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October: The busiest month in the landscape

October is the busiest month of the year in the landscape. It signals the ideal time for planting and transplanting woody ornamentals and herbaceous perennials. It's also time to plant fescue turfgrass, winter ryegrass, bulbs and pansies and to apply pre-emergence herbicides for winter weed control.

October 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Harvesting and curing pumpkins, winter squash

About this time every year I receive questions related to when and how to harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

September 29, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Battery operated overated

As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.

September 28, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crisp air, perfect weather

In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.

September 22, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch out for poison ivy

A few days ago I visited a homeowner who was clearing by hand brush, vines and under growth on their small farm. The person was surprised when I pointed out the vines were poison ivy. The pile of brush they had planned to burn also contained poison ivy. The smoke from burning poison ivy can cause health problems.

September 22, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Test soil in the fall

Many times county agents hear gardeners say: "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse.

September 15, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch out for perils of modern medicine

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 15, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The rewards of our work

We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.

September 08, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Being kind to others for generations to come

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 08, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Are you overmulching?

You can over mulch. Over-mulching is a serious problem responsible for the decline and death of many shallow rooted shrubs as well as large coniferous and deciduous trees.

September 01, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Powdery mildew on plants won’t cause serious damage

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease of numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants.

August 25, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gratis is truly my home

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.

August 25, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect honeybees from pesticides

Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.

August 18, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Common, but what is it?

Two things growing commonly on trees are lichens and mistletoe. They may be common but often misunderstood by homeowners.

August 11, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep animal conventions to a minimum

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 11, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

July 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

July 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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