New plant material

first_imgAs the weather grows cooler most landscape plants begin to go dormant. Fall is an excellent time to install new plant material. Many home gardeners like to install plants in the spring when their leaves are unfurling and many go into bloom. Spring planting is acceptable, but fall planting is preferable. The summer months are not good for planting due to the intense heat and prolonged dry spells.Newly installed plant material, even if properly watered, is highly stressed and can die. In the fall months, the air temperatures have cooled and the plants are not under as much stress. The stems and leaves will begin going dormant, but the roots will continue to grow in the soil. Cold weather gives the plant more time to become established and develop a strong, healthy root system. By the following spring and summer, the plants will be more resistant to heat and drought conditions. Spring-planted trees and shrubs have a much shorter period of time to become established. This makes them more vulnerable to the stresses of summer.For trees and shrubs, dig the width of the hole at least one and one-half to two times the size of the root ball. Plant it at the same depth as it was in the container. Do not install the plant’s crown below soil level. Planting too deeply can lead to rot and other problems leading to damage and possible death of the plant material. Research has shown adding organic matter, like compost or top soil, to the hole is not necessary. The plant’s roots might be so happy in the rich soil that it prevents their roots from growing out into the native soil. However, when planting a bed of multiple trees and shrubs, add organic matter and till it in throughout the entire planting bed. Do not fill the individual holes with organic matter.When purchasing plants, select plants that appear healthy and free of insects and diseases. Pull the plant out of the pot and examine the roots. Healthy roots should be white or light brown and spread throughout the root ball. Avoid plants with black mushy roots, or those with poorly developed root systems. If plants roots are matted around the edge of the root ball, use a knife and make a few cuts to break up the mat and allow the roots to spread. Do not apply fertilizer to the individual planting holes. Wait until the plants become established before fertilizing. Thoroughly water the plants once or twice a week. Apply two to three inches of mulch, such as pine straw, pine bark or cypress mulch, around the plants. Do not mass mulch around the stems of the trees and shrubs. This can lead to disease and insect infestation of the stem. Fall is the best time of the year to establish trees, shrubs, and many types of perennials. Install these plants now to enjoy them in the spring and into the future. For more information on fall plantings, contact your local University of Georgia Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Wisconsin wins despite slower night for Tucker

first_imgBy the time the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had finished its 29-4 run by the second half of play to bury the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, it was abundantly clear that this team isn’t the “Alando Tucker and friends” show that many have made it out to be.Instead, it was yet another incarnation of the complete-team effort Wisconsin fans have become accustomed to.On a night where the much-ballyhooed Tucker scored just five points and took only one shot, the Badgers still rolled to a 38-point victory, with almost every player on the team contributing points.Though Tucker is undoubtedly Wisconsin’s biggest offensive threat, most dynamic player and the go-to guy on any given night, how well the team can perform when its star is having an off-game will be one of the key factors in how successful UW will be this season. If Saturday’s game is any indication, UW should be fine.Tucker, a pre-season all-conference selection and candidate on the Wooden Award watch-list, didn’t have a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, despite only putting up five points. The junior forward made the only shot he attempted and provided three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of play.”He was getting a lot of attention and some teams are going to do that to him — probably a lot of teams. But there were guys that were open,” Ryan said. “He didn’t have to shoot a lot, other guys were open. There are guys out there who think about awards and how to impress people and things like that. He’s just going to play and do what’s best for the team and I don’t even have to say anything.”One shot was all the star needed to take, as Wisconsin showed the kind of offensive team chemistry that has become the signature of the Bo Ryan era. The Badgers turned the ball over only 11 times, while dishing out 23 assists.As Coastal Carolina tried to keep Wisconsin out of rhythm, changing defenses seemingly every time down the floor, the Badgers were able to calmly swing the ball around the perimeter and into the post for open shots. Thus Tucker, his creativity, and his playmaking skills weren’t necessary, at least not on this night.”He didn’t force anything, but when you are getting the kind of shots we were getting … there was no reason to force anything,” Ryan said.An interesting side note that bodes well for Wisconsin should Tucker have more quiet games like Saturday’s: the Badgers are 15-1 all-time when Tucker scores fewer than 10 points. The only loss came against Illinois last year in the Big Ten tournament championship game, when Tucker was held to nine points.Williams gets quality minutesRedshirt freshman guard DeAaron Williams played a career-high 15 minutes Saturday and made his presence felt, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting while chipping in six boards. Williams was very active and drew the crowd’s applause on several occasions, most notably when the former Illinois slam-dunk champion took to the sky to convert an alley-oop from Michael Flowers in the first-half.”Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have guys who just try to make the most of the minutes that they do get,” Ryan said. “DeAaron just wants to play. He is going to try and take advantage of the minutes he does get, to try and get more minutes.”last_img read more

Democrats are demanding the US Census include LGBTI questions

first_imgThis bill, however, makes it the law for the Bureau to included these questions on all such surveys.Making LGBTI people seen‘We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LGBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided,’ Harris said.‘This information can also provide us with better tools to enforce civil rights protections for a community that is too often discriminated against.’Carper added: ‘Today, despite the fact that roughly 10 million Americans identify as LGBTQ, the community is left unrepresented on the census.’Advocates have long campaigned and fought for the inclusion of such questions.In 2016 on Capitol Hill, Laverne Cox joined policymakers demanding for such change.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Census Equality Act to Congress on Tuesday (31 July).The bill describes its goal as improving data collection ‘by requiring the collection of information on sexual orientation and gender identity in the decennial census and the American Community Survey’.It further dictates that authorities must start enacting a plan to include these questions no later than a year after the bill passes. It also states the questions can be introduced earlier, but no later than 2030 for the decennial census and 2020 for the American Community Survey.Last March, LGBTI advocates slammed Trump and his team for not including such questions.The pressure led the US Census Bureau to keep a question on sexuality on a marketing survey for 2020. Democrats in Congress are pushing back against the Trump administration’s decision to take LGBTI questions off the United States Census. A person with rainbow tears | Photo: Unsplash/Christian Sterk Republicans believe there is less discrimination in America todayMore Yale incoming freshman identify as LGBTI than conservativeDemocrats introduce law to ban gay and trans panic defense in courtsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/democrats-census-lgbti-questions/center_img GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more