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Fall webworm control

Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.

August 22, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The problem with being a team player

It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.

My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.

August 22, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reseeding tall fescue lawns

Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners.

Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.

August 15, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Who would win? Dirty Harry or Walker, Texas Ranger

There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris.

"Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.

August 15, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer pruning

Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements.

Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.

August 08, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The only thing wrong with women

"I am so glad I am not a woman," one of my guy friends commented recently. "You have to 'heehee' and 'ooo' over each other. All y'all do is talk all the time. That's what's wrong with all of y'all."

True, women talk. Some of the things we talk about are not necessarily that important and most men would deem it gossip.

August 08, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Eco-friendly insect control

I have received many calls to the office from people wanting to control landscape and insect pests without the use of conventional pesticides. There are some options available for those opting to use less harsh chemicals. Many of the pest insects we find in our landscapes and gardens can be controlled with one of three environmentally-friendly products - Horticultural Oils, Insecticidal Soaps and Bt Products.

Horticultural oil is especially formulated for use on plants. It is a petroleum-based oil with an emulsifier added that allows it to mix with water. It kills scales, mites, aphids, whiteflies and other soft-bodied pests that ...

August 01, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A hillbilly version of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’

Mama has always been persnickety about her things. It just goes along with her O.C.D. So when she told me one evening her things in her bedroom were out of place, I knew to be worried.

"Has anyone been in your house?" I asked.

August 01, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protecting trees in the yard

Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our other plants in the landscape may provide benefits to our trees at the same time, such as watering, fertilizing and aerating. However, some maintenance practices may unintentionally damage our trees.

Improper mulching may do more harm than good for our trees.

July 25, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing my own episode of ‘Hoarders’

I'll admit that I am a pack rat.

I am scared to pieces that the minute I throw something away, I will need it.

July 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Water quality testing

The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.

The EPA sets standards that public water sources routinely be checked. This is not the case with private water supplies, such as a well. Having your well water tested once a year serves as a good precaution and will keep you aware of any contamination.

July 18, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I have many doppelgangers, but Amy Winehouse?

They say everyone has a twin. Some people have more than one person they look like. Apparently, I have quite a few.

When I was younger and insisted on blunt heavy bangs, I was told on numerous occasions I looked just like Shannen Doherty. Or anyone who grew up in the '90's may remember her as the much-hated Brenda Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210."

July 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t make me unleash my Southern

While at the bank recently, I got in a conversation with a man and the bank manager. Our talk turned to how other parts of the country are so vastly different than the south.

"I went to California a while back," the manager said. "Beautiful state, had such wonderful fresh produce. But not the first bit of it was fried."

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


Blossom-end rot

One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines.

Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called 'blossom-end rot.'

July 11, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My horror tale of the great outdoors

There comes a time in every parent's life, where you have to share one of your personal brutal life experiences with your child.

Sometimes, it's an experience that is hard, painful even, to talk about.

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


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Pity this wireless monster, Internet unkind

Technology can be great.

September 28, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Forgiveness is harder than it sounds

I am going to admit something not too pretty here: I have a hard time with forgiveness.

September 21, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The Hillbilly Hipster

The wildlife here ranges from sketchy looking squirrels, to bears to deer that are almost as domesticated as dogs.

September 14, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


How it all caught up with ‘em

We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

September 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


It all comes out in the wash

"He's a little boy," is the logic my husband gives me for just about everything our child does.

September 07, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The Dimestore

As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.

September 07, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Who I am

The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me ...

August 31, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The annual return transit of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

My favorite season is fall. In fact, I wish it could be fall all year.

August 31, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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