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Eight O'clock Landscape Hour with John Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 11:13)

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In the Garden with John Jay Harper of Harper's Nursery

Tip of the Week: Understand that this time of year you'll find out which plants thrive here in the desert and which plants might not be taken care of correctly. Remember that when it's this hot, a few burned leaves is normal.


  • Chris - He has a lemon tree with some bark peeling away and he's concerned. Is this normal and what should he do?

Recommendation - Pick up some tree paint to protect the trunk from the summer sun.

  • Jerry - He wants to get rid of his bermuda grass lawn and start over. How should he get rid of it?

Recommendation - It's actually easier to take out healthy grass, so water it and fertilize it one more time to get it healthy and then take it out. Try adding a Bonide Product to kill the grass when your ready for removal.

Segment 2 (running time 7:33)

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  • Rich - His Dichondra and St. Augustine grass is starting to die very quickly and doesn't know what to do?

Recommendation - St. Augustine grass thrives in a humid environment and struggles here in AZ. Try adding some soil sulfur and make sure he is watering correctly. Reseeding Dichondra is easier because you can reseed. St. Augustine comes in sod form and can be very expensive. 

  • Ed - What is the good and bad for painting a Bermuda lawn? He's caring for his neighbor's lawn and heard about this happening in CA due to water restrictions.

Recommendation - Painting is only a temporary fix and odds are good there's another issue if it's brown this time of year. Bermuda should be looking good this time of year. 

  • Jay - He's worried about his blood orange tree because it's just not growing well. Is this not a great tree for this area?

Recommendation - Switch varieties of orange. Blood Orange isn't ideal in this area.

Segment 3 (running time 11:23)

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Jay shares more tips on keeping a lawn healthy this time of year:

  • Proper watering
  • Fertilizing every 30 days during the growing season.
  • Aerate once a year.


  • Maria - Her citrus tree is leaking sap out. What should she do?

Recommendation - Get the sap off and use a product called Bordeaux to prevent other common problems and once you're done, possibly add tree trunk paint to protect it.

The guys tackle lawn maintenance and what you need to know.

Segment 4 (running time 7:28)

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As Monsoon season moves along, critters are on the move! Make sure you are prepared.


  • Kevin - He wants to know if he can still core aerate his lawn this time of year and is it too late to seed?

Recommendation - It's fine to do both of those chores this time of year, but make sure you lay seed down after you aerate. Jay shares his game plan for a great lawn.

Tip: Take a drive around your neighborhood to see what thrives in your area, especially during the rough summer months.

Nine O'clock Hour with Rosie & Romey

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Segment 1 (running time 12:11)

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Rosie share his philosophy on buying tools!
  • Big Money or Go Cheap?
  • Wood versus synthetic materials?
  • Need to sharpen your tools? Rosie loves his Dremel Tool. It's fast and works great!
  • Tip from Rosie - High Octane fuel for your power tools. Visit Scotty's Lawnmower in Scottsdale to find out more.


Rosie's Toy Tool of the Month: The Kärcher CUDA® K 3.000 Follow Me Electric Pressure Washer. Call Gilson Enterprises at 480-782-7412480-782-7412 to pick yours up today!





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Metal versus fiberglass and wood handles.....We share our thoughts. What do you prefer?


  • Roger - He has a tip on cleaning his tools. He uses an airless paint sprayer to clean off his tools. He doesn't use it a whole lot for painting anymore and now he's got double use.

Segment 3 (running time 13:00)

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Letter from a Listener:

  • Christine - She's new to Arizona and purchasing a home. They are thinking about adding solar panels to the home and the sales rep who came out to look at the home recommended Radiant Barriers.

Recommendation - Run!!!  Radiant Barriers have their place, but this is NOT it and most of the time it's a complete waste of money that won't lower your utility bills. Be very skeptical of this product.


  • John - Wants to share his unbelievable experience with A-Authentic Garage and their Sales Rep. Raymond who was so helpful. He came out multiple times even before John bought the door. He was so impressed he had to share his experience and we're glad he did. Give A-Authentic Garage a call at 602-678-1089602-678-1089.

  • Bob - He just purchased a new thermostat that has a feature called "Swing" and wants to know what settings we would recommend?

Recommendation - We sort out the feature and share our thoughts. Remember, when it comes to Air Conditioning Bigger is NOT Always Better. The right size unit that runs longer will save you money by not kicking off and on too frequently.

Sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation here! 


Congratulations to our newest winner, Rich from Scottsdale. Laura just took a Lincoln MKX from Sanderson Lincoln up north and stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel.
Visit them online and if you have kids, sign up for the "Polar Express" this winter. Create lifetime memories!

Don't forget about the Arizona Crawfish Festival!


      Segment 4 (running time 6:08)

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      • Brett - He is having issues with a thermostat and wants to clarify how to take advantage of his utility plan for on and off peak hours.

      Recommendation - We cover "Super Cooling" again and get him set up to save more money. If you're on a pricing plan from the utility company, you should have about 80 percent of your power consumption taken during off-peak hours. Rosie relies on Advanced Home System's setup. 

      Ten O'clock Hour with Rosie & Romey

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      Segment 1 (running time 12:14)

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      In-Studio with Dan King of Harmon Solar.

      Rosie and Dan discuss the industry; Where it's at and where it's headed.

      • We talk incentives.
      • Leasing versus Purchasing equipment.

      Did you know Arizona exports more power than we use? Arizona sells it's extra energy to California and it subsidizes our AZ homeowner utility rates. Thanks for the cash, California!


      • Chris - Just moved south of Tucson from Texas and trying to decide if he should go with a solar installation right now?

      Recommendation - Get an assessment from The Solar Store in Tucson or Southwestern Solar in Green Valley. Find out what would be good for your home and needs.

      Segment 2 (running time 6:34)

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      • Blair - He wants to know how you can integrate an energy management system with your solar panels during on or off peak hours.

      Recommendation - Supplementing power gives him the opportunity to downsize an ac unit. He really needs an expert assessment to make sure he's got the right system in place to start saving.

      • Jack - He's interested in Solar and wants to know if he is adding power to the grid, how does the utility company compensate homeowner's.

      Recommendation - The utility company will pay you, but it's at small rate per kilowatt. It's best to use the exact amount of power you need.

      Segment 3 (running time 11:37)

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      Dan tackles the most common question we get: "How much can I really save?"

      If you need your Solar Panels cleaned, you can call Rosie Certified Clearco Window Cleaning. A spotless panel will create more energy.


      • Ruth -She has a twenty year lease on her Solar Equipment and wants to know if she's getting a good deal because the prices have recently dropped.

      Recommendation - It sounds like she is getting a good deal, but Dan shares how she can verify her savings and gain some peace of mind.

      • Mark - Does Dan have a preference of roof type for a solar installation?

      Recommendation - The type is not usually a problem, but the roof should be inspected and if a company is putting panels on an old beat-up roof, you've got a problem. Call Harmon Solar! They have engineers verify that the roof is in shape to add solar panels. 

      • Another Mark- He is looking to install a Solar Panel System to produce enough power to completely wipe out his power bills.

      Recommendation - If you have enough space on your roof or on your property, just add more panels to eliminate most of his bill.  Meeting an expert from a trusted company to assess your situation is very, very important.

      Segment 4 (running time 7:13)

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      • Doyle - What happens to solar panels during a hail storm and what happens when you need a new roof?

      Recommendation - Solar Panels are made to withstand hail, but make sure your insurance knows you have it and/or verify it's covered with your contracts. As far as the roof, you should really make sure it can handle the weight and it's good to go for several years.

      • Anthony - He lives in a manufactured home and wants to know if the structure can handle that extra weight.

      Recommendation - It can be done, but most of the time it takes some extra support.

      Dan shares warning signs that a Solar Company is not being honest.

      Avoid shady companies and call Harmon Solar at 623-879-0010623-879-0010.

      Join Rosie On The House every Saturday Morning from 8 to 11!