Saltwater turf

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaImagine being able to water your home lawn with salt water. Yes,salt water.Thanks to the new seashore paspalum grasses, this isn’t a dreamfor those who live along the coast. Seashore paspalum cantolerate a wide quality range of water, including seawater,brackish water and recycled water.”The grass requires only minimal pesticides and judiciousapplications of fertilizers,” said Clint Waltz, a turf specialistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.The grass uses key fertilizer nutrients efficiently, Waltz said.It can easily be managed to comply with many environmental waterregulations.Coastal golf coursesRetired UGA professor Ronny Duncan bred a number of seashorepaspalum grasses. They’re being used on golf courses along theGeorgia coast and in Hawaii and Guam.”Aside from its uses as an athletic turf, seashore paspalum maybe used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils,”Waltz said.”It may be effectively used to transition into wetland sites orother environmentally sensitive areas,” he said. This can helpreduce pollution from industrial or other problem areas.Update in SavannahWaltz and others from UGA, the University of Florida and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources will present an update,”Seashore Paspalum: The Environmental Steward,” Oct. 15 at theCoastal Georgia Center in Savannah.Duncan will be on hand to provide a history of seashore paspalum.UGA agronomist Bob Carrow will discuss its characteristics andwater conservation qualities. And he’ll tell how to manage thegrass.Other sessions will look at seashore paspalum as a recreational,amenity or forage grass or for land reclamation, stabilization,bioremediation and other uses.DetailsThe update was planned by the Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture and the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. It beginswith registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:30 and endsat 5 p.m.The cost is $50 before Oct. 4 or $60 after that. To preregisteror learn more about the update, call the UGA Griffin campusOffice of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.To learn more about the UGA seashore paspalum breeding program,see www.georgiaturf.comon-line.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Axar Patel credits Virender Sehwag after snaring first hat-trick of IPL 2016

first_imgHat-trick hero Axar Patel, who joined forces with his new skipper Murali Vijay, to help Kings XI Punjab take the first step towards reviving their disastrous Indian Premier League campaign, credited mentor Virender Sehwag for his good showing on Sunday. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Kings XI were forced to axe South Africa star David Miller as skipper mid-way this IPL season. Led by Test specialist Vijay, Punjab stunned table-toppers Gujarat Lions yesterday to register their second win of this season. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay confident of reviving fortunes) Punjab, who were put into bat, were given a solid start by Vijay and Marcus Stoinis. However, Suresh Raina’s men struck back with regular wickets and restricted Punjab to a below-par total of 154. (Also read: Murali Vijay floored by Axar Patel’s ‘incredible’ bowling performance) The 155-run target had looked like a walk in the park for Gujarat. Destructive opener Dwayne Smith, after chasing a 180-run target against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the season, had boasted of the team’s firepower.  However, on Sunday, the home team was stunned and was handed a thrashing. Thanks to Axar, who joined a legion of greats with a hat-trick against the Lions.The 22-year-old left-arm spinner dealt the death blows to derail Gujarat’s chase after Punjab pacer Mohit Sharma struck twice in the first six overs. Patel’s victims included Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.The young left-armer said he was thankful to Sehwag for helping him detoxify his thought process. “Sehwag asked me to do my own bowling analysis after every game. He wanted me to understand if my bowling style has changed over the years,” Axar told MumbaiMirror. advertisementNot many would have seen this coming from the youngster who had had a poor season before the game against Gujarat. From six matches, Axar managed only four wickets and leaked aplenty. On Sunday though, Patel was in his elements and was ably backed by skipper Vijay. Patel didn’t try to anything fancy but stuck to bowling arm-balls that has worked for him all these years.Axar said Sehwag had helped him understand his strengths and had asked him not to crib about what he wasn’t able to do. “Since every bowler is unique, he stressed that I shouldn’t ache to be what I am not. He felt I must not stress over deceiving batsmen in flight or change my trajectory too often, which is not my style anyway,” he said.The youngster chose yesterday’s spell as his best in T20 cricket. The young spinner said he was trying to do what he did in season 7 of IPL, in which he was named the ’emerging player of the tournament’ for picking up 16 wickets at a tidy economy of 6.22.”This has been my best bowling performance. I was just trying to do what I did in IPL-7. I was focusing on bowling in the right areas as that is something that had worked for me earlier. I had never taken a hat-trick in my career before, so it feels really special that I got the milestone at this level. The fact that we won the game and my efforts have resulted in a win makes it even more special,” Axar told iplt20.comAxar, who had played 22 ODIs and 4 T20Is, said he was focussed on getting back into the national team. “Now that I have bowled well, I will look to carry this confidence forward. If you feel confident about your game and your bowling, it opens more doors for you and ultimately you can win your place back,” he said.last_img read more