School of Technology. His father is the School’s patron.The Duke will have 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week.He is expected to live in Cambridge part of the time during his studies, but will still carry out royal engagements over the coming months.The royal spokesman said the “programme of seminars, lectures and meetings will draw on the strengths of academics across the university.”The course will end in mid-March, before Williams heads to Australia and New Zealand with his wife Kate for a visit in April. The couple’s son, Prince George, is expected to join them.last_img read more

The Deadest Sports Days of the Year

With apologies to the ESPYS and the WNBA, Wednesday was what has come to be known as the deadest day on the sporting calendar. That’s because the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (which was held Tuesday) traditionally sees no activity whatsoever from North America’s “Big Four” sports leagues (the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB). This barren day doesn’t always occur on the same date, but the All-Star Game has taken place during the week between July 10 and 16 for more than a decade.In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d chart the average number games per day in those leagues on any given date in a typical year:That noticeable dip in July is what we’re in the midst of, but there’s another time that is, on average, every bit as vacant as ESPYS day: Dec. 24. Christmas Eve is usually an off-day for the NBA and NHL; aside from a stray Friday game in 2004 and Monday Night Football in 2007, the only thing keeping it from complete emptiness is that it fell on a Sunday in 2006 (meaning it had a full compliment of NFL games) and a Saturday in 2005 and 2011 (both years in which the NFL shifted its Week 16 games to Saturday to avoid playing on Christmas Day). Even so, Dec. 24 averaged only four contests per year, lower than any other date over the past 10 years.Christmas itself is always the date of a few notable NBA games, but it has averaged only 4.7 games over the past decade. Combine that with the fact that the MLB All-Star Game is not held on a constant date (July 12 was the most common, seeing an average of 5.1 games), and the holiday season is, statistically, the time in which the fewest games are played per day. read more