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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


Reflecting on Christmas

Over the past nearly 30 years, I have written articles about everything from flowers to horses. Since Christmas is this week, permit me to set aside my 'normal' article and reflect on this special time of year.

December 21, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understand frost

This winter has started out as being long and cold. With cold weather, we often see what is called frost. Frost is something we see, talk about, and even predict, but do we really understand it.

December 08, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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From a television star to a preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them ...

December 07, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Ghosts of Christmases Past

Gift bags have been one of the best inventions since sliced bread. Maybe even better than bread, which I don't eat.

December 07, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer.

November 30, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Any given Sunday and other random days

"I am not a big sports guy."

November 30, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Thanksgiving, 2016

It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started in, of all places, a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills. This was several years ...

November 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The pursuit of gratitude

This, for many reasons, has been a challenging year.

November 23, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Death's final scene

My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...

November 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The no knock-off Christmas

I am not one of those people who do their Christmas shopping early.

November 16, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The contradiction of Murphy’s Law

Whilst studying science recently, an intriguing question was posed: "Mama, is Murphy's Law real?"

November 09, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


The janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first through sixth grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps, an auditorium with ...

November 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Staying in bed

As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I ...

November 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Come next week

Exactly one week from today, the election will be over.

November 02, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts – well, maybe

"Mama, are ghosts real?"

October 26, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

October 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

October 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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