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Beware of poisonous plants in the landscape

While most of us are familiar with common poisonous plants that cause dermatitis (skin irritations) such as poison ivy or poison oak, we fail to recognize common ornamental plants in the landscape that may cause internal poisoning when ingested.

Although most adults would not intentionally eat the leaves or fruit of ornamental plants in the landscape, young children or pets sometimes do.

June 29, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Produce market opens June 29

Once again the Dawson County Extension will host a produce market in Dawsonville.

This is the ninth year for the market. Last year it was a great success with farmers, as well as gardeners, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.

June 22, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer is for daylilies

Every year about this time I receive calls related to how to grow daylilies.

Daylilies can be grown successfully in all areas of Georgia. They are frequently seen growing under adverse conditions. However, this does not mean that they thrive on neglect. Those who specialize in growing daylilies are aware that nice foliage, quality flower, and repeat blooming are dependent on proper culture.

June 15, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coping with drought

The recent rain was great, but with high temperatures we may soon be back in drought conditions. You cannot completely "drought-proof" your landscape, however, steps can be taken to help plants survive periods of limited rainfall. The most obvious way is to select and grow plants known to have a high degree of drought tolerance. There are also a number of cultural/management practices that will help conserve moisture in the soil and minimize the amount of water-demanding new growth.

First, make certain plants have a generous supply of mulch over their root system. Three to five inches of mulch ...

June 08, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid garden pest problems

With reducing pesticides on our gardens comes the question: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"

May 25, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What killed my plant?

Over the past 30 years the No. 1 question I have been asked is: "What killed my plant?"

May 18, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reduce mosquitoes around the home

Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.

May 11, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rabies clinic May 14

Most cases of rabies are confirmed in North Georgia. This should be a wake-up call for all residents. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans. Cases are mostly found in wildlife such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.

April 27, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rewards of hard 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.

April 20, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Help lawn thrive

The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950's homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.

April 13, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Select the right site for ornamental plantings

With the arrival of spring comes the strong urge to renovate or add to the landscape in our yards.

April 06, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Black walnut toxicity

Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.

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


Prune azaleas after flowering

Two plants say spring more than any other - azaleas and dogwoods.

March 23, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Know which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing to say the least. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 16, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Purchasing and planting apple trees

Now is a good time to plant apple trees. The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.

March 09, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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