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Q: This spring we have all these seedheads showing up on our bermudagrass fields. While we have had some before, I do not ever remembering them being this bad. Do you know why they would be so much worse this year? Other than mowing, what should we be doing to make them go away?

This is a great question. I have also noticed that seedheads seem to be a little worse this year than the last couple. Seedheads are one way a bermudagrass plant reproduces. The seedhead, often called an inflorescence, is a grass’s flower. It may contain viable seed that could mature, germinate under the proper conditions, and reproduce a new plant. Some turfgrass plant cultivars are sterile hybrids. These plants may still produce a seedhead, but not contain a fertile seed. For example Tifway is a hybrid but it may still produce some seedheads. Many of these sterile hybrids were selected by plant breeders because they produced fewer seedheads compared to other bermudagrass.

The presence of seedheads is generally considered bad. The seedhead stalk is thinner than a leaf blade so it may give the turf an appearance of having poor density. Also, the seedhead stalk and inflorescence on the end can give turf an off-color. Although the seeds themselves are generally purple, the thin stalk normally gives the turf a lighter appearance. This is worsened when feathery-looking anthers (pollen-producing organ) are present in seedhead. Be sure to inspect the seedhead closely. Some people confuse crabgrass seedheads for bermudagrass seedheads.

Those bermudagrasses that can cross with another bermudagrass plant and produce viable seed are normally called “common types” and often called “seeded types.” Many of the common types are prolific seedhead producers. But just because a bermudagrass is a common type does not mean it will produce an abundance of viable seed. A good example is Celebration bermudagrass. It is a common type, but has characteristics more similar to a hybrid. So, it is a common type but not a cultivar that produces adequate seed for seeding.

So, seedheads sound bad, but to be honest they can be desirable in some respects. If someone wants to purchase a new cultivar that will be seeded, it is important since seed prices are typically related to seed yield (production). The more seed a plant produces, the less it will cost the customer. So many of our ‘common types’ that produce a lot of seed are often the cheaper to purchase and vice versa. A common type such as Princess 77 produces very few seedheads, so seed yield is very low. Consequently, the seed prices of this grass are generally among the highest of the seeded cultivars. So, the cost of poor seedhead production provides a more consistent looking turfgrass (fewer seedheads), but as a consequence the cost is passed onto the consumer.

But the genetics alone do not determine seedhead formation. Management practices and stress can influence seedhead initiation. The stress may be from a number of causes including low nitrogen fertility, drought, soil compaction, temperature stress, saturated soils, and chemical-induced stress. The stress will cause the plant to try and reproduce as a survival mechanism. The most common stress I see that causes seedheads is low nitrogen. Nitrogen generally maintains plants in a more vegetative growth stage. A drop in fertility may shift plants into a reproductive stage.

Plants often respond to day length differences with production of an inflorescence. While bermudagrass is considered day-length neutral, I swear that it will put out more seedheads when the day length (actually night length) reaches a certain critical duration in the spring and then again when the day length is about the same in the fall. Some have reported there is an interaction of day length and temperature. This may explain why some years the bermudagrass produces so many more seedheads than in other years.

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Control of seedheads is usually accomplished by more frequent mowing. It should be noted that some grasses may produce seedheads that grow as much laterally as upright and therefore are not easily removed by mowing. I have seen Celebration do that on occasion, but other cultivars may also have this seedhead growth habit. If that is the case, then a very shallow verticut may be enough to remove the prostrate-growing seed heads. Some people will use plant growth regulators (eg, mefluidide and trinexapac-ethyl) to partially suppress seedheads. I feel that the seedheads generally do not last long enough and are obtrusive enough to warrant treating chemically, but some field managers may want to try one of these products if they feel the seedhead are a significant issue. These products have mixed results based on cultivar, application timing, and rate.

So, the appearance of seedheads is a natural occurrence, particularly in the late spring and early fall. It is typically more prevalent for common bermudagrasses. The fact that it is worse some years than others may be an interaction of day length and temperature. But do not let it ruin the game, just sharpen the mower blades and mow a little more regularly. Within a few weeks there will be fewer seedheads to mow and you are sure to have a new issue to ponder.

Dr. Grady Miller is a turfgrass professor at North Carolina State University.

How to Remove Head off Echo Trimmer? Best Guide for Easy Removal

Are you worried about removing the head-off echo trimmer? But you do not know how to remove head off echo trimmer? You just need to lock the nut cap to take out the trimmer head. You can find the detailed steps inside.

An echo trimmer helps you to cut grass easily. Many times small grasses get stuck in the trimmer and ruin the edge of the trimmer. And then the time comes when you need to be used to such fixing steps.

You can replace the trimmer head and add a new one. Ok, don’t think a lot. In this context, we will highlight how you can efficiently remove the head-off trimmer. Go on reading.

How to Remove Head off Echo Trimmer

Your eco trimmer is not working as before? Then it is time to fix the eco trimmer. I will show you the best tips onhow you can remove the head-off echo trimmer?

Remove the Nut Cap

Leave the nut cap from your trimmer. With a wrench, you can remove the nut and then remove the head-off echo trimmer.

Put Screwdriver

When you want to remove the echo trimmer head, you will see a U-shape notched. You will find a hole in the trimmer head. Put a screwdriver on this U-shaped notched hole.

Remove the Center

When you feel that the head of your trimmer is probably tight there, then you can turn the head of the trimmer clockwise to unscrew and loosen it. After releasing it, you can install a new trimmer head.

How to Remove the Bump Head from the Echo Trimmer?

  • First, grab the outer part of the bumper head to remove the bump head from the echo trimmer.
  • You should turn the bumper head clockwise until it is clicked.
  • Then clean the inside of the bump head of your trimmer.
  • After turning the bum head clockwise, you will see that the bump head of the trimmer has become loose. This time remove your bump head from the echo trimmer.
  • Clear your trimmer head before setting up a string.
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How to Remove Trimmer Head from Echo SRM 225?

Are you use the model of echo srm 225? Are you getting afraid of how to remove trimmer head from echo srm 225? Then do not worry about echo srm-225 trimmer head removal. Removing the head-off echo trimmer is easier. An echo srm 225 head removal can relieve your annoyance.

Let me explain to you how to remove the trimmer head from echo srm 225? It is quite simple to remove the trimmer head. You have to follow to things, like

  • You need a screwdriver or steel punch to lock the trimmer.
  • Move the head clockwise.

Step-1: Align the Screwdriver

You will notice a cut-off on your echo srm 225 trimmer. And the cut shape is like a U letter. Check carefully, there is also a hole inside the trimmer head. Then you should align the screwdriver with it.

Step-2: Put Screwdriver to Locking Place

Put your screwdriver on echo srm 225 and lock it. You can use any device or hard things to lock your trimmer head tightly. After the lock your trimmer, turn it clockwise. Within a few seconds, you can remove the trimmer head.

Now you can install a different trimmer head. If you do not lock it well, you can not move it clockwise. Always move your trimmer head to the left side.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you remove the head of Trimtech trimmer?

To remove the head of a trimtech trimmer, first find out the small hole on the outer portion. Put the screwdriver on two holes. By an adjustable wrench, remove the nut from the center.

How long should trimmer line last?

Trimmer line lasting depends on its users. If you use your echo trimmer for heavy work, it will last about two or three years. The manufacturers of echo trimmer give you two years warranty cards.

Final Words

A light echo trimmer is enough to clean any garbage in the garden. Echo trimmer is capable of clearing grass from large to small spaces. Yet, with excess use, dirt enters the head of your lawn trimmer. And the trimmer works slowly.

So, you have to change the string or trimmer head. You have to know how to remove head off echo trimmer. We do not think removing a trimmer head is difficult, especially after reading our clear steps.

Here, some additional tips will also help you with trimmer head removal.

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Bonaire’s Parrot

The charismatic Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot (Amazona barbadensis), or lora as it is locally known in Papiamentu, is considered vulnerable to the threat of extinction.

Distribution

There are only around 1,000 parrots remaining on Bonaire. Populations exist on the Venezuelan coast as well as on the country’s islands of La Banquilla and Margarita. Historically, the parrots also lived on the island of Aruba but they became extinct there in the 1940s. Bonaire is home to the only surviving native population outside of Venezuela.

Threats

Bonaire’s Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot population is under threat from poaching as well as habitat loss and degradation. Poachers take chicks from their nests to sell into the illegal local and international pet parrot trade, sometimes permanently damaging nests in the process. Bonaire has never recovered from the historic felling of its trees (most of which took place in the early 1800s). Although much of Bonaire is forested, invasive goats and donkeys damage or destroy the trees that do survive, reducing the biodiversity of plant and tree species. In addition to these pressures, the parrots’ habitat is under continual threat from commercial and residential development.

Appearance

Measuring 33 to 35 centimeters (12 to 13 inches) in length and weighing between 270 to 320 grams, Yellow-shouldered Amazons are chunky birds with a strong head, rounded wings, and a short tail that they fan to show wonderful colours during excited or aggressive displays. Their bodies are bright green with a yellow face and crown. Their wings have yellow “shoulders” with red and blue feathers on the lower wing. They are usually seen in pairs and can be identified from a distance by their rapid wing-beat. There is no visible difference between males and females.

The lifespan of wild Yellow-shouldered Amazons is not known, but we estimate it to be approximately 40 years on Bonaire. The Yellow-shouldered Amazon lives in the dry forest. Pairs nest in cavities found in trees or in the cliffs that are dotted around the island. They like perching on top of the spiny cacti that are common on the island. They feed on leaves, seeds, fruit from a wide variety of trees, and farmed crops. One of their favourite fruits is the hard-shelled, green calabash, a small gourd that they dislodge from trees with their sharp beaks. The hard shell of the calabash often cracks when it hits the ground, revealing the messy, seeded flesh on the inside.

Breeding

Mating season for the parrots occurs between May and August. They do not build their own nests but rather must find a pre-existing cavity in a tree or cliff. Most pairs will remain together throughout their lifetime and will use the same nest cavity each year. The female will lay, on average, three eggs that will be incubated for 28 days. During incubation and while she cares for the young chicks, the female relies totally on the male to provide her and their chicks with food. When the chicks first hatch, they are tiny and helpless. Within two months, they will have grown dramatically and look almost like adult birds. Even after they leave the nest, young birds are dependent upon their parents and will stay in family groups for several months.