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Overwintering houseplants

During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.

Low light, low humidity, dry air and too much soil moisture are the primary culprits that can weaken and destroy our indoor plants. Proper management of these growing factors, of course, is essential to your maintaining healthy, vigorous houseplants.

January 18, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn garden terms

Sometimes gardening terms can become confusing and lead to wrong cultural practices.

For example, the term bulb is used to apply to a number of different plant structures which are planted and propagated on their location and make-up. Above ground bulblike structures are called crowns, and the below-ground ones are bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers.

January 11, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of giving isn’t just for Christmas

This column is being written on Christmas Eve, although it is intended for January.

How can someone have time to write on Christmas Eve?

January 11, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this …

I have never been a big couponer. I tried it when I was younger during grocery trips with Granny.

My attempts to save money cost my budgeted-to-the-penny Granny an average extra $34. I was ordered to never try to save Granny money again.

January 11, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

My child has wanted a family game night for months now; the only problem was we didn't have many games.

So under the tree from Santa, amongst the Transformers, Redekais and Bakugans was the board game classic Monopoly.

January 04, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant what the deer don’t like

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to keep deer from eating landscape plants.

As the Dawson County population increases, natural areas are being replaced by homes. Homeowners soon realize nuisance deer are difficult to control in residential areas.

January 04, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming the garden

Proper pH of the soil is very important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year.

However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important.

December 28, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.

Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.

December 28, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter landscape tips

Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.

• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.

December 21, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This

I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.

Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.

December 21, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The greatest tradition

In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.

Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.

December 14, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there would be days like this

I can't speak for all men, but when it comes to the men in my life, their idea of quality bonding time has involved some form of sports.

My grandfather and uncle would spend Saturdays at Georgia games; evenings were spent watching the Braves or some God-awful wrestling. This was their father-son time even though they worked more than 50 hours a week together.

December 14, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Holiday plant care

Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.

Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.

December 07, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.

"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."

December 07, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas tree care

It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. At my house we take holidays one at a time. I try not to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to select a Christmas tree.

I remember as a child going with my father to find a Christmas tree on my family's farm. The selection was not great, but with luck we would find an Eastern Red Cedar tree that would pass my mother's inspection.

November 30, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Mother’s Day 2016

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama.

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As I've grown older, several truths have grown more apparent.

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