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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


I’m running outta nice things to say

Mama used to caution me about what I said when I was younger - not just what I said about people but who I was talking to.

"Don't say anything about anyone you wouldn't want to say to their face," she would say. "In fact, it's better to just go ahead and say it to them because chances are whoever you're talking to will go tell them and it won't be the way you said it when they do."

January 16, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning muscadine vines

Take a drive around the area and you will notice that many people have muscadine vines growing in their yards.

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 16, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


One thing you truly need

I had found it. Everything that would make my life better could be mine, and I had found it all before 4:30 a.m.

And I could get perfection with easy payment plans.

January 09, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Catching up on some well-deserved good wishes

It may be a bit late to say "Happy New Year," but never too late to send congratulations and best wishes.

Because of illnesses in my family and because Christmas and New Year's holidays break the routine, my column has taken a back seat. Thanks to some faithful readers who remind me.

January 09, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter chores for the landscape

Chilly winter days may not seem like the most ideal time for gardening for many people.

However, now is the right time to perform lawn and garden maintenance to help prepare the landscape for the coming spring green-up.

January 09, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Post-holiday normal?

The days following the holidays can seem so sad.

There's no more tinsel-covered everything; the lingering lights decorating the streets seem discarded and out of place, as if they know they have served their purpose and are about to be stored until the following season.

January 02, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pronunciation of pecan

Pecans are a personal holiday season favorite of mine.

My grandmother has been selling bags of pecans for several years as a Christmas fundraiser for her church, and she always puts away a few bags for me to enjoy when I visit.

January 02, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some conversations need not to happen

One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.

June 25, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You have such a pretty face

I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.

June 18, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Giving the guys some credit

I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.

June 11, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Corn earworm control

One of my favorite foods from summer gardens is sweet corn. Sweet corn is fairly easy to grow, but many people encounter the frustration of finding corn earworm damage in their fresh produce.

June 11, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Becoming a phenomenal woman

I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.

June 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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