Azalea care

first_imgAzaleas in full bloom are a sign that spring has sprung in the South. Georgia’s unpredictable weather has blooms on the Southern favorite popping out early. To keep azaleas at their best, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists offer a few maintenance tips. When azaleas complete their blooming season, it will be time to fertilize, prune and mulch. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or one especially formulated for acid-loving plants. Follow label directions carefully as azalea roots are located very close to the soil surface. Over fertilization can cause damage and plant death. Overgrown limbs should be pruned out to restore the plant’s natural shape. Delaying pruning until later in the season can destroy next year’s flower buds. Lace bugs are the primary insect pest on azaleas. They feed on the leaves with their piercing-sucking mouthparts. The upper sides of the damaged leaves show a whitish speckling caused by the insects feeding on the undersides of the leaves. Garden stores carry the necessary insecticides to control lace bugs. Another problem occasionally seen on azaleas is iron deficiency. Sometimes iron deficiency is confused with lace bug damage. Iron deficiency gives the leaves a pale yellow appearance rather than the white speckling caused by lace bugs. Again, garden stores stock iron supplements that can be sprayed on the plants or applied to the soil to correct the problem. To manage moisture, azalea plants need a good soaking of water once a week. A 3- to 4- inch layer of mulch in flowerbeds will conserve moisture and reduce weed competition. For more information on home landscaping, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Argentine President Congratulates the Army

first_imgBy Dialogo January 30, 2012 Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner highlighted the work of her country’s Defense Ministry and Army “to overcome the difficult situation” arising from the ashes spewed by the Puyehue volcano in the Andes mountain range. The president emphasized that “the Army contributed around 600 personnel, more than 200 vehicles, and water-purification plants for everything that went into the first stage of aid,” she said on January 26, in a videoconference with authorities of the locality of Villa la Angostura, in the province of Neuquén. In order to respond to the emergency originated by Chile’s Puyehue volcano, according to Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli, 574 Army personnel were deployed, and 132 light and general-purpose cargo vehicles, 87 specialized vehicles (ambulances, workshops, communications vehicles, kitchens, water tankers, and road machinery, among others), and six water purification plants were used, among other equipment. Some of the tasks that were carried out in 16 localities in the province of Neuquén and eight localities in the province of Río Negro included water purification and transporting and supplying potable water, distributing firewood and non-perishable food, removing ashes accumulated in the streets, and repairing roofs, among others. Separately, there was also collaboration in fighting various forest fires that occurred in several mountain locations and near Fagnano Lake, in Tierra del Fuego.last_img read more

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Dirt Works Race Cars title sponsorship covers expanded Eastern Region for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgORONOGO, Mo. – More IMCA Modified drivers will race this season for point fund money provided by Eastern Region title sponsor Dirt Works Race Cars.The new Bay Area Emerald Coast Tour brings the division back to tracks in Alabama and Florida in 2015, while weekly sanctions continue in Michigan and New York. Points earned at the first eight Empire State Series events also figure toward regional standings.Owned by veteran driver Jerry Hoffman, Dirt Works Race Cars is a sister company to Hoffman Race Cars. The Oronogo, Mo., chassis builder is in its third season as regional title sponsor and provides a portion of the $6,000 to be paid to top 10 drivers in final point standings.Regional championships pay $2,500. The runner-up earns $1,250, with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th place.Drivers are required to display Dirt Works Race Cars decals on their race cars to be eligible for point fund shares. Defending regional champion is Chris Fleming.More information about either brand of chassis is available by calling 417 673-7426 or 417 465-2410. The company websites are www.hoffmanracecars.com and www.dirtworksracecars.com.“We are really excited about regaining memberships in the southeast and expanding the Dirt Works brand back into that region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “It is great to see the Dirt Works banner fly over what was once our Gulf Coast Region.”last_img read more

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