Summer Lawn Tips

Summer Lawn TipsHere are some great tips I use on a regular basis for a stronger sustaining lawn.

The 3 takeaways from this video:

1) Make sure you raise the blade. If the lawn is cut too short, it gives the lawn too much space for potential weed growth.

2) Water on a regular basis. Remember watering for longer times only a few times a week actually is a better option than 5-10 minutes of watering each day.

3) Finally, apply a granular, slow-release fertilizer. I could not agree more. I would just add that you want to try and fertilize when there is a break in the temperatures. Fertilizing the lawn in intense heat could cause excessive drying in some areas. Also, make sure to water your fertilizer in over the next few days to insure the fertilizer gets into the plant root system.

 

 

Dealing with Citrus Greening

Citrus Green DiseaseCitrus Greening is the most serious disease threatening our citrus produce.

Citrus greening is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. It is also known as Huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure. While the disease poses no threat to humans or animals, it has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops throughout the United States and abroad.  Source SaveOurCitrus.org

Check out this map of affected areas  and see how widespread this disease is.  Source: SaveOurCitrus.org

Learn more about this disease and how some laboratories are looking at possible solutions to fighting this disease.

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Frying an egg on the sidewalk

Fried Egg on Sidewalk

The question still remains, “Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk?”

This week, we will see some of the hottest temperatures of the summer.

If you check out YouTube, your answer might be yes from some of the examples given. It really depends upon your heat source and if you can get that heat up to 150 degrees farenheit.

See more in this science documentary on this topic.

What do you think, can you fry an egg on the sidewalk? There is only one way to know. Try it yourself!

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Corpse Flower Sightings

Corpse FlowerHave you heard of this particular flower?

Apparently it blooms once every seven years from what I read. In 2014, sightings of this flower have been seen.

Check out this article from St. Louis, Missouri “Rare stinky ‘corpse flower’ blooms in St. Louis” - July 1, 2014

As you can see this flower creates quite an odor when blooming.

Also checkout this video from Loxahatchee, Florida regarding  the corps flower blooming sometime this weekend, July 18 – 20, 2014. This story gives you an up close visual of the flower just before its ready to bloom.

Have you seen a corpse flower up close? It’s an interesting story of a very unusual flower.

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Drones and Corn Field Scouting

drones and agriculture

Drones are starting to be seen more and more in fields across the country.

From time to time, I hope to share more articles with respect to this new process. I have been fortunate to hear some great speakers talk about their experiences with drones and their fields. Most of these speakers talk about the learning curve involved with operating drones and scouting fields. We are in the very early stages of this technology. More and more people are wanting to know more about how to effectively use this technology.

Check out this video and start to think of all the future uses you could envision for this technology. We are in the beginning stages of something really big.

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Germy Cellphones

cellphone germsSince I carry my cellphone with me everywhere I go, I need to be constantly reminded about this.

I’ve seen an increase in colds and viruses in the last few years in my workplace, have you?

Some tips to keep in mind to cut down on the number of germs:

  • Clean your phone regularly
  • Don’t let others use your phone
  • Keep the phone from directly contacting your skin.
  • Also, be aware of your children handling your phone

 

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Getting Quality Sweet Corn

Pollinating Sweet CornHave you tried to grow sweet corn,only to get ears about one third filled with kernels?

Check out this video and learn how to improve the process of pollinating sweet corn by actively getting involved in the process.

This video gives a great representation of what it takes to effectively pollinate corn.

I never thought of using a paint brush in the process.

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Could your iPhone make you itchy

iPhone NickelCheck out this news story regarding nickel allergies and your phone or tablet device.

Most smartphone and tablet devices contain traces of nickel.

Something to be aware of as we see more of these devices in the hands of adults and children. Nickel is not life-threatening, but it can produce a rash for some people with high sensitivity.

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Mosquito Borne Illness

Mosquito BiteCheck out this news story out of Massachusetts. West-Nile  is the mosquito that  most of us have heard about in the United States.

Now, another type of illness, Chikungunya which has been reported in the Carribean is making its way to the United States, specifically, the Boston area. Right now there isn’t a cure for this illness and it is something to be on the lookout for.

In the meantime, it is important to take precautions by trying to make sure areas of standing water are minimized and to closely be aware of any unusual symptoms as the result of a mosquito bite.

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