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Daylilies require little care

One landscape plant that has become common in Georgia landscapes is daylilies. This is for a good reason.

February 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning neglected trees

Many people, during the purchase of a home or old farmstead, find themselves in the possession of fruit trees that have been "neglected" for some length of time.

February 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Children need to get outside

I am on my soapbox today.

February 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s been a time for bad news and good

Like the weather, the past couple of weeks have been a time of contrasts, like a pendulum swinging between bad news and good, which, fortunately, means that much of the time it is at neither extreme.

February 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter is a great time to plant a tree

Arbor Day will be Feb. 20, and now is an excellent time to plant trees.

February 04, 2009 | By Clark Beuss For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Frozen in the spotlight

I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

February 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s not bad to be a Dawson senior citizen

This column was meant to be written for last week's paper, but before that happened, I decided to go south for a few days in search of warmer weather.

January 28, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Looking through things in yet another move

As I write this, we are in the midst of moving.

January 28, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where the grass is always greener

A few times each year I get the question of what to plant over septic leach field.

January 28, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Just stick me in the corner

When my time comes, stuff me. There are a lot of people who are troubled by the prospects of their own death.

January 21, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fighting soil compaction

One thing we have in Dawson County is hard, red clay.

January 21, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Should we label Congress?

The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.

January 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these guidelines when purchasing, planting 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.

January 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries.

January 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lost in the zeros

I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.

January 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

March 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

March 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

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.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

March 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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