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Black walnut toxicity

Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.

March 30, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prune azaleas after flowering

Two plants say spring more than any other - azaleas and dogwoods.

March 23, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Know which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing to say the least. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 16, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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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


The thing about life

The last few years have taught me a lot about what it means to deal with grief.

April 26, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Storytelling Songs

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

April 19, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Small town blessings

There's a few inconveniences that come with living in a small town.

April 19, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 12, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The color revival of Easter

My childhood was marked by two time periods.

April 12, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


People who helped me out during my radio days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

April 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The luxury of misspent youth

Most TV shows often depict kids getting in some of the worst situations imaginable.

April 05, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Dressing Up

A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game ...

March 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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