Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Jam With Natalie Cressman & Jennifer Hartswick At AURA

first_imgLast weekend, jam favorites descended on the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL for the one and only AURA Music Festival. One of the highlights of the fest was certainly the performance from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, who absolutely rocked the festival last Saturday, March 5th.One highlight of their set was a killer performance of the song “F.U.,” featured on their 2014 release Psychology. With a new album due out on April 1st, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continue to impress with their funky rock jams. This performance of “F.U.” featured the ever-talented Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman on the horns, only adding to the funky magic.Watch the clip below, courtesy of Dave D.:last_img

Leaf-flower woes

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaWe all have our top weeds to deal with in the garden. One thatcontinues to move up my list is leaf-flower. These 6- to 18-inchannual weeds are a growing a problem in landscapes and thecontainer plant industry.Leaf-flower is a commonly used name for many Phyllanthus species.Some people in Georgia have misnamed them “mimosa weed” becausethe leaves of some resemble those of mimosa. Part of theEuphorbiaceae family, Phyllanthus is a big genus, with 700species worldwide. They’re mostly annuals, although some are weakperennials.Only a few are common in the continental United States. Mainly,they go by the names leaf-flower, Niruri, long-stalkedPhyllanthus, chamber bitter and Mascarene Island leaf-flower.Three boogersOnly three species are real problems in landscapes and nurseries:long-stalked Phyllanthus (P. tenellus), chamber bitter(P. urinaria) and Niruri (P. niruri).The name leaf-flower comes from the tiny flowers that arise fromthe axils (where the plants’ leaves emerge). Long-stalkedPhyllanthus is named for the long stems, or “stalks,” on whichits flowers arise from the undersides of the leaves.Chamber bitter and Niruri can be confused with long-stalkedPhyllanthus. In nursery containers and landscapes, chamber bitteris more of a problem. Niruri, much shorter at 6 to 8 inches tall,is better able to survive in the 2- to 4-inch environment of turfgrasses.A close cousin of spurge (Euphorbia species), the long-stalkedPhyllanthus can be extremely hard to control in the landscape.Like spurge, it germinates in hot, dry conditions of late springand early summer when the soil temperatures are warm.ToughOnce it’s established, Phyllanthus is extremely tolerant ofdrought. It can survive even the most inhospitable conditions.All Phyllanthus species can go from seed to flower in less thantwo weeks. And they can produce copious numbers of seeds. Eachplant can release thousands.Another characteristic that makes Phyllanthus such a problem weedis its high tolerance of dinitroaniline herbicides such as Preen,Surflan and Barricade. These pre-emergent herbicides are thebackbone of weed control in the container and landscape industry.Even when these herbicides are used, Phyllanthus has the abilityto germinate when other weeds can’t.One other dubious ability of Phyllanthus is its ability to spreadits seed by explosive force. When the fruits of the Phyllanthusspecies ripen, they explode to help disperse the seed.What to doOne of the most important cultural approaches you can use to helpcontrol Phyllanthus is to maintain a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch.Phyllanthus seeds are small. Not many plants will survive if theyhave to penetrate a thick layer of mulch.Herbicides help control this plant, too. Postemergent herbicideswith the active ingredient diquat (Reward), glufosinate (Finale)or glyphosate (Roundup) will do a good job of controllingPhyllanthus after it has germinated.If you have severe infestations, consider using pre-emergentproducts. When trying to control Phyllanthus with pre-emergentherbicides, consider making at least two applications, inFebruary or March and in May or June, to cover the worstPhyllanthus germination window.Obviously, you can hand-remove small infestations, too. But beaware that Phyllanthus is prone to breaking off at the soil level.However you do it, try to remove all Phyllanthus plants from yourgarden, since each plant can produce a lot of seed. Good luck.(Mark Czarnota is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more