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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


Dawson County to celebrate Arbor Day

Last week was not a great time to be a tree.

February 19, 2014 | By Clark MacCallister County Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


For the love of dog

If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.

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


Pretty goes all the way to the bone

One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.

February 11, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold off on crabgrass control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

February 11, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A whisper may be all you need

"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.

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


Grow your own broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.

February 05, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control wild garlic

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.

January 22, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People, animals just want to be loved

Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.

January 22, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sod prices increasing

Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.

January 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to forgive and forget

Cole was mad at his father.

January 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Important to test for radon

January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.

January 08, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New Year’s resolution of baby steps

I've been thinking about my New Year's Resolutions the last few weeks. I normally don't make any - instead, I probably make 'resolutions' weekly or monthly, depending on what bad habits I need to break.

December 31, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

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


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

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


I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An effort for some diversion

There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.

October 01, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dealing with the weeds of life

If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.

September 24, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cover crops for home gardens

It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.

September 17, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Actively looking forward

September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.

September 17, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Finding a common musical ground

According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.

September 17, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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