Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour - Notes from the Nursery
Join us as we cover Notes From The Nursery with Jay Harper: #HotWeatherPlantSurvival
We will also be taking your landscape and garden questions so give us a call!
On The House Topic: "Keep Your Cool!" Shade, Sunscreens, Supercooling, And More!
Rosie understands why one of the most common questions this time of year is "how can I keep my home cool, and do it affordably?" Keeping your home cool while living in the desert southwest can be especially challenging when daytime highs are in the 100 and nighttime lows are 90 or above. The main issue is that, with such extreme heat, the home and its surfaces do not have a chance to shed their heat gain before the sun rises again. We've put together some tips for how to affordably cool your home and save money in the process...
Homeowner Topic: Open Home!
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Jay talks about reducing heat stress in the garden. Even in warm nights.
Irrigation system check. Adjustments to the controler might be needed. Sprinker head adjustments or replacement. Jay recommends low volume MP rotator sprinker heads.
Rosie's tip on having an indicator plant that tells you if your landscape is stressed.
Soil probes are a great way to determine if you're watering deep enough.
CALLER: Has Chinese Pistache trees south facing that struggled first year planted. Now there are ground level branches coming up. At what point can you cut those back because its a tree not a bush? Also ash trees with the same issue.
CALLER: Has a northern Arizona home near Flagstaff looking to plant a tree in the front yard. Suggestions for a tree to grow at high elevation.
EMAIL: Has hopseed bushes forming a hedge. 6 feet tall, 18 months old. Leaves are turning yellow and dropping off. Questioning the watering schedule.
CALLER (off air): Has orange trees that produced the past few years. This year no flower blooms on the trees. What could be the problem?
Summer lawn fertilizing tips and best to water before sunrise.
TEXT: 5 year old citrus trees with good drainage. Haven't grown much but they're green.
Discussion of Stihl battery operated garden tools like a weed eater. Recommendation for those two stroke garden tools that need the pefect oil/gas mix.
CALLER: In Tubac, noticed on a southern live oak a few branches that had no leaves at all. Nearby is a bonita ash tree with what looks like 'hairy gaul' on the branches. How to treat it?
Rosie's fishing trip to Louisiana. And our discussion on reducing heat gain around your home.
Lower heat gain makes for a more efficient air conditioner. Start by looking at your energy bill and the cost of kilowatt hours.
CALLER: Has a 1600 square foot home with concrete tile roof. Found tile nail are backing out or lifting.
Why metal roofs are a good insulator and the importance of the proper metal gage.
Rooftop solar panels also provide shade and generates energy.
Rosie explains the heat gain on his home wall facing due west and the difference in temperature in shaded areas.
Number One Question Of The Week: Why do ceiling fans spin in two directions? Rosie explains how it works in the summer and winter. And why you should not run a ceiling fan in an empty room.
Discussion of proper installation of sunscreens in front of a window. It must have a quarter inch gap space between the screen and window frame.
Sunscreens have a high return on investment because most heat gain comes thru windows.
'Prime The Pump' with the latest news at Rosie On The House! Cost/Value 2020 Report, most popular video on our You Tube channel, top selling E-Store items and others!
CALLER: Has a small block home and wants to know how to properly supercool her home. Rosie goes thru the checklist.
Esther de Wolde of Phantom Screens talk about how their retractable sunscreens do more than providing a thermal barrier for your outdoor space. Like a projection screen for entertainment.
More with Esther de Wolde of Phantom Screens on summer cooling. Describes their projection screen. Sunscreens have advanced so much you can stay cool in summer, warm in winter to enjoy your outdoor space all year long.
Esther talks about the low maintenance aspect of their sunscreens and the various ways you can design your space with retractable screens. 1-888-PHANTOM for an Arizona representative.
Rosie's discussion of the science of shade and sunscreen protection. Front yard living might be the wave of the future!
Other interesting items include Docking Drawers In drawer outlets for recharging devices to keep clutter off the counter. Ambiant light shower heads. Hot water hose bib and more.
CALLER: No condensate water coming out of the roof air conditioning unit. Even with low to no humidity, is this normal?
CALLER: Heard a loud snap in the home. Found a 3 foot long crack on the tile floor. Reason why that happened?
Takeaways of today's show.