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certain areas around the Mid-State. But much of the area still remains
in a severe drought which taking a toll on our yards.
watering is all Randy and Selena Burlison can do to keep up with the
toll this summer's heat is taking on their lawn. "You can't even
describe it, you put all of your time and money into the yard whether it
be seeding, fertilizing, watering, mowing just to lose it in the
summer," said Randy Burlison.
The beginning of summer gave the family enough rain to have a lush yard, today
is a different scene. Something Burlison can only describe with one
word, "Hideous!" "I mean whenever the grass dies and it gets wet and
everything starts to come back, the first thing that comes back are the
weeds," continued Burlison.
Local landscapers are also feeling
the heat. "The biggest thing we're trying to do is just keep stuff
alive," said Sonny Clark from Monarch Landscaping. He says with this
kind of weather, survival not beauty should be your main focus. "At
this time of year, trying to keep the roots alive and not so much trying
to have this beautiful lush, green grass or lush plants," said Clark.
of the most important things you can do to save you lawn begins before
you even start your mower. With all of the dry weather, keep the blade
about as high as it will go. Experts say 4 inches is a good number to
give your grass enough shade to protect the roots. A grass killing
mistake this time of year is over watering--which leads to a fungus
called brown patch. "So it's sort of a catch twenty two. you have to
play the game with mother nature and try to do the best you can with
it," said Clark. He says if you're going to spend money watering, focus
on more expensive plants. Let the grass run it's course into the fall--a
season homeowners like Rrandy Burlison look forward to! "That's the
best time of the year to grow grass and it's my favorite time, I can't
wait," said Burlison.
Experts also say to make sure you're
watering early in the morning. Another money saving tip for a better
soaking is to water shorter times, but more frequently.
Tuesday, July 24 2012, 09:04 PM CDT
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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