Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Terracing

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you how to tackle several sustainability projects at his house. We head to the high country so Pete can show you some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in no time.

In this segment we talk about terracing. What is it and what can it do in your yard to help save water. And, we’ll talk to an expert in sustainability and get her tips on saving Mother Earth. She’ll give us some advice on how to get our kids interested in sustainability.

Tucson Aquaponics

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you how to tackle several sustainability projects at his house. We head to the high country so Pete can show you some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in no time.

We don’t get a lot of rain here in Arizona, so when we do get some wet weather it’s best to save it. Pete will show you how to install a rain barrel so you have precious water for your gardens and lawns. And there’s no better way to water your lawns than with well placed gutters. We’ll show you how a little planning with your gutters can keep your yard green. Then we take a trip South to Tucson. We visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens to see how they use aquaponics.

Veggie Garden & Compost

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you how to tackle several sustainability projects at his house. We head to the high country so Pete can show you some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in no time.

In this week’s ‘Ask Pete’ we talk about using trees to shade your house and cut down on your electricity bills. And it wouldn’t be sustainability without composting. See how Pete uses some simple materials to get nutrient dense compost for his gardens.

Recycled Materials

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you how to tackle several sustainability projects at his house. We head to the high country so Pete can show you some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in no time.

Do you have some old materials laying around like bricks and wood? Pete will show you how he uses recycled materials to build a cool planter for his strawberry garden.  

Sustainable Gardens

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you how to tackle several sustainability projects at his house. We head to the high country so Pete can show you some easy and relatively inexpensive projects you can tackle in no time.

First up, terracing. What is it and what can it do in your yard to help save water. And, we’ll talk to an expert in sustainability and get her tips on saving Mother Earth.

We don’t get a lot of rain here in Arizona so when we do get some wet weather it’s best to save it. Pete will show you how to install a rain barrel so you have precious water for your gardens and lawns. And there’s no better way to water your lawns than with well placed gutters. We’ll show you how a little planning with your gutters can keep your yard green.   Then we take a trip South to Tucson. We visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens to see how they use aquaponics.

In this week’s ‘Ask Pete’ we talk about using trees to shade your house and cut down on your electricity bills. And it would be sustainability with composting. See how Pete uses some simple materials to get nutrient dense compost for his gardens.

And finally, do you have some old materials laying around like bricks and wood. Pete will show you how he uses recycled materials to build a cool planter for his strawberry garden. All this and more as we travel to Clarkdale for a visit at Pete’s house.

Eco-Innovative Home

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Look at some exciting things in the world of green building and landscaping. Also, check out a home that’s pretty impressive when it comes to eco-innovation.

Host Pete Curé explores a magnificent home in the desert hills that is built to live in harmony with the environment. With green roofs, open-air rooms, natural cooling features, solar panels and funneled breezes, the home is designed to make living in nature as comfortable and beautiful as possible. Inspired by ancient civilizations, but based firmly in science and innovation, this incredible home will literally blow the walls off your conception of living in the desert.

Pete will also learn about a high-rise garden concept, proving that building up doesn’t mean you have to lose your green thumb. Discover a true desert oasis in, of all places, a condominium development.

Courtyard Renovation

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Sometimes a backyard has already been heavily designed and features have been built, but the owners (whether original or new) might decide that the existing architecture and landscape isn’t performing the functions they want. That’s when it’s time to step back, re-design and renovate.

Host Pete Curé demonstrates how this works with a small backyard that hasn’t made the best use of its space. From refabricating a combination barbecue/fireplace into a pure fireplace while installing a new barbecue, to renovating walls and creating new counterspace and more, Pete will work with masons, plumbers and other contractors to create a much more useable space.

Plants are so important to adding color, especially in the desert. Pete will demonstrate the installation of a large saguaro cactus along with interesting plants, ground cover, potted plants and vines.

Desert Gardens

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé tours a pair of beautiful desert gardens. One, in Sedona, is the home of an author who has written a beautiful tribute to the area. Her garden features wildlife that can’t always be grown in the desert, including perennial flowers.

Down in the desert, Pete shows us an incredible secret garden that utilizes the natural beauty of the desert and also provides a wonderful cultivated getaway, complete with a boulder fort, a moon gate and more.

Interacting with nature is the name of the game, and both gardens invite wildlife from both the plant and animal kingdoms to comingle with us.

Remodels & Pottery

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé visits a number of renovation sites and walks us through every step of the process. One property located in Paradise Valley’s Clearwater Hills is perched on a cliff and offers a beautiful view. The remodel included removing the existing deck, drilling into walls of the pool and more. Pete shows us every step of the process.

We’ll also see the installation of a number of major plant formations, including an ironwood tree that’s more than 50 years old. 

Finally, Pete visits a pottery dealer with a number of beautiful, authentic ceramics that can add substantial interest to any property.

Getaway Seating

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé demonstrates the construction of a getaway outdoor seating area for a backyard. While any level area of a yard can be turned into a seating area with a few chairs, a more permanent structure can create a comfortable and beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. Pete will take you step-by-step through building a masonry and stucco seat wall that can give your yard a much more personal touch. 

Pete also revisits a water feature from an earlier episode and explores the plant and animal life being added to the pond.

Water Feature

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Host Pete Curé takes us step-by-step through the planning and building of an outdoor water feature. Pete demonstrates every step and walks us through every important decision that must be made in order to create a beautiful fountain and pond while actually building one in the backyard of a local home. From dirt to finished product, you’ll learn everything it takes to add movement, sound, cooling and beauty to your backyard.

Turf Installation

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Mowing the lawn in the summer of Arizona is not a chore anyone wants. Consider synthetic grass. Pete shows you what to look for when purchasing turf and how to install it yourself. This DIY turf project can be finished in just one weekend.