Lawn irrigation

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has started on a dry note for much of Georgia. If your lawn is a little thirsty, you can do some things to get the most out of your sprinkler system without getting in trouble.Since March 1, some places in north Georgia have had good rainfall. But some are 2 inches to 3 inches below normal. South Georgia has been dry, with only a half-inch to an inch of rain across most of the region, about 5 inches below normal.Just two weeks without water can be enough to hurt most grasses, said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.But you don’t want to just turn on the sprinklers anytime you feel the lawn needs a drink. This could waste water and damage lawns.”It could get you in trouble, too,” Harrison said.Georgia has statewide watering restrictions now. There are some guidelines.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water only on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it’s an even number, you’re asked to do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. “There’s no outside watering on Friday,” he said.New automated irrigation systems, Harrison said, must be equipped with rainfall sensors to stop them when it rains. Watering guidelines are enforced by local authorities.But homeowners can easily supply their lawns with needed water and still follow the guidelines, he said.It doesn’t matter if you use a permanent system or a sprinkler attached to a hose. The first thing you need to know is how much water you’re applying and how fast.”Not knowing your water application rate is like driving a car with no speedometer,” he said.Different systems apply water at different rates. Hose-sprinkler systems vary the most. Space three rain gauges within the watering area of your system. Look at your watch. After an hour has passed, check your gauges to see how much water your system puts out in that time.Most lawns grow best when they get 1 inch of water a week, either from rain, irrigation or combination of the two. And they prefer long soakings. In dry weather, water only once or twice a week to get that 1 inch.Light, frequent watering can cause turf grasses to develop shallow roots. This can lead to many problems, including disease and insect damage and discoloring from poor fertility.The grass at the very end of a sprinkler’s trajectory may not get as much water as the grass closer to the sprinkler. Permanent systems should be set for overlap in sprinkler patterns to adjust for this. Remember this when you move your hose-sprinkler system. You want your lawn to be uniformly wet.Water at the right times, too: early morning or late at night, Harrison said. If you don’t, you could just waste time and water.”We have research and evidence to show that you can lose as much as half the water if it’s applied during peak daylight hours,” he said.High temperatures and high winds can evaporate water or blow it off-target, too, he said.Watering during the day also increases the time grass is wet. This can lead to diseases. Watering at night won’t hurt grass that’s already wet from dew. The turf gets the water it wants and is drier during the day.last_img read more

Become more nimble using ‘Agile’ methodology

first_imgAmid today’s rapid pace of change in financial services, many credit unions strive to make their operations more nimble so they can pivot their products and services to meet members’ evolving needs.“Agile” methodology provides the perfect framework for that capability, according to Melanie Gillen and Andy Schuman of CUNA Mutual Group.They’ll tag-team on a preconference workshop at the upcoming CUNA Lending Council Conferencethat explains Agile’s advantages and offers a pathway for credit unions to use it as a project management tool. Registration for the workshop remains open through Nov. 12, the day it will be held in Nashville, Tenn.“When you start with an idea and want to create value, this methodology and mindset is critical,” says Gillen, a capability leader director. “We’re approaching two years of using Agile within our Transformation area, and it has enabled our teams to bring value to our credit union clients and their members much faster. We are focusing on the right things because we’re constantly working with customers to validate and test our solutions.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wisconsin still in search of 1st conference victory

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoWith two games left in the Big Ten season, time is running out for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, as it looks to earn its first conference win in two years. On Saturday night, they will get another chance in Columbus against Ohio State.Although Wisconsin has a winning record on the season at 6-5-2, the Badgers have yet to beat a Big Ten team. While it may be tough to win against Ohio State, a team picked preseason to finish third in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have shown some weaknesses in the conference this year. The disappointments the Buckeyes have had this season gives Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman confidence the Badgers can contend with the Buckeyes.“I feel pretty good about going into Ohio State and giving them a game,” Rohrman said. “Our guys certainly have the confidence from how we played last week.”Unlike Ohio State, Wisconsin is coming into the match on a hot streak. After going through a stretch of five games when the Badgers lost four times and had no wins, they have recorded two victories in their last three games. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back losses against unranked teams. Against Penn State last Saturday, the Buckeyes gave up three goals and against West Virginia on Wednesday were unable to record a goal.In Wisconsin’s two wins, junior Scott Lorenz has been the main factor in both games. Against UW-Milwaukee, Lorenz recorded two scores and added another goal against Marquette on Wednesday.“The guys are hungry and eager,” Rohrman said. “You have got to just keep going at it and take each game for what it is and put your best foot forward. When we do that, we play very well and focused, and we’ve put ourselves in a position to win games.”Despite coming into the matchup with more momentum than the Buckeyes, Rohrman knows his team cannot overlook a team that still has more Big Ten wins than the Badgers this year.“They’re a very hardworking group; they’ve got a very tough-minded midfield that we’re going to contend with,” Rohrman said of Ohio State. “They’re a very stingy defense. We’re going to have to be very good with our chances.”To beat the Buckeyes, Wisconsin will have to create quality chances against OSU’s two goalies this year, Bryon Neal and starter Drew Czekanski. Both goalies have goals against average under a goal per game, giving the team a chance to win every game.“They’ve certainly done their part to seize the opportunity,” Rohrman said. “They’ve had an opportunity to showcase what they can do, and they’ve done a good job so far.”While its offense averages a mediocre 1.46 goals per game, its defense is going to be the main focus for Wisconsin. If the Badgers can find a way to get the ball past Czekanski, look for the Badgers to have an excellent shot at their first win in the Big Ten this year.“We’ve played quite well,” Rohrman said. “The guys are excited to get a chance to beat Ohio State there.”last_img read more