It’s that time of year again. We’re approaching Small Business Saturday and the famed dedicated day per year where consumers double down on supporting local businesses.At Dell, we’re constantly committed to supporting this message – making small businesses a priority and showcasing them as the backbone of our economy. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’re launching the Small but Mighty contest, a fun and powerful way to highlight the small businesses that bring character, culture and passion to our communities.Last year we received several entries from such interesting companies with fascinating and heartwarming stories highlighting how they’ve reached where they are today, that we knew we wanted to continue to ride that wave again. It’s amazing the variety of small businesses out there that are truly driven to innovation, sustainability and making change in their industries.Here’s a look at some of last year’s winners:“We at Harlem Blue are especially thankful to Dell and the Small But Mighty contest award. Knowing that others out there recognize our hustle. Our passion. Our community, is so important. These laptops truly make our business more efficient. I’ve never had a laptop that turns into a tablet. So cool. Even made me switch from Mac (smile). Most importantly, the award selection makes us feel special. Feel mighty. And sometimes when running a small business, that’s all you need.Thanks again!!” – Julian Riley, Harlem Blue Beer“For us, being “small but mighty” means using our voices to change the ruralnarrative and bring more awareness to all the unique opportunities small and rural communities offer by helping showcase what they DO have -vs- what they think they Do Not have.Having won the Small But Mighty contest last year has enabled us to give better presentations (the great features on the Dell make it easy to create them for this non-techie) and allowed us to work from anywhere. “ -Katy Kassian, Tait and KateTo enter the contest, check out our entry form on Inc. and simply tell us your:Story of perseverance, creativity and drive in facing and overcoming adversity – how did you turn a challenge into an opportunity?What role did technology play in your journey? How have the right partnerships helped you to grow your business?What have been your biggest security challenges as a small business owner?We want to hear from you – enter now until November 14! Five winners will be announced on Small Business Saturday and receive an incredible prize package of Dell Small Business laptops and McAfee security. Check www.inc.com/dell/smallbutmighty for winners.In addition, we’re working alongside Fast Company to create a video series focused on small business owners and their successes. Upload a 60 second video here of your small business story by October 31 and your company could be featured amongst other unique businesses doing mighty things.We can’t wait to hear what makes your company small but mighty. Tell us!
“People think the more water they give their turf, the better it will perform,” said Gil Landry, an extension turf scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But if your turf gets too much water, you create a catalyst for disease. An inch of water a week is the rule of thumb.” So do you know when you’ve applied an inch of water to your lawn? Most sprinkler systems apply about one-fourth inch of water per hour. “So you’d need to run your system for four hours to apply one inch of water,” Landry said. “But all sprinklers are different. They all have different nozzles, so you should test your system’s output.” To test your sprinkling system, Landry said, place open-top containers of the same size, such as margarine tubs, randomly on your lawn. After an hour, measure the amount of water in each container. “The difference in the amounts will give you an estimate of the water distribution and application rate,” he said. “When you have an inch of water in your containers, you know you’ve applied enough water.” Landry says homeowners should also keep in mind how fast the soil can absorb the water. “Apply enough water to soak the soil 6 to 8 inches deep,” he said. “If your system is applying water too fast, you’re just watering the curb and sidewalk, because the water is running off.” To make the most of your efforts, Landry said, water between sundown and sunrise. Watering turf more often than recommended will actually hurt its performance. “Light, frequent irrigation produces shallow and weak root systems,” Landry said. “A shallow root system prevents efficient use of plant nutrients and water in the soil.” Mowing your lawn regularly is important, too, especially during a drought. “Mow often enough that no more than one-third of the leaf tissue is removed during a cutting,” Landry said. “And raise the mowing height. This helps the grass maintain a deep root system, which helps it find more water.” Drought conditions are resulting in water restrictions in many counties across Georgia.When you’re only allowed a few hours for outdoor watering, knowing how much water to giveyour lawn is important.University of Georgia experts say homeowners normally water their lawns too much andtoo often. This year, the drought and water restrictions are keeping them from making thismistake.The Rule of Thumb Water Right Photo: Dan Rahn Test Your System