Team theme garden

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaChris Brannon and three of his friends spent four hoursspray-painting a huge University of Georgia “G” on the front lawnof the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. No, they aren’t vandals.They’re members of the campus’s landscape crew.They put the landscape art there to make a point, and it’sworking.”People know us as the Georgia Experiment Station but many peopledon’t realize we’re part of the University of Georgia,” saidWayne Crawford, head of the campus landscape crew. “Now peopleare making the connection, and they love the ‘G.'”The crew cut the 75-foot-high and 50-foot-wide “G” into the grasswith an edger, then mowed the grass low and painted it red.”We’ve had the ‘G’ cut into the grass for a while now but it’snever been red,” Crawford said. “With it being football season,we decided it was time to brighten it up.”The paint is athletic field turf paint specially blended to matchthe true UGA red color.Don’t try this at homeUGA turf specialist Clint Waltz doesn’t recommend fansduplicating the process at home.”Buying athletic field turf paint would be an expensive venturefor most homeowners,” Waltz said. “And you’d need to reapply thepaint every 14 to 21 days to maintain a fresh, nonfadedappearance.”Before you start a project like this, he said, consider what itdoes to the turf.”Turf isn’t meant to be painted long-term,” he said. “The turfstand can become weakened because the plant’s natural metabolicprocesses are being blocked.”Waltz said you could use the paint as a temporary colorant ondormant turf with fewer harmful effects.You can also support your favorite team, whether they’re Bulldogsor Yellow Jackets, by creating a team flower garden. Use pansies to create team garden”Pansies are a great plant to use to create a garden showing yourteam support,” said Bodie Pennisi, an Extension Servicehorticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.”Pansies come in red, purple, blue, apricot, lavender, white,yellow, pink, bronze and mahogany colors,” she said. “Thanks tothe new Halloween varieties, they come in orange and black, too.”To create your team garden at home, select an area on a slope ifyou can. “Using a sloped area will allow you to see your creationbetter from a distance,” Pennisi said.Mark a circle on the ground with ordinary spray paint. Next, tillthe circle using a rotary tiller and remove all the grass. Placeamended soil inside the circle to create a raised bed 4 to 6inches high. Then mark the outline of your team symbol inside thecircle using the handle of your shovel.If you’re creating a “G,” Pennisi said, fill it in with redpansies first. Plant them a bit closer together than you normallywould.Finish your creation by filling in the remainder of your circlewith either white or black pansies.”This flower garden can be created as a show of support to anysports team,” she said. “Just as long as you have an easilyrecognizable symbol and one you can draw.”Pennisi said pansies are perfect because they come in so manycolors and grow close to the ground. They’re a good choice forfall planting, too, because they perform well in cool weather.”You can plant them now and they’ll provide fall flowers andspring color,” she said.No matter which plant you choose for your team garden, smaller isbetter.”If you use large plants like they do in the football stadiums,you have to have a large area,” Pennisi said. “And you’ll belooking at a lot of maintenance to make sure the plants look good… so you’d better be a really devoted fan.”last_img

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