Kansas is home to a variety of spiders year-round, a few of which earn extra attention in late summer to early fall for their ornate webs and appearance. These garden spiders and orb weavers are friends of gardeners, as they catch and feed on a variety of insects and other spiders. They may seem scary at first because of their size and extensive webs, but learn to recognize these good guys and appreciate them when they make your garden a home.
This August is turning out to be a bit more mild than what is typically expected in Kansas, but it is still warm and humid enough for heat-loving plant pests to wreak their normal havoc on landscape and garden plants. Spider mites are particularly common this time of year, and their feeding often goes unnoticed in the early stages. Gardeners should keep an eye out for this pest, and consider control if populations reach high enough numbers to cause substantial damage to plants.
Brown spots that become especially noticeable in midsummer on leaves and stems of fruiting and ornamental plants may be caused by certain kinds of plant pathogenic fungi known as rusts. Apple trees, asters, daylilies, hawthorns, hollyhocks, pear trees (fruiting and ornamental), ornamental grasses, veronica, and hundreds of other plants are susceptible to rust fungi. The severity of infection and damage is dependent on species and individual plants, as are decisions about management.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".