The long, hard winter has made life so tough for your lawn that a normal,helpful practice may not be such a good idea now.Normally, late-winter dethatching of dormant turf is a good idea. Butnormal winters aren’t as harsh as the one your lawn has just endured.”We had some pretty cold weather this winter,” said Gil Landry,a turf specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Because of that,you might want to hold off on your normal dethatching while your grass is still dormant.”It would be safer to wait until after the turf greens up and isgrowing well,” he said, “but before the hot, dry weather of July andAugust.”Be sure to keep the root zone moist during spring green-up, too, Landrysaid.”Apply at least one-quarter inch per week until 50 percent green-up,and then go up to one-half inch per week,” he said. “Water at this time canliterally save your grass.”Just like you,” he said, “our grass needs water to behealthy. A little water now can get your grass off to a good start for the rest of theseason.”Dethatching is still important for your lawn, though. Thatch is a buildupof dead grass stems and other plant matter between the grass and the soil.If thatch gets more than a half-inch thick, you need to do something aboutit.”If it gets that thick,” Landry said, “most of the grassroot system is growing in the thatch, not in the soil.”That can lead to all kinds of problems for the lawn. Thatch freezes fasterthan the soil. That can make winterkill worse when hard freezes come.Thatch dries out faster than soil, too, so the lawn will be stressed moreby summer drought stretches.”Thatch is also a good environment for insects and disease organismsthat can injure the grass,” Landry said.You may have a thatch problem, he said, “particularly if you havecentipede grass, if the lawn is really spongy and soft when you walk across it.”Dig your fingers into the sod, grip the grass and try to move it around.If the grass moves, you have too much thatch. “You shouldn’t be able to move it atall,” he said.How do you get rid of thatch?Most people use a vertical mower or some attachment to a lawn mower. Youprobably don’t have a vertical mower, but most towns have rental places that carry them.”On centipede or St. Augustine, the vertical mower blades need to betwo to three inches apart,” Landry said. “Blades closer than that would removetoo much turf and increase the recovery time for the grass. And you should go across thelawn only one time.”With Bermuda or zoysia grass the blades can be closertogether,” he said. “And you can go across the lawn more than once.”Don’t try to get rid of all that thatch at once.”Do it gradually,” Landry said, “to prevent too much damageto the turf.”The best way to handle a thatch problem, though, is to prevent it.”You can do that by mowing your grass at the proper height,”Landry said. “Mow it often enough that you remove only a third of the totalheight.”You get a bonus if you mow the grass on a good schedule, he said.Besides keeping thatch from building up, you don’t have to remove grassclippings. And that allows you to recycle your costly fertilizer all summer.
January 1, 2021
The Vermont Agency of Transportation on Friday will reopen the I-89 northbound entrance ramp at Exit 8 in Montpelier. The exact time has not been fixed, but it likely will be sometime after the morning rush commute. But by the end of the day, VTrans anticipates having the ramp open. The ramp was not scheduled to be reopened until September 3, so opening the ramp tomorrow means it will open a week ahead of schedule.The detour signs will remain up until after the ramp is opened, so there will be a very short time when the ramp is open but some detour signs are still in place. VTrans anticipates traffic patterns regarding the Interstate to be back to normal by the weekend.Source: VTrans. 8.26.2010
January 1, 2021
State and local law enforcement in Vermont will receive more than $8.5 million in federal grant assistance to help with prevention and preparedness, US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday. The grants will be released Thursday by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ‘Police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and a long list of other first responders keep criminals off the street, protect our communities, and help secure our borders,’ said Leahy. ‘Safety, security and preparedness must continue to be high priorities as further waves of budget cuts are negotiated in Washington. The officers who work every day to keep our communities safe deserve our support and our commitment. These funds are important to Vermont’s readiness.’ Vermont will receive grant awards under three different DHS programs: · $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to support the implementation of strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters. This grant allocation includes $1.7 million to be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities;· $556,393 from the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the State of Vermont;· $2,860,761 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards.Leahy has long championed all-state minimum funding formulas for homeland security grants to ensure that small, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to prevent terrorism. Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $95 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bills that fund the DHS grant programs. Leahy’s office. 5.19.2011
December 30, 2020
Our favorite outdoor videos from around the internet for the week that was:1. Road Bike Party 2From the man that brought you Road Bike Party, comes Road Bike Party 2! What this guy can do on a bike is pretty nutso.2. First LightFrom the extreme filmmakers that brought you Silence, 35, and Move comes First Light, exploring the very edge of what can be called climbing.3. Jackson and NOC Crew at Rock IslandShort little vid of some ballers ballin’ at Rock Island. Winter paddling looks…cold.4. Days of My Youth TrailerThis looks like a fairly epic ski movie. Not sure exactly what they are going for, but it works.5. History of FreeskiingSpeaking of epic ski movies, here is episode 1 of The North Face Rise video series (the whole series is great, check it out here) on the history of Freeskiing. It’s a bit hokey, which I actually like, but there is also a shout out to the legend Doug Coombs, and others the young guns have probably never heard of. Consider this a history lesson in extremeness.
December 19, 2020
Martin County Bar organizes Constitution Week programs October 15, 2005 Regular News Martin County Bar organizes Constitution Week programs To educate the public regarding the separation of powers and the role of an independent judiciary, the Martin County Bar initiated a Constitution Week project in September.Twenty-four attorneys and judges spoke at 30 assemblies in the county’s schools. MCBA Secretary Alan Forst contacted each of the county’s schools and recruited attorneys and judges to speak for 90 minutes at the high schools and 35 minutes at the other schools regarding the history and contents of the Constitution, with an emphasis on the provisions of the Bill of Rights and the role of the courts in maintaining the rule of law.MCBA President Richard Levenstein and 19th Circuit Judge William Roby both participated in the project. As a result of the positive response they have received from administrators, teachers, students, and the attorneys and judges who spoke, Forst, Roby and Levenstein have already begun planning for 2006.
October 20, 2020
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October 19, 2020
Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two other pro-democracy activists were arrested by police on Friday on charges of illegal assembly, local media reported.Lai, a self made millionaire who has been a major financial patron of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, was picked up by police at his house, Cable TV and TVB News reported.Apple Daily, one of the publications under media company Next Digital in which Lai is non-executive chairman, said he was accused of participating in an illegal march on Aug. 31. Topics : Hong Kong saw one of its worst clashes on Aug. 31, with police firing tear gas and water cannons at pro-democracy protesters who threw petrol bombs.Authorities in Hong Kong have arrested more than 7,000 people for their involvement in the protests, many on charges of rioting that can carry jail terms of up to 10 years. It is unclear how many are still in custody.Public anger has grown over the months due to perceptions of China tightening its grip over the city. Beijing denies meddling and blames the West for fomenting unrest.Lai was previously arrested in 2014 for refusing to leave a key pro-democracy protest site in the center of the city. Following his arrest he resigned as editor in chief of Apple Daily. He has also come under scrutiny from Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency when they raided his home in 2014.Hong Kong Democracy Council, a Washington based non- government organization, said on Friday that the arrests were “blatant acts of political suppression by the Hong Kong government and the Chinese Communist Party”.The group said in a statement it was demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Lai and the other pro-democracy activists.Mark Simon, Lai’s top aide and a senior executive at Next Digital, said on Twitter Lai, along with Lee and Yeung were “not in any way a flight risk. They need to be processed quickly and out of that police station as quickly as possible.” Veteran democracy activists Lee Cheuk-yan and Yeung Sum were also arrested on Friday on the same charges, Cable TV reported.Lai, Lee and Yeung could not be reached immediately for comment.Hong Kong police said in a statement they would hold a media briefing on the arrests later on Friday. They did not give any further details.The arrests come after a period of relative calm in the Asian financial hub following months of intense anti-government protests.
September 28, 2020
Just a 40-minute drive south west of Brisbane, Plantation Homes has opened stage one of its latest display centre this month, with three homes and plan to open another five residences later this year.Just a 40-minute drive south west of Brisbane, Plantation Homes is set to spice up your life, with the inclusion of an outdoor ‘spice’ kitchen. Plantation Homes hwill open another five residences later this year.“Springfield Rise will be the go-to display centre for potential home buyers to experience and walk through an array of our displays,” Ms Reilly said.“One of the stars includes the Vermont 42, a new addition to the Vermont Series that has proven incredibly popular.”She said the home featured four bedrooms and a second outdoor ‘spice’ kitchen, ideal for aromatic foods to be prepared.“Two other displays on offer include the brand new European 44, featuring four bedrooms and with skillion design ‘Ridge’ facade, as well as the popular Carmelle 28, a single storey home showcasing a luxurious Hamptons design.” The sales experience centre’s new home consultants will guide you through the designs.She said the “World of Homes” at Spring Mountain encapsulated what Queenslanders prioritised and loved in their homes, including first-class workmanship from all the suppliers and trades. The sales experience centre features a dedicated kid’s zone, refreshments and coffee stop for the adults.The builder has opened stage one of its latest display centre this month, with three homes and plan to open another five residences later this year. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoPlantation Homes marketing manager Amanda Reilly said the homes were launched off the back of the highly successful flagship ‘World of Homes’ at The Surrounds in Helensvale.“Springfield Rise will be another fully immersive display experience from Plantation Homes, where potential new home buyers can plunge into all the lavish features and inclusions on offer – all in one must-see location,” Ms Reilly said.
September 28, 2020
Beach Energy has awarded Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) a contract to supply subsea production systems for its Victorian Otway Basin development project located in offshore Victoria, Australia.The contract was awarded in the first quarter of 2019 and includes medium water horizontal Xmas trees and associated subsea control Semstar5 systems, in addition to wellheads.With this project, BHGE demonstrates the benefits of its Subsea Connect approach it launched in 2018 that brings together early engagement, advanced technologies, creative commercial models and digital enablement to improve project economics and certainty.Neil Saunders, president & CEO of BHGE’s Oilfield Equipment business, said: “We are excited to be partnering with Beach Energy in a project of such relevance for the Australian gas market. Not only do we bring our expertise in subsea gas projects, but we also demonstrate how our Subsea Connect capabilities are put into action to add value to a brownfield project while delivering cost-effective solutions under a local execution model.”
September 24, 2020
ND JV defeated Morristown in 2 sets. 25-13, 25-19.Anna Burkhart had 12 digs. Brittany Krieger 6 digs and 2 aces. Lainey Crites 2 aces. Jenna Geis 4 kills and 2 blocks.ND Varsity defeated Morristown in 3 sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-18.Erika Kramer had 7 total blocks and 11 kills. Kara Muckerheide added 19 assists, 10 digs and 5 kills. Maddy Day 10 digs. Erica Gauck 9 digs and 5 kills. Olivia Bohman 7 kills. Balee Osting 8 digs.‘The girls played with a lot more energy tonight and really came together as a team. Always a great feeling to secure another conference win which puts us at 3-0 in the conference and 11-4 for the season. Next week we have 3 matches, 2 of which being conference games. This weekend we travel to Southwestern Hanover for a tournament which will be a good chance for us to see a Sectional opponent.’ Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.