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LET THE DARK SKIES RULE THE NIGHT!

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9/26/20 (running time 8-11AM)

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Outdoor Living Hour - Notes from the Nursery

Rosie on the House Nursery Notes

Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper! Talking #FallFertilization, winter lawns and answering your questions.

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On The House Topic: Let Dark Skies Rule the Night

Dr SkyWhat do Arizona communities of Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Sedona and Fountain Hills all have in common? They are all officially designated as International Dark Sky Communities by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). These communities, and others, have come together to preserve dark skies as a treasure. If the idea of being able to see the constellations from your own backyard appeals to you, there are some simple things that can be done by homeowners to cut down on the overabundance and often wasted energy of night lighting... Astronomer, Dr. Sky joins us to discuss the topic.

Weekly Blog Article

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Homeowner Topic: Open Home! 

Chat with Rosie & Romey! Got a Question? Call in!

Weekly To-Do Topic: #PoolCovers | Join us for a chat about the pros & cons of different types of pool covers. Plus, what was the most asked question of the week? Tune-in to find out!

8:00AM - Outdoor Living Hour! Gardening With Jay Harper

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Fall is here!  Jay Harper of The Farms Choice says now is the time to plant just about anything!  Leafy, root and stem vegetables.  Cooler nights, shorter days help establish plants.

For your landscapes, know what grows well in our climate.

Transition to winter rye lawns starts with mowing down your bermuda grass.  Plus other tips.

Discussion of weed wackers.  Heads made of steel lines.  Battery operated and various designs.

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CALLER:  Suggestions for electric lawn equipment like mowers, trimmers and blowers that run on the same batteries.  (Stihl).  TEXTER suggest ADV Greenworks Pro.

CALLER:  Was going to fertilize his bermuda grass in a pasture.  Will that give the grass a last bit of growth or is the bermuda dialing back now?   

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Discussion of when to start transitioning the lawn to have a green lawn by Thanksgiving.

CALLER:  Does coffee grounds used in a garden effect the ph balance of the soil?

CALLER:  Had an unsuccessful try at starting a balcony garden (container plants on a condo balcony).  Wants to start a fall balcony garden.  Would like suggestions on how to approach it.

TEXT:  Is there a certain type or brand of rye grass Jay can suggest?

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Note on the balcony garden, discussion of tower gardens.  Jay describes how it works.

TEXT:  Can you put potted plants on a flat roof deck?  Jay gives some things to think about as long as you don't damage the roof.

Fertilization and pre-emergent tips.

9:00AM - On The House Hour! Let The Dark Skies Rule The Night!

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Director of The Lowell Observatory Dr. Jeff Hall discusses the importance of the Dark Sky Community and what it means to Arizona and other communities.

Flagstaff was the first community in the world to be designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

The Lowell Observatory is also famous for discovering PLUTO!

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Jennifer discusses what the International Dark Sky Association does to protect the night sky and the process to become a Dark Sky Community.

 

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Dr. Sky brings his experience about the dark sky.  Encouraging families to look up to the sky and see the planets, stars, even the Milky Way!

Discussion of the planet Mars!  Appearing in the sky in October.  And a full FULL MOON on Halloween!  Also what type of equipment is needed to see the sky from their backyard.

Dr. Sky hosts the Astronomy Dinner Cruise on the Dolly Stemboat on Canyon Lake.

How long would it take to get from one end of the known universe to the other end?

TEXT:  Astrology App suggestions.

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More on the Dark Sky classifications.  You can have a city, community and neighborhood.  List of the Arizona cities and towns that are certified Dark Sky.

Discussion of fall colors in the White Mountains and recovery from the Wallow Fire areas.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour!

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The Most Asked Question Of The Week:  What are the pros and cons of a flagstone patio?  Rosie details the installation and maintenance.

Rosie is scared to death about not finding a U Haul truck in California.  Why? :)

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TEXT:  Has a flagstone patio in the backyard.  Suggestions to replace it with.

Rosie's clarification about Rosie Right Remodeling.

CALLER:  Home has a pool surrounded by flagstone.  Its peeling and flaking.  Anyway to protect and keep it from further damage?

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CALLER:   Hearing random drip sounds in various parts of the house and can't figure out why its happening.

Manny Sanchez helps us with our Weekly To Do on Pool Covers.   Various kinds to keep the pool clean, extend swim season and for safety.  Including a 'chemical cover' that supposed to stop evaporation and safe chemical.  Does it work?

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TEXT:  Got an quote to enclose a carport for $14,000.  Is that too high or low?  Rosie details what it involves.

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