Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | May 28, 2022

Walter S. Timmons
Wandering tree roots can induce troubles when lawnmowing and a steep threshold like this is an accident waiting around to materialize. Photo credit history: Siriporn Pintunun/Getty Visuals (left) and image by Thomas Boyd (suitable)

In this week’s radio exhibit, we’re providing guidance on how to reduce a tripping hazard, offer with mason bees and tackle tree root troubles.

Eliminating a Tall Concrete Threshold

This tall concrete threshold, or stem wall, is a critical tripping hazard. (Image by Thomas Boyd)

The connected garage in Thomas Boyd’s Dimond Bar, Calif., household was designed with a stem wall, which tends to make the threshold at the door far too tall. To enter, a man or woman has to stage up and around the pretty much six-inch threshold. 

He would like to know the greatest way to get rid of this tripping hazard.

I have noticed circumstances like this ahead of built a good deal much better by constructing a ramp. Pour concrete on the exterior of the stem wall for a four or five-foot ramp. But that is not encouraging if the inside of methods back down.

The stem wall can be minimize out. I would get rid of the door and the frame then use a aspect grinder to slash on just about every aspect to extend the jamb down. Then, score the base of the stem wall to make it less complicated to hammer out. 

Ultimately, choose a sledgehammer to split off the stem wall at the slab. As very long as there isn’t any rebar heading by that, it ought to be uncomplicated to clear away.

If you use the very same door, there’ll be about a six-inch void on the leading of the door body. To fill that area, place decorative crown molding on top of the doorway, equally within and out. This will make it appear intentional. Or, you could purchase a custom made doorway, but that will be a pricier selection.

Skip to [21:25] for the total segment on the Today’s Home owner Radio Display.

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Dealing With Mason Bees

Nesting mason bees can bring about property owners issues, but they shouldn’t be removed completely. (Antony Cooper/Getty Visuals)

A caller suggests mason bees are consuming the brick mortar of her household and nesting inside of. She wants to know how to evict them when and for all. 

1st of all, the mason bees aren’t really taking in the mortar. They are nesting within cracks and crevices that are already in the mortar. 

They are named mason bees because they’re cavity-nesting bees. They’ll make their properties in any small gap, crevice, crack, or tunnel.

For the bees to be nesting inside of her brick mortar, the cracks were being currently there in the first spot. The lengthy-time period answer will be to fill any places in the mortar that are open up.

Never use any pesticides to consider to remove them. These bees are beneficial to your garden for the reason that they are pollinators. 

Mason bees search like honey bees but they really don’t create honey. And not like honey bees, they really don’t live in colonies.

Owning a mason bee home near by will distract them from nesting in your household. (Mason Vranish/Getty Images)

To continue to keep the bees from nesting in your brick mortar, you can make a bamboo mason bee household. Glue parts of bamboo with each other in a body and dangle them in a tree future to your property.

Skip to [44:05] for the entire segment on the Today’s Home-owner Radio Present.

Tackling Tree Root Challenges

Exposed tree roots can result in crooked pavers and damage a lawnmower. (Siriporn Pintunun/Getty Illustrations or photos)

Tree roots are interrupting a caller’s mowing program and pushing pavers out of put. Here’s what she requirements to do.

If the quality of your assets permits, put a pair of inches of soil on major of the roots and plant some grass seed so you can mow above it.

If the roots are protruding also high for grass to mature above it, plant some groundcover plants or distribute mulch around them. That way, you will not require to fear about mowing that spot.

For the roots in the vicinity of the pavers, get in touch with an arborist ahead of you cut them. Some trees can tolerate their roots getting minimize, but it can destroy some others. 

If the roots can be reduce, pull up the pavers, slash the root out, then backfill it and substitute the pavers.

Skip to [1:07:04] for the complete segment on the Today’s Home owner Radio Display.

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