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Use berms for looks, function

Berms, or raised areas, can be used in the landscape to add visual interest to flat or dull areas of the yard.

Berms are simply mounded hills of soil that are constructed to serve a purpose in a landscaped area.

March 27, 2013 | By Clark Mac Allister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape. It can be downright depressing not being able to see any green leaves or any signs of colorful flowers.

However, as the month moves on, March soon becomes one of my favorite times of the year. Seemingly out of nowhere, small clusters of bright yellow flowers begin to pop up on shrubs all over town. These flowers belong to one of the most revered shrubs in our area - forsythia.

March 22, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sticks, stones really not that bad after all

There are a few words that my child knows I will not tolerate being uttered.

Fat. Stupid. Retarded. Hate. Ugly.

March 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take a dog’s approach to life

I wish I were more like my Border collie.

Really, I do.

March 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crabgrass control

After a chilly weekend with daytime temperatures in the 40s, it can be hard to think about your summer lawn. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling that most hated of all lawn weeds - crabgrass.

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed, which means it germinates in the early spring, grows throughout the summer, and dies off in early fall. By the time you see it invading your lawn in early summer it can be difficult to control. The easiest way to control crabgrass in your summer lawn is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.

March 06, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every daughter’s nightmare, turning into Mama

My friend Ashley posted one of those funny photos on Facebook the other day that made me laugh - until I realized how true it was.

It read: "Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out."

March 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


And you will call him ‘son’

The he'ing and she'ing started in Pre-K and a beautiful little angelic looking blonde announced to me she and Cole were to be married.

"You have plenty of time to worry about getting married, Miss Mo," I told her. "You both have college, he has vet school to attend. This is a long way off."

February 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Start spring with sale

I often get asked when the best time to plant is. Of course, the answer varies from plant to plant, but as a general rule, late-winter and early-spring are the best planting times for most.

This timing gives the new plants time to build a strong root system before the harsh heat of summer sets in. This also happens to coincide with sunny days and warmer temperatures that drive gardeners back outside for a new season.

February 27, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch for winter burn

Each spring, many homeowners in Georgia discover dead, brown foliage on their evergreen plants.

Often mistaken for diseases, most of these dead spots are the result of cold damage. Even after a seemingly mild winter, evergreen plants in Georgia can still be susceptible to winter desiccation injury, also known as "winter burn."

February 20, 2013 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Not quite smart enough for second grade math

Math is not one of my strong suits. When I was in grade school, I always preferred English, literature and science - namely because chemistry meant I had the opportunity to blow something up or at the least, start a fire.

In college, I changed majors twice because of the math requirement. Heck, I actually ended up commuting to Mercer when I lived 20 minutes from Athens simply because I could avoid a statistics class at U.G.A. Mama reminds me of this every time she pays her portion of my student loans.

February 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day celebrates awareness of trees within our communities and promotes tree planting across the country.

We all know the benefits trees bestowed upon us: Shade, cleaner air, erosion control, wind buffering, wildlife habitat and aesthetic beauty. Of course trees deserve an official day.

February 13, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawosn Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The sweetest of hearts

Love is in the air and all around us. Of course it is - tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Or the day some women get to shove it in other's faces that their guys are more romantic than theirs.

I have lamented that I am not a romantic at heart; I yearn to be, would love to get caught up in the hoopla; maybe it's because I have never been the object of affection that would be in a romantic comedy.

February 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My mama’s driving this crazy train

I love my Mama. I do.

But if there is one person who can get me on the busy end of a hissie fit, it's that woman.

February 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The difference between old dogs, Southern women

Inside my jaded little dark heart, I hold a tremendous amount of compassion for children, animals, the elderly and disabled.

Three of my four dogs fall in three of those categories. They are old - their human year age rank up in the 90s - they can barely get around and need diapers for dogs; and well, the given is, they are dogs.

January 30, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming your landscape

January and February are busy months for soil testing here at the extension office.

Most people have some free time to prepare their lawns and gardens for the upcoming spring planting.

January 30, 2013 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Nothing's quick anymore

Do you remember the days when we used to say, "I'm gonna run into town and run a quick errand. I'll be right ...

March 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


It's always Mama's fault

Freud may have been onto something.

March 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The city slickers

Bree, the eight-year-old daughter of my niece Nicole, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of ...

March 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


When Mama gets sick

I rarely get sick - knock on wood.

March 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Cleaning out and looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

March 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Southern comfort in a cast iron skillet

"I don't like cornbread," my little vegetarian declared the other day.

March 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The balance between well-behaved and not

Mama has always tried to instill some sort of ladylike qualities in me.

March 01, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Swanging

About halfway through my morning run, just about the time droplets of 'dew' were running down my face and I wasn't looking none too ...

March 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

February 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of silence

Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.

February 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Of boys and men

"Mama, can I?..."

February 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

February 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of a good mudhole

It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

February 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Right makes happy

It started with a conversation about "Die Hard."

February 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...

February 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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