By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia has had plenty of rain in the past month. But there’s no guarantee it will be plentiful all summer. And just two weeks without rain can be enough to hurt most grasses.Your lawn doesn’t have to suffer, said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. 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.The guidelinesGeorgia has no mandatory watering restrictions statewide now, he said. But there are some guidelines.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it is 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.Know the systemIt 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.Good timingMost 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 of water.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, too, increases the time grass is wet. This can cause disease. 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.Georgia should have a typical, humid summer with temperatures in the mid-80s and 90s and spikes around 100, said state climatologist David Stooksbury, a professor of engineering with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The heat should generate hit-or-miss afternoon thunderstorms.An above-average tropical weather season is forecast for the Atlantic Ocean. But fewer storms than in 2004 will likely make landfall.
Today, March 26, was supposed to be Opening Day.That’s not happening, as you know, but that’s not going to stop us from dreaming about what might have been, even as we watch the smorgasbord of baseball games from the past that are being broadcast all day long. Why him? Because if the Reds are going to be legitimate contenders in 2020, they need Votto to be the Votto of old. And what better time to start than Opening Day? Nolan Arenado, 3B, RockiesWhy him? It was — well, it has been — an interesting offseason for Arenado and the Rockies, and watching him play again would have been great for Rockies fans. Here’s one player from each team we were especially looking forward to seeing perform on Opening Day. MORE: 15 things we miss most about baseballAmerican League Andrew Heaney, SP, AngelsWhy him? The Angels wasted no time naming the lefty as their Opening Day starter this spring. This was supposed to be his first Opening Day nod, which is a pretty cool honor for any pitcher, and that’s reason enough to watch (and it’s the reason we’ll pick another couple of players on this list). But, there’s also this: Heaney didn’t hold back when asked for his thoughts about the Astros and their cheating scandal this spring, and guess who the Angels were scheduled to play on Opening Day. The popcorn was already ready. Jose Altuve, 2B, AstrosWhy him? Because it’s impossible to think about the Astros and their first game of 2020 without thinking of the sign-stealing scandal that broke this offseason. And Altuve somehow became the central figure in this scandal despite the data showing he heard the fewest trash can bangs recorded in 2017. But Altuve hit the home run off Aroldis Chapman in the 2019 ALCS and told his teammates not to rip off his jersey as he approached home plate. And, well, that just seemed all kinds of suspicious. So, to pick one Astros player the most eyes would be on, the nod goes to Altuve. And now we’re done with sign-stealing scandal stuff, I promise. Mike Fiers, SP, AthleticsWhy him? OK, one more, dammit. The A’s hadn’t announced their Opening Day starter yet, but Fiers was certainly a possibility. He got the nod for the first game in 2019 and was a reliable part of the A’s rotation last year, posting a 3.0 bWAR and 3.90 ERA in 33 starts. Fiers, of course, is the player who went on the record with The Athletic and kicked the whole sign-stealing scandal into high gear. So, yeah, his first 2020 start would have been interesting. Worth noting, though, that the A’s host the Astros in the second series of the season, so if the A’s wanted to make sure Fiers wouldn’t face the Astros — seems like an unnecessary early season distraction — they could have pushed him back to start the third game of the year. OK, THAT is the last scandal mention. Double promise, pinkie swear. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue JaysWhy him? Because he’s kind of amazing and is likely to have a monster season, and popping a couple baseballs over the fence wouldn’t have surprised anyone. Shane Bieber, SP, IndiansWhy him? Bieber is coming off an outstanding season — fourth place finish in the AL Cy Young award and All-Star Game MVP — and was scheduled to face the rebuilding Tigers at home. Feels like a no-hitter, or at least a shutout, was on the table. Kyle Lewis, OF, MarinersWhy him? Lewis, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, skipped over Triple-A last year and posted a .885 OPS in 18 big-league contests for the Mariners last year. He’s likely to have his ups and downs, but he’s an outstanding talent and watching him hit that spring training grand slam was a lot of fun. Chris Davis, 1B, OriolesWhy him? Because hope springs eternal, and Davis was on fire this spring. And, sure, spring stats mean very little, but when you’re talking about a player with a -4.8 bWAR and 53 OPS+ over the past two years combined, any little sliver of success is welcome. Joey Gallo, RF, RangersWhy him? Because we were deprived of Gallo for far too much of a 2019 season — his year ended July 23 when he went on the DL with a broken hamate bone in his right hand — that was setting up to his the breakthrough year we’ve all been waiting for. Jose Martinez, DH, RaysWhy him? Because Martinez feels like a perfect fit for Tampa Bay, a professional hitter without much of a defensive position who is finally in the American League and can shine, primarily as a DH but also spot starter at first and in right field. And what better way to get going than with two or three hits at his new home against an NL team?Alex Verdugo, RF, Red SoxWhy him? New face in a new place, replacing a superstar in Mookie Betts. Intrigue. Adalberto Mondesi, SS, RoyalsWhy him? He’s fun to watch, especially when he gets on base. Big season could be in the works, if he figures out how to get on base more regularly. Miguel Cabrera, DH, TigersWhy him? Because, as I said when I watched a Tigers game from the press box this spring, any time you can see a future Hall of Famer play, that’s a good day. Jose Berrios, SP, TwinsWhy him? His breaking stuff is just mesmerizing. Berrios is coming off back-to-back All-Star seasons and he’s still just 25 years old. Last year, he got the Opening Day nod and struck out 10 in 7 2/3 shutout innings at home against Cleveland. This assignment, at Oakland, would be been a bit tougher but still a chance to shine. Luis Robert, CF, White SoxWhy him? The White Sox took “service time” distractions off the table, signing Robert to a deal that guarantees $50 million over six years, and has team options that could add two years and $38 million. All this despite that he’s yet to make his big-league debut, which is why we picked him here. Robert was brilliant in 2019, batting a combined .328 with a 1.001 OPS, 32 homers and 36 stolen bases at three levels in the White Sox organization. Gleyber Torres, SS, YankeesWhy him? Because he’s pretty much the only healthy starter, right? Really, though, Torres has been exactly the player Cubs fans feared he would be when their favorite team traded him to the Yankees for rental closer Aroldis Chapman (though he did contribute to that little World Series title). MORE: Rob Manfred hopes baseball can resume before JuneNational LeagueRonald Acuña, Jr., BravesWhy him? Because he’s a damn superstar, that’s why. Christian Yelich, RF, BrewersWhy him? Has any trade ever worked out any better than the Brewers’ deal to land Yelich? He’s been an incredible player — one MVP award and one second-place finish — and this offseason agreed to a lucrative extension to stay in Milwaukee for a long, long time. The Brewers were supposed to open their season at home against the Cubs, and the home-crowd reception would have been really something. Jack Flaherty, SP, CardinalsWhy him? How do you follow up an incredible finish — he had a 0.93 ERA in his last 16 starts — to the 2019 season? Well, that’s why we picked him. Javier Baez, SS, CubsWhy him? He’s a star, with a flair for performing on the big stage. Like, for example, Opening Day 2019, when he popped a pair of homers and had four RBIs in a win against the Rangers on the road. Starling Marte, CF, DiamondbacksWhy him? It feels like years ago that the Diamondbacks acquired the two-time Gold Glove winner from Pittsburgh. But he’s coming off back-to-back 20/20 seasons, and all eyes would be on him for his first regular-season game in his new uniform. Mookie Betts, RF, DodgersWhy him? Well, duh. Johnny Cueto, SP, GiantsWhy him? He’s only made 13 starts the past two years, but he’s healthy and was named the Opening Day starter. Cueto gives a clinic on disrupting batters’ timing, every time out. Lewis Brinson, CF, MarlinsWhy him? I am going to believe that Brinson can develop into a star until the day he retires, apparently. He’s been, well, not good in the bigs so far, but Brinson was pretty good this spring — .345 average, three homers in 13 games — and I know spring stats don’t mean much, but I would have been watching and hoping Opening Day would have been his new, fresh start. Jacob deGrom, SP, MetsWhy him? Because when a two-time Cy Young winner takes the mound, you watch. Juan Soto, LF, NationalsWhy him? Soto and Acuña — who finished 1-2 in the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year voting — will be linked as long as they both defy their ages and play like superstars, and they’ll always be worth watching. Tommy Pham, LF, PadresWhy him? Pham feels like the perfect addition to a Padres team that’s on the rise, and I’d expect that impact to be obvious from Day One. Or, y’know, Opening Day. Bryce Haper, RF, PhilliesWhy him? Boring choice? Yep. But you’ll be watching, too. Jarrod Dyson, CF, PiratesWhy him? Been a fan of Dyson since his days as the speedster who helped the Royals thrive in 2014-15, and because that’s what speed do. Joseph Daniel Votto, 1B, Reds
Greeted by sneering newspaper headlines that asked “Arsene Who?” when he was hired as a relative unknown in 1996, Wenger blazed a trail through the Premier League with his commitment to sports science and a world-wide scouting network that far eclipsed those of Arsenal’s rivals at the time.– Powerbase eroded –He led Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the incredible ‘Invincibles’ campaign in 2003-04, while also reaching the 2006 Champions League final and winning seven FA Cups.But once Wenger’s competitors caught up with his ground-breaking methods, he was unable to adapt.While Alex Ferguson built several great teams over his Manchester United reign, Wenger’s second act was less edifying once iconic players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp moved on.Ironically, Henry hardly helped Wenger last week when he made it clear he would be interested in succeeding his old boss.“If you love a place and they ask – I repeat, they ask – for help, you are always going to say yes,” Henry said.Wenger has already seen his powerbase eroded by the recruitment of Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona as head of football operations and a new chief scout in Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund.Yet he is said to have told his coaching staff he will resist any attempts to get him to agree to a dignified exit this summer, potentially forcing American owner Stan Kroenke to sack him.Wenger has one year left on his contract, but it is hard to believe he will be allowed to depart on his terms if Arsenal miss out on Champions League qualification again.The only remaining hope for silverware, and a return to the Champions League, is to win the Europa League, with Arsenal’s first leg of their last 16 clash against Milan at the San Siro on Thursday.Wenger will have noted that, despite their status as one of the giants of European football, Milan — seventh in Serie A — are faring as badly as Arsenal this season.Given Wenger’s failures in Europe — he has never won a continental competition with Arsenal — it would be bleakly appropriate if a loss to Milan proved the beginning of the end.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger has one last chance to salvage the worst year of his Arsenal reign and potentially save his job when the beleaguered Gunners boss faces AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.Wenger has presided over a miserable campaign that threatens to bring a painful end to the Frenchman’s near 22-year spell in north London.Battered by a wretched run of eight defeats in 13 games, Arsenal were outclassed by Manchester City in the League Cup final and saw their FA Cup defence ruined with a shock defeat at second-tier Nottingham Forest.A 2-1 loss at Brighton on Sunday was Arsenal’s fourth successive defeat in all competitions and left Wenger’s side 13 points adrift of the Premier League’s top four and 33 points behind runaway leaders City.Furious Arsenal fans chanted “we want Wenger out” during the Brighton debacle.And, although criticism for the 68-year-old is nothing new, the opprobrium has risen to unprecedented levels this term as Arsenal’s decline has become ever more apparent.Wenger suffered foul-mouthed abuse while boarding a train home from a defeat at Stoke back in 2014 and was subjected to sustained calls for his sacking before signing a new contract at the end of last season.But even those torrid times seem tame in comparison to the current tidal wave of angst engulfing Wenger.Support for Wenger has waned so dramatically that 88 per cent of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust’s 1,000 members on Monday voted in favour of his contract being terminated at the end of the season.“The responses to our survey showed huge affection and respect for Arsene but also the view that he is no longer taking Arsenal forward,” said an AST spokesman.“Our message to the club is that they must be proactive and take the decision sooner rather than later.”That would be a bitter conclusion for Wenger, who for so long was heralded as the club’s greatest ever manager but is now in danger of leaving with a severely tarnished legacy.
Facebook158Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by FirstLight Home CareGreg and Sarah Lane, owners of FirstLight Home Care, look forward to serving the clients of Olympic Home Care.When the management team at Olympic Home Care decided to close their business, their top priority was to ensure their clients would continue receiving the highest quality care from another home care agency that shared their mission and values.That’s why they chose FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, a locally-owned provider of in-home care for seniors and disabled adults, to assume the responsibility of providing care to Olympic’s clients beginning this week.“We took tremendous pride in providing the best skilled, experienced and compassionate in-home care possible,” explained Callie Martinez, Assistant Manager at Olympic Home Care since 2012. “If we were no longer going to provide care, I felt strongly we owed it to our clients and their families to find a provider who we could trust to deliver the level of service our clients have come to expect. FirstLight HomeCare was the agency I felt most confident about recommending to our clients and their families, and am relieved to know they are choosing FirstLight as their new home care agency.”Martinez said that she has been impressed by the dedication FirstLight demonstrates to their clients and to their caregivers.“The owners of FirstLight talk a great deal about a ‘Culture of Care’ in their agency,” said Martinez, “and they really live up to those core values they promote. They hire and support great caregivers, have tremendous passion for helping their clients and provide very high quality services.”Sarah Lane, co-owner of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound with her husband, said she was pleased to be endorsed by Olympic.“Olympic had a great reputation in the health care community for providing wonderful care,” said Lane. “Delivering the best care possible to the people we serve is our highest priority as well, so it’s gratifying to have the people at Olympic – a respected former competitor – recommended us to their clients. And we’re excited to have already started caring for them.”About FirstLight HomeCare – South SoundFirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is owned by Greg and Sarah Lane, long-time Olympia residents. To learn more about companion and personal care, dementia care, respite care or other non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or visit www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com.