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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 ALCA Calendar................................................................... 6 2017 Board of Directors and CEO......................................... 8 Membership Application....................................................... 9

OPM License Exam Preparatory Courses Conducted Weekly

W eed & Right of W ay Turf & Ornamental Aquatic W eed Core Exam

ALCA’s 40th Annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program..................................... 10-12 ALCA Special Awards................................................... 14-15 ALCA Member Profile: Pavestone......................................... 16 Trade Show for Landscape Professionals............................... 17 Right Tree, Right Place........................................................ 18 Solving Healthcare for Landscape Companies....................... 19 Workers’ Compensation Filing............................................. 19 ALCA Mixer - Chapman Commercial/ Fleet Trucks Sales and Leasing............................................. 20

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ALCA Holiday Party - Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock....... 20 ALCP 2017 Schedule......................................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Robert Clinkenbeard


President Elect

Association Outsource Services, Inc. (916) 990-9999

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock

Diversified Print Solutions

ILM - Integrated Landscape Management

Marty Monroy


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Dwight Faires

San Tan Landscape Management

Secretary Kim Kleski

Olsson Associates


Steve Shields

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

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

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, January/February 2017





Government Regulations Affect How We Run Our Businesses

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982


ow that the long, drawn out brutal

Robert Clinkenbeard election battle is behind us it is time to ALCA President reflect on some of the consequences of 2016/17 transition between regimes and some of the changes

in our economic climate. I speak to many other business owners throughout the country on a regular basis and many of them grumble about some of the real issues which impact their business. One of the most common topics is their rising costs but very few people talk about how to successfully raise their prices without losing their clients. I started to think about this more and it reminded me of how often I hear the comment “I am bidding work using the same prices I used 15+ years ago” which includes my own company. When you assess some of the recent government regulations, there are some real costs which affect how we run our businesses. Prop 206 had a double blow with an increase in the Arizona minimum wage and increased paid sick leave. The Affordable Care Act has increased health care costs with Arizona seeing some of the steepest increases with many cases coming to light of the rates doubling. Although not directly related to regulations, the labor shortage combined with booming construction market, anti-immigration rhetoric, and increased drug awareness all compound a shrinking labor market. We are also experiencing a rise in costs from many of our vendors. With increasing costs and the increasing demand for our services to be more professional, why are we not asking for price increases? Are we too worried about those difficult conversations with clients and are we worried about losing clients? Here’s some food for thought: we can’t keep squeezing our suppliers or our personnel much longer. We can’t cut corners with our services and expect our clients to understand. Our costs keep going up and we cannot afford to continue to absorb them; we have to raise our prices. There comes a time when we say, “Let’s bite the bullet,” and do it. If our competitors don’t get it now, they will someday, but we can’t stay in business for long and not make a very small profit or no profit at all. Why are we so timid? I guess it is the culture we were brought up in. Plumbers, electricians and other service people are not bashful. They regard themselves as well trained ‘professionals’ and are happy to charge a minimum rate just to visit your home to see what is wrong. Many also charge for travel time. It’s time to get onboard with this type of thinking. If we are to give our clients the best service possible, we have to be able to raise our prices without worrying about losing a client. If they are shopping for the lowest price, that is what they’ll get, along with most likely the lowest performance. ALCA is continuing to increase the profile and professionalism of our industry and we should not be afraid of charging increased prices for that raised standard. I hope you all had a successful 2016 and hope you have a prosperous 2017 and that we continue to see the tremendous economic growth here in Arizona for many more years. Sincerely, Robert Clinkenbeard, ALCA President 2016/17




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New Members Amazing Maintenance Group, LLC

Nate Mazanowski 6019 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 730-6869 | Amazing Outdoor and Indoor Service provides a complete “one stop shop” for our customers. We do it all: From mowing your yard, repairing your irrigation, installing your palm trees, changing your light bulbs, replacing your air filters to organizing your garage. If we can’t do it we know someone who can.

Colonial Life

Mark Marquez 11225 North 28th Drive, Suite A106, Phoenix, AZ 85029 (602) 441-5357 | We provide voluntary benefits for business owners to offer to their employees at NO COST to the business including disability, cancer, accident, and hospital coverage.

Kichler Lighting

Ernesto Rios 1586 West Maggio Way, APT 1078 A, Chandler, AZ 85224 (216) 573-1000 | | Kichler Lighting in one of the top recognized lighting brands in the world. Family owned for 78 years, Kichler has been in the landscape side for 25 years.

King’s Tree Service Inc

Spencer King 1331 East Nance Street, Mesa, AZ 85203 (602) 329-1870 | We are a well-established and experienced tree service. King’s Tree Service has been serving the valley for over 37 years. We provide tree pruning, removals, stump grinding, planting, and fertilizing.

MDI Rock

Mike Denny P.O. Box 71369, Phoenix, AZ 85050 (602) 397-2519 | MDI Rock specializes in natural stone products designed to enhance and harmonize with the natural beauty of the American southwest. Providing quality landscape rock products in Arizona and beyond since 1988. MDI Rock carries a wide variety of quality rock products for most applications: boulders, flagstone, granite/ground cover, rip rap, sand & gravel, top soil and many others.

Mickelson & Ray, Inc

Ann-Marie Harris 2402 South 55th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043 (602) 296-1812 We are a pre-cast concrete manufacturer expanding our core line to include parking bumpers, trash receptacles, granite benches and signage as well as concrete picnic benches.

Pressure Systems- MistAir

Elizabeth Houde 1646 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 253-9579 | PSI-MistAir is a third generation local corporation servicing Arizona and the Southwest for more than 50 years. Our misting system is the best - stainless steel pipes, ceramic nozzles, all with an unheard of 6 year warranty. Misting is the essential ingredient for beautiful, healthy plants in our dry desert climate. We provide contractors and year-end discounts.

Saunders Desert Nursery

Titan Landscape Services/Titan Tree Care

Aaron Eubank 42212 N 41st Dr, #101, Anthem, AZ 85086 (623) 879-8700 | Titan Landscape Services is a complete commercial landscape management company. From the tallest tree to the shortest blade of grass, we can handle all of your landscape needs.

Town of Marana

Woodie Smith 5100 W Ina Rd, Marana, AZ 85743 (520) 382-2505 |

USI Insurance Services

Paul Buschlen 2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 250 Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 279-5800 | USI Insurance is a leading local and national provider for commercial and employee benefit insurance.

Dan Saunders 532 FM 140, Uvalde, TX 78801 (830) 275-3919 | Wholesale Palm and Desert Plant Grower

Solutions for Veterans LLC

Thomas Barnhill 32427 North 165th Avenue, Surprise, AZ 85387 (623) 546-3441 | We are an OEM on safety for tree professionals.

Sonoran Stonecrete

Jim Irby 2118 South 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 258-6302 | Sonoran Stonecrete is a manufacturer of high quality fiberglass planters and containers for the interior and exterior landscape community. Factory direct pricing with NO middleman. Our pricing allows you to increase your bottom line and helps you to secure the bids, without sacrificing quality. Fiberglass helps you reduce labor and shipping costs. We also manufacture light weight concrete planters and containers which is 30% lighter and no unsightly seems.

Special Thank You to our

ALCA Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS Bayer Belgard Hardscapes Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management DLC Resources, Inc Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc Horizon Distribution, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire Pavestone Rain Bird Corporation Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

GOLD SPONSORS Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting

SILVER SPONSORS West Coast Turf January/February 2017





Reflect and Anticipate


a New Year and I’d like to take a moment and reflect on the past year and introduce what is in store for 2017. ALCA finished the Judy Gausman year with a record numALCA CEO ber of 450 landscape and affiliated company members. Providing educational opportunities was once again at the top of ALCA’s to do list and boy was the calendar full. With over 80 volunteers to assist with these trainings, ALCA was able to accomplish the following: • 1,400 students attended ACLP workshops • 140 attended Irrigation Tech trainings • 40 attended OPM Pre-Certification trainings • 280 individuals attended SLM workshops • 254 business owners/managers attended nine various business oriented workshops In addition to these educational opportunities, over 250 members enjoyed the annual ALCA trade show in February, 38 foursomes participated in the Sky Blu Underwood Golf tournament in May, and over 700 people attended the monthly member mixers. With the help of Bob Franchetto, Arbor Day was celebrated by planting a tree at the Maricopa Elementary School and CareScape took the lead (with donations from ALCA members) to landscape the front yard of a disabled veteran. CareScape continued their generosity by going above what was asked to landscape the entire back yard as well. Matthew Johnson and I attended Legislative Day at the Capital, and the Government Affairs Committee continue to attend monthly meetings through partnerships that have been developed with the AZ Professional Pest Organization and our lobbyist Courtney LeVinus as well as the Arizona State Contractors Coalition and our lobbyist DeMenna & Associates to discuss and address issues that face AZ landscape contractors. What can you look forward to in 2017? We’re excited to announce that our new and refreshed website is live. The updated site includes changes to navigation, with dropdown menus for both mobile and desktop versions. Take a look at ALCA’s Education coordinator, Kasey Billingsley, is working diligently with ALCA volunteers to create the curriculum for the Advanced AZ Certified Landscape Professional (ACLPII). This advanced program covers eight in-depth topics consisting of challenging concepts and hands-on exercises. Four of these topics are scheduled for 2017 and the remaining four are scheduled for 2018.




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Requests for more irrigation tech training continues and so the Irrigation Tech Training as well as a more advanced irrigation course is scheduled throughout the upcoming year. ALCA continues to work with the AZ Department of Education offering the ACLP and SLM certification programs in the plant sciences curriculum in Arizona high schools. Students are completing the courses and beginning to take the exams in order to become ACLP and SLM certified. The goal is to reach the younger generations and attract qualified and educated workers into the landscape industry. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 22 for ALCA Field Day!!! Let ALCA plan your company party and invite your employees and family members to enjoy a bar-b-que picnic lunch along with some fun and friendly competitive events. A big thank you to Kasey Billingsley who does a phenomenal job focusing on curriculum development and coordinating the volunteers and instructors. Chelsea Yusupov hit the ground running in September keeping the ALCA office running smoothly and is a wonderful asset to the ALCA team. I would like to thank all of the 450 ALCA members who support, participate, and encourage each other to succeed, all in an effort to elevate the integrity and professionalism of the landscape industry. With your support and the direction of a focused and dedicated Board of Directors, ALCA continues to flourish. Best to you in 2017, Judy Gausman, CEO, ALCA

2017-18 Calendar of Events January 1-2 New Year’s Day – ALCA Office Closed 10-11 OSHA 10 18 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by The Synthetic Grass Store 19 ACLP Plant Identification – ALCA Office 20 ACLP Plant Identification – ALCA Office 21 ACLP Plant Identification – ALCA Office 21 ACLP Plant Identification – Tucson 25 Advanced ACLP II / Irrigation Tech II – ALCA Office 26 ACLP Soils & Fertilizers – ALCA Office 26 Tucson Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation

February 08 10 11 15 16 18 22 23 24

OPM Workshop – ALCA Office SLM Workshop – ALCA Office ACLP Tree Planting & Staking – Tucson ALCA Trade Show ACLP Tree Planting & Staking – ALCA Office ACLP Tree Planting & Staking – ALCA Office Advanced ACLP II /Plant ID – ALCA Office ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office

March 15

Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Brilliance LED 16 ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office 18 ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office 23 ACLP Plant Problems – ALCA Office 25 ACLP Annuals & Perennials – Tucson 29 Advanced ACLP II / Irrigation Tech II – ALCA Office *Dates Are Subject To Change*


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2017 Board of Directors and CEO

(from left to right) Robert Clinkenbeard, ILM - Integrated Landscape Management (President); Marty Monroy, Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock (President Elect); Kim Kleski, Olsson Associates (Secretary); Dwight Faires, San Tan Landscape Management (Vice President); Steve Shields, Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety (Treasurer); Matthew Johnson, All Year Round Expert Tree and Landscape Management (Director of Government Affairs); Beth Postma, All Season Wholesale Growers (Director of Awards Program); Dave Londen, Back To Nature Landcare, LLC (Director of Communications); Clayton Graham, Sundance Landscape and Maintenance (Director of Education); Bob Franchetto, Horizon Distributors (Director of Programs); Tony Acosta, Agave Environmental Contracting (Co-Director of Membership); Shelly Ann Abbott, Landscape Design West, LLC (Co-Director of Membership); Judy Gausman, ALCA (CEO); Chelsea Yusupov (ALCA Administrative Assistant); Kasey Billingsley (ALCA Education Coordinator); and not shown - Warren Runcorn, ABC Scapes, Inc (Director of Safety & Workers Compensation)




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YOU MAY ALSO REGISTER FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE AT WWW.ALCA.ORG Company____________________________________________ Primary Contact____________________________ Address____________________________________________ City/State/Zip________________________________ Phone___________________ Fax___________________ Website________________________________________ Email___________________________________________________________________ Cell___________________ Average # of Employees _______ Please provide a brief profile of your organization: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Membership Type (Based on annual sales revenue in the landscape Industry) Contractor Member: person, partnership or corporation actively engaged in the construction or maintenance of landscapes.

Associate Member: person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or industry allied with the landscape industry.

Contractor Class 1 (Sales Revenue under $100,000) $275 or 690 Hunter Points

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Contractor Class 2 (Sales Revenue $100,001—$500,000) $370 or 925 Hunter Points Contractor Class 3 (Sales Revenue $500,001—$1.5M) $580 or 1450 Hunter Points Contractor Class 4 (Sales Revenue Over $1.5M) $880 or 2200 Hunter Points Architects & Designers $275

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Landscape Residential Construction Landscape Residential Design Landscape Residential Maintenance Legal Marketing Masonry/Paving Merchant Services Misting Nursery Organic Fertilizer-Wholesale Paver Supplier Pest Control Applicator Pottery-Wholesale Propane & Alternative Fuel

Risk Management Rock/Gravel-Wholesale Sod/Turf-Wholesale Swimming Pool/Spa Installation Synthetic Grass Supplier Tree Relocation Tree Trimming/Removal Trees/Palms-Wholesale Truck/Vehicle Sales Waste Disposal Water Feature Installation

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Excellence ALCA’S


in Landscaping Awards


Members of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association enjoyed a Star Wars theme at the 40th annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program and Banquet held on November 19, 2016, at the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ. The ALCA awards program reflects the association and industry’s commitment to designing and maintaining our southwest environment as well as applying practices and methods that promote sustainability. There are many people that contribute their time and talents throughout the year to make this program a success. Thank you to the judges who contributed their expertise by viewing photos in the ALCA office and onsite visits in the heat of the summer. They were Dwight Faires (San Tan Landscape Management), Kim Kleski (Olsson Associates), Shawn Cox (Arizona Wholesale Growers), Doug Donahue (Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply), Bob Franchetto (Horizon Distributors), Chris Hamel (Grand Materials & Supply), Beth Postma (All Season Wholesale Growers), and Paul Tammelleo (Irritrol). Thank you to all of the generous members who donated items for the silent auction that everyone enjoyed during the cocktail reception. Proceeds of over $8,000 went to the ALCA’s Government Affairs to work with our lobbyists in addressing activities at the state and local levels of government to ensure the laws and regulations by which landscape professionals must abide are reasonable and responsible and do not unduly burden the member companies. A special thank you goes to Barbara Stropko with New Desert Gallery for recognizing and announcing the Special Award winners. As the Master of Ceremonies, Brian Qualls with Unique Lighting Systems did a phenomenal job introducing the awards. Much appreciation goes to Sunrise Tree Nursery for designing and furnishing the colorful and beautiful table centerpieces. ALCA is truly fortunate to have members that support the awards program by sponsoring the various categories. Their generosity is amazing. These sponsors will be recognized with the winners throughout each issue of the ALCA Influence magazine. And of course, there would not be a program without the landscape contractors who submit their beautiful landscape projects. Forty companies 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 pack and competing with the best! A gallery of the award-winning projects may be viewed at and in the upcoming issues of the ALCA Influence magazine.




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2016 Presidential Award

Sponsored by Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire

The Presidential Award is given to a project that demonstrates the highest level of excellence and creativity. This award is the “Best of Show� chosen from over 100 submitted landscape projects.

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. Kaminski Residence The Kaminski residence is nestled in the foothills of the North valley and punctuated with natural boulder outcrops. These site elements became the canvas for this extensive landscape. At the center of the design lie the pool, spa and Ramada features. The disappearing edge pool and raised stone veneered spa are adjacent to the covered shade structure and outdoor kitchen. Emanating out from this central node are various paths leading to different parts of the garden. New basalt boulders were brought in to play off the existing rock out crops. Existing trees remained in place and native plantings of bursage, turpentine and palo verde and ocotillo were installed. Pops of color were produced with penstemon, brittle bush, agave and barrel cactus.

Nate Gould with Hunter Industries (left) presents award to Michael Rockwell (Azul-Verde Design Group) January/February 2017





2016 Xeriscape Award

Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply

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 use 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.

Sustain Scape, LLC McEnany Residence The McEnany residence is located at the foothills of Desert Highlands and has great views of surrounding mountain. The project included design and installation of an entire landscape around the house while dealing with drainage and flooding issues. At the entry large mounds were created to divert rain water from the mountain around the property and away from the house toward the south area of the property. The back was drastically changed from a pool yard to a desert oasis with a large boulder water feature, fire pit area, upper seating and an outdoor cooking area. Views of surrounding saguaros and mountains were taken into consideration during the planning and design of the space. Large boulders and plants were craned in to give an instant mature impact. The creation of the meandering driveway through a densely planted desert garden gives guest a dramatic entry to the property.

2016 Landscape Management Award

Sponsored by The Toro Company /Irritrol/Unique Lighting Systems

The Best Landscape Management Award reflects and recognizes the precise efforts of landscape care. Proper pruning of all plant material follows the sustainable landscape management practices. Proper monitoring of irrigation systems minimizes water use but is sufficient for all species to flourish. Attention to every detail gives this project a pristine look that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Sustainable Landscape Services, Inc. Vi at Silverstone Located just west of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Vi at Silverstone is a picturesque community featuring an 18-hole putting course woven through the site among the living units, a central pool oasis for social exercise programs, private spa gardens for more intimate relaxation, and rejuvenation and a formal long view garden that functions as a gathering space for the residents. The landscape character at Silverstone is divided into four themes the natural character (native zone), the modified natural character (desert transition), the enhanced character (interior courtyard), and oasis (turf and putting course areas). The project perimeter is planted primarily with native plant material in order to retain the natural character of the surrounding desert environment. The project interiors courtyard spaces, such as the long view garden and gardens adjacent to the building, have a more enhanced character intended to accent and define spaces.




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Paul Tammelleo (Irritrol) presents the award to Frank Marquez (Sustainable Landscape Services)

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ALCA 2016 SPECIAL AWARDS Chosen by their peers, five ALCA members were honored with special recognition at the 39th annual “Excellence in Landscaping” awards program at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort on November 21, 2015. These individuals have demonstrated a strong dedication and commitment to ALCA and the landscape industry.

Thank you to our Special Award Sponsors

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR Given in memory of Jim Trog, Four Peaks Landscape Management Sponsored by All Season Wholesale Growers The Lifetime Achievement of the year was given in memory of Jim Trog in celebration of his contributions to the landscape industry. A dear friend to us all, Jim was part of the ALCA family for many years.

Jim led ALCA’s safety committee and had accepted the position of President-Elect to show his continued commitment and support to ALCA. You could always count on Jim; he was the first to volunteer for any ALCA event and was a good sport to say the least. “I could ask him to tie yellow caution tape around his head and be a ninja for an ALCA skit or, make ALCA- mole using tofu, or take part in a flash mob dance and he would shake his head and laugh and then proceed and do what was asked,” recalls ALCAs CEO Judy Gausman.




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Jim had a serious side and was passionate about water management. If you ever thought of an irrigation and water management guru, you would picture Jim. With nearly 20 years of landscape and irrigation experience

in the Phoenix area, Jim focused on water management while working as the water conservation manager with Four Peaks Landscape Management. He was certified through the Irrigation Association as an irrigation contractor, a landscape irrigation auditor and an EPA Water Sense Partner. Jim worked with a diverse client base across the Phoenix basin managing the landscape irrigation needs from greenbelt areas to arid native landscapes. He spent time within the communities he served, educating them on the use of technologies in the landscape to improve

water management both at the commercial and residential level. With Jim’s expertise, he was instrumental in developing the curriculum of ALCA’s irrigation tech training and volunteered to instruct the students during the workshops. Fellow board member, Tony Acosta, had the privilege of working with Jim for seven years on the board and while they had many

conversations that pertained to the industry, much of the time was spent talking about life and Jim’s family. Tony recalls, “It seemed like every time we were at a mixer, golf tournament or luncheon we would end up talking about Jim’s wife Karen and his girls Amanda and Lindsey and son in-law Kevin. Whether it was about the girls’ high school adventures, a job at Disneyland or college fun, Jim loved to share stories. In preparation of his daughter Amanda’s wedding, Jim learned all about Pinterest. He proudly showed me pictures of decorations that were made out of pallets. He also shared pictures of his cupcakes and told me of how he was decorating the wedding cake. Jim would have a huge smile on his face.” Our industry and so many of us individually will sorely miss this wonderful man. In the spirit of Jim and how he lived his life, it was a great honor to award the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in memory of Jim Trog. Accepting the award is Jim’s family: Sonin-law Kevin, daughters Lindsay and Amanda, Jim’s wife Karen (sponsor Beth Postma) and brother Gene Trog.


BUDDING CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR Luis Ochoa, BP Landscape LLC Sponsored by Hill & Usher Insurance and Surety - Steve Shields presented the award Luis Ochoa began his landscape career with one of the most successful landscape companies in Arizona where he spent 25 years learning and training personnel in all aspects of landscape maintenance. He recently formed BP Landscape LLC to help Arizona homeowners, homeowner associations and municipalities create, maintain and improve their landscapes. Luis focuses on providing best management practices, quality work, and ensuring work is done correctly the first time to provide expertise in landscape maintenance. Luis looks forward to many years of continued success in the industry. Luis enjoys art, sports and creating designs. He holds certifications with the AZ Department of Agriculture as a QA, ISA Certified Arborist and AZ Certified Landscape Professional and Sustainable Landscape Management with ALCA. Congratulations to Luis Ochoa as ALCA’s 2016 Budding Contractor of the Year.

OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR Scott J Richardson, Canterbury Law Group Sponsored by DIRT Insurance & Risk Management - Judy Gausman presented the award Scott decided to become a lawyer as a result of a high school career day. He earned his business degree from DePaul University in 1970 and his law degree from the DePaul College of Law in 1974. He began his legal career at a major Chicago law firm working his way up to partner. In 1986, tired of the snow, Scott and his wife Holly moved to Arizona where Scott has been licensed since 1979. Shortly after arriving in Arizona, a pest control company sought his services and he learned the industry and currently represents over 250 landscape and pest control companies. His representation included not only regulatory work with the Office of Pest Management but also defense of pest control and landscape companies through their insurers. He handles many of the day to day concerns of his clients including trade secret work, employment law, and the sale and acquisition of new businesses. Through his years in the industry Scott has kept his promise to never take a case against the industry for a consumer. Scott regularly teaches courses for credit from the ADA Pest Management Divisions/PMD as well as general business law courses. Recently he taught four sessions for the PMD in Phoenix Tucson, Prescott and Yuma. Scott has authored of book on qualifying party and supervisor duties and suggestions for training and supervision and has taught a three hour course using the information in the manual, all in an attempt to avoid joint responsibility. And Scott authored the law change making it possible to avoid joint responsibility for a QP or business licensee with written records of suitable training and supervision. Scott spends his spare time with his two daughters and their husbands but really embraces his time with his 5 grandkids. This includes a weekly grandchild only event “pasta Wednesday” where parents are not invited and activities are planned including geography lessons, movie night, crafts and cooking. Congratulations to Scott Richardson as ALCA’s 2016 Outstanding Associate Member of the Year.



Sponsored by SiteOne Landscape Supply - Tim Foraker presented the award

Sponsored by Horizon Distributors - Bob Franchetto presented the award

Mitchell Owens, owner and President of CareScape, has over thirty-five years of landscape management experience. Mitch has been emphatic in the need for continuing education of their teammates in order to stay at the forefront of the industry. CareScape has well over 50 employees that have been participating in or completed the ACLP and SLM programs. Under Mitchell’s leadership, CareScape has a corporate culture of giving back. This year they raised $50,000 for Raising Kids Arizona from their Dandelion Golf Classic tournament. Over the last 10 years this tournament has raised over $400,000 to help local families and kids. This past July in a partnership with ALCA, Mitchell volunteered to design, coordinate and install a front and back yard landscape for a disabled veteran who wanted to provide a beautiful home for his wife and son. Mitch met his wife Kathy shortly after moving to Arizona. They have two beautiful daughters, Cydney and Taylor, who are now moving into their teenage years to provide even more exciting teaching moments for Mitch. Congratulations to Mitchell Owens as ALCA’s 2016 Outstanding Contractor of the Year.

Brian Whitcher joined The Toro Company in 2010 as the District Sales Manager for ResCom Irrigation in Arizona and Las Vegas. He has increased his responsibility to include the Irritrol brand and recently accepted a larger geographic territory that includes the Hawaiian Islands. In the past year, Brian successfully introduced Toro Irrigation into Meritage Homes and they are now a preferred supplier nationwide. Brian started his career working on golf courses along the east coast. He learned the art of irrigation on a Network 8000 in Virginia. His first ride was on a Toro 216 and 84 in Connecticut. Brian then moved into landscape contracting and eventually distribution working for TESCO, a Toro Master Distributor in Maryland. Brian opened an irrigation branch for TESCO and managed the Eastern Shore territory. Brian now lives in Arizona with his wife Anne and two young children. Brian holds an Associate’s Degree in Landscape and Turf Management from Virginia Tech, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix and is currently working on his MBA from Trident University. Congratulations Brian Whitcher as ALCA’s Outstanding Customer Service of the Year. January/February 2017





PAVESTONE© Creates Custom Paver for Centro Plaza Transit Hub 80,000 Square-Feet of CityLock Pavers Help Connect Natural Landscape with Modern Design


ecently opened Centro Plaza, a $16 million multi-modal transit center for the VIA Metropolitan System of San Antonio, features an architectural design that celebrates the beauty of the natural landscape with a modern, illuminated twist. In addition to incorporating lights, stainless steel, aluminum and glass into the new downtown transportation hub, CityLock and Eco-City Lock pavers from Pavestone® were installed to help bring the project vision of landscape architect Bender Wells Clark Design to life. The pavers, which also contributed to the sustainability requirements on the project, were custom manufactured specifically for Centro Plaza. Larry Clark, Vice President of Bender Wells Clark Design directed the design of the hardscape and complex water conservation system, the structural soils providing a health root zone, and the tree bosque. “We needed a good-looking paving material that would serve for both the permeable and impermeable areas of this downtown plaza. It was a challenge to find a unified paver that would cover the entire plaza, allowing rain water to pass through in some areas and not in others. Pavestone worked with us to develop a paver system that served both conditions. One paver lets water seep into the structural soils and sand layers below, while the other is a more conventional concrete paver, but they look alike. It is hard for most people to tell the difference between them, which is exactly what we wanted.” Natural and artificial light are projected across the 150,000 square-foot plaza to generate modern color variations against the buildings, canopies and other metallic surfaces throughout the day. Extending this complex lighting array to the surrounding environment required the installation of pavers that resembled the remains of the Alazan Acequia, a seven to 14-foot deep irrigation system built in the late 19th century that ran through the plaza. Pavestone® customized 4” by 16” plank CityLock pavers in a brown and beige color pallet to match the ripple stone associated with the Alazan Acequia. A permeable version of the paver, Eco-CityLock was also created to support the Centro Plaza underground storm water recycling initiative. “Centro Plaza is environmentally conscious. The plaza includes a sustainable underground storm water storage tank. The water stored in this tank is used to irrigate the landscape and trees within the plaza and keeps on recycling and filtering itself,” said Mauricio Ramos, EIT, project manager. The gravity-feed underground storage and distribution system captures excessive stormwater that matriculates through the permeable pavers and structural soils in pipes that drain into a chamber, which can hold more than 20,000 gallons of water. A low-pressure, low-cost, low-maintenance and low-flow pump redistributes the stored water to irrigate the surrounding trees. The process is projected to save 50 to 80 percent more water than conventional irrigation. Gratr Landscapes, founded to bring the best service in landscaping to the Greater San Antonio area, overcame difficult weather conditions to install about 80,000 square-feet of Pavestone® CityLock pavers at Centro Plaza on schedule. Ramos noted that a major challenge to construction was the heavy spring rains, which occurred while the team was working on the underground and paving phases of the project. Centro Plaza is the first of three phases in a master plan to provide public transportation from downtown San Antonio to downtown Austin via commuter rail. It includes illuminated terminal, historic building renovation, a tower, an open landscape area, two semi-circle canopies, and a Primo canopy. “The plaza and tower illumination is definitely one of a kind with almost every element of the project being illuminated. The sophisticated wireless lighting system allows the plaza to change colors based on an astronomical clock and to communicate with the surrounding illuminated buildings, such as the Children’s Hospital,” according to Ramos. Visit, Facebook and YouTube for more Pavestone® information.




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Right Tree, Right Place By Kasey Billingsley, ALCA’s Education Coordinator


hat cute potted pine tree with a red bow you got at Costco sure looks festive in your foyer over the holidays, but what do you do with it come the New Year? You find a spot in the back yard, right? What most don’t realize is this small three foot tall tree can easily become a 50’ giant, taking up valuable real estate, especially if planted in the wrong place. So what do we consider a ‘right place’ when planting trees? Here are a few considerations to make before committing to any tree species: Tree use: do you want afternoon shade, create a screen from an unsightly structure or a noise barrier? What about seasonal color? Identifying the tree’s purpose will ensure the tree has a role on your property. Mature size: is there enough space for the tree to thrive, both above and below ground? Root space is just as important as canopy space. Planting in too small of space can shorten the life of a tree, or potentially require an expensive removal.

Ficus planted too close to structure could pose a hazard to structure

Growth habit: does it grow upright or have an umbrella canopy? Will you be forced to prune the tree into unnatural shapes to get it to ‘fit’ into a space? Just because it appears upright when you buy it doesn’t mean it will continue to grow in this manner. Thriving factor: is the exposure appropriate for the species? Too much or not enough light? Also consider reflective light and heat and how this may impact the tree. It also may be too hot or cold or too wet or dry for some tree species in your area. Research thoroughly before selecting and ask your nurseryman to help choose what’s appropriate. Utility lines: select a plant that will never grow anywhere near the height or width to get close to a utility line. Do you have utility lines on your property? Consider planting a shrub instead, or perhaps a small patio tree. While considering all these issues for determining the best place to plant a tree, you also want to think about how this tree will eventually impact the surrounding area. How will shrubs that were once in full sun now adapt to the new dense shade the tree provides? Will the Bermudagrass suffer once the tree matures? Also consider if the tree will potentially have negative impacts on your property’s infrastructure: some trees have aggres-




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Mesquite growing dangerously into utility lines

Great location for this mesquite, with plenty of room for growth, both above and below ground

sive roots and can lift walls, sidewalks or grow into sewer lines. These are all great questions to ask your landscape professional before planting any tree on your property. It is best to research

thoroughly before digging, after all, this could potentially be a 100+ year commitment, or a 3 year commitment if you plant that Christmas tree in your patio home’s courtyard.


Solving Healthcare for Landscape Companies By Clay Perry, Enrollment Manager, Redirect Health


andscaping is a tough business with challenges like high workers’ compensation rates, slim margins, employee productivity and even finding good workers. On top of these day-to-day challenges, Affordable Care Act regulations and rising healthcare costs are threatening to bankrupt many landscape companies. One Glendale company, AMS Landscaping (an ALCA member), has confronted the issue head-on. A well-respected business with a 50-year history, owner Eli Hall was looking for a workable solution to Obamacare, but the more he searched, the more impossible it seemed. He wanted to do right by his staff, but a viable solution that met government regulations without killing his bottom line seemed out of reach. Eli discovered that the ACA does not require traditional health insurance. The law allows employers to self-insure. If designed correctly, a health plan built on a self-insurance model will cost very little, reduce workers’ comp costs, and give employees quality benefits, thus providing a competitive edge in attracting a good workforce. AMS is one of the first landscape companies in greater Phoenix to offer workers free healthcare, giving the company a huge competitive advantage in hiring and retaining the best people. A well-designed partial self-insurance model includes these components: The care most employees need: This healthcare goes beyond the ACA’s requirement of “Minimum Essential Coverage” and includes the routine services most people use, most of the time – primary and injury care, rehabilitation (including chiropractic), labs, immunizations, generic medications and preventive services. Stop-loss insurance: This will cover the most expensive healthcare – hospitalization and specialist care – and will ensure you meet the ACA’s “Minimum Value Plan” requirements. An end to overpaying: Hire an organization to manage the care delivery and logistics process, and eliminate the waste, administration and overpricing rampant in health insurance. Demand healthcare that provides you and your employees with real benefits, yet doesn’t break your company. Employers who are interested in learning more about complying with the ACA, saving money and turning healthcare into a competitive advantage can visit Clay Perry is an Enrollment Manager with Scottsdale-based Redirect Health. He can be reached at or (888) 9954945.

Workers’ Compensation Filing Recently, the Arizona Department of Insurance approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance Workers’ Compensation filing effective January 1, 2017. These manual rates will affect all new and renewal business.

Class Code

2016 rate

2017 rate

0005 Farm-Nursery Operations



0106 Tree Pruning, Spraying



0042 Landscape Gardening (construction)



5183 Plumbing (irrigation)



9102 Park NOC (maintenance)



Chapman has been in the commercial truck business for over 30 years, and we’re still family owned and operated. That means you can count on an old-fashioned commitment to quality, service and caring. Things that seem to be missing in business lately. But at Chapman, we’ve always placed a higher value on reputation than on finances. Maybe that’s why we’ve got the highest customer service index in Arizona. We lease and sell the best commercial vehicles available. We back them up with the best customer service in the Valley, including dedicated commercial service facilities. Plus, we respect and appreciate your bottom line, so we make the deal fit. And we do it all with a big smile and a warm handshake. Yes, you can buy or lease a truck anywhere. But there’s only one Chapman Experience.

A variety of factors influence the rate change every year and Arizona historically has had some of the lowest rates for these classes in the US. Warren Runcorn, Director of Insurance & Safety January/February 2017





Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Sponsors ALCA Holiday Party


ith 140 people in attendance, ALCA members enjoyed the festive and popular holiday mixer at Lucille’s in Tempe Marketplace on December 14th. Many prizes were given out by the Cutting Edge Curbing team including winners of the ugly Christmas sweater contest. $500 was raised by the sponsor and donated to Toys for Tots charity. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock has been the valley’s premiere curbing company and helping our customers create curb appeal in the valley for over 16 years. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock specializes in extruded landscape and parking lot curbing available in natural and 16 different colors. In addition to our curb division, we also have a large fleet of trucks to handle all of your hauling needs from Demo to Aggregate, we have you covered. Let us handle your project from start to finish. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is located at 7540 N 67th Ave in Glendale. Contact us at: 602-353-1020 or email Terre Caraway, Sales Manager | 602-663-0102 | Marty Monroy, General Manager | 623-261-2032 |

Thank you to Chapman Commercial/ Fleet Trucks Sales and Leasing for Sponsoring ALCA’s October Member Mixer.


hen it comes to commercial trucks, we mean business! Since 1966, the Chapman family of dealerships has been serving the transportation needs of the Valley. That includes our commercial and Fleet center on Baseline Road in Tempe. As the Valley’s leading Isuzu dealer and a top-ranked Chevy location, we are proud to lease, sell and service some of the world’s finest commercial trucks. But our people are really what sets us apart. Professionally trained and experienced, from sales consultants to service technicians to our parts department, we live and breathe trucks and are committed to getting you what you need for your business. Check out our full inventory of new and pre-owned Isuzu and Chevy commercial trucks on our website, Our state of the art service department has the latest maintenance and repair equipment and is ready to handle all your service needs. Our commercial/ fleet parts department has over $1,000,000 in parts on hand to keep you on the road and at the job site. So whether it’s a fleet of 100 or a fleet of one, come see us. Tony Simmons, Commercial Fleet Manager (480) 752-1540




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2017 Schedule This educational program is for those aspiring to be professional landscapers. ALCA schedules a series of four-hour workshops and online exams covering 10 topics designed for interaction and hands-on learning.

Workshops Plant Identification* Soils & Fertilizer*

ALCA Office Thursday Saturday Jan 19 or Jan 21 FRI Jan 20 Jan 26

Tucson Saturday Jan 21

* ISA CEUs approved

Tree Planting & Staking* Irrigation*

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July 20 July 27

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Sept 23

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* ISA & IA CEUs approved

Annuals & Perennials Plant Problem Diagnosis* * PMD CEUs approved

Turf Care & Installation Plant Identification* * ISA CEUs approved

Tree & Shrub Pruning* Tree Planting & Staking* * ISA CEUs approved

Pesticides & Calibration* Annuals & Perennials * PMD CEUs approved

Safety & Tools* Turf Care & Installation * ISA CEUs approved

Soils & Fertilizer Tree & Shrub Pruning*

*IA & PMD CEUs approved

Plant Problem Diagnosis* Safety & Tools*

ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd, Ste 105 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Building CC Tucson, AZ 85709

WHEN: 7:30 am—11:30 am COST PER WORKSHOP:

Early registration: $60/ALCA members $120/non-members Register within 72 hours: $75/ALCA members $150/non-members


attend the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become certified, each student must attend the workshops and complete the online exam. Participants will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives at least a minimum score of 70% on each exam.


* ISA CEUs approved

Irrigation* Pesticides & Calibration*


* PMD & ISA CEUs approved *All Dates and Locations Are Subject To Change*


Call the ALCA office at 602-626-7091 or email


Courtesy Chevrolet (866) 809-7065 Please see our ad on page............... 18 INSURANCE SERVICES

Hill & Usher Insurance (602) 667-1848 Please see our ad on page............... 16 Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc. (800) 628-8735 Please see our ad on page................. 3 LeBaron & Carroll Insurance (480) 834-9315 Please see our ad on page................. 7 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

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Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC (623) 935-1859 Please see our ad on page............... 16 POTTERY

International Wholesale Pottery (602) 803-0821 Please see our ad on page............... 22 SOD/TURF

Evergreen Turf, Inc. (480) 456-1199 Please see our ad on page.... Back Cover Southwest Sod (602) 271-4266 Please see our ad on page................. 4 West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 Please see our ad on page............... 13 SUPPLYING LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

Ewing Irrigation (800) 343-9464 Please see our ad on page................. 2

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Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) Please see our ad on page................. 7


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Metro Institute (602) 452-2901 Please see our ad on page................. 3 LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT DEALER

Stotz Equipment (520) 631-7145 Please see our ad on page................. 5 LIGHTING

Brilliance LED, LLC (800) 867-2108 Please see our ad on page................. 6 FX Luminaire (858) 535-8000 Please see our ad on page............... 23 NURSERIES

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 Please see our ad on page............... 13 Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 Please see our ad on page............... 22 Arizona Wholesale Growers & Suncrest Nursery (623) 581-3100 Please see our ad on page................. 4




AZ Big Tree Movers (888) 761-0249 Please see our ad on page............... 19 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu (866) 412-2712 Please see our ad on page............... 19 WEED AND PEST MANAGEMENT

Contractors Termite and Pest Control, Inc. (623) 780-0908 Please see our ad on page............... 17 AD INDEX

All Season Wholesale Growers............13 Arid Zone Trees...................................22 Arizona Wholesale Growers & Suncrest Nursery.................4 AZ Big Tree Movers.............................19 Brilliance LED, LLC................................6 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu.................19 Contractors Termite and Pest Control, Inc...........................17 Courtesy Chevrolet..............................18 Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC................16 DIG Corporation..................................20 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Ewing Irrigation.....................................2 FX Luminaire.......................................23 Hill & Usher Insurance.........................16 Horizon.................................................7 Hunter Industries.................................23 International Wholesale Pottery............22 Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.........................3 LeBaron & Carroll Insurance..................7 Metro Institute.......................................3 Southwest Sod......................................4 Stotz Equipment....................................5 West Coast Turf..................................13 Wilbur Ellis..........................................13

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