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Protect yourself from ticks

It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.

The three species of ticks throughout Georgia that commonly feed on humans are the lone star tick, American dog tick and black-legged tick.

July 20, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer gardening tips

Summer is a busy time in the garden.

Following are a few tips to keep in mind:

July 13, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Great first day for market

The first day of this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.

Seven local farmers and gardeners sold a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

July 06, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of poisonous plants in the landscape

While most of us are familiar with common poisonous plants that cause dermatitis (skin irritations) such as poison ivy or poison oak, we fail to recognize common ornamental plants in the landscape that may cause internal poisoning when ingested.

Although most adults would not intentionally eat the leaves or fruit of ornamental plants in the landscape, young children or pets sometimes do.

June 29, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Produce market opens June 29

Once again the Dawson County Extension will host a produce market in Dawsonville.

This is the ninth year for the market. Last year it was a great success with farmers, as well as gardeners, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.

June 22, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer is for daylilies

Every year about this time I receive calls related to how to grow daylilies.

Daylilies can be grown successfully in all areas of Georgia. They are frequently seen growing under adverse conditions. However, this does not mean that they thrive on neglect. Those who specialize in growing daylilies are aware that nice foliage, quality flower, and repeat blooming are dependent on proper culture.

June 15, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coping with drought

The recent rain was great, but with high temperatures we may soon be back in drought conditions. You cannot completely "drought-proof" your landscape, however, steps can be taken to help plants survive periods of limited rainfall. The most obvious way is to select and grow plants known to have a high degree of drought tolerance. There are also a number of cultural/management practices that will help conserve moisture in the soil and minimize the amount of water-demanding new growth.

First, make certain plants have a generous supply of mulch over their root system. Three to five inches of mulch ...

June 08, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid garden pest problems

With reducing pesticides on our gardens comes the question: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"

May 25, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What killed my plant?

Over the past 30 years the No. 1 question I have been asked is: "What killed my plant?"

May 18, 2011 | By Clark Beusse 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.

May 11, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rabies clinic May 14

Most cases of rabies are confirmed in North Georgia. This should be a wake-up call for all residents. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans. Cases are mostly found in wildlife such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.

April 27, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rewards of hard work

We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.

April 20, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Help lawn thrive

The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950's homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.

April 13, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Select the right site for ornamental plantings

With the arrival of spring comes the strong urge to renovate or add to the landscape in our yards.

April 06, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Black walnut toxicity

Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.

March 30, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Lessons learned from the mat

I knew Cole needed a sport this summer.

June 24, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling Chiggers

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by red mites, commonly called "chiggers."

June 24, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A heart’s desire

No one plans on falling in love. Well, unless they sign up for dating sites. And even then, plans are sketchy.

June 17, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Spots on Maple trees

Maple trees are extremely popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.

June 10, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny and the disappearing cake plate

When Granny passed away last year, Mama had asked me what things of hers I wanted.

June 10, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Herbicide carryover in gardens

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now.

June 03, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If you can’t say something nice...

Mama always cautioned me about speaking ill of others.

June 03, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Becoming a manly man - but not all at once

In this family, anytime I am asked to smell something, I proceed with caution.

May 27, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Grasscycling leads to a healthier, stronger lawn

Recycling grass clippings has always been a hot topic of conservation within the turf care industry.

May 20, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


My belief: We have girlfriends for every stage of life

When I had a disagreement with a friend during my teen years, Mama tried comforting my hurt feelings the best she could. "Don't worry about this little squabble. Your friendship with this child won't last."

May 20, 2015 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


How to control moles

Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation.

May 13, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The unrealistic Grey’s Anatomy effect

Let me start by warning you, there are a few spoilers in here in case you DVR'd "Grey's Anatomy" this season and haven't watched the episode from a few weeks ago yet.

May 13, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown patch lawn disease

May is a month eagerly awaited by many turf lovers.

May 06, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of not having a free range child

Parenting is hard work. You always feel like you are messing up and someone - usually a person who doesn't know the difference between a zygote and a pygmy goat - is always full of advice and criticism as to the quality of job you are doing.

May 06, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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