Mid-October is usually the peak of fall color for trees and landscape plants in and around the Lawrence area, and hopefully trees and plants will catch up with the calendar soon. September’s extra-warm temperatures slowed down the color development slightly, but recent rains and cooler weather should get plants back on track. Leaf color development also indicates good timing for fall garden cleanup.
Raking leaves is a standard of fall chores, but in recent years the need for it has become more of a debate. Are fallen leaves really causing harm being left where they lie on the lawn or garden? Or do they provide much needed nutrients and organic matter for other plants? The answer is usually somewhere in the middle and as always, dependent on the specific situation. Leaves on the lawn might be the greatest cause for concern because heavy leaf cover can kill the grass underneath.
What is a farm? The bulk of the U.S. population, who grew up in or is growing up in cities of all sizes, has little understanding of the word or about the connection of farms to food. Statistics about the disconnect between agriculture and food production are rampant, with even a lack of recognition about what food products are derived from plants and animals in many cases. In the Lawrence area, a group of farmers, agricultural supporters, and educators wants to change that.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".