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By Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who has sold a home knows a manicured landscape will sellyour property faster and for a higher price. Pruning trees andshrubs adds value to any home landscape.Proper punning produces landscapes with trees and shrubs thatlook natural and accentuate architectural designs. Mosthomeowners are primarily interested in getting the most flowersand maintaining the size and shape of their trees and shrubs. Butthisrequires a basic understanding of how plants grow and flower.For example, forsythias and azaleas set flowers during theprevious summer, so prune them after they flower. If you prunenow, you’re removing flowers or buds waiting to open.The proper pruning technique for these plants, after theybloom, is called thinning. Thinning will encourage a balancegrowth that allows light to penetrate and air to move inside theplant canopy. Plants with open canopies have more flowers andfewer diseases.Crape myrtlesCrape myrtles, like most plants that flower in the summer, setflowers on the current season’s growth. Prune these plants inlate winter to early spring.Assuming there are no more frosts left this winter and youhaven’t already done it, now would be the best time to prunecrape myrtles.Roses seem to like to be pruned. Look for buds with five leafletspointing toward the outside of the canopy — at the axis of thiscompound leaf is the flower bud. So, the more often you prune,the more flowers you’ll have.In the home orchard, pruning will help you establish and maintainproductive trees. One commercial muscadine grower told me that inthe year after she put some pruning coaching to work on hermuscadines, she had “tons of grapes.” Proper pruning can make ahuge difference in yields.Fruit plantsMuscadines can be pruned anytime they’re dormant. Vines pruned inlate winter to early spring are less likely to be damaged bycold. If you let grape vines go unpruned, they tend to produceheavily every other year, but the grapes will be inferior.Fruit tress must be trained in the early years to develop aproductive scaffold. Once the trees mature, prune to increaseproduction and to keep the overall tree vigorous.Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Proper pruning willassure that the trees will stay healthy while they produce plentyof fruit.To learn more about pruning fruit and landscape plants, contactthe county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. read more
Heineken, who has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with UEFA for more than 20 years, sponsored seven fans to watch last night’s UEFA Champions League Semi-final clash between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield. The game was the eighth time Liverpool FC faced FC Barcelona in Europe.The fans sponsored by Heineken enjoyed the UCL semi-final game with all its tension and emotions. Apart from the mesmerizing moves of Lionel Messi play, the eight beneficiaries of Heineken magnanimity also witnessed Liverpool fans react with nostalgia to their former players like Luiz Suarez and Philippe Coutinho on their return to Anfield.Beyond the euphoria of the game, the lucky fans also had the opportunity to visit Manchester United’s Theatre of Dreams for a stadium tour and other important sites while on the trip. They will also get the chance to join other English fans who will be cheering Tottenham Hotspur as they work hard to secure their first UCL final spot when they face Ajax in Amsterdam tonight.For the first time in a long while, England had all four representatives in the quarterfinals of this edition with Spurs and the Reds proceeding to play in the semis.Heineken Brand Manager, Olaoluwa Babalola described the trip as an amazing opportunity stressing, : “We are took these fans to witness the UCL in England at a time when fans everywhere will be ecstatic and in full support of their teams.“We know how special football is to Nigerians and we are using one of the biggest platforms to show that we share that special love.“Heineken is recognized for developing interactive and innovative campaigns and breaking new ground in its approach to marketing. These innovative strategies not only create revolutionary experiences, but also deepen connections with consumers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Sports stars mourn rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death in shooting Russell Westbrook made more history Tuesday.The star guard tallied 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds in the Thunder’s 119-113 win over the Lakers. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to record those numbers in a game. Jerami Grant scored a team-high 22 points for the Thunder while Paul George chipped in 19 points and five steals. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope registered 23 points for the Lakers in the losing effort.Westbrook, an eight-time All-Star and the 2016-17 MVP, is averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10.4 assists this season. He’s shooting 42.7 percent from the field and just 28.8 percent from 3-point range. The 20th PTS.The 20th REB.The 20th AST.Russell Westbrook (20p/20r/21a) becomes the second player in @NBAHistory to record a 20/20/20 game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (22p/25r/21a on 2/2/1968). #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/5Q2VHcRlU5— NBA (@NBA) April 3, 2019The two players are also the only two to accomplish the feat in NBA history.Russell Westbrook joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with a 20-point, 20-rebound, 20-assist game in NBA history. Wilt’s came on February 2, 1968 (via @EliasSports). pic.twitter.com/uUd5yaQUGV— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2019Westbrook dedicated his performance to rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in a shooting in Los Angeles on Sunday. Related News “It’s overwhelming. It’s unbelievable,” Westbrook said during an on-court interview after the victory. “That’s for my bro. I’m just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level.“Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to be able to go out there and play the game I love.”The Thunder entered the matchup against Los Angeles having dropped seven of their last nine games. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot but sit in seventh place of the Western Conference standings after the win over the Lakers.The Thunder have four regular-season games remaining.“Each game is important right now, to be able to get our rhythm, get our groove going into the postseason,” Westbrook said. “Regardless of what seed we’re in, it really doesn’t matter. Just going out and playing our best basketball until the end of the year.” Juwan Howard new betting favorite to become next Lakers coach read more