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Thankful for farmers

As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer.

Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and material for many of the clothes we wear.

November 23, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

Granny has always been known for doing two things really well: Cooking and quilting.

Before arthritis completely crippled her hands, she could make the most beautiful handmade quilts ever seen. Her skills in the kitchen were even more impressive.

November 23, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch DCN regional staff | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

There have been countless books, movies and late-night infomercials geared to the topic of how to become a millionaire using other people's money. It seems like regardless of how good your business idea or invention is, bottom line, it's better to take a risk using someone else's money instead of your own.

If using other people's money is all it takes to become a millionaire, I am expecting my son Cole to be topping the Forbes 500 by the time he's 10.

November 16, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Garden jobs for November

November can be a lull or lively time in the garden. If the weather allows, many jobs can be done now to improve next year's garden. Some jobs can even be done indoors so weather does not have to keep you from gardening pursuits.

It bears repeating - soil test.

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


Too good to be true

All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

The first rule is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting.

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


Keys for planting perennials

Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether and how prolifically they bloom the first year.

For shrubs, fall is considered the best time to plant perennials in the South.

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


New bug, old problem

Three years ago, I received my first phone call about a mass of small insects (not lady bugs) on the side of a building.

As I expected, the insect in question was megacopta cribraria, also known as the kudzu bug.

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


We need the rain

It has been said money cannot buy happiness. The end to our dry weather would make gardeners and farmers happy.

However, all of the money in the world could not buy rain. I believe it is good that man does not control the weather.

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


Cold protection for the landscape

Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.

The physiological changes that occur within a plant as it goes dormant are complex and not fully understood.

October 12, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Unwanted houseguest

Every fall I will receive calls from homeowners with the problem of squirrels in the attic. At first the person may think there is a rat chewing on the inside of the attic, but after days of hearing sounds, they discover the problem is squirrels.

A squirrel is really not a rat, but once squirrels begin to live and play in your attic, it can be as bad as any rat. Squirrels in the attic will not only keep you up at night, they can also cause damage to your home by eating holes in walls and wires.

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


Love, hate relationship

What can you say about collards? You either hate or love collards. My wife of 26 years and I have most things in common; however, my love of collards is not one. Leafy greens, such as turnips, mustard, collards, kale and spinach are cool season crops. They should be grown in early spring and fall for maximum yields.

Kale and spinach can withstand temperatures into the upper teens. The other greens may withstand light to medium frost. As a matter of fact, some people prefer a light frost on collards before they are harvested.

September 28, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Garden tips as seasons change

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Friday. So, what does this date mean as it relates to your landscape? Not much.

Fall, however, is a time of change from hot days of summer to cold days of winter.

September 21, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming is important

One item many gardeners fell to add to soil is lime.

Lime increases the pH of soil. The soil pH strongly influences plant growth, availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microbes.

September 14, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to plant fescue

The summer of 2011 has been hard on lawns. If you need to plant, or in many cases replant your fescue lawn, mid- September through October is excellent. With cooler nights, milder days and rain, fescue seeds will germinate quickly.

For many years the best known fescue has been Kentucky 31. It is durable and still used as a pasture grass. As a lawn grass Kentucky 31 tends to be coarse and clumpy unless seeded thickly and well-tended.

September 07, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Saving garden seeds

During late summer many gardeners begin to think about saving seeds from garden vegetables for planting next year.

For open pollinated vegetable varieties this practice works; for hybrid varieties, it can be a disaster. Many gardeners plant "hybrid" cultivars and should not save the seeds from hybrid plants.

August 31, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Grasscycling leads to a healthier, stronger lawn

Recycling grass clippings has always been a hot topic of conservation within the turf care industry.

May 20, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


My belief: We have girlfriends for every stage of life

When I had a disagreement with a friend during my teen years, Mama tried comforting my hurt feelings the best she could. "Don't worry about this little squabble. Your friendship with this child won't last."

May 20, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


How to control moles

Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation.

May 13, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The unrealistic Grey’s Anatomy effect

Let me start by warning you, there are a few spoilers in here in case you DVR'd "Grey's Anatomy" this season and haven't watched the episode from a few weeks ago yet.

May 13, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown patch lawn disease

May is a month eagerly awaited by many turf lovers.

May 06, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of not having a free range child

Parenting is hard work. You always feel like you are messing up and someone - usually a person who doesn't know the difference between a zygote and a pygmy goat - is always full of advice and criticism as to the quality of job you are doing.

May 06, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Rose sawfly prevention

Last year, I received several calls during this time of year about roses.

April 29, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A mid-life crisis in my clothing choices

Slowly, surely, I have been in the process of cleaning out my closet.

April 29, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foreign pest destroys trees

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months.

April 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The young entrepreneur

My earliest job was before I even started kindergarten, with my Pop teaching me how to write so I could hand write his invoices. I was paid a whole dollar a week and I am sure the weekly trips to the store for candy were included in my wages.

April 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where does spring pollen come from?

Spring is a beautiful time of year.

April 15, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Meeting my match in one little boy

Granny cursed me once.

April 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic is coming up

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting the annual rabies clinic on April 25.

April 08, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some assembly may be required

IKEA, I will never darken your doors. Never, not ever.

April 08, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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