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GARDENING WITH GARETH – ‘TREATING MOSS IN THE LAWN’

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first_imgJob for the weekend…Gareth AustinWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinThis weekend it’s forecast to turn cold after a fantastic week of weather, the sunshine has really warmed up the soil and the growth is coming thick and fast in the garden. Where there was no colour there is now daffodils and other spring flowers appearing overnight. Our Donegal Daily job for the week is ‘Treating moss in the lawn’. Lawn moss can be caused by a combination of factors – Soil Compaction and Acidic soil being the two main causal agents for moss on lawns. Over a period of years cutting grass – simply the act of walking up and down the same strips compacts down the soil layer in the root zone, thus preventing water flow through the soil, and air from circulating around the root zone of the grass.The water is then retained near the surface of the soil, creating great breeding ground for moss (aswell as slowing down the growth of the grass, weakening its strength and this in turn allows entry for weeds), as there’s less air in the rootzone the ground doesn’t dry up as quickly and the grass roots grow slowly, giving poorer performing grass, rendering the grass less able to compete with the moss and weeds.Rainfall is naturally acidic, and over a period of time will acidify soil, this couple with grass being cut and removed depleted the availability of calcium in the soil, when the soil pH gets lower, the growth of the grass slows down as the nutrients become less available, this in turn reduces the grass ability to compete with weeds and moss favours an acidic soil to colonise.So to combat the moss it’s a two pronged approach, firstly we kill the moss, secondly we try to create conditions the moss doesn’t flourish in. To kill the moss: Cut the grass, then treat the lawn with Sulphate of Iron (available from Aurivo Co-Op or Garden Centres), after the moss goes black its then time to rake this out as best you can, or better still hire a Scarifier from Letterkenny Tool Hire and give it a run over with this. This will rip up the dead moss and the thatch layer (which is accumulated dead grass), you can then run over with the lawnmower to gather this up.Then spike the lawn at regular intervals with a garden fork, or in a back lawn get back on the phone to Letterkenny Tool Hire and get a Lawn Aerator on hire, the garden fork creates small holes in the soil which you’re then gonna fill with Sharp Sand (again Aurivo Co-op or Builders Yard).Spiking the lawn.This addition of sand helps to aerate the ground, and allows the air to penetrate deep into the root zone of the grass. Next step is to apply some Lime over the lawn (handy tip is to give the soil a wee pH test before you do this, this way you’ll know how much lime you need to get a target pH of 6.5). and last but not least is an oversow of fresh grass seed, which you’ll need if you’ve removed a load of moss.If you leave bare ground then weeds will colonise this, so oversow any bare patches with a mix of No.2 lawn seed mixed with some screened soil or compost.The whole aerated and sanding the lawn might be something you do every 5-10 years, the liming every 3-4 years but its worth applying some Sulphate of Iron to the lawn every Autumn/Spring, even if you’ve just a bit of moss it’ll knock it on the head, stop it from competing with your grass. Also the Iron will give your lawn a healthy dark green colour, and will control many of the weeds, such as daisies. Scarification of lawnsNext Week….It’s your Duty to be Fruity!Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – ‘TREATING MOSS IN THE LAWN’ was last modified: April 25th, 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)Tags:donegalDonegal Dailygardening columnGareth Austinlast_img read more

Raiders training camp: Top 5 position battles

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first_imgJon Gruden stressed all offseason that he wants competition at every position, and he meant it.Just look at the flurry of offseason signings made to bulk up position groups you thought already had enough bodies.Let’s take a look at the five most intriguing training camp battles before Gruden and Co. get the ball rolling on Friday.5. Backup quarterback The only reason this one makes the top five is because we saw Derek Carr go down last season. Who knows if a similar injury happens …last_img read more

SA overtakes France in UK wine sales

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first_imgMason pointed out that UK consumers no longer “defaulted” to European wine, and that the quality of wine from South Africa was up there with the best in the world. South African wine sales grew 20% by volume between January 2009 and January 2010 to 12 270 000 nine-litre cases, compared to a decline in French wine sales of 12%, to 12 266 000 nine-litre cases; growth that also saw South Africa becoming the fourth-largest selling country for wine in the UK. South African wine sales in the UK have overtaken those of France for the first time, according to the latest figures from market analysts AC Nielsen. “This achievement has coincided with a year where South Africa is thrust into the spotlight as host nation for the [2010 Fifa World Cup], which should ensure continued success for our wines, as visitors flock to the Cape or crack open a bottle while watching the game.” “In 1994 our producers wouldn’t have dreamt of selling more wine to the UK than France, but now the wine landscape has changed completely.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img Although the South African wine industry is over 350 years old, it is recently that the country’s exports have seen significant growth. In 1994, the industry exported around 50-million litres of wine globally; by the close of 2009, exports had increased eightfold, reaching almost 400-million litres. “This is a momentous occasion for the South African wine industry, which is relatively young in terms of the global export market,” Wines of South Africa UK market manager Jo Mason said in a statement last week. ‘Up there with the best’ 29 March 2010last_img read more

Bridging the public healthcare gap

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first_imgRay Maota Doctors who need valuable surgicalexperience can get it through AfricaHealth Placement.(Image: AHP)MEDIA CONTACTS• Retha GrobbelaarAHP: Media and Public Relations+ 27 11 328 1316Africa Health Placements (AHP) is a non-profit organisation determined to support and enhance healthcare systems in South Africa by finding, placing and retaining healthcare workers in rural and underserved areas.The organisation came about in 2005 to counter the brain drain that South Africa in particular was experiencing in the public health sector. A large number of medical professionals were pursuing private sector opportunities in some of the world’s more lucrative industries.Over 2 000 healthcare workers have been placed so far in predominantly rural areas, with almost half of these being local professionals.AHP gets funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief; The Atlantic Philanthropies; and leading mining companies Anglo American and De Beers, as well as Discovery Health; West Pharmaceuticals and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.“We work in the public sector and are linked to the national department of health as well as its different provincial departments,” said Retha Grobbelaar, media and public relations officer of AHP.“This is in order to get an idea of where there are shortages of health practitioners and how we can help.”Grobelaar said that they tend to encourage the professionals they meet by reminding them of the reasons they entered into the profession. Their message is one of making a difference: the practitioners get the opportunity to expand on their medical experience and the impact of adjusting to a difference lifestyle means growth for them spiritually and for their careers.“We also try to make their transition smoother by doing administrative work for them like finding them accommodation, schools for those who have children and suitable peers with whom they can relax in their spare time if they need some.”According to AHP, as many as 50% of graduating health professionals in South Africa are likely to emigrate to foreign shores at some point in their career. To add to the woes of the public sector, 75% of those who remain in the country opt for private practice.“Africa’s greatest obstacle in the public (and particularly rural) healthcare environment is the lack of qualified professionals,” said Grobelaar.“Our aim is to fill the gaps, and ultimately to help people view the public health sector in a new light – as a truly viable and exciting career option.”Health practitioners who are recruited and placed within the AHP programme receive the standard government salaries for their work.Recruitment and placingThe programme offers a variety of contracts for professionals, ranging from permanent to part-time and voluntary placements.The processes are governed within the standards set by regulatory bodies such as the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Foreign Workforce Management Programme.According to AHP, citizens from economically developed countries not on the G77 list – a coalition of 132 nations, all UN members, of which 77 are founding members of the group – may be called upon to write a proficiency examination if they would like to work in South Africa, depending on the country in which the qualification was issued.On the other hand, AHP has a policy of not recruiting candidates from G77 countries if those countries have a similarly desperate need for qualified professionals. The exception here is for those who would operate under a refugee status. The policy is in line with standards of the HPCSA.For local doctors applying for placement, permanent positions are available at levels one to three in public hospitals as well as in the NGO sector. Volunteer and temporary placements are also available.Requirements for foreign health practitioners applying can be found here.The great stories from doctors already placedDr Andrei Kirpichnikov from the Ukraine came to South Africa in 2007 seeking to further his surgical experience.After spending a year at the Tugela Ferry Hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal, about three hours from Durban, he found another post at the East London Hospital Complex in the Eastern Cape.“I am definitely a better doctor now. I came to be trained and to do surgical procedures and I ended up staying,” said Kirpichnikov.Asked to give advice for doctors seeking experience in their field, Kirpichnikov described the experience as a unique opportunity.“There are wonderful hospitals, and if you are looking for experience, or if you want to be supervised, you will find it here. If you want to work independently in a rural setting, you will also find that.”Doctors Jenness Cameron from the UK and Anne Brouha from the US came to South Africa in August 2011. They hope to leave a successful ARV programme behind in the rural clinics surrounding the Rietvlei Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal when they leave South Africa at the end of June 2012.The two have been establishing ARV services in Rietvlei by training two nurses at each of its 13 clinics on how to administer ARV treatment.Cameron said: “HIV rates in rural KZN are very high. We’ve put hundreds on treatment and there are always more who desperately need it.”She also found the experience rewarding, especially the opportunity to train the local nurses.“You feel like you are leaving something behind that will carry on. You are not just seeing patients. It’s been an amazing experience and I love working with the people,” said Cameron.last_img read more

Summer Intern needed

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSummer Intern Position: Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami CountiesThe position will be located in Miami County and is a part-time position, 20-30/week. Position Summary.To apply please send resume and cover letter to:Miami County Farm Bureau 1554 McKaig Avenue Building B Troy, Ohio 45373 or email to [email protected]Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Anticipated start date May 1.Primary Duties 1. Provide support/event coordination to county leaders on county program and special projects as assigned by the Organization Director in pursuit of Ohio Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau goals and objectives. 2. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with agribusiness, local businesses, affinity partners, and other community groups in an effort to grow membership by developing business partnerships. 3. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with consumers and farmers in an effort to grow all individual/family membership classifications for members and supporters. 4.  Suggest new ideas and updates related to membership. 5. Assist Organization Director, County Office Administrator and county leaders in maintaining a robust social media presence in the area. 6. Assist County Office staff as assigned by the Organization Director in all areas of county office operations, to include but not limited to accounting, member correspondence, Nationwide agency support, member service and membership marketing. 7. Other duties as assigned by Organization Director.MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS -High School diplomaMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Proficient in basic computer skills -Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and vehiclePREFERRED SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Organizational skills -Capacity to motivate, enthuse and recognize volunteers -Public speaking abilitiesREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -Interest in agriculture/rural Issues -Knowledge or experience in agriculture   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Google’s Picasa Web Albums Are Now More Social Than Ever

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Google just made its Picasa Web Albumsa lot more social. While you could always share albums with others, you can now also invite other users to contribute photos to an album themselves. Currently, as Google rightly points out, if you go to an event and a number of people take pictures, they will end up on various different photo sharing services afterward. Now, you can just set up one album and everybody can contribute their photos to this one album.To contribute to an album, users have to be signed in with their Google Accounts. After that, they can just click on “Add Photos” and start uploading images through the browser interface. Photos from contributors will show the users’ names, and they can rotate, delete, and add captions to images. In order to choose contributors, Picasa lets you access your Google contacts, and you can invite individual contacts or groups that you have already set up in Google Contacts (think: co-workers, family, etc.).Sadly, you won’t be able to use the Picasa desktop software to upload images to these albums if you are an invited contributor – only the actual owner of the album can. Also, if you use Internet Explorer, you can only upload five photos at a time.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Photo Sharing Services#Product Reviews#web last_img read more