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Waters-wise lawn research

first_imgMost gardeners know the secret to a successful garden is to start with good, nutrient-rich soil. University of Georgia researchers are using a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to test this theory on turfgrass.UGA was awarded a two-year grant in 2011 through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The goal of the project is to research ways to use less water to maintain lawns and landscapes in Georgia and to promote water saving landscaping methods among homeowners and green industry professionals. On the research side, UGA scientists are looking at how incorporating organic matter into soil before planting affects the amount of water needed to maintain turfgrass. This June two separate composts were tilled into research plots on the UGA campus in Griffin. Compost in the research plots was added at the rates of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 pounds per 1,000 square feet. One control plot was tilled without adding compost, and another was neither tilled nor amended with compost. Three species of turfgrass (JaMur zoysiagrass, TifGrand bermudagrass and TifBlair centipedegrass) were planted on top of the compost incorporation treatments. “We will use the results of this study to refine pre-plant recommendations for installing turfgrass while improving water conservation,” said Clint Waltz, a UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist. The Georgia Urban Ag Council, a partner on the grant project, will promote the availability of the water-saving recommendations to members of Georgia’s green industry. The council is a professional association that represents the state’s horticultural and landscape industries, which includes 7,000 companies and more than 80,000 employees. UGA Extension turfgrass associate Becky Griffin has developed four trainings for landscape workers that focus on sustainable turfgrass. The 30-minute trainings cover turfgrass identification, cultural best management practices, irrigation and installation. To date, more than 700 landscape workers in six counties have completed the trainings. Exit surveys show workers now pay more attention to mowing heights, sharpen mower blades more often and pull weeds when appropriate instead of applying herbicides. “These practices result in healthier-overall turfgrass, which translates into possible water savings,” Waltz said. For more information on planting and maintaining turfgrass in Georgia, see www.GeorgiaTurf.com or contact your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn Japan, baseball games were played in empty stadiums Saturday and horse races were held without spectators. Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, usually one of the world’s largest races, has been restricted to elite runners.In France, Sunday’s Paris half-marathon has been called off due to the outbreak. And five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday. February 29, 2020 Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s blank IslandersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a seven-point lead over Tampa Bay in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games.The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist. — Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East.— Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season.— Yoeli Childs poured in 38 points and had 13 rebounds as 17th-ranked BYU dumped Pepperdine, 81-64. The Cougars trailed by three at halftime before outscoring the Waves, 49-29 to improve to 24-7.— Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak. Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.The Bears weren’t the only top-10 team to lose to a ranked opponent.Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season. Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-COLOGUARD CLASSICQuigley maintains lead Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. — Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.NBA-SCHEDULEKnicks end skidNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have ended a six-game skid while handing the Chicago Bulls their 10th loss in 11 games.Backup Mitchell Robinson had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Knicks’ 125-115 victory against the Bulls. Julius Randle contributed 22 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who blew most of a 17-point, third-quarter lead before prevailing. Associated Press — Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSICFleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic. Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) hit a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left before Jay Huff provided a huge rebound and a block to help Virginia secure a 52-50 victory against seventh-ranked Duke. Huff finished with 15 points and 10 blocks, while Diakite and Braxton Key each added 14 points.The Blue Devils have dropped two straight and three of four, all against unranked teams.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC. Lightning lose Stamkos for rest of regular seasonUNDATED (AP) — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and potentially the first round of the playoffs.The team says Stamkos will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury and will be out for approximately six to eight weeks, including rest and recovery.Stamkos has 29 goals and 66 points this season, both second on the team behind Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv).In other NHL news: FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSVirus worries affect more sportsUNDATED (AP) — Concerns about the new coronavirus continue to have an impact on sporting events around the world. RJ Barrett finished with 19 points and Taj Gibson added 17 with eight rebounds in his return after missing his last game due to back spasms.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRYGolden State star Curry not quite ready to return SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend. Update on the latest sports TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Quigley fired a 5-under 68 to open a three-shot lead through two rounds of the Cologuard Classic.Quigley is bidding to win for the second time in his first four PGA Tour Champions starts.Fred Couples was second after a 66. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer won the last of his 13 senior titles in 2017.NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana pole Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Lightning kept pace with Boston and ended a four-game losing streak by downing the Flames, 4-3. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) scored power-play goals and Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) added a shorthanded tally in Tampa Bay’s first victory since its team-record, 11-game winning streak came to an end.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Kings beat the Devils, 2-1 on Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) goal at 1:58 of OT. Dustin Brown also scored and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves as Los Angeles improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games.NHL-NEWSlast_img read more

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Killenaule captain pays tribute to valiant Moyle Rovers side

first_imgKillenaule have set up a Tipp Senior Football final clash with Clonmel Commercials.Commercials ended the reign of county champions Loughmore Castleiney by 3 points while Killenaule were pushed all the way by Moyle Rovers yesterday needing extra time to emerge one point winners.After the game Killenaule captain Tony Doyle paid tribute to the efforts of Moyle Rovers but said they were determined not to miss out on a place in the county final.last_img

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