How to get a weed-free lawn

Question: I have a neighbor with a beautiful, weed-free lawn. He says the key is to raise the mowing height. I prefer my lawn shorter. Can I have a lawn as nice as his with a shorter height? The golf course where I play mows fairways at three-quarters of an inch. They are beautiful and weed free.

Tiny mosaic tiles are a big trend

This undated photo provided by New Ravenna shows their Hare Apparent, shown here in Absolute White and Ruby jewel glass, which is part of the Kiddo collection by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna. New mosaic tiles play with dimension, pattern and materials and this particular design from the collection features playful images created from white and ruby jewel glass using a water jet process. (Sara Baldwin/New Ravenna via AP)

Blending art, architecture and design, mosaic tile is one of the oldest forms of wall and floor covering. Using the tiny squares known as tesserae, Ancient Greeks and Romans created detailed stories and intricate geometric patterns, and mosaic art embellishes ceilings, walls and floors from Byzantium to Barcelona.

Lemon juice makes chicken and potato bake a breeze

This 2016 photo shows baked chicken with potatoes in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Autumn might be the official season of the one-pot wonder. Kids are back in school, the office watercooler gets crowded as we trickle back from summer vacations, and suddenly dinnertime feels like more of a time-squeeze.

Fall’s fab finds: 5 decor trends for autumn

This photo provided by Crate & Barrel shows how Indigo and batik come together on a pretty plate collection from Crate & Barrel. Deep blues and global influences will be important trends this fall. (Crate & Barrel via AP)

This fall, decor continues to move in a more easygoing direction, with welcoming hues, softer profiles, and a comfortable mix of materials and styles.

Foil pack cooking; healthy and easy

This July 12, 2016 photo shows foil-pack fish tacos in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Social media tells me that in part of the country, kids are already back-to-school. And so we are teetering between the lazy days of summer and the impending promise of crisp cool air, long sleeves and the desire to fire down the grill and turn on the oven instead.


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