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Drain problem easily fixed

Q: In my bathtub is a lever that controls when the water goes down the drain. Unfortunately, the lever isn’t doing its job anymore, and the water just runs down the drain. I figure there’s a mechanism inside the tub to stop the water from draining. What can I do to make it work again?

Debunking the myths of pine needle mulch

Q: We have 14-year-old pine trees with large water berms under them for collecting water. The inside of these berms are full of pine needles that I hoped would help hold moisture but they do not deteriorate. Should they be left under the trees or be removed?