Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 20 By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI’ve been putting off redoing the landscaping at my house for along time now. This may be the year I finally break down and redoit.When we first moved into our house, I tried using the existingplant material around the foundation in a landscape plan. In someplaces I added plants. In others I removed some.But I just couldn’t figure out a way to develop a new landscapeplan using the existing plants and make it look right.So I’m going to start over from scratch — well, at least I thinkI am.If I do, I’ll have several things to consider besides the designof my landscape plan.House overhang. I won’t plantshrubs underneath the eave of my house, because I’m not willingto water the shrubs any more than I have to. I’ll let the rain domost of my watering.Drainage. There’s only one area inmy yard that has poor drainage and where the soil is usually wet.I won’t plant anything there that won’t thrive in wet soil. Idefinitely won’t plant azaleas there.Light requirements. Most plants dowell in either sun or light shade, while others require moreshade. I’ve got sunny areas and shady areas, so I’ll need to knowthe light requirements for the plants I choose.Tree competition. Planting shrubsdirectly underneath shallow-rooted trees, such as elm and maple,will result in water shortage to the shrubs during a great dealof the growing season unless they’re watered. And, as I said, Idon’t want to have to water.Winter protection. I likecold-hardy plants. Period. I don’t want to worry about the plantsin my yard being injured in below-freezing temperatures. I’mgoing to select plants adapted to the plant-hardiness zone whereI live.Mature size. Shrubs come in allshapes and sizes. It’s important to know the mature size ofplants before they’re planted. I don’t want to find out severalyears from now that I planted them too close together. And Idon’t want to discover a plant has turned into a big, green glob,covering up the window.Disease- and insect-resistant. Toheck with having to spray something to keep diseases and insectsat bay. I want a plant that nothing wants to grow on and nothingwants to eat.I know there are many beautiful plants I won’t even considerplanting just because they don’t meet my requirements. But that’sjust me.Now, if I can just get started.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)
Three communities were awarded grants this week by the Vermont Downtown Development Board to fund local infrastructure improvements such as new sidewalks, signage and streetlights.The Vermont Downtown Development Board announced the awards totaling $127,594 on Monday for Morrisville, Rutland City and St. Albans City. The funds, which are from the state’s Downtown Transportation Fund, are available to communities that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program. Established in 1994, the Vermont Downtown Program helps invest in the economic growth and cultural landscape of Vermont’s cities, villages and towns. Funding Awards:Morrisville – $27,594 for sidewalk reconstruction on and around Main Street and Pleasant Street, as well as new sidewalk and streetlights on Portland Street. Matching funds were provided by the town, as well as $15,000 in private donations to the community’s downtown organization. This project continues the town’s efforts to improve pedestrian access within their downtown.Rutland City – $25,000 for phase 2 of the city’s new wayfinding signage program to direct visitors to downtown destinations such as the Paramount Theater, the Amtrak train station and local shops.St Albans City – $75,000 for new streetlights along Main Street, as part of a larger $1.5 million project to improve the city’s pedestrian infrastructure, including outdoor dining, trees and broader sidewalks in downtown. ‘These are terrific projects that recognize the importance of high-quality pedestrian amenities in support of downtown business development,’ said Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Development Board. ‘The board is pleased to be able to support these projects, and to recognize the energy and commitment in each community that makes our downtowns so special.’ The Vermont Downtown Development Board also renewed the village center designation on Monday for Enosburg Falls, West Rutland, Royalton and South Royalton, which are four of the 102 village centers participating in the Vermont Downtown Program. Downtowns and village centers that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program are eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits, loans and grants from various state agencies to help enhance economic opportunities, preserve historic buildings and improve infrastructure in core areas.For more information, visit www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external).
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Melbourne: Australia is set to rest its fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood for the first three ODIs against India in a bid to manage their workload ahead of a busy international calender. Cummins has been Australia’s top performer with both the ball and the bat in the just-concluded Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and coach Justin Langer insisted that it’s a great selection “conundrum” for the hosts for the ODI series which begins in Sydney on January 12. Langer said Australia need to keep its players fit and fresh ahead of busy 2019, which includes a World Cup and an Ashes tour and hinted that Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood may be rested in the ODI series against India ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka.“It’s the great conundrum for us, really, how we manage our bowlers. For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they’re ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh,” Langer was quoted as saying by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.Also Read | Cameron Bancroft returns to competitive cricket, plays for Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League“He (Cummins) has been brilliant, he’s been outstanding but then – as soon as we do that they want to play and also then everyone else would be on our back saying: ‘Why aren’t they playing every single game?’ But if you play every game – we’ve also got a World Cup and Ashes next year – we want him fresh for those things.”Cummins, who has been Australia’s best fast bowler in the first three Tests against India with 14 wickets at an average of 20.07, had earlier missed the ODI series in England and the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE owing to injuries.The lanky pacer is one of several Australian cricketers, who will not feature in the 2019 IPL because of a packed international calendar.“You look at every year on an individual basis and the player as well. There might be times when it’s a really good thing for them to be playing IPL. But there’s so much cricket now. The players individually – and us as management – have to make sure we get the balance right so everyone is happy and playing cricket,” Langer said.Read More | Bangladesh lifts Steve Smith’s Twenty20 tournament ban“So getting that management right and staying true to the management, so we can have him (Cummins) fit and firing – we’ve got to be strong with that because there’s got to be a lot of people with different opinions as to whether they should play every game.“But we know it’s really hard to play all year around because they need to keep their bodies as fresh and strong (as possible) and then be bowling at the level we want them to be at. It’s a real balancing act as well,” he added.