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The house cleaning anomaly

Earlier this summer, I told my friend Yolande I was cleaning my house so she could come over.

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


Bagworms injure plants

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. They can also be seen on deciduous plants, including rose, maple, elm and sycamore.

July 31, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Teaching my son to get his geek on

When I was a child, I thought my Mama was the most awful parent ever. The woman made me watch "Star Trek." This was absolute mind-bending torture. To lure me into her sci-fi trap, Mama often had Ding Dongs or Twinkies and being the chubby kid I was, I would sit and watch as long as the sweets flowed.

July 24, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree surface roots

We receive calls all year long at the extension office about trees with large, exposed roots. Sometimes these roots will bust up sidewalks and driveways. The most common complaint from homeowners is that the surface roots interfere with the lawn. Exposed roots can cause uneven lumps in the turf, and they can also tear up a lawnmower with one pass.

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


Spots on a maple leaf

Maple trees are popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.

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


Enough is enough, I feel like a drowned rat

"When does school start back?" Cole asked the other day.

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


Asian ambrosia beetles

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months. The leaves showed symptoms of wilting, but there was no distinct pattern as there would be for a fungal leaf spot. I went out to look at the tree a few days later, and by the time I arrived almost all of the leaves were dead and crispy.

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


Every child’s true need

My child told me a story once. Not a made up, fictitious story full of elaborate characters and make believe. But I had asked him point blank about something that had happened and he looked at me and told me the untruth.

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


Where good dogs go when it’s their time

The beagle had been mine, a gift from the ex, since she was 6-weeks old. I had cried the first time I held her, her soft ears falling over her eyes.

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


Scorpion control

One of the best things about living in north Georgia is all of the beautiful scenery. We are lucky to live in an area with lush natural surroundings.

June 26, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


These are a few of a my biggest pet peeves

Reckless drivers, especially those that pass on the double yellow lines.

June 19, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

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


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


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