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Outdoors with style: Eat, entertain outside with good planning

Squeezing the most out of summer — especially this coronavirus summer — has often meant eating and entertaining outside, for those with the space to do it. “The goal today is to lavish just as much love and attention on your outdoor setup as you do your indoor rooms. Even if it’s just ...

Call a truce in the war against weeds

If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don’t like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden. ----------- MULCH For starters, there’s mulches, which can smother weeds. Pile organic mulches ...

Here’s 5 fast, luxurious small sport-utility vehicles

Small luxury SUVs have traditionally offered an appealing mix of practicality, refinement and upscale features. Now they also offer high performance. Many luxury automakers have introduced new performance-focused versions of their small SUVs that can rival top-end sport sedans for power and ...

Chipmunks in Northeast drive some people nuts

There were plenty of acorns this spring, and now the chipmunks are driving people nuts. Their frenetic activities can be entertaining. But this summer in New England the varmints are making a nuisance of themselves, darting to and fro, digging holes in gardens, and tunneling under ...

Water your garden in the most effective way

August is the month for two garden W’s: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let’s look at watering. It’s not necessarily less rain that makes soils drier in August; it’s August’s ...

Is it OK to never have a credit card?

Thanks to quick online applications and, in some cases, instant approval, credit cards make it as easy to build your credit history as it is to make purchases. But they can also make it easy to fall into debt if you struggle to pay on time or tend to spend more than you have. As a result, ...

Workarounds save heirs time, money in probate

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren. Because she lived in California, I had to break the bad news: He won’t be able to hand over the money any time ...

Some facing a desperate wait for needed tax refunds

As a 58-year-old woman on disability, Robin Short of Wallingford, Connecticut, relies on her tax refund to catch up on bills. She filed her return electronically in February, opting for direct deposit so she could get her $773 refund quickly. She’s still waiting, as are millions of others. ...