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Seven Garden Kneeling Benches That'll Help Protect Your Knees and Back

  Seven Garden Kneeling Benches That'll Help Protect Your Knees and Back These selects will work wonders, according to our experts.Fortunately, Henriksen says a well-designed garden kneeling bench can save your back from lots of future pain associated with slumping and your knees from pain due to prolonged kneeling. "A garden kneeling bench is a gardening tool that helps you work in the proper mechanical position while relieving pressure on high-stress points of the body, such as your arms, knees, and spine," he explains. "The best kneeling benches can be used in both kneeling and sitting positions, and provide adequate cushioning as well as stable side supports and handles.

An NFL memo circulated this week informing teams to prepare for in-person offseason programs to return this year. The league indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.

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As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.

How To: Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

  How To: Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Japanese beetles might be harmless to humans but that doesn’t mean you want them around. This invasive insect feeds o n more than 300 plants and costs the United States more than $460 million a year, according to the Penn State Extension. They’ll eat through plant leaves and even flowers.As their name implies, these insects are native to Japan but now are found in much of the United States. Adults have a distinct metallic green or bronze color on their backside. They are about 13 mm (½ inch) long with copper-colored front wings. If you find one Japanese beetle, you’ll find more.

The NFLPA’s medical staff believes a second virtual offseason should be in the cards, Florio adds, with COVID-19 still affecting the country. The NFL will not mandate players be vaccinated but will encourage them to do so. If teams reach a certain level of vaccination — among players and staff — COVID-related restrictions will be loosened, Pelissero notes.

Setting aside coronavirus issues, it would benefit rookies to be able to work with teams onsite and even second-year players that did not have that opportunity last year. The NFL implemented daily COVID testing before training camps in 2020, and although the league would plan to amend virus protocols based on teams’ vaccination rate, the memo informed franchises to acquire sufficient testing supplies by April 19. A resolution on the offseason format should be expected before that date.

11 of the Best Garden Benches for Adding a Stylish Accent to Your Landscape

  11 of the Best Garden Benches for Adding a Stylish Accent to Your Landscape Upgrade your outdoor seating with a piece that's perfect for relaxing in the shade.

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How To: Get Rid of Whiteflies .
The first sign of a budding whitefly infestation may be a host of tiny white flying insects rising from a plant when its leaves are disturbed. If left untreated, whiteflies (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) can quickly overtake a plant, penetrating the stems and sucking out the life-giving juices within.Whiteflies are related to mealybugs and aphids, but not household flies, and are identified by their yellow-hued bodies and two sets of white wings. Whiteflies feed on both houseplants and outdoor plants, and they propagate rapidly during the warm summer season.

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