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Some pertinent and seasonal thoughts

There is no doubt about it: fall is firmly established and winter is sending unmistakable signals.

November 30, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree protection is the key

Construction and landscape activities can have a negative impact on existing trees, but the damage is often not visible for several years.

November 23, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of gray

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 23, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lichen not harmful to plants

I am often asked about a gray-green leafy or crusty growth found on some plants. Many times the homeowner believes the growth in question is killing the plant. These growths are called lichens and in no way responsible for the poor health of any tree or shrub. As a matter of fact, lichens are common on old wooden fence posts.

November 16, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coming too soon, gone too early

How much Santa time do we need? I got a notice this week from a big mall that Santa has arrived. I think the reason Santa arrives so early is for snooty little mamas to go and look at him and compare him with Santa at another mall to decide which one is the best looking Santa.

November 16, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clap your hands, beauty surrounds you

By the time you're reading this, we should be finished with the election. I won't make any comments about that now, except to say, "Thank goodness." Most of us are tired of hearing the same ads and talking points and receiving robocalls.

November 16, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Halloween an occasion to dress up as rain

I haven't been to a Halloween party in years and this year is no exception.

November 09, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to plant pansies

Before a few years ago, winter landscapes had little or no color. Pansies became popular during the 1980s. Pansies have remarkable durability and add a rainbow of color to the winter landscape.

November 09, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Survivors among us

Someone decided a few years ago that October was the month we focus on cancer, primarily breast cancer.

November 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lawn, garden jobs for October

Fall can be a busy time for homeowners; however, don't forget a few outside jobs, which can make for a better lawn or garden next year. A few more lawn and garden tips for the fall are as follows:

November 02, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A possible surprise and a few back-pats

Perhaps you have already decided exactly how you will mark the Nov. 4 ballot and have turned attention to things other than political. But wait - if so, you might be surprised that you also need to vote on three amendments to the Georgia State Constitution and on a referendum concerning ad valorem taxes.

October 26, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blessed by trees

Dawson County is blessed with beautiful trees.We are reminded of their beauty each fall as leaves change from green to yellows and reds. Trees do much more than add color to our world. They provide shade, reduce erosion of soil and help clean our air.

October 26, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Voodoos, voo-don’ts

I'm not as up to speed as I should be on voodoo.

October 26, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plan now for winter

I know winter is not officially here; however, it is time to prepare our landscape for the winter months ahead.

October 19, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is in the air

One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.

October 19, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

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


Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

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


Good girls finish last

Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.

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


Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

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


Tea scale insect control

Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.

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


A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

March 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of the BLT’s

I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.

March 12, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Earthworms are beneficial to soil

Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.

March 12, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to read my beloved wall again

Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.

March 12, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

March 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I can't decide if I'm crazy or eccentric

I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.

February 26, 2014 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Calibrate your spreader

A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.

February 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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