GET THIS: Varied uses for mulch, and Father's day ideas

You've got to love it when a product does two jobs in one - mulches your plants and stops weeds around them at the same time.

Preen Mulch Plus is a shredded hardwood mulch that contains a reliable weed preventer. Preen the weed preventer has been around for years. It comes alone or mixed with a fertilizer and now combined with a mulch that avoids broadleaf and grassy weeds for six months.

In addition, there's Preen Mulch Plus Color Enhanced Russet Red with yearlong color that doesn't turn gray. $4.97 per 2-cubic-foot bag. Visit; available at Lowe's stores.


With Father's Day around the corner - June 17 - consider these gift ideas:

From Dad always likes something good to eat, especially if it's the snackin' kind of treat. The company that brings you fancy floral gifts also provides treats like a Spicy Nut Sampler with hot wing-flavored, salsa, Mardi Gras, BBQ, Crabbin' and Wasabi peanuts, $50. There's also a Poker Goodies tin filled with one dozen fresh-baked cookies in varieties such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter with nuts, lemon burst and a bag of poker chip-shaped chocolates, $25. Visit

From RedEnvelope: There's an all-terrain tripod - get Dad from behind the camera and in the family photo - with legs that grip anything for hands-free photos, $25-$45, depending on size. You can also give him a waterproof iPod sound case that plays videos or music for 30 hours for $150 or a set of four etched crystal poker glasses for $75. Available at

From Lowe's: Gifts and gadgets geared to Pops include a whisper-quiet Chamerlain garage door opener that gets him off to the right start each day, $228; a truck box to hold his tools and toys, $288; a Black & Decker cordless string trimmer, $99; or a Perfect Flame four-burner gas grill, $597. Available at Lowe's stores or