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7:00AM - The Weekend Wake Up

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Segment 1 (running time 12:37)

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  • With the weather this time of year, we talk about the allergy season and get you ready for the rest of the day's broadcast!
  • Rosie & Romey talk about an over-looked area of Arizona, Gila County!
  • What's Romey's favorite town in the state?.? Listen to find out.
  • We talk food in Gila County...GREAT MEXICAN FOOD EVERYWHERE!

Jennifer checks in from the Pat Tillman Run as she's about to start the race and check off an item from her 'bucket list!"  Donate to this great cause and click here!

Segment 2 (running time 7:06)

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Rosie highlights more places across Arizona you MUST visit!

  • Details on our Photo  contest too.

Segment 3 (running time 12:28)

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Dr. Mike Manning with Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of Arizona & Sharon from Air Quality Specialists join us to talk about this years unusually bad allergy season and what you can do to minimize the effects at your home.

  • Good Air Filtration at your home and in your car.
  • How to keep pets from bring in dust and pollen.
  • Showering at night will rinse out all the allergens from your hair for a better sleep.
  • Closing the window, even when it's nice outside will help.
  • Problematic plants.  (Citrus Plants are not a problematic allergenic.. It's not usually the problem. The smells might cause irritation, but not necessarily mean your allergic.) 
  • Good News for Allergy Sufferer's.....It's NOT A GOOD IDEA TO DO HOUSEWORK.  (good luck convincing your husband or wife!)

*Sharon from Air Quality Specialists lists out the steps they take to ensure you're breathing healthy, clean air in your home.   She's one of the few companies that we trust to clean out your air ducts. Sharon explains the steps they take and how they are different from the cheap offers that are a complete waste of money. Call Sharon at 623-930-9391!

Segment 4 (running time 7:14)

Continuing our discussion on combating allergies with Dr. Mike Manning and Sharon.

  • Carpet is....just full of nasty stuff that gets in your homes air.
  • Cockroach body parts are in your home?!! It's True.
  • HEPA Filters are very important.
  • Sharon talks about "Air Ionizers" and why they can be a bad idea.
  • Getting rid of nasty smells in your house using Ionizers.

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

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Segment 1 (running time 12:19)

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Jeff with Harper's Nurseries & Landscape Company joins us for the Landscape Hour!

  • We share what can you plant this time of year and what to watch for in your spring garden
  •  For Arbor Day we discuss "The Magnificent Seven" Trees across Arizona and what it takes to be part of this distinction.


  • Marian - She has three palm trees she wants to remove and replace with a fruit or shade trees. How should she go about this?

Recommendation - She needs to measure the space she has and then research plants that will grow into the space nicely.  Dwarf trees might be perfect for her space. She could also find a landscape designer and put a plan together. Just make sure it's the right time of year for planting before removing the existing plants.

  • Elaine - She has yellow spots on the leaves of her tomato plants and now they are turning brown and dying. What can she do?

Recommendation - It could be a lot of issues from bugs, a fertility issue, watering problems....take a picture or put a few leaves in a zip-lock baggie and take it to her local nursery. In her area, she can try A&P Nurseries or Treeland Nurseries.

Segment 2 (running time 6:31)

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  • Tim - He just bought a house and discovered a lemon tree that had been neglected for several years. He ran irrigation to the plant last year and had a bumper crop, but he's not seeing a lot of the flowers turning into fruit. Should he be concerned?

Recommendation - There are several reasons this can occur; improper timing of fertilization, too much or not enough water, weather issues (heavy winds, etc.)  In Tim's situation, it might just take a few years to get healthy. Make sure it's fertilized and watered deeply, not just surface watering frequently.

*We discuss the damage cicadas can cause and how to get rid of them.

*Romey shares a few events happening at The Magic Garden in Tucson.

Segment 3 (running time 13:15)

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Get rid of pests with Bonide Products.  The organic solution to keeping your plants insect free! Find their products at Treeland Nurseries in Mesa,  Viola's Flower Garden in Flagstaff and Mesquite Valley Grower's in Tucson.


  • Nancy - Her peach tree has developed cankers on the trunk and she thinks it's a critter eating away and she doesn't know what to do.....

Recommendation - It sounds like a flat headed bore and with about a 3rd of it damaged, it sounds like the tree will not survive.  She might have a couple of years left if she takes really good care of it. She can call Chris at Vicente Landscaping to take a look and verify the problem.

*We go back and tackle a question from a listener a few weeks ago about edible bark.

*Some history on a tree at Harper's Nursery. (They've had weddings under the canopy)

*What to expect out in your grass lawn. We share the steps to transitioning to your summer lawn.

Segment 4 (running time 6:07)

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  • Shirley - Her Shamel Ash Tree has roots pushing up through the ground and wants to know if she can cut those back without damaging the tree?

Recommendation - The short answer is "NO."  But, there are some instances that are okay and Jeff talks about when it might acceptable. Be very very careful and it's not a good idea to damage the roots. Call an arborist, they're the experts! 

If you have questions for Jeff, visit Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company!

9:00AM - Open Lines

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Segment 1 (running time 12:06)

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Find Rosie's Weekly Home Improvement advice columns in The Arizona RepublicThe Casa Grande Dispatch, Green Valley News and The Arizona Daily Star.

**Rosie shares a few scams happening in Arizona right now.  Listen and don't be a victim. Don't let unsolicited sellers into your home or on your property!


  • Bill - He wants to dress up the pvc pump lines with a synthetic rock to cover it up and wants to know how they're made?

Recommendation - Rosie talks through the steps of using gunite. He could call The Pond Gnome for advice on doing it himself.

Segment 2 (running time 6:20)

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Romey shares advice on Mother's Day Gifts and Rosie is a bit skeptical on his idea for The Squatty Potty.    Um.....I think it's a crappy idea! (Ba Dum Ching) Go with Flowers!

The Digital Newsroom:

  • Steve - Is it illegal to do work on a home without permits and then flip it?

Recommendation - That is completely illegal on several levels.  Buyer Beware! 

  • Al - How do you find older shows? He had a question on covering a wood viga we talked about on a show a few months ago?

Recommendation - Find all the past shows here! and we were talking about a fiberglass sleeve that slides over existing vigas and protects them from further damage. Call Saw Design & Remoldeling in Tucson.

Segment 3 (running time 12:29)

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Find Bonide Products at Summer Winds Nursery, Treeland NurseriesViola's Flower Garden, Mesquite Valley Grower's or The Magic Garden.


  • Paul - He's replacing a cast iron plumbing pipe after it broke inside the wall.  He's told that his clean-out should not be put in the attic again, but on the ground.....

Recommendation - Robyn with Water Treatment Technologies joins us to help answer. Robyn prefers to run it underground. If it is up on the roof, the material type will make a big difference.  In Paul's case, he should run the plumbing outside and into the ground because he's only a few feet from the drain (clean-out)   To be clear, listen to the segment closely.

Don't forget to sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation!!!

*Thanks to Cerreta Candy Company for making our winner's trips even sweeter!

*Rosie shares his ideal trip and the great experience staying at the Dream Manor Inn in Globe.  Sign up and win your ideal trip!

Segment 4 (running time 6:39)

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  • George - He's working on restoring his 1935 Ford Sedan in the garage and "needs: a fridge to keep the beverages cool for all his friends stopping buy.  He plans on buying a used fridge and wants to know if it should be frost-free?

Recommendation - Unless it's a very old refrigerator, they're all frost free now and if he's looking for used appliances, Rosie likes B&B Appliance.

*We answer George's 2nd question on when homeowner's should drain their water heaters.

  • Larry - He blew a circuit breaker and now his remote controlled ceiling fan won't turn on, even after turning the breaker back on?

Recommendation - It's going to take a site visit to find out what's going wrong. Call The Solar Store and they'll be able to investigate further.

(Occasionally, the breaker doesn't turn completely off when it trips. Simply, pull the tab completely to the side that turns it off before flipping the circuit breaker power back on) 

10:00AM - Housing Topic

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Rosie rants about all the exciting impressions on food, music, and even construction processes from his trip to Germany.  More coming next week!

We're talking "Trends in Outdoor Living" and Romey chats with the owner of Solar Safe Pool Covers, Tom.  Learn all the advantages of his product and how to extend the pool season and how it can save you big $$$!!!


  • Cecilia - She has cracks all over her concrete slab in her back patio. The deep cracks look bad and are forcing water into areas she doesn't want them.

Recommendation - Go to Oldcastle Superlite in Tucson and ask about Belgard Pavers.  They make products designed to go over the concrete slab. Go with a light color stone (noce) to keep the surface cool during the summer heat.

Segment 2 (running time 6:42)

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  • We recap the fun we had last week's show with Belgard Representatives.
  • More information about the unique pool covers from Solar Safe Pool Covers and how it might be perfect to save time and money on pool maintenance.
  • Reasons to increase your outdoor living areas....

Segment 3 (running time 13:10)

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Find Bonide Products at Treeland Nurseries in Mesa,  Viola's Flower Garden in Flagstaff and Mesquite Valley Grower's in Tucson.


  • Travis - He has mesquite trees growing close to his masonry wall in his backyard and it's starting to damage the wall. The trees are NOT on his property, so what should he do?

Recommendation - He needs to take care of it or it will keep damaging the wall. Find out who's in charge of the trees and let them know about the damage. There are laws in place for this situation, so be careful not to trim illegally and let the other owners know what's happening so they can take care of it.

Trimming Roots Rule of Thumb: They need to be smaller than the diameter of your wrist and need to be a minimum of five feet away from the trunk of the tree.

Tony Schindler, owner of Paddy O' Furniture joins us to share more of the latest trends in outdoor living.

  • How Tony got into the industry.
  • Trends he's seeing: Outdoor Living Rooms, Fire Pits, Outdoor TV's
  • Material Types: PVC, Metal, Woven, Wicker (Yes, it can handle the sun here)
  • Some Outdated Trends.....
  • Shade......Updated umbrella's are big now. Tom explains the improvements.
  • Misting System Pros and Cons
  • What does the expert, Tom have in his backyard?
  • Create spaces that encourage conversation and interaction.

Segment 4 (running time 6:08)

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*Keeping Rosie's dogs off his furniture and how his outdoor patio accommodate his large family.

*Consider Appliance Locations - Don't put your kitchen in the corner! Keep the appliances near your back door and accessible.  (Forget a spatula...walk 25 yards....Need a few spices...another 25 yards.

Thanks to Tom and Tony for joining us today. Reach Tom at Solar Safe Pool Covers and Tony at Paddy O' Furniture!

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