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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


Still time to prune trees, shrubs

As we get closer to spring, the best times for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs is slipping away. However, there is still plenty of time to do any necessary pruning. Some trees bleed heavily when pruning is done closer to the growth time. A few of these are maple and birch.

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


Ready for spring

It's been a long, hard winter and I am ready for spring. I love the color green and it can be hard to find during the cold days of winter.

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


Now is the time to test soil in landscape

During the cold days of winter it's hard to think about summer gardens and green lawns, but now is an excellent time to test your soil.

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


Keep up with landscape during the winter months

Winter may be a slower time for lawn and garden work, but the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.

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


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries. This has not always been the case; however, in the past 20 years, gardeners have realized the benefits of blueberries.

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


Liming of soil aids pH levels

Proper pH of the soil is 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. Soil pH strongly influences plant growth, the availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microbes.

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


Avoid injury to trees and shrubs

Gardeners are disappointed when a portion or all of a plant dies. Injury to the trunk, crown (area at the soil line) or roots generally is the primary cause of death. Death of plants can result from two or more factors interacting to weaken or injure a plant.

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


A fond farewell

For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.

January 05, 2011 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Think safety first

Pesticides are commonly used in lawns and gardens, but do we stop and take time to think about safety?

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


It’s time to focus on winter chores in the landscape

Often times the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of attending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in the landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

December 29, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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In the South, it matters

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

May 25, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


That mama’s intuition

There was no getting past Mama.

May 25, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The moral lesson of the Mercer Madame

It's easy to believe what we hear sometimes, especially if it's something bad.

May 18, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Mother’s Day 2016

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama.

May 05, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


No one loves you like your mama

As I've grown older, several truths have grown more apparent.

May 05, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny’s way of making me stronger

Granny often lamented that my generation was not made of tough stuff.

April 13, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Is anyone listening?

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel.

April 06, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Rules for political engagement

I yearn for the election years of yesterday. Politics were just not discussed, not even among family.

April 06, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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