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Too good to be true

All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

The first rule is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting.

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


Keys for planting perennials

Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether and how prolifically they bloom the first year.

For shrubs, fall is considered the best time to plant perennials in the South.

November 02, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New bug, old problem

Three years ago, I received my first phone call about a mass of small insects (not lady bugs) on the side of a building.

As I expected, the insect in question was megacopta cribraria, also known as the kudzu bug.

October 26, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We need the rain

It has been said money cannot buy happiness. The end to our dry weather would make gardeners and farmers happy.

However, all of the money in the world could not buy rain. I believe it is good that man does not control the weather.

October 19, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for the landscape

Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.

The physiological changes that occur within a plant as it goes dormant are complex and not fully understood.

October 12, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Unwanted houseguest

Every fall I will receive calls from homeowners with the problem of squirrels in the attic. At first the person may think there is a rat chewing on the inside of the attic, but after days of hearing sounds, they discover the problem is squirrels.

A squirrel is really not a rat, but once squirrels begin to live and play in your attic, it can be as bad as any rat. Squirrels in the attic will not only keep you up at night, they can also cause damage to your home by eating holes in walls and wires.

October 05, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love, hate relationship

What can you say about collards? You either hate or love collards. My wife of 26 years and I have most things in common; however, my love of collards is not one. Leafy greens, such as turnips, mustard, collards, kale and spinach are cool season crops. They should be grown in early spring and fall for maximum yields.

Kale and spinach can withstand temperatures into the upper teens. The other greens may withstand light to medium frost. As a matter of fact, some people prefer a light frost on collards before they are harvested.

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


Garden tips as seasons change

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Friday. So, what does this date mean as it relates to your landscape? Not much.

Fall, however, is a time of change from hot days of summer to cold days of winter.

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


Liming is important

One item many gardeners fell to add to soil is lime.

Lime increases the pH of soil. The soil pH strongly influences plant growth, availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microbes.

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


Time to plant fescue

The summer of 2011 has been hard on lawns. If you need to plant, or in many cases replant your fescue lawn, mid- September through October is excellent. With cooler nights, milder days and rain, fescue seeds will germinate quickly.

For many years the best known fescue has been Kentucky 31. It is durable and still used as a pasture grass. As a lawn grass Kentucky 31 tends to be coarse and clumpy unless seeded thickly and well-tended.

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


Saving garden seeds

During late summer many gardeners begin to think about saving seeds from garden vegetables for planting next year.

For open pollinated vegetable varieties this practice works; for hybrid varieties, it can be a disaster. Many gardeners plant "hybrid" cultivars and should not save the seeds from hybrid plants.

August 31, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understanding herbicides

Buying herbicides can be a challenge.

There are so many different types of herbicides that are used on different plants, how does a homeowner decide which one is best?

August 24, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Shade tree decline

Many trees around Dawson County are showing dieback and decline symptoms.

Twig or branch dieback is initiated in the tree as a response to poor growth conditions and/or pest attack. Usually a combination of physical, climatic, and pest problems lead to the tree shutting off some of its outside portions.

August 17, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prevention is key in pesticide poisoning

Pesticide poisoning is more common than you may think.

Many cases are mild and unreported. However, death from pesticide poisoning does happen. A few years ago a child in our area died after drinking pesticide that was stored in an unmarked container.

August 03, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for dealing with tomato problems

If you have tomatoes growing in your garden, chances are good you have at least one of these problems.

1. Failure to set fruit. Every year gardeners have tomatoes that flower but do not set fruit.

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


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Articles by Section - 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


Why one church's preacher was also the plumber

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising. On a colorful autumn afternoon, I was driving ...

July 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Birthday parties--even my own--freak me out

My child is already making his birthday list, putting a corgi at the top of his list followed by Pokemon cards and DS games.

July 27, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for caring for trees

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 ...

July 27, 2016 | Clark Macallister | Lifestyle Columnists


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