Memorial Day, Landscaping & HGTV Reality Print

7:00AM - The Weekend Wake Up

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Segment 1 (running time 12:13)

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We're in studio talking about the history of Memorial Day and it's true meaning with Dr. David Dean, history professor at Grand Canyon University.

  • The event started after the Civil War & cleaned up cemetaries and placed flowers.
  • Started in May because that's when flowers bloom.
  • The 1st official celebration was at Arlington National Cemetary.
  • Quotes from former President Garlfield & why Rosie admires him.

Segment 2 (running time 7:33)

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  • Click here for Rosie's article on properly displaying the flag.
  • Notable Arizonan's that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Notes about Frank Luke Junior. What a hero!!!  Did you know you can see his airplane in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aiport? It's true, plus Luke Air Force Base is named after him.

Segment 3 (running time 13:59)

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  •  In 1971 it was established to make holidays on Monday's to standardize holidays. 
  • The difference between Veteran's Day, Memorial Day & Armed Services Day. Know what we are honoring!
  • We discuss notable Arizonan's who also served, including Pat Tillman & Charles Keating.
  • Notes on The National Moment of Remembrance Act.

Segment 4 (running time 7:20)

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Thanks to Dr. Dean for stopping by and talking about the importance of Memorial Day.

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 12:45)

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It's the Outdoor Hour and joining us by phone is Jay with Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company. He's on-site because today is the official weigh-in for the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Grower's Annual Competition.

  • Upcoming events put on by the Arizona Community Tree Council.
  • Fire prevention warnings. Be smart out there!
  • Camping tips & secrets we like around the state.
  • We interview Dean Baker, a winner and organizer for the Giant Pumpkin Competition!
  • Fun conversation about what to do with giant pumpkins and how it got started.

Segment 2 (running time 6:10)

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  • Jay & Romey talk about how much space is required to grow a giant pumpkin & the national/international records compared to state records.
  • Summer lawn transition time is here and we discuss what you should be doing.

Segment 3 (running time 11:31)

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  • More with Jay and the odds the giant pumpkin record is broken today!

Email From a Listener:

  • Ted - His bradford pear tree is struggling. What could be wrong?

Recommendation - Generally, pears struggle when there is a drainage problem. They look pretty good and it looks like it has thrips, which is fairly common. It's cosmetic and shouldn't be a problem.

  • We discuss chickens and how to keep them safe in the summer heat. Romey's tips and other ideas to keep them cool.
  • Tips for this time of year and vegetable gardens. What to put in this time of year, plus what is being harvested this time of year too.
  • Growing corn in Arizona.....much more than you'd think!

Segment 4 (running time 7:23)

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  • More on chickens and Jay's favorite breed.
  • Romey has had great luck with Privett Hatchery chickens and another breed called "Buckeye."
  • Hickman Family Farms breed mostly leghorn chickens. plus they provide great compost!

Thanks to Jay for joining us and remember you can reach him during the week at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company!

9:00AM - Open Lines

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Segment 1 (running time 12:22)

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  • Romey talks about what Rosie-certified means and a story about Ray, owner of Ray of Light.
  • Rosie talks about our topic last week & what should be in a remodeling contract. The industry is busy, busy, busy and you NEED to know what to watch out for. 

Caller:

  • Rachel - Her home is heaving and the front step is about 3 inches too high, plus there are other spots in her home that are higher than others.

Recommendation - We covered this exact topic last week. Click here for the show last week and she can call Bob Brown at Arizona Foundation Solutions. She has a few options and Bob will help walk her through the best option for her home. This takes an expert like Bob!!!

Segment 2 (running time 5:47)

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Segment 3 (running time 13:00)

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  • Here's Rosie's article in the Arizona Republic on properly displaying the flag.
  • We check in with Jay on the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Grower's Annual Competition and we have a winner.........410 pounds!!! It's a new winner too! Congrats to Dave Smith.
  • More on 8 things that should be in a remodeling contract. Click the link above for the article.
  • Remember, if you find yourself saying "while you're here...." in the middle of a project, throw the bid out the window. Make sure it's all in there!
  • The issues with "Negotiating a contract"

Segment 4 (running time 6:40)

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Callers:

  • Nick - A home in his neighborhood has installed a type of rusty metal fence around the yard and how does it compare to a traditional block wall?

Recommendation - It sounds like Nick isn't a fan, but it is definitely in style right now.

  • Kim - She's replacing her toilet and with so many brands and options she wants our recommendation for a good quality & cost effective model.

Recommendation - Rosie likes the Toto brand because they were the 1st to make a low-flow toilet that was effective. We do love Kohler brand because they're great products and American made. Jennifer was really impressed with the American Standard toilets at the recent International Builders show too.

*Rosie talks about a "hands free" toilet and they are great for people with medical needs. The demand is getting greater.

10:00AM - Housing Topic

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Segment 1 (running time 13:03)

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This week's article is on "HGTV: What's Real and What's Reality"

Caller:

  • Joe - He wants to paint his older block home & wants to know how much work it would be to take the paint off if someone wanted to get back to the original brick?

Recommendation - This would be a very exepensive project to get done if he wanted to remove the paint. It also turns a non-maintenance issue into something you have to keep up. He could use a brick veneer from Oldcastle Superlite. Rosie also talks through a couple other options.

  • We talk HGTV & go around the room sharing opinions on the shows. Some good, some bad.

Segment 2 (running time 5:44)

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Caller:

  • Gayle - She's going to put in new countertops and wants to know where to go to see several options with a mid-range budget?

Recommendation - Rosie talks through the different levels of granite and the corresponding costs. He could call Granite Transformations to lay it over the top of her existing countertop.

Segment 3 (running time 13:17)

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More on HGTV:

  • Jennifer really likes "Fixer Upper" & shares why.
  • Comparing prices on the show versus the reality of actual remodeling costs.
  • Jennifer shares a story about a recent experience that led to a terrible experience for the homeowner. Make sure you do your research on people working on your home!
  • Other reality vs. fiction when it comes to translating a TV show to an acutal remodeling experience.

Caller:

  • Charlene - She wants to replace her cast iron sink with a stainless steel model. It is an undermount sink and she wants to know if it can be replaced?

Recommendation - Yes. Rosie talks through her situation and all the specifics that will determine higher or lower costs for her kitchen. She needs to buy a little higher end model to avoid the water stains and the louder noise they can make on cheaper versions. She can take the cutout of the opening to a specialty supply business like Ferguson Supply or Hughes Supply and talk them through what she is looking for. If she needs any granite cut back, she can contact Aztec Marble and Granite to get the job done.

Segment 4 (running time 6:30)

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  • Romey talks through 3 nice things about HGTV.
  • Lee called in to point out that even if a home upgrade on a show is expensive, they can opt to take the cash. We do love the sentiment behind those shows!

Caller:

  • Perry - He just wanted to call in to wish us all a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Same to you, Perry and all of our listeners.

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