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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


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


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


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


August garden tips

With the heat the past two weeks, many summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak. There are however a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August.

August 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Offer someone a little sunshine

I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the checkout when I saw a lady I knew from church.

August 04, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid certain landscape during month of August

Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.

July 28, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Picture perfect quality

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

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


You have to grow up sometime

There comes a point in your life when you grow up.

July 21, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood 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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