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Watch out for poison ivy

A few days ago I visited a homeowner who was clearing by hand brush, vines and under growth on their small farm. The person was surprised when I pointed out the vines were poison ivy. The pile of brush they had planned to burn also contained poison ivy. The smoke from burning poison ivy can cause health problems.

September 22, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Test soil in the fall

Many times county agents hear gardeners say: "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse.

September 15, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch out for perils of modern medicine

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 15, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The rewards of our work

We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.

September 08, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Being kind to others for generations to come

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 08, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Are you overmulching?

You can over mulch. Over-mulching is a serious problem responsible for the decline and death of many shallow rooted shrubs as well as large coniferous and deciduous trees.

September 01, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Powdery mildew on plants won’t cause serious damage

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease of numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants.

August 25, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gratis is truly my home

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.

August 25, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect honeybees from pesticides

Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.

August 18, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Common, but what is it?

Two things growing commonly on trees are lichens and mistletoe. They may be common but often misunderstood by homeowners.

August 11, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep animal conventions to a minimum

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 11, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


August garden tips

With the heat the past two weeks, many summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak. There are however a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August.

August 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Offer someone a little sunshine

I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the checkout when I saw a lady I knew from church.

August 04, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid certain landscape during month of August

Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.

July 28, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Picture perfect quality

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

July 28, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

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


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

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


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some conversations need not to happen

One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.

June 25, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You have such a pretty face

I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.

June 18, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Giving the guys some credit

I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.

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


Corn earworm control

One of my favorite foods from summer gardens is sweet corn. Sweet corn is fairly easy to grow, but many people encounter the frustration of finding corn earworm damage in their fresh produce.

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


Becoming a phenomenal woman

I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.

June 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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