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Yardsmart: 3 common mulching problems

There is no single panacea to the ravages of drought. The most popular practice for water conservation that protects existing gardens is to mulch. It's adding a layer of organic material around each plant to reduce surface soil evaporation rates. That layer also shades the soil so it and the roots remain cool on the hottest days. Mulches also prevent pernicious grasses and weeds from sprouting where they compete with our landscape plants for irrigation. In times of too little rain, mulching is one of the few measures we have to reduce its effect on our expensive plants.

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Plumber: The right medicine for your bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: Very often I'm surprised by all the new bathroom technology you mention in your column that's now available in the bathroom. Wile I love my bathroom, I do want to replace the medicine cabinet. Can you please update me on what's new in medicine cabinets?

Living

Here's why you shouldn't microwave these 11 things

I learned earlier than most that there are things you should never put in the oven – when I was a pre-teen, I heated a plastic wrap-covered meal in the oven only to watch it burst into flames (shout-out to my older brother who helped me eradicate the mini fire before it spread). After that occasion, my mother sat me down to remind me of the dos and don'ts in the kitchen, including all the things you should never – ever – put in the microwave. At first glance, you'd think this appliance was the least likely to be dangerous because you never actually see its heating mechanism. But just because it's not as obvious doesn't mean that the potential for danger is any less (after all, we can still get a sunburn on a cloudy day).

Living

Inn-Escapable: Seattle's sleek Thompson Hotel at Pike Place

Seattle's award-winning architects Olson Kundig are behind the Thompson Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with a stunning glass facade that sits at the edge of downtown's Pike Place Market. The hotel, and particularly its rooftop bar, The Nest, have become a bit of a landmark since they opened in 2016 – a place, dare we say, to see and be seen.

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Wintering in Alaska

After spotting a moose, I spot the "Mushing Mortician." Along the Iditarod Trail, in Alaska's snow-coated wilderness, 57-year-old funeral home owner Scott Janssen barks, "Straight! Straight!" to his sled dogs barreling toward a checkpoint 311 miles into the famed, grueling and controversial 1,000-mile race. Nearby, canine teams rest on scattered straw; one musher removes his dogs' protective booties to rub ointment on their paws while another feeds slabs of Chinook salmon to her hungry pack before the next push.

Living

Style at Home: A new lamp is a bright idea

Every time I walked past the little bar cart in my living room, something just bugged me. Something was off about the display. It looked nice, but didn't wow me. Then I put my finger on it. It needed a new lamp.

Living

How to plan the perfect outdoor kitchen

Whether you're lounging around the pool or telling stories around the fire pit, you love entertaining outdoors. So why wait to design and build the outdoor kitchen you've been dreaming about? There's no time like the present. And these tips will help you down the path to success.

Living

Seattle's new waterfront: Pike Place Market and beyond

SEATTLE – Open since 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the United States. That historic significance – and those iconic waterfront views over Puget Sound– draw 10 million visitors a year to its dark alleys and cramped, creaky stairways.

National

Whale 'Bumps' Into Ocean City Fishing Pier

Fisherman Troy Bickle captured video of a whale bumping into Ocean City fishing pier in Maryland while on a fishing trip on April 20. The whale can be seen swimming close to the pier and slightly bumping it before swimming away.

Whale 'Bumps' Into Ocean City Fishing Pier

Fisherman Troy Bickle captured video of a whale bumping into Ocean City fishing pier in Maryland while on a fishing trip on April 20. The whale can be seen swimming close to the pier and slightly bumping it before swimming away.
Troy Bickle