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Made in the Shade Environmental Assists Reid Park Zoo Medical Marijuana in Arizona Kurapia - New Utility Groundcover cover photo: the groundskeeper

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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 5 ALCA Calendar................................................................... 5

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 ALCA 2015 Excellence Awards......................................... 8-10 ALCA Member Profile: Horizon............................................ 12 ALCA Member Profile: DLC Resources, Inc............................ 13 ALCA Member Profile: Belgard............................................ 14 ALCA Member Profile: West Coast Turf/Western Sod............. 15 KURAPIA – New Utility Groundcover.................................... 16 10 Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries............................... 16 Medical Marijuana in Arizona............................................ 17 ALCA Celebrates Arbor Day With Maricopa Elementary School............................................... 18 ALCA Cappsure Mixer........................................................ 18

Now with nearly 150 acres of premier growing facilities we are providing the Valley with the widest selection of shrubs, trees, ornamentals, small and specimen size Agaves, Aloes, cacti and succulents. We know that for you, Time is Money, so we are focused on improving your purchasing experience; with an expanded pre-pulled order area, increased delivery capacity, and enhanced ‘Plant Locator’ services to find the plants you need even if we don’t have them.

Suncrest Nursery 4204 E. Lone Mountain Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-1968

Arizona Wholesale Growers 24032 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85085 (623) 581-3100

ALCA MSWN Mixer.......................................................... 19 ALCA Midway Mixer.......................................................... 19 ACLP AZ Certified Landscape Professional Program............... 20 Made In The Shade Environmental Assists Reid Park Zoo........ 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Robert Clinkenbeard


President Elect

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

Four Peaks Landscape Management

Diversified Print Solutions

ILM - Integrated Landscape Management

Jim Trog


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Marty Monroy

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock

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,

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.

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How Lucky We Are


I look forward to serving you during 2016 and encourage you to join a 2016 in Arizona heats up, in many ways I am reminded of how lucky committee, attend events or volunteer in any way you can. I also encourwe are living in a great market for age you to reach out to me with ways in which the association can also landscape maintenance and construction projects. serve you better. Sincerely, Before I left on vacation in the United Kingdom, I Robert Clinkenbeard had the opportunity to speak to several real estate ALCA President 2016 professionals and they confirmed that they believe Robert Clinkenbeard that we are currently in a boom market, especially ALCA President 2016 here locally. Having recently visited the UK and spent time at the Chelsea Flower Show along with numerous garden estates Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC such as Exbury Gardens, I saw a real divide between some of the vast funding Growing on over 115 acres available for private, high end, gardens/estates versus many other government run parks, open spaces and HOA’s with declining maintenance detail using an From 1 gallon to 72” boxes “excuse” of being more environmentally friendly. Let’s continue to embrace Contract grows available this great opportunity in this booming market and keep the standards high Schedule a tour today and promote the professionalism of our industry. Open 6 days a week Since we are in the middle of the firefighting season, hopefully all the training that ALCA has provided or that you have completed internally is 623-935-1859 paying off and you are not seeing many cracks in your operations. If you 623-505-9626 fax are noticing some challenging issues then it is worthwhile trying to carve out some quiet time, away from the chaos, so that you can work “on” the business rather than “in” the business. The alone time is invaluable to help Delivery to: AZ,CA, NV, TX, NM identify training needs, growth strategies, how to improve culturally or any other top five challenges in your business. As we are busy keeping our clients happy and running the business, we should also be looking to see what activities are ahead of us and what preparation is needed. This could include ordering winter rye seed, ordering winter flowers, preparing for storm damage and determining enhancement projects that are coming down the pipeline for the 4th quarter. In terms of the ALCA Board, we are actively working on some great activities. As a reminder, these include: 1. We completed a successful summer planning meeting which reviewed the progress of ALCA’s top five goals for 2016. 2. Bruce Wilson will be providing his second presentation in a series to owners and company executives with the goal of ALCA providing a full range of training topics to gardeners to top tier managers. Bruce effectively ran the entire maintenance operation for ValleyCrest back in the day when it was Environmental Industries. 3. The mentor/navigator program is due to be launched in July to help new members easily integrate into the association and get maximum value. 4. Our communication committee is well under way and it actively working to improve our voice to our members and leverage our social media outlets. 5. We are providing safety and landscaping tips for member use as well as to share with your customers and community management companies. We are always looking to expand our distribution list. 6. At our monthly mixers, a short update will be provided on some of the activities of the association and/or board projects. 7. We are developing a plan to leverage ALCA’s associate members’ resources to share educational links, product information and other knowledge to all members. 8. We are increasing our membership numbers through improving outreach to new prospects and focusing on member retention through improved communication, identifying member needs and generally improving perceived member value.



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New Members Arizona Wholesale Growers

Shawn Cox 24032 N 19th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85085 623-581-3100 Wholesale nursery based in AZ for 30 years growing widest selection of native and adaptive shrubs, grasses, perennials and specialty trees. We have approximately 200 acres of growing facilities in Arizona.

Bruce Wilson & Company

Bruce Wilson 23840 N 119th Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85255 805-390-2357 Provider of business consulting to green industry companies.

Courtesy Fleet/Commercial

Monte Hoskins 4999 North 12th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014 602-604-3040 Courtesy Fleet/Commercial is a full service Chevrolet, Isuzu dealership that also provides Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Nissan and Volvo vehicles.

Kurapia, Inc.

Mark Ohde 16901 S Western Ave, #105 Gardena, CA 90247 424-285-9508 We propagate and sell drought tolerant ground cover and turf alternative called Kurapia.

The Landscape Broker LLC

Chris Besing 20635 N 29th Pl Phoenix, AZ 85050 480-951-2266 Commercial and residential landscape construction.

London-i Design and Consulting

Ben Middlemiss 8011 East Larkspur Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-535-6647 Residential and small commercial outdoor living design and consulting for homeowners and builders.


Madison Granite Supplies

Andrew Novak 29925 N North Valley Parkway Tempe, AZ 85085 623-931-7760 We are a mine that produces decorative landscape rock best known as “Madison Gold”.

Steven D Loney, CPA, PC

Steven Loney 8747 S Priest Dr, Ste 104 Tempe, AZ 85284 480-921-0225 Accounting, financial reporting (including percentage-of-completion construction reporting), tax and business consulting.

Valley Rain Landscape and Maintenance

Michelle Daly/Robert Ibarra 6927 East Parkway Norte, Suite 102 Mesa, AZ 85212 480-252-9484 Valley Rain Landscape & Maintenance provides full service landscape and installation and maintenance in the Phoenix metro area. We are a family owned and operated landscape company specializing in residential and commercial properties. Some of our features include: patios and pavers, BBQs and outdoor kitchens, fire pits and fireplaces, artificial turf, and pergolas.

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 Rain Bird Corporation Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

2016 Calendar of Events July 4 8

Independence Day – ALCA office closed Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) – ALCA office 14 ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA office morning 14 ACLP Turf Care and Installation – ALCA office afternoon 16 ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA office 20 ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA office 20 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Bayer 21 ALCA Board of Trustees meeting 23 ACLP Safety & Tools – Tucson 26 Service Leadership workshop by Bruce Wilson – ALCA office

August 11 11 13 16 17 19 20 25 26

ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA office morning ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA office afternoon ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA office Surf/Email Marketing Workshop – ALCA office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) – ALCA office ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – Tucson ALCA Board of Directors Meeting Irrigation Tech Training I – ALCA office

September 1 5 14 15 15 17 20 21 22 24 27

SHADE – AZ Biltmore in Phoenix Labor Day – ALCA office closed Who Can Come Knocking at Your Door? By Julie Pace – ALCA office ACLP Irrigation – ALCA office morning ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA office afternoon ACLP Irrigation – ALCA office OPM Pre-Certification Training – ALCA office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Reach Local/Fast Turtle ACLP Irrigation - ALCA office ACLP Irrigation – Tucson Field Leadership workshop by Bruce Wilson – ALCA office

Gold Sponsors Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting

Silver Sponsors West Coast Turf

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ALCA Offers Two Types of Scholarship Funds


id you know that ALCA has two scholarship funds? I am pleased to announce that the deadline for receiving scholarship applications will now be accepted twice a year – May 31 and August 15. Applicants are judged on their academic performance, community service, work ethic, stated need, and letters of recommendation. You may download the applications at In 2003, the ALCA Board of Directors established a scholJudy Gausman arship fund open to dependents of ALCA members and their ALCA CEO employees that was designed for those individuals who might not be planning to go into the landscaping industry. This scholarship is open to all members and their employees, regardless of their field of study. Proceeds from the silent auction at the awards program have funded this scholarship. For decades, ALCA has been awarding qualified individuals who are serious about furthering their formal Thank you to the education in the Green Industry. The Green Industry companies that donated Scholarship is funded by proceeds from the Sky Blu raffle prizes and sponsored the holes: Underwood Golf Tournament. This year, the event was held at the beautiful FireRock Country Club on Cinco de AAA Landscape Mayo with proceeds in the amount of over $9,000. Sky Azul-Verde Design Group Blu Underwood was born in Phoenix in 1974 and was Bayer raised around the landscape industry. He often worked Belgard Hardscapes for his father during the summers at AAA Landscape. His Cutting Edge Curbing roots were deeply entwined with the agricultural industry. DIRT Unfortunately, Sky did not live long enough to fulfill Evergreen Turf his dreams. This scholarship fund has been established Ewing to help other young people build their careers. Perhaps Helena Chemical applicants can use their education to beautify the world Company with trees, flowers, and other green things...and carry on Hill & Usher one of Sky’s dreams. Horizon With 160 players playing and competing at FireRock Country Club, the lowest score of 51 and taking the 1st Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire place prize went to the FX Luminaire team: Kris Klein (FX Luminaire), Chris Griffin (Unique Landscape by Identity Promotional Marketing Griffin), Mike Larchick (CYC Landscaping), and Chris Wentland (CYC Landscaping). Irritrol/Toro Company/ Unique Lighting In second place was the team playing for Rodeo Ford consisting of Paul Bruccoleri, Larry Walton, Eric BerryJohn Deere Landscapes man and Jim Mitchell. Matt Muniz American Family Insurance Coming in 3rd place was the Unique Lighting/Toro Co. team consisting of Brian Qualls, Brian Whitcher and Outdoor Systems Management, LLC Brian Connolly (Service Direct Landscape, LLC). The big $250 winner of the putting contest and only Poolcorp/NPT contestant able to sink the hole was Todd Huston with Rain Bird ISS Grounds Control. Todd generously donated most RDO Equipment of his winnings back to the Sky Blu Scholarship Fund. Rodeo Ford Thank you to Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Beth Postma, Southwest Sod Karen Draeger, Tony Acosta, Monte Hoskins, Theresa Sunrise Tree Farm Ruscetti, Becky Nunes, Nickie Velten, Ashley Beebe, The Synthetic Grass Store Kasey Billingsley, and Sandy Roberts for volunteering to Valley Tree Feeders help with the registration and specialty holes. A special Vista Professional Outdoor thanks to our lunch sponsors Joe Carranza with Sunrise Lighting Nursery and to Golf Chairman Nate Gould with Hunter Weinberger Waste Industries for choosing such a beautiful course. Disposal West Coast Turf



Respectfully, Judy Gausman, CEO

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2015 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Sponsored by:

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE Landscaping Contractors Single Family Residential Installation $50-$75k King Residence After working with the King family for over 30 years, Landscaping Contractors was requested once again to design an entertaining venue at their new home. Their vision was to have all the amenities needed to host large gatherings. The main feature is the 250 square foot professional outdoor kitchen. The kitchen hosts two pizza ovens, two main ovens, a stove and griddle. The sink and prep area is enhanced with a fine granite countertop with seating for four. The fireplace and hearth were designed with casual seating in mind. Five consecutively placed pots with accent plants adorn the patio. Ten custom trellises and FX LED lighting grace the property. Pavers will lead you to a play area and cusp of travertine decking around the pool. A plant shelf insert dressed the accent walls of the courtyard for a more secluded and quite retreat. Extensive misting system was installed for those extreme Arizona summers.

DTR Landscape Development LLC Commercial Installation $100k - $175k Williams Field High School New Football Stadium The installation project for the Williams Field High School new football stadium included installing a new 4� mainline, rubber ring pipe and ductile iron fittings. Installation of a new variable speed Munro pump were used strictly for the eight new Hunter ST1600 water cannons in order to cool down the artificial turf field. DTR Landscape Development is one of a small amount of contractors in Arizona certified by Hunter to install this type of product. Therefore, DTR categorizes these as specialty projects and takes pride that they are a part of Hunter Industries Preferred Contractor.



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AWARDS OF DISTINCTION Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc. Commercial Installation Under $50k Ronald McDonald House- Banner Mesa This project involved a complete landscape and irrigation system installation for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix at the Banner Health campus in Mesa. Ronald McDonald House provides short term housing facilities for families whose children are being treated for critical/serious health conditions. The new “xeriscape” landscape was designed by a well-known valley landscape architect to provide a tranquil setting for families to relax, including a complete playground system with a ramada cover and artificial turf surface. Development of this project was a community partnership between Banner Desert Healthcare, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Xeriscapes Unlimited, and many vendors/subcontractors. This beautiful facility provides assistance to all families in the East Valley.

ISS Grounds Control Commercial Installation $250k - $350k Estrella Mountain College Amphitheater The Estrella Mountain Community College expansion project focuses on sustainable structures in the landscape which demonstrate a high level of environmental commitment that contribute to the region’s overall sustainability. The low maintenance landscape surrounding the campus’ new structures consist of all low-water-use plant material. The landscape architect designed a feature to collect roof rainwater for transference through the landscape. The success of the landscape reveals a critical understanding of microclimate, proper plant placement, creativity and sustainable landscape management practices. The project uses desert trees such as mesquites and palo breas with blooming orchid trees which add color to the design. A nice variety of accents such as the lady slipper plant, horsetail reed and large desert spoons provide different textures which enhance the pathways and sitting areas around the lawn area and Estrella building.

The Groundskeeper Commercial Redesign JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa Pool Landscape Renovation The goal of the landscape renovation project at the JW Marriot Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa was to completely integrate the landscaping around the main pool area and embrace low water usage by emphasizing desert adapted planting design. Old and woody shrubs along a large amount of annual beds were removed. The Groundskeeper designed combination of lush plantings around the upper adult pool and low water use, desert adapted plants around the main pool to give a natural desert look and feel. Desert adapted trees like ironwood and ‘Desert Museum’ palo verdes were carefully planted in areas that would not interfere with the views of the city from the main hotel terrace. Pot groupings with succulents, thorn-less cacti and annual seasonal color were created to break up and soften the hardscape. Over the years the annual seasonal color in the pots were transitioned to succulents to provide unified look throughout the entire pool area.

Sven Gunn Designs/Sonoran Gardens, Inc. Residential Redesign $50k-$150k Naccarati Residence The design by Sven Gunn incorporated the entire back yard. The only three items to remain was the existing main porch, the spa/ collection pool and the stone and mortar retaining wall. The client wanted raised planter beds for vegetable gardening, a soothing water feature, an outdoor kitchen, and some form of additional shade. Longer steps, a seat wall, and a gas fire pit for evening ambiance were all incorporated. A mixture of lush and colorful plant palate for seasonal interest, mixed with interesting agaves and blooming cacti were used as well as low water use trees and shrubs. Rocks and boulders, soil berms and drainage swales were added to handle runoff from roof gutters and create a natural looking landscape setting.

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2015 Excellence in Landscaping Awards JUDGES AWARDS

ISS Grounds Control Commercial Redesign SUNDT Corporate Office

Sundance Landscape Maintenance, Inc. Commercial Maintenance $200k-$300k Sun Groves HOA

Sustain Scape LLC Single Family Residential Installation $50-$75k West Residence

Gothic Grounds Management Commercial Maintenance $200k-$300k Corte Bella AAA Landscape Residential Redesign $50k-$150k Fritz Residence

Jose E Torres/Tom Ewing/Gardener’s Eden Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $50-$75k Living Sculpture

Pascale Land Design Residential Redesign $50k-$150k Jarvis Residence

DTR Landscape Development LLC Commercial Installation $250k - $350k All Saints Episcopal Church and Day School Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance $200k-$300k Anderson Springs Homeowners Association



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Integrated Landscape Management Commercial Maintenance $200k-$300k Augusta Ranch HOA

CareScape, Inc. Commercial Maintenance $200k-$300k Hastings Farms


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Outdoor Showrooms at Horizon As the economy continues its recovery, Horizon knows that the outdoor living category will be the green industry professional’s best opportunity for growth. For many of Horizon’s customers this will be their first entry into this market. To help make the endeavor easier and more profitable, Horizon is opening a completely new idea in the green industry – Outdoor Living Showrooms. Based inside Horizon’s established warehouses, these showrooms allow landscape contractors to see firsthand all the components in a typical outdoor living set, including pavers, islands, barbeques, fire pits, water features and lighting. More importantly the showroom provides customers a tool to sell their installation services to current and potential clients. “Ultimately our showroom gives the landscape contractor a place to bring their clients to allow them to actually see their new outdoor living

area,” explains Kirby Copeland, General Manager for Horizon. “We’ve re-created a typical design featuring all the standard outdoor living components with the colors and textures common in that region. Basically it’s a catalog you can touch and feel.” The first showroom launched in Scottsdale in January, followed shortly by Mesa. No one embraced the idea more than outdoor living specialist, Jesse Balderas. Balderas got his start in the landscape industry almost 30 years ago doing high end custom installs in California. At that point he realized he truly enjoyed creating custom retreats for individual personalities and taste. Jesse moved to distribution in 1997, helping contractors increase their business and manage their installations more efficiently. Three years ago Jesse discovered his passion for outdoor living products. As Jesse describes it, “Getting away from the living aspect of landscape was hard, but when I really got into understanding outdoor living I fell in love with what one can do creatively and build just about anything.” Jesse has spent countless hours learning about pavers, outdoor kitchens and barbeques. He’s assisted many designers in building islands, fire pits, running gas lines for propane, even installing misting



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systems. Jesse’s special skill is being able to set the scene, whether that is creating a low key social atmosphere or full resort setting and everything in between. Anyone in the green industry knows the key to success is finding ‘a guy’. A guy you can call any time with questions or concerns. A guy that calls you about new products on the market, or maybe with a lead for a new client. A guy that has your back as you learn your way through this new opportunity. So what makes Jesse ‘your guy’? He explains it best: “I make myself available from the simple napkin sketch, through the execution of the install, to any questions the end user may have. I expect nothing but 100% satisfaction and will do everything in my power to make that happen.”

Horizon has been selling outdoor living products for several years, a natural extension with its sister company National Pool & Tile. But the new showrooms reiterate their commitment to the category and their focus on helping their customers succeed and grow the business. Horizon is planning to open eight showrooms across their footprint in 2016. The Scottsdale store and showroom is located at 15517 N. 77th St. off Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Mesa is at 201 W. Juanita between US 60 and Baseline Road. Horizon will be offering training classes, as well as marketing and sales tools to their contractor customers. To learn more about the outdoor living category, be sure to drop by Horizon!

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Will the Drought Cause the Landscape Industry to Dry Up Too? Article provided by Sarah Gorvin, DLC Resources, Inc.

In May, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project held a briefing about water levels in Lake Mead and what that means for our state. The takeaway? Arizona isn’t in water crisis… yet. Unlike Southern California — whose primary water source is Lake Mead — Arizona only gets about 40% of its water from Lake Mead. The rest comes from groundwater and reservoirs, which aren’t experiencing shortages. What’s more, the Valley’s water use has actually been declining or holding steady — despite a large increase in population in the past couple of decades. In fact, our water use today is pretty much the same as it was in 1957. Proactive planning, more efficient water use and less agricultural activity helped contribute to this. But all of this isn’t to say that Arizona can sit back and coast. The drought and its potential impact on the Valley is still a very serious and real issue. Even though Arizona is in an okay position now, that may not be the case in 5 or 10 years’ time. If the drought continues, water levels in Lake Mead will drop further and ADWR will likely decide to enforce water use restrictions. For our landscape industry, these restrictions would have a huge impact on our work as a whole. In addition to strict irrigation water allocations, water shortages would certainly cause irrigation costs to go up. This would not only reduce the budgets we need to operate within, it may also make some communities drastically reduce the scopes of their landscapes, meaning potentially less work for us. So even though Arizona isn’t on the brink of running out of water today, we don’t know what the future holds. That’s why it’s still absolutely crucial that we keep the drought and water conservation in the forefront of our minds.

• Carefully Monitor Water Use. Working to eliminate waste is a good first step. Make sure your community’s irrigation system is working as efficiently as it can be and identify any areas for improvement. • Find Ways to Reduce Water Use and Associated Costs. A water shortage will drive up irrigation water costs, so it’s not a bad idea to help your communities explore changes they can make to reduce water use. Because turf is often the most water-hungry aspect of a landscape, turf conversions may be beneficial. Can unusable turf be swapped out for more waterefficient shrubs and decomposed granite? Another option to look at is replacing non-native plants with more desertadapted or native species that require less irrigation. The bottom line is whether or not Arizona ever actually sees water use restrictions, we’re still dealing with a serious and long-term drought. That’s why we need to be working now to help communities prepare for a water shortage and help them plan for any restrictions — or the landscape industry may be left in the dust.


Obviously there’s not much we can do to stop the drought. But a little bit of planning and foresight now may go a long way to help lessen its impact in the coming years. There are several ways we as landscapers can help our clients prepare. • Know the ADWR Allocation. Even though they’re currently not being enforced, each community has a conservation allotment, which is the maximum amount of water the site is permitted to use for irrigation. (More information can be found at www.azwater. gov.) If the ADWR begins enforcing the allotments, communities will need to operate within those restrictions. How does current use compare to ADWR allocations?

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Care & Maintenance Weather every storm.

Mother Nature can be cruel. Luckily, by choosing Belgard for your hardscape projects, you’ve already taken measures to increase resistance against weathering and corrosion. Still, seasonal hardscape maintenance is encouraged to preserve the beauty and integrity of your installation. Here are a few Belgard paver care tips.


• Clean your pavers each spring with a coarse-bristle “stable” broom and a paver cleaner to keep them looking like new. • Some weeds, if left unaddressed, can shift pavers apart over time. Be sure to periodically apply a granular weed preemergent between joints as a part of your paver maintenance routine. • Be careful when cleaning your Belgard pavers with power washers as they can expose the aggregate on the paver’s surface.


• Before applying any paver cleaning solution to your hardscape, test a small inconspicuous area first to be sure you get the desired results. • Be sure to read and follow the directions printed on container labels for cleaning solution use, application, precautions and first aid. Always rinse the solution off thoroughly after use. • In the event of an oil spill, act to remove it promptly with granular oil absorbent. Spills should be soaked up, not rubbed. Rubbing will drive the stain deeper into the concrete.

Turf Maintenance







• De-icing substances, when used in proper amounts, will not damage good-quality concrete. However, they may accelerate surface wear on some paver styles. Use them in moderation. • Sealers should not be applied more than once in three years, to a maximum of two applications. Too many applications will create a film on the surface which may discolor in sunlight. • The joints between paving stones are the most vulnerable areas of any installation. Keep these joints topped off with jointing sand to prevent the sand-bedding layer below from deteriorating, causing the pavers to shift. For more information, go to

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West Coast Turf/Western Sod

Quality, Service, and the Newest State-of-the-Art Eco-Friendly Turfgrasses West Coast Turf/Western Sod (WCT/WS) is undoubtedly the most famous face in Arizona’s turfgrass industry. We offer top professional quality natural turfgrass and installation services to all of our customers, whether they are the head groundskeeper of Chase Field needing a field grown to his specs, a landscape contractor wanting the best product at the best price, or a homeowner looking for the newest environmentally friendly lawn. We also offer same day easy pick-ups at our Scottsdale farm.


WCT/WS has been the official supplier to Chase Field and the D-backs since day #1. Everyone can have that same grass the MLB players enjoy. “We get several calls every day about BOBSod. People want THAT grass at Chase Field,” said WCT/WS’s Jay Danek.


Environmentally friendly turfgrasses are vital to the future of the industry, and our answer is Platinum T.E. paspalum. “I’ve been in the industry for a long time, and I haven’t seen a grass out there better for our desert,” Danek explained. “It can reduce your budget because it can stay green 4-6 weeks longer in the fall, and greens up a month earlier.” “We’ve also expanded our inventory of St. Augustine, and our popular EZ-Turf, both of which have been around for years,” Danek said.


Danek has been roped into his role as our resident “Mr. Wise Grass.” His blog “Ask Mr. Wise Grass” (found at offers turf advice, tips, insights, and answers. “I am passionate about grass, and I love helping people get their lawns in top condition,” Danek said. Be sure to sign up for his blog for news, info, and special discounts! Contact West Coast Turf/Western Sod at 800/832-8873, online at www.wwestcoastturf. com, or find us on Facebook westcoastturf. Life is short. Sod it!


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KURAPIA – New Utility Groundcover


urapia is a newly developed, highly versatile groundcover. Once established, it requires little maintenance and needs less water than cool and warm season turfgrasses. Kurapia grows close to the ground and rarely exceeds one inch high. Most of the year, the plant is covered in small, white flowers that are sterile, which means it is unable to reproduce by seed. Kurapia was bred from the Japanese native coastal plant Lippia nodiflora. It has been found to be highly tolerant of saline, acidic and basic soils. Kurapia has an extensive root system and depending on the soil type, can reach a depth of one meter. This root system can be beneficial in reducing soil erosion and runoff. It’s thick, dense growth helps suppress weeds and reduces the need for weeding. Irrigation trials on ‘Kurapia’ from 2012-2014 performed at U.C. Davis found the plant’s sturdy structure and low water needs makes it a “great option” for groundcover that won’t get irrigated, suggesting it appropriate for highway and freeway shoulders, rooftops, public utility areas, commercial properties and solar farm landscapes.

During the fall of 2012, 24 #1-sized plants of Lippia nodiflora ‘Kurapia’ were planted in the ground in full sun on the University of California campus in Davis, Calif. (USDA Zone 9b and Sunset zone 14). This was a two-year irrigation study performed by U.C. Kurapia after mowing. Davis/ UCANR. For the “deficit irrigation” portion of the trials the second year, the growth and quality of the plant was not significantly affected. This irrigation level was to encourage the establishment of deep roots into the native soil. The cultivar showed extreme adaptability to irrigation levels. Because of its high performance level at the lowest irrigation rate in the trials, the researchers recommend that once established, it be irrigated at the 20% ETo level, and no more than 40% level of ETo, as additional water does not represent a significant gain in appearance or size. These recommendations, the researchers specify, are based on using drip irrigation in a clay-loam soil, and may not be reproducible in lighter soils or with the use of overhead spray irrigation, note the researchers.


This photo shows a Kurapia groundcover installed by Caltrans for a stormwater bioswale project.

This Kurapia lawn is at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. For the Kurapia trials at U.C. Davis, one of the researchers, Karrie Reid, an environmental horticulture advisor for the U.C. Cooperative Extension, suggested homeowners may want to consider using it as a lawn replacement. Kurapia can tolerate light to intermediate foot traffic.

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10 Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries


he U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released a list of the Top 10 causes of workplace injuries based on 2013 data – the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data is available. According to the BLS, workplace accidents and injuries, which resulted in employees to miss six or more days of work, cost U.S. employers nearly $62 billion, and 82% of that was attributed to the 10 leading causes of the most disabling work-related injuries.


• Overexertion involving an outside source – This resulted in about one quarter of the total. The BLS says overexertion occurs when the physical effort of a worker who lifts, pulls, pushes, holds, carries, wields or throws an object results in an injury. This is because the object being handled often is heavier than the weight a worker should be handling or the object is handled improperly. Actual injuries include sprains, strains, and tears. • Falls on the same level – This could be the individual who falls over an uneven floor surface or someone leaning too far back in a chair and topples over. • Falls to lower level – This is the worker who falls to the ground from a roof or ladder, or an office worker standing and falling from a stepstool. • Struck by object or equipment – This includes being struck by an object dropped by a fellow worker to being caught in a swinging door or gate.



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• Other exertions or bodily reaction – These are injuries the BLS says are caused by bending, crawling, reaching, twisting, climbing or stepping. • Roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles – The worker doesn’t have to be the driver, this includes passenger or pedestrian. • Slip or trip without falling – A worker can slip or trip without hitting the ground. Could be the individual slips on a wet floor and grabs at a handrail to keep from falling and the grab results in an injury to the hand, wrist, shoulder or other part of the body. • Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects – These injuries result from workers being caught in equipment or machinery that are still running, as well as rolling, shifting or sliding objects. • Struck against object or equipment – These injuries result from the worker being hurt by forcible contact or impact, such as the individual who walks into the open drawer of a file cabinet. • Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks – The last of the 10 includes injuries from tasks that may include the same continuous movements, such as a typist, who inputs data all day, or a grocery store cashier, who scans and bags groceries for several hours at a time. CopperPoint provides workplace safety tips on these issues and more in our SafetyResources library found on our website, By going to our website you can download a free safety plan template, order safety training cards or posters, download informational brochures regarding workers compensation insurance and watch work safety videos.

Medical Marijuana in Arizona


“A Tricky Balancing Act For Employers”

By: Scott J Richardson, Esq. / Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner


2010 Arizona adopted the Arizona Medicinal Marijuana Act (“AMMA”). Since then employers have been asking questions without good answers about their rights versus the rights of employees holding a medical marijuana card. While some of that debate remains, here are some things we have determined. Employees with medical marijuana cards cannot be discriminated against or treated differently just because they have a card. To discipline an employee or refuse to hire a person because they are a cardholder, with some exceptions, is prohibited. You cannot ask an employee if they have been issued a card for fear of violating the AMMA, the ADA or other laws unless it directly relates to the employee performing the job. Employers cannot take action against a cardholder because he or she tests positive for marijuana unless the action would result in a violation of the Drug Free Workplace Act or cause a loss of federal benefits.

BUT . . .

An employee cannot use or possess marijuana in the workplace, or at a customer’s or a vendor’s premises.

AND . . .

If you observe conduct or other indicia of impairment at work, you may have a good faith belief of use at work and can take disciplinary action up to and including termination. Wow, get it? I thought not. This is tough to wade through. Let’s start with an initial determination. Is the job the employee is considered for “safety sensitive”? Does the job require a drug free workplace under some Federal mandate? Still confused? I thought so. Does the job require operation of a motor vehicle or machinery like a chain saw? Is the job one covered by the Drug Free Workplace Act? If so, we may have a problem. I know what you are thinking. I will give them a chain saw and say the job is safety sensitive. That may not cut it as the law is not crystal clear on what is safety sensitive. The body of case law is limited and making knee jerk assumptions may be risky. Gosh - what to do? Here are some suggestions for the moment. Medical marijuana is likely here to stay. There are over 75,000 card holders in Arizona. Have a well drafted drug testing program. If someone tests positive and holds a card, this does not automatically mean you can fire them. Remember marijuana remains in the system for 48 hours. Observe the employees at work to determine if there is a good faith basis to believe they are currently under the influence by means of demeanor, speech, walking, coordination, ability to perform simple tasks, the smell of marijuana, or the like. But just failing a drug test is NOT evidence of impairment. Think about certain jobs as safety sensitive such a tree climbing, working with heavy power tools or equipment that can cause immediate and great bodily harm, or driving vehicles that if in a collision may cause a spill of chemicals needing more than simple clean up. Establish strong and sound policies regarding marijuana in a properly drafted employee handbook. Do background checks on every employee annually for criminal convictions. This may also save you on your insurance. The Office of Pest Management and the Registrar of Contractors no longer does its own background checks so it is up to you as the employer. If someone possesses a card and assuming there is no impairment on the job, give or make accommodations to that person under the American with Disabilities Act.

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The Arizona Landscape Contractors Association Celebrates Arbor Day With Maricopa Elementary School Proverbs say that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today. Let’s celebrate Arbor Day – every day!


LCA’s Director of Community Projects, Bob Franchetto, has once again celebrated Arbor Day by planting and staking a tree and this year the Maricopa Elementary School was the recipient of a beautiful live oak. Students gathered around as Bob explained how to properly plant and care for the live oak at the entrance to the school grounds. The children enjoyed roughing up the sides to loosen the roots and digging in with their hands to fill in the hole with dirt then packing it in with their feet. After staking and watering the tree, the project was complete. Quercus virginiana, also known as the

southern live oak, is a normally evergreen oak tree native to the southeastern United States. Live oaks drop their leaves immediately before new leaves emerge in the spring. Depending on the growing conditions, live oaks vary from a shrub-size to large and spreading tree-size: typical open-grown trees reach 60 feet in height, with a limb spread of nearly 80 feet. Southern live oak is cultivated for shade and as an ornamental. Care is relatively easy, as it requires very little watering while it is young. After it is four to five feet tall, watering can be forgotten, and no more care is required. It is long-lived; trees in excess of 500 years were once common. Thank you to Beth Postma with All Season Wholesale Growers for graciously donating the Fan Tex Ash trees and to Kevin Salamandra with Arid Zone Trees for providing 100 tree seedlings for students to take home.



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April Member Mixer Sponsored by Cappsure


hank you to Mike Martinez with Cappsure for sponsoring the April member mixer at Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. “Cappsure it” is a field services product that makes the collaboration and communication between foremen, landscaping company and the property owners amazingly simple, efficient and transparent. The ensuing “Cappsure effect” provides exceptional value for everyone in the ecosystem. At the outset, their product has the following immediate impacts.

DIRECT BOTTOM LINE REVENUE IMPACT Landscapers can now drive revenues in unprecedented channels. Their language and computer literacy challenged foremen now have the ability to create landscaping proposals in a few clicks. The supervisors are equipped with much more powerful proposal generation software rather than a strenuous manual process.

INCREASED CREDIBILITY ALL AROUND The property owners have credible maintenance reporting from foremen on the field instantly in terms of services performed or the parts replaced. The landscaping companies now have foremen that are much more accountable.

INCREASED TRANSPARENCY WITH EFFICIENT REPORTING The landscaping companies can now keep track of the inventory items and can invoice their customers with a click of a button. The clients have instant access to all services and irrigation parts reports. The overarching goal of the product is simplicity and ease of use, result of which is a revolutionary app for iOS and android, a property owner portal and a powerful and yet easy-to-use SAAS-based service. For more information, call Cappsure at (702) 277-2642 or


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Midway Sponsors May Mixer Thank you to Midway Chevrolet/Isuzu for sponsoring the May 18th member mixer at the beautiful El Chorro restaurant.


ucson members gathered at the Claim Jumper in Tucson for the May ALCA member mixer. Everyone enjoys gathering ideas for new plants in their landscapes and Jean Cote with Mountain States Wholesale Nursery certainly provided that for those in attendance. In addition to sponsoring the event, MSWN raffled off the new and interesting plants to some happy recipients. MSWN extends their gratitude to all of their customers and friends who have supported and encouraged them through the years. There are many ways to measure progress, and to MSWN the most meaningful sign is the presence of previously unused desert plants in thoughtful landscapes throughout the Southwest. These landscapes range from large-scale projects to simple private gardens, each quietly recognizing our deserts as places of great beauty, diversity and well-springs of life. To assist you in your selection process, MSWN offers over 450 taxa of desert-adapted trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accents, flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. They specialize in providing landscape plants that combine beauty and water economy. It is their goal to provide quality plant material to allow the fulfillment of design concepts that reflect the spirit and the beauty of the desert. MSWN cordially invites wholesale customers to visit their nursery, explore the wide variety of possibilities found there and allow them to introduce you to their large inventory of landscape plants collected from the deserts of the world. Over 550 acres of growing grounds in Arizona give them the space to handle any order and their experienced staff provides professional, personalized service to their customers. Mark your calendar; MSWN will hold an open house on November 4th at their location at 13803 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85307 so watch for more details to come. For more information, you may contact Jean Cote at or call at (623) 247-8509.


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Selec�on, use, and maintenance of non‐power tools Hedge trimmer, chain saw and brush cu�er safety Review workplace safety procedures to help prevent injuries DPS Officer will share informa�on about truck and trailer safety and the rules and regula�ons that apply to these vehicles Pre‐trip inspec�ons for trucks and trailers Weight limits and types of registra�on Loading and covering vehicles correctly

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Iden�fy the varie�es of turfgrass used in the Desert Southwest Demonstrate mechanical steps to properly install sod Discuss proper cultural prac�ces including mowing techniques, thatch removal, overseeding, fer�liza�on and irriga�on for various turfgrass varie�es Problem solving strategies for common turfgrass diseases and pests

Soils and FerƟlizer  Apply proper techniques in collec�ng a soil sample for analysis  Determine soil texture and understand how soil texture relates to irriga�on management  Take steps to prevent soil compac�on and salt accumula�on  Recognize and correct plant nutrient deciencies  Select and apply soil amendments and fer�lizers at the appropriate rates  Describe the role of roots and plant health and the importance of soil management to op�mize root health

DATES: July 14, 16, 20 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 July 23 — Pima Community College Bldg CC, Amethyst Room 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATE: July 14 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 TIME: 12:30 PM—4:30 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATES: August 11 and 13 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 August 20 — Pima Community College Bldg CC, Amethyst Room 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

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Provide basic plant biology as it pertains to pruning, decay, disease and wound closure Demonstrate the safe use of basic pruning equipment Describe the five basic tree pruning types: crown cleaning, thinning, raising, reduction and restoration Describe & demonstrate shrub renovation pruning Explain common pruning mistakes and how to avoid them

DATE: August 11 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 TIME: 12:30 PM—4:30 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

What is the ACLP cerƟcaƟon process? Anyone may a�end the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become cer�ed, each student must a�end all workshops and pass the online exams. Par�cipants will be declared an AZ Cer�ed Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each exam. QuesƟons: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626‐7091 or email ** Dates and �mes are subject to change**



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Made In The Shade Environmental Assists Reid Park Zoo ALCA member Made In The Shade Environmental is a landscaping company that provides residential and commercial landscaping services with an emphasis on tree service. Lead by owner Daniel Crosby, his team consists of community– minded individuals aimed at making a difference in the Tucson community and providing excellent customer service to their clients. You may recall in July of 2011 that one of the male giraffes, Watoto, died after ingesting a poi-

sonous oleander plant at Reid Park Zoo. Founded in 1967, the 24-acre facility is home to over 500 animals. Crosby reached out to the zoo and offered to remedy the problem and help prevent other incidents like this from happening again. Made In The Shade partnered with TLC Environmental LLC, another local tree service company, donating the manpower to remove over 60 oleander hedges from the zoo's north perimeter.

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But Crosby wanted to do more. He discovered that several of the native trees they regularly service qualified as a safe and abundant food source for giraffes and elephants. Thornless Mesquites, Acacias, and African Sumacs along with some tree barks and trunks all fall under the category of “eligible browse,” referring to the combination of approved trees & shrubs that make up ideally 93% of a giraffe’s diet. With tightening budgets and limited resources, the zoo had a need that Made In The Shade Environmental seemed perfectly suited to fill, free of charge. The program has been a huge success. Made In The Shade’s clients save money on their tree service while reducing the amount of organic material being disposed into landfills. The zoo is able to supplement the animals’ diets with a healthy treat and a welcomed snack in between meals. In addition, Made In The Shade’s clients get the satisfaction of knowing that they too, are contributing to the animals’ lives and giving back to the community. In the past six years, over 75 tons of eligible browse has been donated to the Reid Park Zoo. The Made In The Shade team is ever committed to improving the quality and frequency of these deliveries. Team-leader, Robert Brown, recently had an idea to switch from bar and chain saw oil to vegetable oil which means that now all browse loads are 100% organic. The idea led Crosby to set a hefty new goal to deliver 40-50 tons of browse in 2016 and eventually increase to 100 tons per year. With the recent acquisition of specialized dump trailers, no doubt Crosby will realize or exceed this new goal!

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