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.
“It will be the first net-zero energy building built in Binghamton, which means it will produce as much energy on sit as we consume,” LoDolce said. “It will be kind of a showpiece in Binghamton.” “There was a lot of cheering in the office when we got the news for this funding,” said executive director Amelia LoDolce. “It was a fantastic end of year gift. It was really, really amazing.” Back at VINES’ office, a massive celebration followed the news. So as 2019 ends, LoDolce is excited to plant the seeds for a green future. But the new office building LoDolce and VINES are planning won’t just be your run-of-the-mill structure. Currently, VINES operates in the basement of the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, but with a new central location, LoDolce believes the non-profit can continue to help members grow food locally, and educate them on sustainable practices. LoDolce told 12 News VINES has been in talks with the City Council of Binghamton about properties they are interested in, and that they have been given the green light in regards to a location. This was the first year the non-profit organization went through the REDC’s application process. But with the funding now secured, VINES is focused on branching out. The New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded VINES $600,000 in funding, contributing to the $88.9 million the entirety of the Southern Tier received, making our area the top performer. “Our plan is to build an office for VINES,” said Amelia LoDolce, executive director at VINES. “We’re in a small space right now and growing tremendously so we need a place that can be our home for not only staff but also programming in the community.” “VINES helps people grow their own food and then access locally-grown food from our area farmers,” LoDolce said. ‘We can’t keep up with the demand we’re seeing in the community unless we can grow our staff and have the place that we need to support that.” They hope to break ground in May 2020. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) is planning to move to a new office space, after receiving over a half-a-million dollars in award money Friday. “We’ve grown tremendously over the last 13 years since we were founded,” LoDolce said. “We’re really excited to have been selected.
Indianapolis, In. — With the individual tax filing deadline less than a month away (April 15, to be exact), the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding Hoosiers there is still time to file for free with the Indiana free file (INfreefile) program.The INfreefile program allows qualifying individuals with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less in 2018 to file both state and federal taxes electronically at no cost. INfreefile uses the same electronic question-and-answer style most vendor software customers pay to use.Authorized INfreefile vendors for this tax season include:FreeTax USAH&R BlockOLT Online TaxesTaxActTurboTaxIndividuals should access their chosen vendor directly from the INfreefile website to ensure they are accessing the no-cost option from the approved vendors online here.“Over 2 million Hoosiers qualified to use INfreefile in 2018, but less than 90,000 took advantage of this no-cost filing option,” explained DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “Our goal is to have as many qualifying Hoosiers as possible use the INfreefile program in 2019. We are committed to marketing this program throughout the state and making folks aware of this cost-saving opportunity.”Filing electronically with INfreefile, or other electronic services, results in faster refunds with most customers getting their refunds in as little as 14 days. Individuals who choose direct deposit may receive their refunds even faster.Customers with questions or concerns about INfreefile or individual income tax may visit DOR’s website or call DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST for assistance.
Jamaica recorded its best ever summer tourism performance this year with more than 1.3 million visitors visiting the island. The information was provided by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett on Wednesday.4.4 percent increase He told a news conference that 1,312,494 visitors came to the island between May and August this year, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the same period last year.“I am pleased to inform you that we continue to see stopover arrivals trending upwards,” Bartlett told reporters, adding “we had an excellent summer period from May to August with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by six percent over the same period last year.“That’s is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017,” Bartlett said, noting that for the January to August period, estimates indicate that Jamaica welcomed 2,955,007 visitors, a 4.7 increase over the same period last year.The figures show that of that number, there were 1,714,060 stopover arrivals and 1,240,947 cruise visitors.“If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected 5 percent annual growth,” Bartlett told reporters.