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David: This Old House - Episode #3121
Landscape restoration specialist, Kate Venturini, arrives from the University of Rhode Island to create a sustainable coastal landscape with the help of local landscape contractor Henry Pereira. Builder Andy Tiplady finishes up the shingles and trim at the master bedroom porch just in time for local metalsmiths to install the custom copper gutter and scupper that will keep rain out of the space. Members of the URI Master Gardener's association lend a hand installing coastal tolerant and native plants on the site, while local sod grower Pat Hogan delivers a freshly harvested fescue/bluegrass blend that will require less water, less fertilizer, and less maintenance overall. Renewable energy expert Ross Trethewey makes his debut on the series by taking hosKevin O'Connor to see a lighthouse that is also an off‐the‐grid bed and breakfast for sustainability enthusiasts. Back in Barrington, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey meets solar hot water contractor Mick Dunn to see the system he's using for the house, and how he properly installs it to withstand the high winds in the area.
Tour of Coastlines with Grover Fugate
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Pereira Brothers Landscaping
126 Sowams Road
Barrington, RI 02806
tel. (401) 450-0584
1350 East Main Road
tel. (401) 683-2551
Solar Panels for Electricity
Rhode Island Natural History Survey
The Rhode Island Natural History Survey
Rose Island Lighthouse
Rose Island Lighthouse
Solar Hot Water Design
Custom Metal Work
Metal Works Corporation
tel. (401) 624-4400
University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
Ask This Old House - Episode #1021
Landscape contractor Roger Cook travels to Dallas to help a homeowner plant a garden using native species that are drought-tolerant. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a door and replace it with a window.
Texas Drought-Tolerant Garden
Roger travels to Dallas to plant a garden using drought-tolerant, native species.
Where to find it?
Expert assistance on this project was provided by:
Texas Discovery Gardens
Dallas, TX 75210
Director of Horticulture: Randy Johnson
Randy recommended using expanded shale and compost to amend the clay soil. These are available at garden centers.
Small gas rototillers like the one Roger used are available to rent at home centers and tool rental stores.
These are the drought-tolerant plants that Roger and Randy planted. Most of these species are native to Texas. The adapted species are indicated by an asterisk (*)
Brazos Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis)
Lyre-Leaf sage (Salvia lyrata)
Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)
Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Fall aster (Aster oblongifolious)
Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)
Lantana spp. 'Irene'
Mexican Feathergrass (Stipa tenuissma)
*Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantia)
Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Wright's Mistflower (Eupatorium wrightii)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana)
Dwarf ruellia 'White' (Ruellia brittoniana)
Zexmenia (Zexmenia hispida)
Gregg's Mistflower (Eupatorium greggii)
Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
*Yucca (Yucca pendula)
Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis)
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra)
Chili pequin (Capsicum annuum var. aviculare)
Scarlett Sage (Salvia coccinea)
Black Sampson (Echinacea angustifolia)
*Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) (endangered species)
Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii)
*Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Coreopsis 'Baby Sun' (Coreopsis grandiflora)
*Japanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)
Check with your local garden center or horticultural office for native plant recommendations in your area.
Installing a Picture Window
Tom helps a homeowner remove a door and replace it with a picture window.
Where to find it?
The window that Tom installed was manufactured by Andersen Windows. It was purchased at the Home Depot.
The sheathing with a built-in air barrier is manufactured by Zip System.
Other supplies in this segment, including kiln-dried lumber and expanding foam insulation are available at hardware stores and home centers.