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Fertilizer key when growing pecans

A common question I am asked is: Do pecan trees need fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to apply it?

Fertilizer is one of the most important things needed to produce pecans.

February 01, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Decide which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants.

But which plant is right for your landscape?

January 25, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nobody can do things like Mama

There's some primal instinct that kicks in as soon as mothers hear those words: "Mama, I'm not feeling so good..."

After placing my hand on my child's forehead to see if it's worthy of breaking out the ear thermometer, I always know what to do.

January 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought.

"Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.

January 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Overwintering houseplants

During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.

Low light, low humidity, dry air and too much soil moisture are the primary culprits that can weaken and destroy our indoor plants. Proper management of these growing factors, of course, is essential to your maintaining healthy, vigorous houseplants.

January 18, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn garden terms

Sometimes gardening terms can become confusing and lead to wrong cultural practices.

For example, the term bulb is used to apply to a number of different plant structures which are planted and propagated on their location and make-up. Above ground bulblike structures are called crowns, and the below-ground ones are bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers.

January 11, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of giving isn’t just for Christmas

This column is being written on Christmas Eve, although it is intended for January.

How can someone have time to write on Christmas Eve?

January 11, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this …

I have never been a big couponer. I tried it when I was younger during grocery trips with Granny.

My attempts to save money cost my budgeted-to-the-penny Granny an average extra $34. I was ordered to never try to save Granny money again.

January 11, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

My child has wanted a family game night for months now; the only problem was we didn't have many games.

So under the tree from Santa, amongst the Transformers, Redekais and Bakugans was the board game classic Monopoly.

January 04, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant what the deer don’t like

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to keep deer from eating landscape plants.

As the Dawson County population increases, natural areas are being replaced by homes. Homeowners soon realize nuisance deer are difficult to control in residential areas.

January 04, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming the garden

Proper pH of the soil is very 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.

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


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.

Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.

December 28, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter landscape tips

Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.

• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.

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


Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This

I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.

Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.

December 21, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The greatest tradition

In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.

Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.

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


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The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby but it was in the first ...

June 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s not how I would do it – and maybe that’s a good thing

I have become that which I used to dread.

June 21, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the car

My husband is a simple man. This comes as a surprise to folks because of the high-profile family from which he comes and the job ...

June 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Not a Daddy's Girl

Unlike many of my friends, I was never a "Daddy's Girl."

June 14, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Can we do it again?

Several years ago, I struck up a friendship with a reader named LaTrelle.

June 07, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The shame of summer

School has officially been out a week and my child is already bored.

June 07, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The cousins

It was a typical Sunday family dinner, all of us fresh from our churches and gathered together for the sake of being together. Conversation bubbled ...

May 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The Summer of '82 all over again

The Summer of '82 was a good year.

May 31, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

May 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Just choose

Every day we are faced with dozens of choices.

May 24, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

May 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed ...

May 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


A Mama by grace

The biggest compliment I have ever been given was that I was a good mom.

May 10, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Living the dream – or not

We focus a lot on the pursuit of our dreams, don't we?

May 03, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Shouting for joy

When I was child, it was, on occasion, that we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church" meaning it ...

April 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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