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Prune azaleas after flowering

Two plants say spring more than any other - azaleas and dogwoods.

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


Know which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing to say the least. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

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


Purchasing and planting apple trees

Now is a good time to plant apple trees. The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.

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


Still time to prune trees, shrubs

As we get closer to spring, the best times for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs is slipping away. However, there is still plenty of time to do any necessary pruning. Some trees bleed heavily when pruning is done closer to the growth time. A few of these are maple and birch.

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


Ready for spring

It's been a long, hard winter and I am ready for spring. I love the color green and it can be hard to find during the cold days of winter.

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


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


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The landline: Mama’s last bastion of communication

Who ever created texting, thank you.

July 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Bagworm management

Are you having issues with distressed or dying evergreen trees in your landscape this year? Chances are you may have a bagworm infestation.

July 01, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Lessons learned from the mat

I knew Cole needed a sport this summer.

June 24, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling Chiggers

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by red mites, commonly called "chiggers."

June 24, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A heart’s desire

No one plans on falling in love. Well, unless they sign up for dating sites. And even then, plans are sketchy.

June 17, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Spots on Maple trees

Maple trees are extremely popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.

June 10, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny and the disappearing cake plate

When Granny passed away last year, Mama had asked me what things of hers I wanted.

June 10, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Herbicide carryover in gardens

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now.

June 03, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If you can’t say something nice...

Mama always cautioned me about speaking ill of others.

June 03, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Becoming a manly man - but not all at once

In this family, anytime I am asked to smell something, I proceed with caution.

May 27, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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