Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Sidewalk cracked by tree root.

Sidewalk Damaged by Tree Roots

Gloria asks, “I have a tree root that is growing under my concrete sidewalk and raising it up. What can I do?”

You could work around it with adjustable pavers. To keep your concrete sidewalk, though, you'll need to cut the tree roots and repair the sidewalk.

’Tis the Season for . . . Ticks?

This holiday season has proved full of surprises. From the leaking roof to two fender benders in one day to the exploding gingerbread, life's lesson plan this season seems stuck on “disaster” of the sort that's only comical after bolting back a few cups of eggnog. It's been a season of going with the flow, sometimes clinging to an upside-down canoe.

How to Plant a Bare Root Tree

Watch this video to find out how to plant a bare root tree in your yard.

When to Replant a Tree After Having a Stump Removed

Paul asks, “We just had a tree removed and the stump ground out. I would like to replace it ASAP, but my wife wants to wait until next year. Can you help us decide?”

There are several important factors to take into account. Read on to find out what they are.
Seed head ripening on crape myrtle

How to Grow Crape Myrtles from Seed

After crape myrtles bloom in the summer, they form lovely seed heads that last through the fall. The pods can be left for overwintering birds, or you can collect the seeds for growing in the spring. Crape myrtles are easy to grow from seed. Read on to find out how.
Southern magnolia

How to Grow Magnolias in Your Yard

What southern garden is complete without the majestic, fragrant magnolia tree? If you've long admired the beauty of magnolias, you'll be happy to learn that they're quite easy to grow. Read on to find out more about growing magnolias in your yard.

Problem Growing Grass Under Crabapple Trees

Crabapples aren't known for emitting a chemical that kills grass, but it can be hard to grow grass under trees. Read on to find out more.
Sawing wood outside with a chainsaw

9 Necessary Tips for Using a Chainsaw to Clear Debris

Brave volunteers need some guidance on how to prepare for, use and maintain a chainsaw during intense storm clean-up efforts.

How to Fix a Sinking Walkway

Protruding roots often lead to sinking walkways — and if that happens, here's what you can do.