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What causes pollen

Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.

April 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling moles

Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation.

Don't worry, you are not alone. We have received many calls in the past week regarding tunneling activity.

April 17, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My manifesto of life to my darling son

Children learn a lot more by what they see us doing than what we tell them. I can tell Cole all day long the things he shouldn't do, but it's my example he's watching. I don't want him to follow my example, but to be better than I am at this game of life.

April 17, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take pictures for diagnosis

We have all heard the saying "April showers bring May Flowers."

Rainfall in April helps replenish our plants as they gear up for another growing season. However, this precipitation also brings unwanted consequences to our landscapes - disease.

April 10, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Running with the big dogs

It had been a long time since I had a puppy and I forgot how much work they are. Middle of the night feedings and potty outings, crying incessantly. I think comparing them to a newborn would be reasonable.

I was on night five of no sleep - Angel the parking lot pup would wake me up at 1 a.m., wanting to play after sleeping all day. I was exhausted.

April 10, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic scheduled for April 13

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on April 13. It will be held at several locations throughout Dawson County.

Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.

April 03, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Once you name the puppy, it becomes yours

There was an unspoken law at my house growing up for every stray critter that managed to find its way in our yard. Once my uncle Bobby named it, it was ours. If the animal made it to day two without Bobby sticking some name on it, we were safe according to Granny.

Of course, no animal made it beyond a few hours, let alone two days.

April 03, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Middle of a mid-life crisis

I think when I turned 40, something happened.

Not to my posterior either - that happened a long time before I hit the big 4-0.

March 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Use berms for looks, function

Berms, or raised areas, can be used in the landscape to add visual interest to flat or dull areas of the yard.

Berms are simply mounded hills of soil that are constructed to serve a purpose in a landscaped area.

March 27, 2013 | By Clark Mac Allister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape. It can be downright depressing not being able to see any green leaves or any signs of colorful flowers.

However, as the month moves on, March soon becomes one of my favorite times of the year. Seemingly out of nowhere, small clusters of bright yellow flowers begin to pop up on shrubs all over town. These flowers belong to one of the most revered shrubs in our area - forsythia.

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


Sticks, stones really not that bad after all

There are a few words that my child knows I will not tolerate being uttered.

Fat. Stupid. Retarded. Hate. Ugly.

March 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take a dog’s approach to life

I wish I were more like my Border collie.

Really, I do.

March 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crabgrass control

After a chilly weekend with daytime temperatures in the 40s, it can be hard to think about your summer lawn. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling that most hated of all lawn weeds - crabgrass.

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed, which means it germinates in the early spring, grows throughout the summer, and dies off in early fall. By the time you see it invading your lawn in early summer it can be difficult to control. The easiest way to control crabgrass in your summer lawn is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.

March 06, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every daughter’s nightmare, turning into Mama

My friend Ashley posted one of those funny photos on Facebook the other day that made me laugh - until I realized how true it was.

It read: "Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out."

March 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


And you will call him ‘son’

The he'ing and she'ing started in Pre-K and a beautiful little angelic looking blonde announced to me she and Cole were to be married.

"You have plenty of time to worry about getting married, Miss Mo," I told her. "You both have college, he has vet school to attend. This is a long way off."

February 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch 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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