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Excellence 35TH ANNUAL

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President’s Message............................................................. 4 CEO Message..................................................................... 6 Calendar............................................................................ 8 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 8 New Members..................................................................... 8 Member Updates................................................................. 9 ALCA Membership Application............................................ 10 ALCA 2012 Board of Directors............................................ 12 Handle with Care............................................................... 13 Golf Tournament................................................................ 14 ALCA 2011 Awards........................................................... 15 Presidential................................................................. 15 Xeriscape................................................................... 16 Maintenance............................................................... 17 Special Awards........................................................... 18 Lifetime Achievement Award......................................... 19 ACLP................................................................................ 20 ALCA Member Mixer.......................................................... 21 ACLP Schedule.................................................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Matthew Johnson


President Elect

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Tony Acosta

Vice President

Lori Mattas



Robert Clinkenbeard


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Neill-Vecchia & Associates

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Kim Kleski


Steve Shields

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

5425 E Bell Road, Suite 105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 Phone: 602-626-7091 Fax: 602-626-7590

The ALCA Influence is the official publication of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association. ALCA and The ALCA Influence assume no responsibility for the statements or opinions appearing in articles under an author’s name. The services of an attorney or accountant should be sought in legal and tax matters. For editorial information, contact the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, 5425 E. Bell Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254; telephone, (602) 626-7091; facsimile, (602) 626-7590; e-mail,


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Past, Present, Future


s the New Year begins, I want to encourage everyone to become active with your association. The contributions of the past boards and committee members have provided the security we enjoy today. ALCA has been the voice for landscape professionals in Arizona since 1963. Over the years Matthew Johnson there have been so many industry leaders that 2012 ALCA President have contributed to the success of the organization through serving on the board, committees, or volunteering at many of the events. Very few associations have such a strong foundation to support all of the different activities that ALCA operates. While you may or may not hear it, Judy Gausman, CEO of ALCA, has been that special ingredient that somehow takes all of these diverse and strong personalities and focuses that energy into a productive group. I want to thank all of you that have contributed your time and financial support to bring us to where we are today. Presently ALCA has several exciting areas that are making great strides. Foremost I want to give Beth Gosnell with All Season Wholesale Growers a big thank you for organizing the ALCP program. Between Beth and the numerous other volunteers, this program has experienced a significant increase in the number of people striving to become Certified Landscape Professionals. This program not only increases the knowledge of the people that take the courses but also increases the number of landscape professionals out there doing quality work. Education is necessary to change the thinking of a general public that presumes if you have a pickup and a mower, you are a landscaper. The landscape industry is so much more than that and each year; hundreds of companies are showing their customers what professional landscape management is all about. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this program.

Janet Waibel, Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist, has made a significant impact on ALCA over the past couple of years. Sustainable Landscape Management has given ALCA an opportunity to discuss professional landscape management with other associations. Many management companies have embraced SLM and have incorporated the SLM practices in their proposal requests. This month we have a program to certify ALCA members in Sustainable Landscape Management. While these principles are nothing new, they have finally given landscape professionals a single reference point to educate managers, homeowners, and all consumers how to maintain landscapes in the desert southwest. Without Janet, the volunteers that started two years ago with a peer review of the book, and through the creation of the certification program, we would not be where we are today. SLM and other ALCA programs are just one more way to increase the professionalism of your company. Thank you to the SLM Committee and Robert Clinkenbeard for all of your hard work on this program. With more contractor and consumer education we can bring the color back to our plant life. Moving forward, I hope to see even more value to your ALCA membership. In effort to make ALCA a more recognized name, we will be exploring options that will direct the public to look specifically for ALCA members for their professional landscape needs. We have initiated this campaign through presentations about Sustainable Landscape Management with some success however taking the next step is something that I believe is necessary to properly advocate professional landscaping in Arizona. A future toward online testing and CEU’s for educational programs such as ACLP and SLM will further the availability of these programs to help educate those who have the desire to gain this knowledge. What can your experience bring to ALCA to continue the success that this association enjoys? Contact the office or a board member to get involved! Matthew Johnson, ALCA President

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Judy Gausman ALCA CEO

or 35 years, Arizona landscape contractors have been participating in the “Excellence In Landscaping” awards competition that is sponsored by ALCA. This is one of my favorite issues as we recognize the contractors for their phenomenal projects and the volunteers who contributed their time and talents throughout the year to make this banquet and event such a success. Over 270 guests celebrated in style on Saturday, November 19th at The Buttes in Tempe. Our Awards Program is one of the most successful state landscape award competitions in the nation. The presentation reflects the association and industry’s commitment to designing, installing and maintaining our southwest environment as well as applying practices and methods that promote sustainability. Preparations for ALCA’s biggest event are a year round planning process, and I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Dwight Faires who served as the Director of the program.

Prior to the awards banquet, guests enjoyed a Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception. Thank you to Amy Brown with DHR Insurance, Bob Johns, and Dwight Faires with San Tan Landscape Management for facilitating this year’s fundraiser. Proceeds of $4,000 from the auction went to the ALCA Scholarship Fund. ALCA has distributed over $15,000 in the past two years to qualified recipients to assist in furthering their formal education and also to fund research projects within the landscape industry. I would also like to extend a big thank you to Beth Gosnell with All Season Wholesale Growers for providing the beautiful hand crafted table decorations and Carrie Lightfoot with Garden of Glass for providing the recycled glass sprinkled around the centerpieces. There would not be a program without the ALCA landscape contractor members who submitted their beautiful projects. I applaud the 27 companies that took the time and effort to take photos, fill out the application and compete against fellow ALCA members and friends to win an award. By participating in the program, these companies will be able to market to their clients, recognize their employees for their hard work, dedication and outstanding landscape projects and be recognized in the industry by being a leader of the pact and competing with the best! You will be able to view every project on the ALCA website and in the ALCA Influence magazine as they are featured throughout the year. I would like to thank the Annual Sponsors who contribute their resources to support the Landscape Contractors and their award winning projects. Silver Sponsor West Coast Turf

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Gold Sponsors Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting Platinum Sponsors DIRT DLC Resources, Inc. Evergreen Turf, Inc. Ewing Irrigation Products Horizon Distributors Inc. Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire John Deere Landscapes Rain Bird Corporation The Toro Company/Irritrol And last but not least, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to Kara Kerker for her energetic, diligent hard work and her dedication to all of ALCA’s programs! Guess what? It’s time to gear up for the 2012 awards program. I invite you to participate by lining up your best projects now in order to compete and participate in the awards program this November. Wishing you the very best in the New Year! Judy Gausman, CEO

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2012 Calendar of Events January 13 14 18 18 20 21 25 27 31


SLM Certification Training, Tucson ACLP Plant ID Workshop, Mesa Phoenix Member Mixer ACLP Plant ID Workshop, Phoenix SLM Certification Training, ALCA Office ACLP Plant ID Workshops, Tucson Tucson Member Mixer SLM Certification Training, ALCA Office ALCA Board of Director’s Meeting

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March 2 9 10 14 17

February 4

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ACLP Tree Planting & Staking Workshop, Mesa ACLP Tree Planting & Staking Workshop, Phoenix SLM Certification Training, ALCA Office

ACLP Tree Planting & Staking Workshop, Tucson Phoenix Member Mixer Board of Trustees’ Meeting

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SLM Certification Training, Tucson SLM Certification Training, ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials Workshop, Mesa ACLP Annuals & Perennials Workshop, Phoenix ACLP Annuals & Perennials Workshop, Tucson Phoenix Member Mixer SLM Certification Training, ALCA Office ALCA Board of Director’s Meeting ALCA Field Day


Members Artistic Land Management, Inc.

Jose Hernandez P O Box 2320 Chandler, AZ 85244 Phone: 480-821-4966 Fax: 480-964-5191 Email: Profile: Provide landscaping services throughout the East Valley of Arizona. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured for both commercial and residential landscape projects. Specializing in both landscape maintenance and new installations.

Blue Marble Landscape LLC

Warren Wheat P O Box 1589 Mesa, AZ 85211 Phone: 480-895-2684 Fax: 480-899-7639 Email: warren@ Profile: Focused on HOA and commercial property landscape maintenance/management. A full service company that provides in house weed control, tree trimming and removal and installation/improvements etc.

Darren Criswell

17810 N 53rd Ln Glendale, AZ 85308 Phone: 602-481-9728 Email: Profile: Student

Desert Tree Farm

Juan Contreras 2744 East Utopia Road Phoenix, AZ 85050 Phone: 602-569-6604 Fax: 602-569-0064 Email: Profile: Wholesale Plant Nursery

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Wayne Smith 6000 E Camelback Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 480-941-8200 Fax: 480-423-2699 Email: wayne.smith@ Profile: 5 Diamond Luxury Resort & Golf Course

Scottsdale Unified School District Jim Hermann 7531 E Ironwood Ct Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: 602-757-3787 Email:

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.

Mark Graham PO Box 540 Gilbert, AZ 85299 Phone: 602-910-9550 Email: Profile: Landscape Commercial Maintenance

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MEMBER UPDATES Start off the New Year with Bear Grass Enterprises/Muck Truck Southwest and get a leg up on your competition!

Don’t Just Count Your Blessings, Share Them Lawns By Les, LLC has been ‘Enhancing Arizona Landscape Since 1982’. Being family owned and operated we value the sense of community and the importance of giving back. Throughout the years, LBL has been involved in many charitable events; some by donations, and others by sponsorship and promotion. Over the past several years LBL has partnered with Assist4Africa in four celebrity sporting events that have raised over $140,000 for Partners In Malawi. These events are held locally and showcase National and Local celebrities and athletes. This years’ event was the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game, held in April at Salt River Fields. Many notable celebrities were Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Jared Allen, Miles Austin, Donovan McNabb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Darnelle Dockett, Adrian Wilson, Shane Doan, Keith Yandle, Paul Bissonnette, Jordyn Sparks, and Dan Majerle. Having a suite at Arena for the Phoenix Coyotes and concert events, has also been a great way to offer donations to organizations and other fundraisers. Most games and concerts have at least two suite seats filled by winners of another fundraiser that LBL contributed to. LBL also sponsors a yearly ‘Pink Ribbon Ladies Luncheon’. This is a private luncheon of friends and associates with the fundraising proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness. The 4th annual luncheon was held in October at the Spicery in downtown Glendale. There were vendors, live music and live airbrushing art work. Over 50 women participated this year, raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer research. The latest contributions have been coming from Katherine Gammage Circle donors at ASU Gammage; where they make a wonderful impact on the community through the performing arts. And also a ‘Proud Supporter’ of KAET Channel 8, PBS. Growing up in the Valley, Channel 8 has been a huge part of all of our lives; beginning with Sesame Street and progressing onto McLaughlin Group. It is a wonderful way for us to support the community in which we work, live and now raise our third generation.

The Muck Truck Max Dumper and Powerlift attachment are perfect tools for hauling box trees, boulders and landscaping materials. Easily maneuver in areas with tight access without fatigue or injury to you employees. We are pleased to introduce our new Arizona sales representative Dave Dickinson. Call Dave (602) 330-3172 or email him at Dave@ for product questions, demonstrations, and sales. Ask Dave about our E-Truck. It’s Green - Battery powered, No emissions, and Quiet! View our new video on our website home page and Find us on Facebook! Muck Truck will change the way you work!

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Arizona Landscape Contractors' Association Membership Application

Company_____________________________________________ Primary Contact_____________________________ Address____________________________________________ City/State/Zip________________________________ Phone__________________________ Fax______________________________ Cell___________________________ Email_________________________________________________ Website__________________________________ Average # of Employees _______ Please provide a brief profile of your organization: _________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Membership Type( Based on AZ sales revenue to the landscape Industry ) Contractor Member: person, firm, partnership or corporation actively engaged in the construction or maintenance of landscapes.     $275 Contractor Class 1 (under $100,000)     $370 Contractor Class 2 ($100,001—$475,000)     $580 Contractor Class 3 ($475,001—$1.5M)     $880 Contractor Class 4 (Over $1.5M) Associate Member: person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or industry allied with the landscape industry.     $550 Associate Class 1 (Under $1M)    $715 Associate Class 2 ($1—$5M) $880 Associate Class 3 ($5—$10M) $1100 Associate Class 4 (Over $10M)     $275 Architects & Designers $150 Municipalities, golf courses, ACLP students & Educators

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Points verification must be confirmed by your Hunter or Rain Bird Representative. ALCA Membership Application and Claim Form are required to process the claim.

Contractor Class 1 (sales revenue under $100,000) Contractor Class 2 (sales revenue $100,000—$475,000) Contractor Class 3 (sales revenue $475,001—$1.5 million) Contractor Class 4 (sales revenue over $1.5 million)

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Contact ALCA at 602-626-7091 for more information.

Over 100 ALCA members enjoyed the Holiday Mixer that was sponsored by 3 contractor members who generously hosted the event at Lucille’s in Tempe Marketplace. BJ Landscape Maintenance Inc. is a full service maintenance company with over 75 years of experience at the executive management level. They are one of the largest customer-service oriented, locally owned, maintenance contractors in the East Valley. Licensed and insured, they have been servicing and maintaining high-profile homeowner associations and commercial properties since 1985. For more information, you may visit their website at www. or call the office at (480) 497-8200. For more than 11 years, the Goodwill Commercial Services Division has delivered highquality, competitively priced commercial business services throughout central Arizona. They provide the following services: landscape management and installation, janitorial services, day porter, pressure washing, window cleaning, and parking lot sweeping. For more information on their Commercial Services, please e-mail San Tan Landscape Management services both Commercial and Residential properties and specializes in designing, creating, and maintaining outdoor living environments. San Tan Landscape is privately owned and operated, so when you call you will speak with the ownership of the company! San Tan Landscape has built their reputation through superior customer

service, integrity, honesty, trust, & respect. For more information, you may visit their website at or call (480) 753-0711. It was an exciting night for all and especially to the winners of the wonderful raffle prizes donated by the vendors. James Happ with William T. Jenkins scored big time as he walked away with the 50/50 raffle in the amount of $275 in addition to 4 hockey tickets donated by Doug Donahue with Ewing Irrigation. Rachel Elise with Lift Safety Gear handed out some safety equipment to Mark Bais with Sun Country Landscape; Paul Tammelleo with Irritol gave away a 26” LCD television to Louie Walker with Bingham Equipment; Marty Monroy handed a $100 gift to Kevin Faires with San Tan Landscape. There were several other raffle prizes giveaways which contributed to the festive holiday season!

Smartscape Training Smartscape, a training program for landscape professionals, is back for the Spring 2012 session! Classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 23 to February 15, 2012, from 3:30- 6:00 PM.  All classes will be held at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension office in Maricopa County (4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040).  Learn the fundamentals of proper irrigation and horticultural practices for landscapes in the desert southwest.  During the eight-class Smartscape series, registrants receive a total of 20 hours of instruction by experts in the landscaping industry.  For just $75, each registrant receives a notebook with valuable green industry information and snacks and refreshments at each class. Upon completion of the course, graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, a Smartscape lapel pin, and two Smartscape vehicle decals.  Additionally, graduates have the option of being included in the Smartscape Certified Professional Online Directory, hosted by our sponsor, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (  Hurry, don’t delay.  Only 5 people per company may attend, and class fills up fast at this location!  Visit for more information and to download the registration flyer.  Questions?  Contact Haley Paul at or (602) 827-8200 x395.

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President/Director of Gov’t Affairs Matthew Johnson Asset Landscaping

President Elect/Director of Public Relations Tony Acosta Asset Landscaping

Vice President/Director of SLM Robert Clinkenbeard ILM - Integrated Landscape Management

Treasurer Steve Shields Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Secretary Kim Kleski Neill-Vecchia and Associates

Immediate Past President Will Pereira BlueStar Landscape

Past President Ed Macias Artisan Group, LLC

Director of Awards Program Dwight Faires San Tan Landscape Management

Co-Director of Programs Nate Gould Hunter Industries

Co-Director of Programs Bob Franchetto Horizon Distributors

Director of the ACLP Beth Gosnell All Season Wholesale Growers

Director of Insurance and Safety Jim Trog Four Peaks Landscape Management, Inc.

2012 Board of Directors and CEO Director of Membership Development David Spector TLC-The Landscape Company



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CEO Judy Gausman


Handle with Care Provided by Tod Dennis, Association Coordinator

Take time to learn hazardous material labels, warnings Many businesses generate wastes that are considered hazardous or harmful to human health or the environment because they are flammable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic. Because of the potential for harm from these materials, workers must remain aware of the safety hazards and proper handling and disposal procedures in order to protect the environment, themselves and to comply with state and federal regulations. Workers who generate or who handle hazardous waste need to undergo safety training, which includes the potential hazards, proper handling, collection, labeling, and storage, as well as transportation and final disposal or treatment. In addition, workers should be trained on emergency procedures and accidental spill response. Warning labels on hazardous material containers should provide much of the information you need to know to use the material safely. While you can get the same information (and more) from a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), only a warning label can tell you exactly which chemical is inside a particular container. The MSDS is a document that contains information on the chemical make-up, use, storage, handling, emergency procedures and potential health effects related to a hazardous material. The material manufacturer prepares the MSDSs, which form the cornerstone of the respective standard. The Hazard Communication standard requires employers to: • Maintain an inventory of hazardous materials • Provide employees training on the potential hazards associated with a material • Obtain and maintain MSDSs for each material onsite • Establish proper methods and types of labels • Inform contractors of the hazards to which their employees in the work area may be exposed. Labels on containers serve as the alert that there may be hazards associated with using the material found in the container. Understanding these labels helps workers handle and use the material properly. Making sure that hazardous materials are labeled is a responsibility all employees must share. If you find an unlabeled hazardous material container with no label or a torn or unreadable label, tell your supervisor immediately.

And remember, NEVER use or handle hazardous material until you know for sure what it is! The most important information on the container’s warning label is the word that indicates how hazardous the material is. There are three levels: • Danger, which means it is the most hazardous kind of material

• Warning, which means it is less hazardous than Danger, but more hazardous than Caution • Caution, which is the least hazardous rating, but the material still is hazardous If you would like more information on workplace safety please contact your SCF Association Coordinator.


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ALCA/ASLA Golf Tournament The AZ Landscape Contractors Association paired up with the AZ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Association to host a Golf Tournament at the beautiful Southern Dunes in Maricopa on Friday, November 18th. Proceeds of $4,000 benefitted the Sky Blu Underwood and ASLA Scholarship Funds. With 29 teams competing this year, the lowest score and 1st place prize went to the Belgard Hardscapes team: Jimmy Veltri, John Heffernan, Scot Kristen and Brian Huhta. The 2nd place winners were the Western Tree and WilburEllis group: Eric Johnson, Mo Ibarra, Hunter Hawkins and Phil Hemminghaus. The BlueStar Landscape team took 3rd place: Will Pereira, Ben Keilholtz, Shane Doherty and Mike Alexander (ForeverLawn AZ). There were 7 finalists who sunk a 35 foot putt in the putting contest. Todd Huston, John Heffernan, Mike Sheehan, Tim Barrett, Chuck Allen, Chris Wentland, and Scott Fitzgerald competed against each other in a “putt off�. Todd Huston sunk his putt for a $400 cash prize and then generously donated back half of his earnings. Thank you Todd! Many thanks go to Golf Co-Chairmen Nate Gould and Bob Schottke with Hunter Industries who organized the tournament. A big thank you goes to all of the participants, volunteers and the sponsors who supported this event. Thank you to Karla Hunt and Jose with ASLA. Thank you to Cici Trino with AOS, Connie Coury, Lorene Gilbert with Clean Cut Landscape Management and Karen Draeger with John Deere Landscapes for assisting with the raffle prizes and the putting contest. Thank you to the companies that donated raffle prizes: Auto Safety House, John Deere Landscapes, Enchanted Garden Landscape, Hunter Industries, Irritrol/Toro Co, Cutting Edge Curbing, Ewing Irrigation and BlueStar Landscape. Thank you to Hunter Industries for sponsoring the barbeque lunch. Thank you to Midway Chevrolet/Isuzu for the Hole-inOne sponsor and a chance to win a truck. And finally, thank you to all of the hole sponsors: AAA Landscape Arcadia Landscape Belgard Hardscapes DIRT DLC Resources Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation Hill & Usher Insurance Horizon Distribution Hunter Industries John Deere Landscapes Midway Chevrolet/Isuzu Rain Bird The Toro Company/Irritrol USA Shade & Fabric Structures Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting Vollmer and Associates Wilbur-Ellis



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2011 PRESIDENTIAL AWARD – Enchanted Garden Landscape – Private Residence Enchanted Garden Landscape was honored at ALCA’s 35th annual “Excellence In Landscaping” awards program on November 19th by receiving the Presidential Award.

This award is given to a project that demonstrates the highest level of excellence and creativity and voted the “Best of Show’ out of 60 entries. Accepting the award was Donna Winters who entered the private residence landscape project in the category of single family residential installation over $500,000. Dave Dever with Rain Bird Corporation sponsored and presented the award. This estate combines three separate lots, which afford expansive views of the adjacent golf course. The terrain is extremely rugged with extreme variation in height and slope. Taking advantage of these conditions, the main home was set back from the street and encompasses the highest peak and panorama. The guesthouse is nestled into the landscape scenery below the main house, but with a setting just as spectacular. A meandering drive is carved through the existing grades and weaves through a landscape of large focal points consisting of native trees and Saguaros accented by boulders, Yuccas, and Agaves. Instead of large abrupt architectural retaining walls, boulders were used to retain grades. Pockets between the boulders have been planted with color draping down the slopes where the viewer sits in the garden. Due to varied microclimates, a diverse plant palette has been used incorporating exotic succulents and cacti respective of its Sonoran Desert setting.

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2011 XERISCAPE AWARD – Native Resources International/Brian Qualls RLA, LEED AP – White Tank Branch Library The Xeriscape Award is given to a project that is planned and designed to create practical use of turf areas, has a selection of plants that appropriately uses mulches, soil amendments or improvements and efficient irrigation. When properly designed and maintained, the xeriscape project saves water, time and money through reduced plant water needs and lower maintenance requirements. In order to be considered for this prestigious award, projects must first receive an award of excellence. This year’s Xeriscape Award was presented to Rob Kater with Native Resources International and Landscape Architect Brian Qualls for the White Tank Branch Library in the category of commercial installation $250,001 - $350,000. Tim Foraker with John Deere Landscapes sponsored and presented the award. The White Tank Branch Library project started in 2010 with the salvage of 16 trees. Native Resources also salvaged plants and cacti, including 54 Saguaros. These materials were then placed in an on-site nursery and cared for during the construction of the library. Native Resources developed a design-build program in conjunction with landscape architect Brian Qualls. The stated challenge and goal of the design-build concept was to complement the Platinum Leeds status the library construction was trying to achieve by utilizing all the on-site salvaged material or materials only from an adjacent property. At the



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entry, colorful arid adapted perennials and medicinal plants were the only nursery purchased material. Only site specific native seed was used for re-vegetation purposes. The irrigation system was designed to provide an efficient commercial level hard-pipe drip irrigation system operated by a solar controller. Micro-tubing was placed at the drip line of the plant material with extra runs ready to expand outward in the second year to encourage new root mass to grow away from the root ball. The commitment to the LEEDS program was that the irrigation system would be turned off in year three. The west to east sloping nature of the site allowed for rudimentary water harvesting techniques to slow and spread the natural water flow augmenting the irrigation water to the plants. On site rock was used as a mulch cover allowing the soils to better retain moisture and slow the water flow to encourage pioneer native plants to germinate. Wells were created on the downside of the plants to trap water runoff prior to entering the extensive wash and arroyos built and approved prior to the landscape installation. Roof and condensate water was directed to the two large front planters at the entry prior to entering the washes. A native medicinal garden with a descriptive plaque showing the plants and describing their usages was installed at the library’s entrance as a gift from Native Resources.


2011 BEST SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT Asset Landscaping – University of Phoenix Stadium Asset Landscaping was honored at ALCA’s 35th annual “Excellence In Landscaping” awards program by receiving the Best Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) award for for the University of Phoenix Stadium. Bob Franchetto with Horizon Distributors presented the award to Matthew Johnson and Kevin Robinson. The SLM award is given to a project that has benefited from applying practices which strive to preserve limited and valuable natural resources such as water and plant materials; reduce waste generation; allow for healthier, longer living and mature plant. University of Phoenix Stadium boasts a large list of tree, shrub, and ground cover species designed to reflect the colors of the Arizona Cardinals as well as the architectural uniqueness of the structure itself. The maintenance pruning plan includes very little gas powered

hedging. Power pruners are only used in extreme instances where very straight lines are required for long distances such as Lantana along the edges of sidewalks or when renovating some ornamental plant material. Sustainable Landscape Management Standards are used throughout the plan specifications to ensure proper but reasonable horticultural methods are employed. Challenges include extremely heavy use, heavy traffic, unusual results to the landscape from tailgating, and event attendance. Soil compacted with granite is a weekly challenge to rake out and properly treat. This facility is an Arizona icon and Asset Landscaping is proud to be a contributing part of the organization.

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ALCA 2011 SPECIAL AWARDS Chosen by their peers, four ALCA members were honored with special recognition at the 35th annual “Excellence In Landscaping” awards program. These individuals have demonstrated a strong dedication and commitment to ALCA and the landscape industry. Sponsoring these awards were: DLC Resources, Toro Co./Irritrol, Evergreen Turf and DIRT.

Outstanding Associate Member of the Year Milo LeBaron, LeBaron & Carroll Insurance Agency/DIRT Milo R. LeBaron III, CIC a lifelong resident of Mesa, AZ graduated from ASU in 1983 with a degree in Insurance. He has worked for LeBaron & Carroll Insurance Agency since 1981. Along with sales responsibilities, he has served in many management capacities in the agency including sales management and training. He earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor in 1986 and currently is a Senior Partner of LeBaron & Carroll. Milo is co-found of DIRT™. DIRT™ helps businesses in the landscape industry filter down to the critical issues that threaten their future, cost them unnecessary dollars, and then do something about it. DIRT™ was created in an effort to give back to the industry and provide education workshops (such as DIRT™ University, “Wage and Labor Law” seminars and “Keeping Your Customers Safe and Sound”) to ALCA members at no cost to the association. Milo has served on numerous Insurance Company Advisory Councils providing critical industry feedback and direction.  He has served in

his community in various capacities including Little League President, YMCA Fundraising, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout & Explorer Scout Leader, and is very active and serving in his church. He has 6 children, and 9 grandchildren. Congratulations to Mile LeBaron, ALCA’s Outstanding Associate Member of the Year.

Landscape Contractor of the Year Shannon Scott, AAA Landscape Shannon Scott is a Tucson native but has lived in Phoenix since 1990. He has 36 years of experience in the landscape industry, in which 34 of them have been with AAA Landscape. Shannon holds certifications in ACLP, SLM,OPM and is a certified arborist. Shannon has gone above and beyond in his contribution to the AZ Certified Landscape Professional program. He believes that continued education should be provided for all students to gain knowledge to the best of their ability, effort, and interest. Shannon shows his dedication by instructing the ACLP workshops two Saturdays each month; one in Phoenix and one in Tucson. He also volunteers as a proctor for the certification exams. He is professional, dependable and always willing to go the extra mile for ALCA and the students. Shannon’s time in the industry has been split between landscape management, landscape construction and arbor care. He is currently the Director of Education at AAA Landscape but considers himself a tree hugger first and forever. Shannon Scott is a leader in the landscape industry and highly respected by his peers. It is a pleasure to honor Shannon as ALCA’s 2011 Landscape Contractor of the Year Award.

Outstanding Customer Service of the Year Gerry Kolb, Helena Chemical Company Helena Chemical has been fortunate to have Gerry Kolb calling on growers, lawn care and vegetation management applicators and even a few golf courses over the last 5 years. Gerry came to work with Helena, in Dec. 2006, moving into the Phoenix area from Greenville, NC.  Not only is Gerry responsible for a sales territory but he does a wonderful job of managing two sales reps and operations of Helena’s T&O business in Arizona.  Gerry brings over 30 years of experience, in different segments of the business, and knowledge to his clients on a daily basis along with the passion to help his customers succeed.  Gerry delivers last minute request with a smile and follows up with delivery times and status. He is a great asset to the landscape industry and serves his clients with great honor and integrity. Congratulations, Gerry Kolb, for receiving ALCA’s 2011 Outstanding Customer Service of the Year Award.



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2011 ALCA Lifetime Achievement Michael F. Rockwell, Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. Outside of the every-day business, Michael still loves the outdoors. When he has a choice he will spend his time hunting, fishing, camping and hanging out at Bartlett Lake. Friends and family are always welcome! Michael’s motto is “If you can’t have fun, stay home!!!” Congratulations, Michael, you are most deserving of ALCA’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Growing up on a nursery in Central Illinois, Michael Rockwell discovered first-hand the natural beauty of plants and their necessary physical and psychological contribution to our lives. After being under the wing of his father, Michael attended the University of Illinois where he received his degree in Landscape Architecture. Michael has been a Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Arizona for some 25 years and is co-owner of Azul-Verde Design Group in Cave Creek, AZ. As complicated as work can get he often follows the following aphorisms: • K.I.S.S. every project (keep it simple stupid!) • He refuses “insanity” (where you keep doing the same thing over and over, with the same result, over and over!) • But most important, what his father taught him, and what he continuously teaches own children, Tim (16), Elizabeth (15) and James (13) is to WORK HARD AND GOOD THINGS WILL COME! He also reminds his wife, Cathy, of this family tradition, as they work side by side every day! Michael is extremely dedicated to the landscape industry and to ALCA as demonstrated by volunteering his time on numerous committees, having served on the ALCA Board of Directors and became President in 2001. Michael currently serves on the ALCA Board of Trustees where he is committed to maintaining the prosperous growth and representation of ALCA members.



Arizona Certified Landscape Professional Program (ACLP) Please call the ALCA office to register at 602-626-7091 or download the registration form at

Plant Identification Workshop

January 14, 2012 Mesa Community College, Kirk Student Center, Kiva Room; 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa AZ 85202 January 18, 2012 University of Arizona Cooperative Extension; 4341 E Broadway, Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 January 21, 2012 Pima Community College, Bldg CC, Amethyst Community Room, 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson

Tree Planting & Staking Workshop

February 4, 2012 Mesa Community College, Kirk Student Center, Kiva Room; 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa AZ 85202 February 8, 2012 University of Arizona Cooperative Extension; 4341 E Broadway, Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 February 11, 2012 Pima Community College, Bldg CC, RV 170, 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson

What is it anyway? Through this course, students will learn: how to select quality trees from the roots up, proper pre and post planting techniques, the right way to stake a tree, and follow up tree care to ensure tree health and vigor long term. What will we do? • Select quality nursery stock; right tree-right place. • Steps to plant a tree: Blue Stake, Soil percolation testing, planting hole, dealing with hardpans, What is it anyway? amendments, tree well, surface mulch. Through this course, students will learn to identify • Stake a tree: anchor protection, support, tie materials, alternative staking. plants by using basic plant structures including • Outside tree planting demonstration. leaves, stems, flowers and fruit. Students will • Hands on, step-by-step application of skills learned; class participation and planting ten trees on learn both common and scientific names and support stakes. pronunciations. Use tools and techniques to make • Water in trees and cleanup. identifying plants easier. Describe how to tell similar   looking plants apart from each other. Are there CEU’s available for attending this workshop?   • Yes. You will receive 3 CEU’s from the ISA. What will we learn and do? •

Demonstrate knowledge of leaf terminology for plants, scientific names of plants and how What will we need? • A pencil—a study guide will be provided for you. to pronounce them. • Be ready to begin at 8 a.m. sharp. • Understand plants that perform well in Arizona landscapes. Instructors: • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying plants Rick Robinson – Tree Planting & Staking by their leaves, flowers and fruit. Rick Robinson is the President/Founder of Stillwater Landscape Management, former • Distinguish the different types of palms. President/Co-Founder of DLC Resources, Inc. 1989-2009. Rick is active in ALCA & the • Compare and contrast different species Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Program, Board Member of AZ Community Tree within a genus. Council, has taught numerous landscape & arboriculture related classes to the industry and • Differentiate the different pine species. the public.  He is ISA Certified Arborist (WE-1405A), Qualifying Party for AZ Registrar of Contractors A-General Engineering License & AZ Office of Pest Management, OPM Licensed Applicator, SLM What will we need? • A pencil—a study guide will be provided for Certification # A0911-12, BS in Geology and MSc in Geochemistry. • •

you. Hand held lens. You will need to be in your seat at 8 a.m. sharp.

Chris Martin, PhD – Plant Identification Dr. Martin came to Arizona State University in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Ecological Society of America (ESA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Metropolitan Tree Improvement Alliance (METRIA), the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), and the Arionza Community Tree Council (ACTC). Dr. Martin is a Wakonse Teaching Fellow and maintains an active and externally funded research program in urban plant ecology and environmental horticulture. He is also an affiliated faculty member and senior sustainability scientist in the ASU School of Sustainability and has served as a member of the vegetation subcommittee for the national Sustainable Sites Initiative. Shannon Scott – Tree Planting & Staking and Plant Identification Shannon Scott is a Tucson native but has lived in Phoenix since 1990. He has 36 years of experience in the landscape industry, in which 34 of them have been with AAA Landscape. Shannon holds certifications in ACLP, SLM, OPM and is a certified arborist. His time in the industry has been split between landscape management, landscape construction and arbor care. Shannon was voted ALCA’s 2011 Landscape Contractor of the Year at the annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program this past November. He is currently the Director of Education at AAA Landscape but considers himself a tree hugger first and forever.



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Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association Presents the

Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) 2012 Schedule Workshops Plant Identification Tree Planting & Staking Annuals & Perennials Sod Laying & Turf ID Tree & Shrub Pruning Safety & Tools Pesticides & Calibration Soils & Fertilizer Irrigation Plant Problem Diagnosis WHERE: Dates highlighted in YELLOW will be held at Mesa Community College, Kirk Student Center, Kiva Room located at 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202. Dates highlighted in BLUE will be held at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension located at 4341 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040. Dates highlighted in GREEN will be held at Pima Community College, Bldg CC, Amethyst Community Room located at 1255 N Stone Ave in Tucson, AZ 85709.   WHEN: All workshops and exams will begin at 8 a.m. (sign-in at 7:30 a.m.) and end at 12:30 p.m.  




Jan 14 Feb 4 Mar 10 Apr 7 May 5 Jun 16 Jul 14 Aug 11 Sep 8 Oct 6

Jan 18 Feb 8 Mar 14 Apr 11 May 9 Jun 13 Jul 18 Aug 15 Sep 12 Oct 10

Jan 21 Feb 11 Mar 17 Apr 14 May 12 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 13

COST: Workshops (includes classroom instruction, study guide, and written exam) $60 for ALCA members / $120 for non-members REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER DEADLINES: $ 75 for ALCA members / $150 for non-members Certification Exam: The workshop exam is available at the end of each class. Opportunities to re-take the exam are scheduled for April 28 and October 27 at the ALCA office at $15 per exam for ALCA members and $30 for non-members. A location and date to re-take exams in Tucson will be scheduled.

CERTIFICATION: Participants will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives at least a minimum score of 70% on the exam. REGISTER: ALCA Office ▪ 5425 East Bell Road, Suite 105 ▪ Scottsdale, AZ 85254 Phone: (602) 626-7091 ▪ Fax: (602) 626-7590 ▪ Email:

**All Dates and Locations Are Subject To Change.**

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