Archive for the ‘3. Grow it in the Desert’ Category

Colorful Yard

Posted on: January 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to add color to your yard in an easy and inexpensive way.  Add annual color like petunias, perennial color like lavender, and permanent plants like hibiscus throughout the yard. You can also add layering effects in different sized pots by using tall plants like yellow coreopsis in the back along with short plants like red periwinkles in the front. The red and yellow colors add a nice contrast to the area as well. In order to water your plants daily, Pete shows you how to set up a separate irrigation system for your pots.

Tip: You don’t want to give the same amount of water to your pot plants as you do to your ground plants. Pete recommends having a separate drip irrigation system installed for your pots — on its own line; setup on a separate controller. Plants in pots need about 3-4min of water daily; plants in the ground need way more – especially in the summertime. Having two different irrigation systems will help control the waterflow.

Pete continues to work on the botanical-like garden for the homeowners. He creates new pathways leading to a seating area and wildlife water feature. He meets up with Derrick Boscarino from Grand Materials & Supply as he lays down 25tons of ¼ minus madison gold. This granite gives the pathway and yard a natural Arizona native look.


grand materialsGrand Materials & Supply, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of landscaping products and construction materials.  It sells a wide range of products such as irrigation parts, outdoor lighting, pavers, masonry supplies, cement products, flagstone, travertine, boulders, decorative rock, soil, mulch and all aggregates for outdoors projects, small or large, residential or commercial such as parking lots, roads, pipe lines flood control etc.

The company’s main office, showroom and materials yard is located in Surprise, Arizona, with satellite showrooms and materials yards in Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler, ArizonaGrand Materials and Supply, Inc. operates a large fleet of dump trucks and flatbed trucks which are used to deliver customer orders to job sites.

Alcantara Vineyards

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

On this episode of Step Outside, we head to the Verde Valley to explore Arizona’s Wine Country.  

First up, we take a look at this bustling area just ninety minutes north of Phoenix that is becoming a popular wine destination. Then, we’ll travel to one of the oldest vineyards in the area where tourists aren’t just coming for the wine.

Fine Wine and Food

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

It’s the company some say put Arizona on the wine map. We head to Arizona Stronghold’s winery for a lesson on making award-winning wine. Then, it might be small on space, but it’s big on flavor. Come with us, as we dine at Abbie’s Kitchen.

AZ Stronghold Wine

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Arizona Stronghold is a name synonymous with great Arizona wine. We head to their tasting room to get a lesson on wine and why the glass you’re using could be altering the taste.

Four Eight Wineworks

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

We visit the site of one of the biggest bank heists in its day and now it’s a well known wine tasting room. See why Four Eight Wineworks is the talk of Clarkdale and how they are helping other aspiring winemakers achieve their dreams.

Treasure Revealed

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure finishes a two month project and the homeowner, Fred Unger, invites his friends to enjoy and celebrate the makeover. The homeowner reveals his thoughts on the overall transformation. Pete does a wonderful job of matching the new door with the 90yr old entrance gate to the house. Hear the homeowner’s reaction as Pete transforms an acre of raw desert that’s never been used previously into a beautiful botanical-like garden hideaway. Pete does a great job of showcasing the art and sculptures throughout the yard with lighting at night, which makes it very special. The homeowner shares that its become like an outdoor living room.

Did You Know: Art is a huge part of the homeowner’s life as it was of Lon Megargee, who originally built this adobe home in the 1920s so he could paint his works of art overlooking Camelback Mountain. If you are a big fan of Arizona history, you’re probably already familiar with Lon, the famous cowboy artist who built the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. Sharon Figarelli (Figarelli Fine Art) points out that artwork can enhance and showcase the natural beauty of a desert garden. Sculptures magnify and blend in perfectly to the surrounding environment.

Linda Barkman (Editor, Phoenix Home & Garden) was excited to see the new makeover at the historic house – especially since they featured the home on their July 2013 cover, which readers responded to well. It’s a great property with a lot of history. She says the house is magical by night. People like to see old Arizona persevered. The homeowners get lots of kudos and credit for doing a great job in keeping this historic treasure alive.

Overall, the process was very exciting for the homeowner. Creativity flows, plans evolve, and never thought of dreams come to fruition. Pete did a great job adding to the elegance of the historic house and making it truly special for homeowner.

Yard Transformation

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

See the elegant changes to the courtyard as the sun is setting. Pete Cure decides to preserve the historic value of the 1926 fountain in the courtyard and uses it as colorful planter. In order to get the sound of water, he adds a small fountain nearby from DeSantana Stone, which brings great ambiance to the area. Pete addresses the homeowners security concern with access to the pool from the main house by adding a pool gate. It adds style to the house and blends in perfectly with the old adobe walls around the courtyard. The doors from Urban Southwest flawlessly fit the character of the house as well as the historic era.

Yard Makeover

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure reviews some of the finished projects around the historic home remodel. See the final product of the wall and gate install, which completes the courtyard and sticks to the original character of the 1920s home. Since the Arizona Historical Society recommends keeping the original 1926 fountain intact, Pete adds a new smaller custom fountain from DeSantana Stone to add trickling sound of water in the courtyard.

Pete lays out a great design plan that maximizes all of the homeowner’s landscape around the property. He first cleaned up the site and cut back all of the overgrown plants. The newly cleared area gave Pete a fresh canvas to start his landscaping project. Creating a mini-stack wall gave the front entrance a much more defined and elegant look; and a variety of eye-catching plants from Cox Cactus Farm spruced up the front entrance.

Pruning Tips

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

If your plants were lucky enough to survive the hot summer, we still recommend a little Fall pruning. Pruning will help your current plants and trees flourish in the colder Winter months. Pete Curé shows you how to properly prune your existing landscape.

Diseased Trees

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Many trees took a beating during the summer heat. Pete Curé shows you how to tell if they can be saved or not. Plus, if you have brown spots in your hedges, Pete’s got a helpful solution for you.

Trees & Lawns

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé is replacing trees and palms. He’ll show you how to plant these the right way. Also, get your lawn ready for the winter season. And just how much water do you really need for your landscape to thrive? It may not be as much as you think.

Butterfly Magic

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

In this segment, Pete learns the history of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and how the efforts of Rutger Porter and his wife made it all possible.

Pete also takes a tour of one of the most popular attractions at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Magic. 50-thousand people a year come to enjoy the butterflies which are actually shipped to Tucson from all over the world just for this exhibit.