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Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape. It can be downright depressing not being able to see any green leaves or any signs of colorful flowers.

However, as the month moves on, March soon becomes one of my favorite times of the year. Seemingly out of nowhere, small clusters of bright yellow flowers begin to pop up on shrubs all over town. These flowers belong to one of the most revered shrubs in our area - forsythia.

March 22, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sticks, stones really not that bad after all

There are a few words that my child knows I will not tolerate being uttered.

Fat. Stupid. Retarded. Hate. Ugly.

March 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take a dog’s approach to life

I wish I were more like my Border collie.

Really, I do.

March 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crabgrass control

After a chilly weekend with daytime temperatures in the 40s, it can be hard to think about your summer lawn. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling that most hated of all lawn weeds - crabgrass.

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed, which means it germinates in the early spring, grows throughout the summer, and dies off in early fall. By the time you see it invading your lawn in early summer it can be difficult to control. The easiest way to control crabgrass in your summer lawn is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.

March 06, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every daughter’s nightmare, turning into Mama

My friend Ashley posted one of those funny photos on Facebook the other day that made me laugh - until I realized how true it was.

It read: "Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out."

March 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


And you will call him ‘son’

The he'ing and she'ing started in Pre-K and a beautiful little angelic looking blonde announced to me she and Cole were to be married.

"You have plenty of time to worry about getting married, Miss Mo," I told her. "You both have college, he has vet school to attend. This is a long way off."

February 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Start spring with sale

I often get asked when the best time to plant is. Of course, the answer varies from plant to plant, but as a general rule, late-winter and early-spring are the best planting times for most.

This timing gives the new plants time to build a strong root system before the harsh heat of summer sets in. This also happens to coincide with sunny days and warmer temperatures that drive gardeners back outside for a new season.

February 27, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch for winter burn

Each spring, many homeowners in Georgia discover dead, brown foliage on their evergreen plants.

Often mistaken for diseases, most of these dead spots are the result of cold damage. Even after a seemingly mild winter, evergreen plants in Georgia can still be susceptible to winter desiccation injury, also known as "winter burn."

February 20, 2013 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Not quite smart enough for second grade math

Math is not one of my strong suits. When I was in grade school, I always preferred English, literature and science - namely because chemistry meant I had the opportunity to blow something up or at the least, start a fire.

In college, I changed majors twice because of the math requirement. Heck, I actually ended up commuting to Mercer when I lived 20 minutes from Athens simply because I could avoid a statistics class at U.G.A. Mama reminds me of this every time she pays her portion of my student loans.

February 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day celebrates awareness of trees within our communities and promotes tree planting across the country.

We all know the benefits trees bestowed upon us: Shade, cleaner air, erosion control, wind buffering, wildlife habitat and aesthetic beauty. Of course trees deserve an official day.

February 13, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawosn Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The sweetest of hearts

Love is in the air and all around us. Of course it is - tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Or the day some women get to shove it in other's faces that their guys are more romantic than theirs.

I have lamented that I am not a romantic at heart; I yearn to be, would love to get caught up in the hoopla; maybe it's because I have never been the object of affection that would be in a romantic comedy.

February 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My mama’s driving this crazy train

I love my Mama. I do.

But if there is one person who can get me on the busy end of a hissie fit, it's that woman.

February 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The difference between old dogs, Southern women

Inside my jaded little dark heart, I hold a tremendous amount of compassion for children, animals, the elderly and disabled.

Three of my four dogs fall in three of those categories. They are old - their human year age rank up in the 90s - they can barely get around and need diapers for dogs; and well, the given is, they are dogs.

January 30, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming your landscape

January and February are busy months for soil testing here at the extension office.

Most people have some free time to prepare their lawns and gardens for the upcoming spring planting.

January 30, 2013 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Farewell to old style filth and debauchery

I don't know how they are going to do it, but they are going to kill off J.R. Ewing.

They tried before back in the '80s when Mary Crosby shot him. I remember it, even though I was probably about 8 or so. Mama guessed it was Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin, in the office contest and won a T-shirt that said "I Guessed Who Shot J.R."

January 23, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - Lifestyle Columnists


My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

July 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

July 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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