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Rose rosette disease

Rose rosette disease is a viral disease that is becoming increasingly more common in Georgia.

June 19, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Get rid of bed bugs

Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently.

June 12, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Backup Piggie plan

I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.

June 12, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nature’s grand scale

I spent years working in various parts of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

June 05, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


For the love of things old, cherished once again

There is just something about the musty smell of an antique store, seeing the various displays of well-loved, weathered and possibly highly valuable items that were once someone's prized possessions.

June 05, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Diseases in dogwoods

The flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida, is a popular species of tree in home landscapes all over Georgia. It is native to the southeastern United States and is well adapted for many landscape locations.

June 05, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Horticultural oils aid in insect control

As you browse the shelves of your local garden supply center, you will often see bottles and jugs of pest control products labeled "oil."

May 29, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Invoking ‘Julia’

Growing up in the '80s meant I had the fashion horrors of Reebok hightops with leggings and torn sweatshirts to make me look like Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance.'

May 29, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Calibrate weed sprayers

I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.

May 22, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It truly takes a village to raise a child

"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way."

May 22, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The legend of my first cat, Callahan

"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.

May 15, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prevent termites

I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.

May 15, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes the bug

Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.

May 08, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama in Wonderland

One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.

May 01, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When to prune azaleas

Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.

May 01, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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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