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Be sure to mow lawn at the correct height

Mowing is the most frequent and therefore, generally, the most expensive turf management practice used. It can also affect turf quality as much as any other cultural practice.

June 24, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Whatever you call them, they’re yours to keep

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 24, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The other boys of summer

There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 17, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s really nice to be able to say ‘Hi’

"You must know half the people in Dawson County," friends have often remarked. "Every where we go, you are greeting someone."

June 17, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow grass, kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper, because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 10, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clean landscape to keep snakes out of your yard

Over the past years, I have received many calls from people who have found snakes and/or snake skins around their home. I once had a lady try to sell me her house because she had found a snake skin in a hall closet.

June 10, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Why are Vidalia onions sweet?

Every year about this time I have someone ask me why they can't grow sweet onions that have the same mild, sweet flavor as the Vidalia onion.

June 03, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jon and Kate plus everyone

We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.

June 03, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


More about reading, other thoughts

I was surprised and delighted by the number of reactions to my column discussing the book about Greg Martenson's schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan - from a few who had read it and others who want to.

June 03, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


This may be a good year for gardeners

With recent rains, 2009 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.

May 27, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass me a tissue

The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.

May 27, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Answers to questions you may have wanted to ask

Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn. A few questions you may have thought about, but never got around to asking are as follows:

May 20, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old pans take you back

We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.

May 20, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Contrasts may enliven thought processes

It's a foregone conclusion; contrasts attract attention. It's also a possibility, though not necessarily so, that they engender new ways of looking at things.

May 20, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clematis is a vine of outstanding flowers

Among flowering vines, few have flowers as spectacular as the clematis. It has been more than 150 years since this vine was first hybridized to improve flower size and color, and improvements continue to be made.

May 13, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

July 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

July 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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