7 Reasons To Be Thankful You're An Arizona Homeowner Print

7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:55)

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Julie Murphee with the Arizona Farm Bureau is here talking wheat and ancient seeds.

  • The economical impact of Agriculture on Arizona.
  • Focusing on Sossaman Farms and their history in the state.
  • Learn about "Ancient Grains" and why local farmers & ag experts are trying to save them.
  • Our focus is wheat grains and the industry is bigger here than you'd think!
  • Learn about Durum wheat. It's in demand in Italy for pasta! 

Segment 2 (running time 7:38)

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  • More on the Sossaman Farms & some of the innovations they use to increase output on Arizona Farms.
  • "Laser Leveling" when applied to farming and managing water input.
  • No-till planting, drones and other techniques to improve production.
  • Talking about a few leaders in Arizona farming & how our lack of water actually helped the industry adapt for a successful seasons in the future.

Segment 3 (running time 13:06)

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  • Julie shares her family story and how she ended up here and what they farmed.
  • Focusing on Hayden Flour Mills after 150 years in Arizona, plus the impact on the restaurant industry here too!
  • Our Staycation partners, The Sphinx Date Company, uses local ingredients too.
  • "What makes ancient grains so special?"
  • Learn about great Arizona Farmer's Markets, beef producer's and recipe's for your family at Arizona Farm Bureau's Fill Your Plate site.
  • The overall economic impact of our industry is impressive, especially considering the amount of land we have available for agriculture.
  • Discussing what Yuma provides here and nationally.

Segment 4 (running time 8:11)

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  • Check out the AZFB Blog here!
  • Agritourism in Arizona and Fall is prime time for visits. Julie mentions a few places you can visit.
  • We have wineries all across Arizona too and we list several.....I'm thirsty!

Sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation here!!!

*Thanks to great lodging partners like the Lazy Trout Hotel & Cabins and The Copper Queen Hotel for making our winner's stay a success.

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Talking Trees with John Eisenhower

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Segment 1 (running time 11:50)

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Winter's almost here and we've got John Eisenhower with Integrity Tree Service to make sure you're taking proper care of your trees. 

November checklist for the tree care in your yard:

  • Winter is time to prune and plant decidous trees.
  • John shares his favorite non-native tree in Arizona, the Chinese Elm Tree. Learn why he loves them and what you need to grow one successfully at your home.
  • What type of life expectancy to expect for the Chinese Elm and other interesting facts for trees planted by municipalities.
  • Dormant trees still need water and care....if there are no leaves, it still needs attention. The roots are still active and warm from the heat of the summer.
  • It's time to cut back on watering your lawns too. The over-watering can damage the trees root sytem by water logging the soil around it.

Segment 2 (running time 6:54)

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  • Olive trees - This is the time to spray them so they don't produce fruit next spring!


  • Lou - He grew 3 different trees from seed and had success, but last year they didn't produce and wants to know if there is something to add that could spur on germination.

Recommendation - John isn't sure and thinks he could reach out to a nursery and they'd have a better angle. Over-watering can be the problem, though.

*If you're interested in fruit trees, we had Greg Peterson with the Urban Farm on last week and he could help you have success.

  • Jim - He's heard about a few citrus farms were being removed and some of them are 60 years old. Would they be able to replant them?

Recommendation - They'd have to weigh the benefits of removing them verus planting a new tree. Citrus trees do have a production lifespan and could be at the end of theirs too.

Segment 3 (running time 13:50)

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  • Grant - His 16 year old Ash tree limbs are starting to die. What could be causing that and what can he do?

Recommendation - It could just be a minor issue with the environment and be fine.  John is seeing it a lot in the valley and no one is sure what's going on. It's hard to know if it'll be fine or not. There is also an issue with carpenter worms attacking ash trees too. That is a serious issue and he might need an expert to eliminate that as the cause. John describes what to look for.

  • Is the Live Oak a great tree for this area? John says yes!

Emelio - Is it too early to prune his Texas Umbrella tree?

Recommendation - No, it might be a little bit early, but this is the time of year to do it. John goes through why this is the time to get out the pruning shears.

  • Dorothy - Her acacia tree has a huge root exposed and wants to know if she can cut it off so it won't damage nearby flagstone they have.

Recommendation - She has a couple of options. Sometimes you can actually remove them and it will be fine. Otherwise, she can go to the edge of the flagstone and insert a root barrier. It'll take a picture or site visit to determine the best method.

More November Tree Care Tips:

  • It's nearing frost season, so protection is important this time of year.
  • The time to get that work done is right now before the rush of homeowners who take on the task late in the season.

Segment 4 (running time 6:26)

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  • Cheryl - She's had to replace several purple leaf plumbs trees in her yard. They are fine on one side of her sidewalk and 3 have been replaced now. What could be causing that?

Recommendation - They are a very tough tree to grow and only have a 10-12 year lifespan. It could be the planting practices. The most common cause is planting too deep, especially if it's watered too much. John talks through a few tips for success.

  • Rollie - He bought a Live Southern Oak and doesn't like the look it has now that it is maturing. He wants to remove the lower branches, but doesn't want to damage it.

Recommendation - John talks about the different varieties and their distinct looks. It would take a photo to know which branches could be removed without damaging the trees health.

Remember you can reach John all week at Integrity Tree Service!

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:56)

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  • Rosie shares a few projects he's working on right now & some fun family stories.
  • The current state of the construction workforce.

Tips to consider for your home maintenance:

  • Get your heater checked right now, before the rush of other homeowners.
  • Is your fireplace ready to go? As we get into the cooler season, make sure your chimney is safe for use and call Arizona Chimney & Air Ducts.

Part of our 7 Reasons To Be Thankful You Live in Arizona:

  • A growing season that lasts nearly year round.
  • Our Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle.

Segment 2 (running time 6:52)

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  • Bill - His sidewalk is pitted and he wants to know if there is something to cover it up without removing the sidewalk?

Recommendation - Get to Marvel Building & Masonry Supply to ask about the Belgard Paver Overlay system.  They were designed to go over concrete just like he needs. Rosie goes through a few potential issues and how Arrowhead Deck & Concrete could have another few options he'd love. 

*Bill also wanted to thanks to our great partner Integrity Air Conditioning & Heating for providing great service.

Segment 3 (running time 13:34)

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More of Our 7 Reasons To Be Thankful You Live in Arizona:

  • A housing market with a lot of options.
  • Crisis free geography....no tornado's, sunami's, etc.
  • We're a mitten-free zone. 


  • Eric - The concrete floor in his bathroom and garage are "wavy" and he wants to put tile down. Is there a way he can smooth out the surface to lay the tile or will he need a concrete professional?

Recommendation - Romey has used a product at his house that is the perfect application for his situation. He can pick it up at Cohills Building Specialists or Marvel Building & Masonry Supply.

  • Previewing our upcoming broadcast in Prescott for the official Christmas Season kickoff in Arizona. Hear the Christmas Story, see the Tree lighting, etc.

Segment 4 (running time 6:47)

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Continuing with more of Our 7 Reasons To Be Thankful You Live in Arizona:

  • All the wildlife in the state. Unique and diverse.
  • The summer heat.....Rosie explains why!

Letter From a Listener:

  • Ron - He just bought a cabin up north and needs AC & Heat. He doesn't know what to do. Should he go electric, propane or pellets?

Recommendation - Rosie explains how to navigate our site to find the right contractor for each job just like this. It's an easy searcy by zip code or city. Ron can call Intermountain Plumbing & Mechanical for advice on his situation.

*Some advice for Black Friday and what R.E.I. is doing to get you out with your family & friends.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:09)

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Get your home's plumbing ready for the holiday rush with Stampoede Plumbing.

  • It's "National Toilet Day of the Year".....perfect for our guests and Linda shares why.
  • Chris & Rosie talks about the evolution of the toilet. Remember the "Low Flow" toilet disaster in the 90's.
  • Fashion is part of choosing a toilet now.
  • "Hands Free Toilets" and the increase in demand for these and all the amenities.
  • Some unique toilets the crew has seen over the years.
  • "Themed Bathrooms" at restaurants.

Segment 2 (running time 6:34)

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  • Rosie reads "The Plumbing Tip of the Month" for November. Replace those hot and cold supply lines. Listen as we describe how and why!
  • Braided stainless stell versus rubber supply lines. This is important.
  • Busted supply lines is a major cause for home insurance claims.


  • Peter - It takes a really long time to get hot water to his master bedroom and wants to know what product he could use to make this happen quicker.

Recommendation - Chris reccomends a "comfort system" where there's a pump at the water heater. He describes how this works and we'll tackle a couple other options in the next segment.

Segment 3 (running time 13:36)

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Continuing with Peter's Question on getting hot water to sinks far away from water heaters:

  • What Linda & Chris have at their home - They're using a re-circulating line and it works great.
  • Tankless Water Heaters.
  • At Rosie's house, he went with a circulating pump. We discuss how it works and why he went that route.
  • Dealing with an empty nester situation or a house full of kids.

*Rosie describes the ultimate bathroom experience....from news, your weight and even driving restrictions for your commute. WOW!

Text From a Listener:

  • Hilda - Her grandson has some physical disabilities and she wanted to let us know what a gift that has been to him and made his life so much easier and gives him more independence.


  • Denise - The cold water in her home has started to smell lately. It's only the cold water, but when she turns off the hot water at the water heater, it doesn't smell anymore. Her plumber is stumped and only her girlfriends can smell it....none of their husbands. What could it be?

Recommendation - We do a lot of investigating to try to get a clue, but we are stumped and tackle it over the break.

Segment 4 (running time 6:38)

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Text From a Listener:

  • Mike - Is it true that the toilet water swirls in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere?

Recommendation - Yes. We giggle through the answer.

  • Back to Denise and the odor issue she is having at her home. We talk through the "Smoke test" and how we investigate the source of the smell. Here's Rosie's Blog on Getting Rid of Bad Odors.
  • We share a few fun texts from listeners.
  • We ask Linda about the workforce and how hard it is hiring someone skilled in the construction trades.

Make sure your home is ready with Stampede Plumbing.

Join Rosie On The House every Saturday morning!!!