More than 100 miles of road snake in and out of the heart of Dawson Forest, a kind of north Georgian jungle settled five miles southwest of Dawsonville.
In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.
In my childhood, there were many of those milestone events when you moved up to the next level. For some reason, we assigned the adjective "big" or "real" to them.
By the time you read this, most of you who still have someone for whom to buy Mother's Day gifts for have already done so. But the friend who called before I left to come to "our beautiful beach" had a suggestion that could work for many kinds of gift-giving occasions.
UNADILLA - Everybody has a dream of the perfect getaway. For some, it is the mountains. For others it is the beach.
With recent rains, 2010 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.
No tree adds more beauty in the spring than the dogwood.
WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to Georgia's official processed food - grits.
While loitering inside Calvin Byrd's office last week, it came to my attention we were both former participants of the Dawson County Community Easter Egg Hunt.
If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.
You know spring brings the birds and flowers.
On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.
I believe there is no other landscape plant that is loved and hated as much as English Ivy.
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.
I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of the Masters golf tournament.
My scales broke.
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.
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.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.
Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.
Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.
Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.
Cole was mad at his father.
January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.
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