Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition. In the yard, though, aUniversity of Georgia scientist said “wintercleaning” is a better idea.”You can prevent a lot of spring problems by doing some work now,” saidTaft Eaker, an extensionÿhomeowner IPM (integrated pest management) specialist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Eaker manages the university’s Homeowner Plant IPM Diagnostic Clinic,which diagnoses insect- and disease-causing agents of homeowner plant samples.The Homeowner IPM lab handles about 2,000 home plant samples per year.”Here in the lab we identify many diseases and insects that could havebeen controlled by doing a little work through the winter,” he said. “Thatlittle bit of work can save many dollars in control of these problems orin replacing plants.”Raking leaves, removing spent flowers and cleaning up fallen limbs removesoverwintering sites for insect pests, he said. And getting rid of the bugs’winter homes will make them less plentiful next spring.”Diseases overwinter in that debris, too,” Eaker said. “That’s anotherreason to clean it up. The disease organisms may go dormant through thecold season, so you may not see signs that they’re there. But come spring,you may have problems.”Cleanup is important in home orchards, gardens and landscapes, Eakersaid.In the orchard, prune dead branches from fruit trees, he said. Yourcounty extension agent can show you how to prune properly to avoid damagingtrees.Cut back bunch grape and muscadine vines to the main stem. Destroy weedsand clean up any plant debris and fallen fruit.In the landscape, he said, prune shrubbery in winter only for correctivereasons.Remove old mulch from flower beds and from around trees and fruit bushesand destroy it. Or add it to your compost pile.
METEN-Meer-Zorg Masters have accepted the challenge thrown out by Everest Masters to a 25-overs per side cricket match, to celebrate the 50th birth anniversary of Ronald ‘Sticky’ Jaisingh today.Jaisingh, who is a longstanding member of Everest Cricket Club Masters team opted for a cricket celebration since most of his adult life is spent in cricket as a player and administrator, especially along the East Bank of Demerara.Everest Masters have been a dominant force on the local scene and have reached out to the Odyssey Transportation Services-sponsored Meten-Meer-Zorg (MMZ) Masters for the occasion and they have consented.In their most recent match, MMZ Masters edged the Media XI in a nail-biting finish and will be looking to continue their winning ways, while the hosts recently bounced back to their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Bartica Masters, after losing four consecutive matches in and out of Guyana.The teams will wear coloured clothing and will play with the pink ball. The first ball is expected to be bowled at 12:30hrs.Teams will come from: Odyssey MMZ Masters; Troy Khan (captain), Muneshwar Balgobin, Mohan Chatram, Vinod Rajkumar, Jetendra Kishore, Hemandra Kowelsser, Sham Persaud, Gary Headley, Mohamed Willie, Zaheer Haniff, Chabiraj Ramcharran, Naiem Habib, Abid Haniff and Zamal Khan.Everest Masters; Rajesh Singh (captain), Sahadeo Hardaiow, Saheed Mohamed, Hemraj Garbarran, Azeemul Hanif, Basil Persaud, Imtiaz Sadik, Robert Pereira, Robin Bharat, Ucil Armstrong, John Ramsingh, Safraz Sheriffudeen, Ravi Narayan, Nadir Baksh and Ronald Jaisingh.