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Sweep away pest problems during spring cleaning

You know spring brings the birds and flowers.

April 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The good, bad of ivy

I believe there is no other landscape plant that is loved and hated as much as English Ivy.

March 31, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Give me a plain bike

On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.

March 31, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reduce mosquitoes around the home

Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.

March 24, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold on to your badge

I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of the Masters golf tournament.

March 24, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time for good news

The calendar said "Spring Begins," and on March 20, we could believe it. There was bright sun, yellow jonquils dotting lawns and roadsides, trees and shrubs showing hints of budding. After a long winter, filled with weather disasters around the world, we are ready for spring and the new hopes it always brings.

March 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter picture perfect, now bring on spring

When it comes to snow, I have passed the point that I want to go out and play.

March 17, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Busy time in landscape

Signs of spring are already present throughout Georgia and gardeners are once again feeling the urge to dig in the dirt.

March 17, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass this on to residents

This column is like preaching to the choir about attending Sunday worship services.

March 10, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for choosing plants

During the past few nice weather days, your thoughts may have been on planting. Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 10, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Benefits of 4-H are long term

I was in fifth grade when the announcement was made that a meeting of the 4-H Club was being held that day.

March 10, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


To hunt or not to hunt

We've got a gang problem in my neighborhood.

March 03, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Longing for spring

It's been a long cold winter and it is far from over.

March 03, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s have some coffee and talk

I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse.

February 24, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn from our mistakes

I have forgotten the name of the sage who wrote: "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been."

February 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

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


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

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


I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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