Dawson County is blessed with beautiful trees.We are reminded of their beauty each fall as leaves change from green to yellows and reds. Trees do much more than add color to our world. They provide shade, reduce erosion of soil and help clean our air.
I'm not as up to speed as I should be on voodoo.
I know winter is not officially here; however, it is time to prepare our landscape for the winter months ahead.
One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.
Fall is the best time to plant a fescue lawn. The establishment process fescue can be divided into three areas. The first, soil preparation; the second involves proper seeding; and the third includes care and maintenance.
Bad economic times is not the most promising season for a significant fundraising pledge drive, but it is the scheduled time for our United Way campaign. And I was asked by the United Way board to serve as honorary chairman.
This is another one of those Tevye the Milkman weeks for me.
I've moved a few times in my life and, quite frankly, I despise it.
Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether they bloom the first year. Fall is considered the best time to plant perennials. I advise planting in fall, since hard-freezing weather may come early.
My wife is a sixth-grade teacher, and every year about this time, she has memorized the names of the dozens of children she teaches.
The rain Dawson County received three weeks ago was a blessing to our lawns and gardens. However, standing water from rain makes a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes not only interfere with chores and spoil leisure time, some species are able to transmit diseases.
Despite dry weather, this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.
Her name is Emma Grace Blackwood and she weighs all of 9 pounds. She has a head full of dark hair and she looks just like her mama.
Carpenter ants, which are large and black, are very common pests in our area!. Dr. Daniel Suiter and Dr. Brian Forschler, who are both with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, developed an excellent leaflet on carpenter ants. This article contains advice from those entomologists.
The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists, because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.
"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.
I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.
Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.
Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.
Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation. Don't worry, you are not alone. We have received many calls in the past week regarding tunneling activity.
Children learn a lot more by what they see us doing than what we tell them. I can tell Cole all day long the things he shouldn't do, but it's my example he's watching. I don't want him to follow my example, but to be better than I am at this game of life.
We have all heard the saying "April showers bring May Flowers." Rainfall in April helps replenish our plants as they gear up for another growing season. However, this precipitation also brings unwanted consequences to our landscapes - disease.
It had been a long time since I had a puppy and I forgot how much work they are. Middle of the night feedings and potty outings, crying incessantly. I think comparing them to a newborn would be reasonable. I was on night five of no sleep - Angel the parking lot pup would wake me up at 1 a.m., wanting to play after sleeping all day. I was exhausted.
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on April 13. It will be held at several locations throughout Dawson County. Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.
There was an unspoken law at my house growing up for every stray critter that managed to find its way in our yard. Once my uncle Bobby named it, it was ours. If the animal made it to day two without Bobby sticking some name on it, we were safe according to Granny. Of course, no animal made it beyond a few hours, let alone two days.
I think when I turned 40, something happened. Not to my posterior either - that happened a long time before I hit the big 4-0.
Berms, or raised areas, can be used in the landscape to add visual interest to flat or dull areas of the yard. Berms are simply mounded hills of soil that are constructed to serve a purpose in a landscaped area.
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.