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Plant fescue now for a healthy spring lawn

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.

October 12, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lending support to United Way is important

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.

October 12, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blossoming before my eyes

This is another one of those Tevye the Milkman weeks for me.

October 12, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Moving is up to stuff

I've moved a few times in my life and, quite frankly, I despise it.

October 05, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is a good time to plant perennials

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.

October 05, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s call him or her Wachovia

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.

September 28, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Recent rains increase mosquitoes

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.

September 28, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Produce market ends, fall gardening continues

Despite dry weather, this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.

September 21, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What does their future hold?

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.

September 21, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ants are a common pest

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.

September 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lead kids down the right path

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.

September 14, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sucker for Bigfoot

The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.

September 07, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Everything really is connected to everything else

It's one of Dr. Eugene Odum's (the late UGA environmental guru) laws of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. It's also the basis of a healthy lifestyle. There is probably nothing in this column that you don't already know, but perhaps repetition will reinforce these truths enough to cause you to say, "Yes, of course," as I did - and act upon them.

September 07, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The rewards of work show in landscaping

People enjoy gardening for different reasons.

September 07, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pack pews, not heat in church

Dear God,

August 31, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

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


Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

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


Good girls finish last

Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.

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


Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

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


Tea scale insect control

Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.

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


A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

March 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of the BLT’s

I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.

March 12, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Earthworms are beneficial to soil

Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.

March 12, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to read my beloved wall again

Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.

March 12, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

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


I can't decide if I'm crazy or eccentric

I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.

February 26, 2014 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Calibrate your spreader

A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.

February 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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