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Best way to plant trees

This Friday is Arbor Day. At 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, three new Dawson County Champion Trees and one new State Champion Tree from Dawson County will be announced.

Also, at the event, River Birch trees will be planted to honor the 2011 Tree Preservationist. The public is welcome.

February 15, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day.

Sometimes, I wish I could be - to be able to get caught up in the romance, the pink and red heart-shaped everything, the cards covered with sugary rhymes professing love.

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


Landscape work for the month of February

Some people may think February is the slowest month of the year to work with your landscape, but really it's not.

February is a good month for doing dormant pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs (with the exception of spring-flowering plants that are pruned after they bloom).

February 08, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’s be days like this …

The Food Network's reigning queen of butter recently announced she has had type 2 diabetes for three years.

The next thing we knew, people were bashing her for hiding it and some even said it was no surprise given the way she loves her fattening fare.

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


Fertilizer key when growing pecans

A common question I am asked is: Do pecan trees need fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to apply it?

Fertilizer is one of the most important things needed to produce pecans.

February 01, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Decide which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants.

But which plant is right for your landscape?

January 25, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nobody can do things like Mama

There's some primal instinct that kicks in as soon as mothers hear those words: "Mama, I'm not feeling so good..."

After placing my hand on my child's forehead to see if it's worthy of breaking out the ear thermometer, I always know what to do.

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


Mama said there’d be days like this

Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought.

"Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.

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


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


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