Watering Tips.

first_imgAs the temperatures climb and outdoor watering restrictions tighten, what can you do tosave your plants? First, don’t panic. Most established trees and shrubs and somewarm-season turf grasses can survive extended periods of limited rainfall. And fescueturf can always be reseeded this fall.Here are some tips to help your plants make it through the drought.Make sure all plants are well mulched. Using3 to 5 inches of mulch will help reduce soil moisture water loss. Fine-textured mulchessuch as pine straw, mininuggets or shredded hardwood mulch will conserve moisture betterthan coarse-textured mulches.Some garden centers sell hydrogels,water-absorbing polymers that absorb several hundred times their weight in water and thenrelease it slowly back to the plant. If you use hydrogels, hydrate them indoors. Don’t putdry crystals into the soil, because they can pull moisture from the soil and away from theplant. When you hydrate these materials, be careful. One teaspoon absorbs a quart ofwater, and one-fourth cup will absorb a 5-gallon bucket of water, so avoid adding too much of the material to the water. Let hydrogels absorb water overnight until the material is the consistencyof Jell-O. Then spread a thin layer under mulch. On potted plants, use a dowel to punchtwo to three holes into the growing media about halfway down through the container. Thenplace the gel in the holes. This will greatly reduce the water demand of container plants.Another product on the market is calledDriwater. Unlike hydrogels that swell and shrink and last several years in the soil,Driwater (www.driwater.com) is hydrated starchgranules sold in sausage-shaped tubes. You just insert two to four of these sausages intoplastic tubes placed in the ground next to the plant. Bacteria in the soil gradually breakdown the starch granules and release water to the plant for up to three months.Your air-conditioner collects humidity inyour home and pumps it outside as condensation. Find the drain line and collect the waterfor plants. Or extend the tubing to irrigate nearby plants. The air conditioner won’t giveyou lots of water. But it may provide just enough to keep a few plants alive through anextended drought.Severe wilting and foliar scorching aresigns of drought stress. When a shrub or perennial wilts to the point that you doubt its survival, cutthe top back by one-third to one-half to reduce the leaves’ demand for water. With lesstop to support, the root system may be able to survive. If you can get the root systemthrough the drought, the top will prosper later.Save milk jugs and recycle water from insidethe home. (Using gray water isn’t allowed in some counties. Check with your healthdepartment.) Put a few pinholes and pebbles in the bottom of the jugs. The pebbles willkeep them from blowing around when they’re empty. Use two to four jugs for medium-sizeshrubs and eight to 10 for trees. Don’t bury the jugs around trees and shrubs, because thedigging will damage the already-stressed root system.When using washing-machine water, combinethe rinse-cycle water with the wash-cycle water to dilute the detergent and bleachingagents. Then use the gray water right away. Bacteria in the water may cause an odor if youleave it sitting around too long.This fall, start thinking of ways to reducethe irrigated areas in your landscape. Change irrigated areas to beds of drought-tolerantground covers or mixed beds of tough-as-nails plants like ornamental grasses, sedum,junipers, crepe myrtle, yarrow or gaura. See (www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/B1073.htm) for anextensive plant listing.last_img read more

Mulumbu pens new Baggies deal

first_imgWest Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a two-year contract extension with the Barclays Premier League club. Press Association The 26-year-old DR Congo international has become a key player for the Baggies since his arrival from Paris St Germain in January 2009, and has been rewarded with an improved deal which will keep him at the Hawthorns until 2016 with the option of a further 12 months. Mulumbu had a year to run on his previous contract and head coach Steve Clarke welcomed the player’s decision to extend his stay. center_img “This is good news for everyone connected with West Bromwich Albion,” he told the club’s official website. “Youssouf is a talented player and the fact he is willing to sign a contract extension shows we’re doing the right thing as a club. “Youssouf is an important player for the group – the number of games he’s played in the past few seasons underlines this fact. “The really pleasing thing is that Youssouf should now be coming into his best years as a footballer” Mulumbu helped West Brom gain promotion in the 2009/10 campaign, his first full season with the club, and was named both the fans’ and players’ Player of the Season for his efforts that year. last_img read more

Ian Kinsler’s home run caps comeback victory for Angels

first_img“You can’t replace those guys,” Kinsler said of Ohtani and Simmons, “but at the same time, the games don’t stop. We’ve got to play the games. We’ve got to pitch well, we’ve got to swing the bats – continue to swing the bats.”The come-from-behind win allowed the Angels (36-28) to keep pace with the first-place Seattle Mariners (40-23) and remain 4-1/2 games out of first place in the American League West.Richards has a 2.09 ERA in his last seven starts but only one win to show for it. The right-hander settled for another no-decision Friday despite allowing only two earned runs, walking three, and striking out seven in 5-1/3 innings.“We have faith in everybody,” Richards said. “(The bullpen) picked me up. The offense picked me up. Hopefully, this is some good momentum moving forward.”Richards could scarcely be blamed for the Twins’ first run.The Angels led 1-0 when Max Kepler singled with one out in the second inning. The next batter, Miguel Sano, hit a fairly routine grounder to Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena. With a chance to turn a double play, Valbuena pulled his body toward second base as the baseball hopped over his glove and into left field.Kepler scored all the way from first base, and Sano was credit with a double.The score remained 1-1 until the sixth inning, when Robbie Grossman smoldered a hanging slider into left field for a home run. The Twins led 2-1, and Richards’ night was over after he walked the next batter, Kepler.“I made some good pitches, made a mistake to Grossman that unfortunately put us down a run,” Richards said. “I’m just glad we got the win.”Twins starter Lance Lynn limited the Angels to one run over six innings Friday. The right-hander walked two batters and struck out seven, lowering his ERA from 5.46 to 5.08.The Angels’ lone rally against Lynn came in the second inning, and they very nearly scored more than one. Zack Cozart, Jose Fernandez, and Martin Maldonado – the Angels’ 6-7-8 hitters – hit singles in consecutive at-bats. Fernandez’s single came in his first major-league at-bat, and it sent Cozart to third base. Cozart scored easily on Maldonado’s grounder back up the middle, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.Related Articles A few more moments like that can quiet doubts about the Angels’ ability to compete without Ohtani and Simmons.“Close ballgames build character,” Kinsler said. “Anytime you can win those games, it’s big.”The veteran second baseman rejected the idea that these are the kind of games – close and low scoring – that the Angels will have to win without Ohtani and Simmons. Time will tell. Simmons was using crutches to avoid putting pressure on his sprained ankle the last time he was with the team. Ohtani will miss the next three weeks, and maybe the rest of the season, after receiving a PRP and stem cell injection to treat a sprained elbow ligament.The Angels got enough clutch performances without them Friday.Garrett Richards pitched five strong innings, and part of a rocky sixth, before the Angels’ bullpen allowed only an infield single over the final 3-2/3 innings. Justin Upton’s 15th home run of the season gave the Angels an insurance run in the eighth inning. Chris Young made the second out on an infield pop-up. The next batter, Ian Kinsler, broke his bat on a weak flare toward second base that landed on the infield grass. Nobody could field the ball cleanly, Kinsler was safe with an infield single, and the bases were loaded for Trout.Trout began the game with only one hit, a single, in six career at-bats against Lynn. In the first inning, Lynn challenged Trout with a two-strike fastball and got him to swing and miss. This time Trout fared no better. He fouled off a 96-mph heater with the count full, then swung and missed at another.Trout is hitless in his last nine at-bats with five strikeouts. He saw 17 pitches against Lynn on Friday. Only the last two were curveballs. He finished the game 0 for 4 with two flyouts.The Angels were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning when Martin Maldonado doubled against Pressly, just ahead of Kinsler’s home run. Five of his seven home runs this season have come in the last two weeks, and three of his five hits during the Angels’ last homestand left the ballpark.Noe Ramirez (2-2), Jose Alvarez and Blake Parker allowed only an infield single and struck out five batters. Parker was credited with his sixth save. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousMINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler, left, tags out Minnesota Twins’ Mitch Garver at second in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Minnesota Twins’ Robbie Grossman runs the bases on a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Chris Young #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch in right field of the ball hit by Logan Morrison #99 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar celebrates his stand-up triple off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar throws out Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler after fielding a grounder in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds third base on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates teammate Ian Kinsler #3 on a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton rounds the bases on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Addison Reed during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Third base coach Dino Ebel #21 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates Justin Upton #8 as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton prepares for high-fives as he enters the dugout following his solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Addison Reed during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on as teammate Mike Trout #27 makes a catch in center field of the ball hit by Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Blake Parker #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Blake Parker, right, and catcher Martin Maldonado celebrate after the Angels defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. Parker picked up the save. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Omarr Baker, brother of the late Prince, delivers a ceremonial pitch before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — The Angels were in a spot Friday. It’s a spot they hope doesn’t become familiar.They had four hits and only run through six innings against the Minnesota Twins. Mike Trout, their best hitter, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani, two pillars of their lineup, were on the disabled list with no defined end in sight. More urgently, the Angels were down a run against the Minnesota Twins with nine outs to waste.It was a moment that demanded a response, and Ian Kinsler responded. His two-run home run in the seventh inning against Ryan Pressly gave the Angels the go-ahead runs in a 4-2 win over the Twins.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The home run, Kinsler’s seventh, was long and loud enough to quiet the announced crowd of 28,383 at Target Field before it landed. The ball traveled an estimated 411 feet, clanging off the facade of the first deck of seats overhanging the left-field bleachers.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more