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Now is the time to test soil in landscape

During the cold days of winter it's hard to think about summer gardens and green lawns, but now is an excellent time to test your soil.

February 16, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep up with landscape during the winter months

Winter may be a slower time for lawn and garden work, but the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.

February 09, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries. This has not always been the case; however, in the past 20 years, gardeners have realized the benefits of blueberries.

February 02, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming of soil aids pH levels

Proper pH of the soil is important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year. However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important. Soil pH strongly influences plant growth, the availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microbes.

January 26, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid injury to trees and shrubs

Gardeners are disappointed when a portion or all of a plant dies. Injury to the trunk, crown (area at the soil line) or roots generally is the primary cause of death. Death of plants can result from two or more factors interacting to weaken or injure a plant.

January 19, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A fond farewell

For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.

January 05, 2011 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Think safety first

Pesticides are commonly used in lawns and gardens, but do we stop and take time to think about safety?

January 05, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to focus on winter chores in the landscape

Often times the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of attending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in the landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

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


Resolve to make an impact in 2011

Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.

December 29, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I hope my mama’s looking down from above

In 1992, I had a temporary loss of mental stability and decided to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.

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


Reflecting on Christmas

Over the past nearly 30 years, I have written articles about everything from flowers to horses. Since Christmas is this week, permit me to set aside my 'normal' article and reflect on this special time of year.

December 21, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understand frost

This winter has started out as being long and cold. With cold weather, we often see what is called frost. Frost is something we see, talk about, and even predict, but do we really understand it.

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


A great school name

Naming schools is an interesting thing.

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


Helpful holiday hints

It's hard to believe another year has passed and Christmas will soon be here.

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


My rank on scale of sexy

People magazine, the arbiter of all things sexy, has declared Ryan Reynolds as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in a recent issue.

December 01, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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