Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Weekend Wake-Up Hour
Start your mornings off learning where to find some awesome trails made from the locations of old railroads with the help of our friends from Rails to Trails!
Outdoor Living Hour - Urban Farming with Greg Peterson
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines
The lines, email and text are open for your DIY questions!
Homeowner Topic: 7 Things To Know About When Buying Patio Furniture
We have the pros with us in studio! Tune in and learn from Mark and Jenni Gabbard of Sunburst Landscaping about how properly landscaping your backyard can add additional square footage of living space to you home, different ways to make your yard livable year round, and fun additions that can be added to your yard to make it cozy and personal (pergolas, fireplaces, fire pits, BBQs etc)!
Rundown of the show!
Rosie take on his visit to Key West, FL.
Eil Griffen, Manager Trail Development Resources of the Rails To Trails Conservancy Who's mission is creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
A non-government supported organization by membership and larger corporate grants.
Over 2000 Rails To Trails across the nation.
Find trails at their website Rails To Trails Conservancy
Eli describes benefits of membership to Rails To Trails.
Arizona has at least 30 Rails To Trails. The Peavine Trail in Prescott, AZ is in the Rail Trail Hall Of Fame!!!
Find A Trail You can search trails by location, trail type, geocashing, and more!!!
An app is available for your phone.
Click here to be a Rails To Trails Member
Farmer Greg & Kari Spencer of The Urban Farm talking about CHICKENS!
Benefit of chickens: eggs, free range lawn mowing, compost and fertilize your gardens, and very entertaining too!
Where to find chickens and what types of breeds work best. There are hundreds of breeds.
How to protect chickens from preditors with a preditor proof coop.
Letting chickens out before dusk to enjoy insects and have less time for causing trouble. Chickens naturally go back in the coop in the evening.
CALLER: Has a rooster crowing all night in her neighborhood and wants to know who to contact about it, especially if its zoned for chickens.
CALLER: Has a rat problem among the chickens. Got rid of the chickens, but still has a rat problem. Wants to get rid of the rats before bringing chickens back.
Farmer Greg suggest using a rat zapper to control rats. Cats and rat traps help too. Use metal trash cans with tight lids to keep feed or trash from inviting pests.
Two myths about roosters: they crow at sunrise, and you need a rooster to get eggs.
Difference between chicks and pullets (year or older chickens), the advantages and disadvantages.
Chickens lay more eggs per day in summer than winter.
After they reach the first point of lay, how many lays can you expect over a period of time?
Chickens are a great part of permaculture, the art and science working with nature.
Rosie's allergist Dr. Mike Manning discuss his allergies issues compared to his recent trip from the coast of Spain.
Living in a costal area off the ocean can give relief. Or other areas inland during certain times of the year.
There's no true cure for allergies. But there are ways to control them.
CALLER: Has to replace his noisy home AC. His AC guy says he need to stay with a 4 ton unit but heard smaller units are much more efficient. Looking for advice.
Rosie explains 'a manual J spreadsheet' to find out what size unit fits best.
Smaller units tend to clean the home air more efficently than larger units.
Talking about cleaning your living enviroment and using a hepa filter air purifier. Bedroom is a good place to start.
Before going to bed, wash off/shower yourself after being outside to wash the allergins off so you don't bring them to bed.
Recommend a good Hepa Filter for your living/sleeping space.
Wash and wipe your pets too!
Netti pots are a good way to clean out your sinus'.
Facts about sneezing.
Bruce Yakco of JAWS (Just Add Water System) cleaning products for glass, shower, hardwood floors and kitchen degreaser. Streak free, eco friendly cleaners using one resuable bottle you fill with water, insert the cartridge and you've made JAWS cleaner.
Available at Frys Stores or order at JAWS (Just Add Water System
Anything to reduce dust or dander like putting in hardwood floor instead of carpet.
Keep doors and windows close and run the AC fan to filter the air. Clean/change the filter as you go.
Certain medications you can take before you go outside can help.
Why do we have allergies?? Its part of your immune system.
Some types of mulberry and olive trees are banned in certain Arizona counties for the pollen they produce.
With allergies, medications are designed to tell your immune system not to react to it.
Mark Gabbard of Sunburst Landscaping discusses landscaping and building the perfect outdoor patio space.
Things to consider when going with artifical turf: drainage and sanitation. If you have kids and pets playing on it.
Arizona is the #3 market for artifical turf.
Not all turf is the same.
When considering natural versus artifical turf, you can use both in an outdoor space. Like using artifical turf around the pool and natural on the rest of the space.
When you go to outdoor shows, you will see a number of artifical turf dealers. Prices range from $4-$12 square foot installed. Remember that quality is very important.
Why wouldn't someone not go with artificial grass?
Sunburst Landscaping is the EasyTurf Authorized Dealer
Start with an idea of what you want your outdoor living space will be used for. Family gatherings, parties, place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Water features, sound systems, cooling systems like misters and portable evaporative coolers, fire features.
Smart technologies available from Sunburst from lighting to watering systems controlled by an app on your phone or pad.
A perfect companion to control maintenance and keep records on your home: HomeZada
If you're looking for a home in the Tucson area, we now have a trifecta of Certified Partners to help: