Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Weekend Wake-Up Hour
Join us as we talk about interesting events and activities across Arizona with Dolan Ellis - Arizona's Official State Balladeer & Marshall Trimble - Arizona's Official State Historian.
We will be discussing their great contributions to Arizona and its history as well as where you can find them next! What do the Arizona Legends have going on these days?
Outdoor Living Hour - Urban Farming with Greg Peterson
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines + Weekly To-Do #RRR
The lines, email and text are open for your DIY questions!
Homeowner Topic: How Window Treatments Can Block the Summer Sun
Dolan has been balladeer as decreed by Governor Goddard. Marshall by Governor Monfort.
Dolan is an original member of the Grammy Award winning folk group The New Christy Minstrels.
Marshall taught Arizona history for decades at Coronado High School and Scottsdale Community College.
Dolan owned and peformed at his place called The Tuba City Truck Stop which inspired the song he wrote.
Dolan discusses the Arizona Folklore Preserve near Ramsey Canyon, AZ
Dolan created the preserve to collect historical Arizona folklore and preserve it in document and digital forms.
With assistance from The University Of Arizona, a Frank Lloyd Wright type building was established to house folklore history and live music shows.
Dolan explains and plays 'Tuba City Truck Stop'.
Marshall talks about the historical area of Sierra Vista. Some of the landmarks include Benson, Bisbee, Tombstone and Ft. Huachuca Museum.
Marshall tells the story of Ed Shefflin and his connection to the town of Tombstone.
Dolan sings the song 'Ed Shefflin'.
The most history prior to statehood is found in the southern part of Arizona.
Dolan and Marshall give out their favorite places to eat in the area.
One of Dolan's guitars is housed at the The Musicial Instrument Museum in Scottsdale.
Dolan plays his 'rejected' Arizona state song.
Farmer Greg of The Urban Farm with tips of what to look for in your next garden space.
How to test if there is life in your tree.
Take time to OBSERVE the space where to plant your garden or trees.
Pay attention to sun exposure, shade, pests and microclimates.
Explains the pros and cons of north, south, east and west exposures in your space.
A western exposure can be best for winter gardens. South exposure usually gets sun most of the day. East exposure tends to be the best.
The point is: observe your space before you plant for better results.
The pros and cons of growing fruit trees in a pot.
A simple way to grow sweet potatoes.
When irrigating trees, use bubblers. Not drip nozzles.
Greg explains using 'drip tape' for irrigating your garden more efficently and water evenly.
Explains the 5 things you need for healthy soil: Dirt, Air Space, Water, Organic Matter, and The Life that comes with organic matter (example: worms).
When building your garden in an area with bermuda or nut grass, make sure you dig it out completely.
THE APS HOUR!! APS representatives discuss the recent APS rate modification increase.
What representatives have been consumed with since August with educating and changing customers to one of the 7 rate modification plans.
APS got Rosie's power bill and did an analysis on two of the updated rate plans.
Here's a link to the APS Rate Plans.
CALLER: Customer with a low income is on the APS Equalizer plan and loves it! Talks about why and explains his power usage.
Explain that electricity produced that is not use cannot be stored. Once produced, it needs to be used or its gone.
APS talks about how they decide how much electricity to produce on a daily basis.
CALLER: Confusion on the deadline to make your rate plan change. APS has a hard deadline of May 1st to have all customers moved to an appropriate plan. Also how the new tax cut affects refunds to customers.
Another analysis of a bill for a customer who's less agressive on power consumption.
Stagger use of appliances to manage/lower your power consumption.
An hour discussion of interior window treatments for your home.
B&B Blinds has an array of blinds, shutters and shades.
They can custom design what you desire.
Blinds and shutters can be operated more than just manually. You can automate functionality with battery power or low voltage wiring.
Many types of fabrics, wood, faux wood. All depends on what you want.
More with B & B Blinds. They talk about their current showroom and the bigger showroom comming soon.
Design and detail on window coverings.
How long do blinds and other coverings last? Varies.
Best options for privacy, functionality and type of design.
New West Shutters And Blinds joins the conversation on their take on blinds and shutters.
Details on roller shades and insulation values. Solar shades are designed to reduce heat against the window. In many colors.
Keep in mind where your home faces to determine what shades work and look best.
Discussion on honeycomb/cellular shades.
Gives some estimated price points for various shades, blinds and shutters.
Jim Thomas of About Blind Cleaning talks about state of the art blind cleaning.
He has a mobile truck to come to your place and clean them on location.
Uses the 'ultra sonic' method to clean window treatments.
Takes about 10-15 minutes to clean a blind.
Suggest blinds should be cleaned every 2 years.
Jim goes thru training on blind cleaning.
Describes Hunter Douglas' ongoing training on cleaning techniques.