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Last-minute chores

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has “sprung.” But if you hurry, you can still work inthose last-minute winter gardening chores.”This is the last call for many winter garden jobs,” said WillieChance, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent inHouston County. “Try to do these chores as soon as possible,before your plants really start growing.”These “winter” gardening chores include controlling pests,fertilizing plants and even transplanting. Check for scale insects”Now is the time to control scale insects on branches of shrubsand trees,” Chance said.Check for overwintering infestations of scale insects onevergreen plants like camellias, cleyeras and hollies. If youfind them, he recommends using a dormant oil spray. However, ifyour plants have begun to bud or leaf out, he said, use otherinsecticides for control.Mulching isn’t just a winter-preparation chore. Chance recommendsadding a 3- to 4-inch layer now to control weeds and keep thesoil moist. Add mulch to fruit, vegetable, shrub and floweringplants.”There are many sources of free or inexpensive mulch,” he said.”So you have no reason not to mulch.” Prune and transplantPrune crape myrtles, chaste trees (Vitex), hollies, roses andother summer-blooming shrubs as soon as possible. Many othershrubs can be pruned now, too.Wait until spring-flowering plants, such as azaleas, camellias,forsythias, quince and spireas, have finished blooming beforepruning them. And even then, you shouldn’t shear these plants, hesaid. Selectively remove branches to maintain the beauty andshape of the plants.”Prune trees as little as possible,” Chance said. “Don’t givethem an overall shearing. This can ruin their shape. Instead,remove individual branches completely back to where they’reattached to the main branch.”If you have nandinas in your landscape, you know they grow likebamboo, with long canes and leaves at the tops of the branches.Chance suggests pruning nandinas by cutting one-third of thecanes at one-third of the plant’s height. Prune another third attwo-thirds of its height, and leave one-third alone.”This should make the plant bushy,” he said. “Mahonia and Aucubacan also be pruned this way.”You can still transplant trees and shrubs, Chance said. But do itas soon as possible. “Fall is best time to transplant, but now isOK, too,” he said. “The later you wait, the lower their chance ofsurvival.”For more information on these and other lawn, landscape andgarden topics, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extensionoffice at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.center_img Fertilize and trimFertilize pecan trees now with a fertilizer containing zinc.”Pecans require zinc to make their leaves stronger and to help inkernel development,” he said.If you use 10-10-10 fertilizer, apply 1 pound to new trees and 4pounds per inch of trunk diameter (at chest height) to oldertrees. Spread it evenly around the tree, well beyond the dripline, or the point to which the branches reach.Fertilize bulbs, too, as soon as they come up. After they bloom,let the foliage die back naturally.”This allows the bulb to store energy for next year’s blooms,”Chance said. “If you want to move bulbs, mark where they’regrowing and then transplant them after the foliage dies back.”If your landscape includes liriope, remove the old foliage. “Youcan use a mower set on the highest setting or a weed eater,”Chance said. “Cutting liriope back removes the old, ugly andblighted leaves.”Removed the old foliage before new growth starts. To check fornew growth, look in the center of the plant for new leaves.If your landscape includes mondo grass, also known as dwarf lilyturf or monkey grass, don’t mow it. “Sheared mondo grass foliagedoesn’t grow back as well as liriope foliage,” Chance said.last_img read more

Shut-down defense, late run propels Syracuse to win over Maine

first_img Published on November 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 For nearly 30 minutes, Maine gave Syracuse a scare. With 11:19 minutes remaining, the Black Bears were hanging around, trailing by just seven points. Then the Orange proved why it was the team with NCAA tournament hopes and Maine was 0-2.SU went on a 17-0 run over the next 8:41 and held the Black Bears to just four points on one field goal the rest of the way.“Our man-to-man won us the game today,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When you keep people in front of you and you guard, that’s your offense you’re going to have and you’re going to have those kinds of runs.”That run fueled Syracuse in a 68-44 win over Maine on Tuesday night in Orono, Maine. The team used its athleticism and depth to get out in transition and defeat the Black Bears. Orange center Kayla Alexander managed a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Elashier Hall keyed the decisive run offensively for the Orange with nine points, seven of which came on jump shots.Hall kick-started the run with a jumper with 10:08 remaining. On the very next possession, Hall knocked down a 3-pointer to stretch the SU lead to 12. Maine didn’t cut the lead to single digits for the rest of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Black Bears actually matched up with Syracuse in the size department, which is why Hillsman said he insisted on getting out in transition and settling for jump shots instead.“We pushed the ball and we got into our offense early,” Hillsman said. “I thought that was the key. We had to get some early offense and not have to really shrink the floor and cause us problems getting the ball inside.”As they did in the season opener, the freshmen’s contributions both on the floor and in providing depth made the run possible.For the second straight game, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Cornelia Fondren all started. Sykes led the freshmen with 29 minutes, with Butler right behind with 24. Fondren played just 14, but went 3-for-3 from the field, including a 3-pointer.“We need them,” Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court and we have to do everything we can to keep them in the game and keep them playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Arnold taps new education secretary

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday tapped Riverside County Superintendent of Schools David Long as his new education secretary. Long, a classroom teacher before he became an administrator, is “a great educator who understands education inside and out,” Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. Schwarzenegger hopes to make 2008 the year of education, much as he is spotlighting health care this year. In that event, Long, a Republican, could be a key adviser. He will help Schwarzenegger translate into policy proposals the results of a recently released comprehensive education survey that called for overhauling funding and policies. California will spend more than $40 billion on schools next year, but this will still be below the national average per student. Student performance remains lackluster despite various federal and state accountability programs. Long, 67, said he is excited about the job and impressed by Schwarzenegger’s passion for education reform. His new post pays $175,000 a year. Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, lauded the selection of Long. “I know that Dave shares my deep concern about the need to close the achievement gap in California,” O’Connell said in a written statement, “and I look forward to working with him on this critical issue.” Long has spent 40 years in education, starting as a teacher and coach in Iowa and moving up the ranks to serve as Riverside County’s elected schools chief since 1999. As Riverside County superintendent of schools, Long had some oversight over 23 districts serving 400,000 students. He chairs a safe schools committee for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Long succeeds Alan Bersin, who returned to his home in San Diego to chair the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. [email protected] (916) 441-4602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Valencia holds off No. 1 until the end

first_imgVALENCIA – Valencia High’s boys’ soccer team was nearly perfect against top-seeded Santa Barbara in the second round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs Tuesday. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, disaster struck. A defensive breakdown left Juan Martinez alone in front of the net, and his goal lifted the top-ranked Dons (24-3-3) to a 2-1 victory at Valencia. “I’m very confident from that area,” said Martinez, who has 20 goals. As well he should be. “Anybody inside the 6-yard box should score a goal, especially someone like him, who’s one of the best players around,” Valencia goalkeeper Craig Jaffe said. “There wasn’t much I could do, but I did what I could to block it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Valencia (7-11-4) managed just three shots on goal – none in the second half – but played terrific defense, as has been its style, until that crucial late mistake. “When someone like Juan Martinez gets the ball that close, it’s not a guarantee, but let’s just say we’re confident when he does,” Santa Barbara assistant coach Alfredo Martinez said. It ended a terrific playoffs for Valencia, which won just six regular-season games, then upset Royal of Simi Valley in the opening round of the playoffs. “You played your hearts out,” coach Tony Scalercio told the Vikings when the game ended. “At the beginning of the season, no one expected much from us, and at first, we lost a lot of games because we were using a new system,” Jaffe said. “But today we showed we can play well against a good team.” J.P. Ybarra gave Santa Barbara a 51st-minute lead from Martinez’s through ball, but Manuel Prado pulled Valencia even six minutes later, finding the lower right-corner in full stride from 25 yards. Gerry Gittelson, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more