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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 The Spurge Scourge............................................................. 7

OPM License Exam Preparatory Courses

ALCA Calendar................................................................... 7

Conducted Weekly

ALCA 2016 Excellence Awards........................................ 8-10

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

ALCA Mixer - Courtesy Fleet & Isuzu Commercial................... 12 ALCA Mixer - Relaxed Atmosphere Custom Pools................... 12 Practical Water Conservation Options.................................. 13 ALCA Irrigation Tech Training.............................................. 13 ALCA Member Profile: Horizon ........................................... 17 ALCA Member Profile: Belgard............................................ 18

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ALCA Member Profile: West Coast Turf/Western Sod............. 16 ACLP II - Tree Health Care................................................... 16


Sky Blu Golf Tournament..................................................... 17


MCC Urban Horticulture Courses - Fall 2017........................ 17


Member Update - Arizona Turf Masters/Synthetic Grass......... 18 Member Update - Back to Nature Landcare........................... 18 Member Update - Evergreen Partners Joins Forces With SiteOne Landscape Supply.......................................... 18

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Member Update - A 6,000 Year Old Safety Issue........................ 19 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................. 19 Member Update - National Processing Solutions.................... 20 ALCP 2017 Schedule......................................................... 20 Resource Guide................................................................. 22 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Robert Clinkenbeard


President Elect

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

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock

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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

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ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

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 in stock.

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,

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

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Imagine a day when...


magine a day when your equipment requires no gasoline, and sometimes not even an operator. Imagine a drone delivering trimmer line or a forgotten tool to a jobsite. Imagine a significant increase in sustainable urban green spaces. Imagine a day when landscaping is viewed differently with a much higher degree of respect. According to Michelle Sordi, Husqvarna’s director of marketing, several revealing statistics include: • 56% of U.S. consumers visit a Robert Clinkenbeard park once a week ALCA President • 71% think parks will occupy a larger 2016/17 share of cities in 2030 • 78% want to see eco-friendly outdoor power equipment being used • 65% would prefer to choose a landscaper who used it • 72% would be willing to pay more for said landscaper • 57% would be willing to pay more for a landscaper who operated quieter equipment Is lawn and garden equipment technology on pace to meet this growing, in some cases shifting demand? I would say it is very close.

oil, filters, spark plugs and service labor goes out. That’s money out of the dealer’s pocket. That said, dealers would have the opportunity to generate sales dollars upfront via batteries and chargers. Perhaps dealers could even play a role in the outfitting of trailers with solar panels and other required accessories. Additionally, some dealers might be more than happy to wave bye-bye to the headaches and hassles associated with ethanol-inflicted two-cycle engine repair. Sincerely, Robert Clinkenbeard, ALCA President 2016/17

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Leading landscape companies are considering shifting to batteries

Many large companies around the country are being invited to some of the leading manufacturer facilities to discuss transition to battery-powered handheld equipment. On site demos are also offered around the country to promote the new equipment on offer. As environmental concerns, labor issues and demand from clients influence our decision making, many companies have transitioned 50% of its mower fleet to propane and are converting trailers into solar-equipped “power houses” for many of their crews. There is still a lot of learning that needs to happen but that is always needed with new products, services etc. From what I understand a trailer set up with solar panels can be outfitted for around $5,000 and it is likely that you will obtain a positive ROI of several thousand dollars over 10 years. Robotic mowers are also becoming readily available and hardier for commercial use. I had the opportunity to view a demo of a mower which, confined to a specific area by electronic sensors, could be operated remotely at a set amount of hours and would operate through small, fine cuts so the grass would also look short. Production rates, machine health and other data could also be collected continuously. The solar panels are helping to keep batteries charged—batteries used to power a growing arsenal of handheld equipment. Convincing some of the crews to operate battery equipment will undoubtedly be a challenge at first because they are so entrenched in the “macho gasoline culture”. At some point this will change with crews accepting the health and environmental benefits such as reduced noise, less pollution and positive feedback from clients. For a company to go “all in” and make a 100% switch to propane and solar/electric on day one may not make sense, but a sensible strategic plan put in place over a two or three year period would reduce many of the potential risks or challenges. It’s important to understand that the transition to battery is scalable. A given trailer shows a couple thousand-dollar positive ROI over the life of the trailer. That is one trailer. If you have 10 trailers or 100 trailers then ROI dollars quickly multiply up. Thus, battery could prove to be financially viable for a smaller operator, too—perhaps even more so because the upfront investment in batteries, chargers and solar panels is considerably less. After visiting the largest landscape show (GIE) in the US last year and experiencing an increase in the number of battery powered exhibitors, I believe more landscape professionals should embrace battery technology. But it really comes down to education. Dealers can play a huge role in that, since most small to mid-size landscape companies are getting the majority of their information from the dealers which they buy. Dealers must play a very important role in the adoption of battery power for another reason: When batteries come in, the aftermarket sale of




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Kristine Embach 1700 E Old West Highway Apache Junction, AZ 85119 (480) 671-1117 Besides being landscape contractors, we have a 3.5 acre wholesale/retail nursery in Apache Junction where our customers can shop for plants, pottery, boulders and other yard art. We do mostly residential installs and maintenance in the East Valley.

Complete Environmental Concepts & Design

Jim Ginnie 610 E Bell Rd Ste 497 Phoenix, AZ 85022 (602) 466-2882 We are a full service residential & commercial environmental company.

Ecosphere Landscaping

Adam Miscavage PO Box 2118 Mesa, AZ 85214 (480) 964-3989 We are a commercial landscape maintenance company. We do residential and commercial installations, tree service/removal, and irrigation. We have licensed arborists and backflow certified technicians on staff.

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Susan Spiers 3066 N Lear Ave Casa Grande, AZ 85122 (520) 836-6776 A landscape changing experience, we maintain and upgrade commercial properties.

Essential Landscape LLC

Mario Moreno 6 N 67th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85043 (602) 576-5802

Foothills View Landscaping, LLC Gustavo Ibarra P O Box 36411 Tucson, AZ 85740 (520) 887-7738

Gardner, Chris

1627 W Earll Dr Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602) 615-0434

Morrison, Clark & Company CPAs, PLLC

Fredy Hernandez 5650 W Chandler Blvd #2 Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 424-7855 Morrison, Clark & Company CPAs is a construction industry CPA firm that helps contractors grow and manage their companies for the benefit of their families at home, their families in the workplace and themselves. The firm does this through its proprietary Full Circle Accounting, which includes setting goals, solving existing financial challenges, planning go-forward financial strategies, implementing them over the long term, and sharing business wisdom through the process.

OneSource Property Experts

Ryan Christensen 317 S Higley Rd, Ste 114-470 Gilbert, AZ 85297 (480) 378-3111 Complete landscape services, pest control, and pool maintenance

Seidell, Brett

4762 W Menadota Dr Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 806-4183

The Landscape Guy, LLC

Ivan Brnilovich PO Box 6239 Peoria, AZ 85385 (623) 570-5700 The Landscape Guy, LLC is a family owned business based out of Peoria, Arizona that has been serving the Valley of the Sun since 2004. We offer a wide verity of landscape services, whether it be residential or commercial, starting as low as $50 and are fully capable of handling your larger projects of $100,000 plus, and of course everything else in-between. We are a fully licensed (CR21-298069), bonded, and insured Arizona corporation. Making Arizona Beautiful One Yard at a Time since 2004!

Westar Environmental, LLC

Tamela Asbury PO Box 1749 Higley, AZ 85236 (480) 279-1515 Westar Environmental has provided Arizona with superior commercial landscape installation since 1999. We are highly trained professionals in landscape, irrigation system installation, and skilled in customer care. Westar Environmental hauls all their own granite and hardscape materials and shop at the finest nurseries in the valley to find the best material to extend to our elite clientele. July/August 2017





ALCA Field Day


LCA hosted 200 family members of the landscape industry at the ALCA Field Day on a beautiful Saturday in April at the SRP PERA Club. With 23 sponsors hosting a variety of interactive and competitive individual and team events, everyone enjoyed the festivities, including my 10 year old granddaughter who has never missed one. And who wouldn’t want to participate in a contest for launching a tennis ball with a slingshot tied to lawn mowers aimed at targets? This creative event was hosted by Bob Franchetto and the Horizon crew. Target Specialty Products provided a golf chipping contest and Nate Gould with Hunter Industries hosted the bean bag toss. Beth Postma with All Season Wholesale Growers held an obstacle course for the kiddos who fished out a prize from the swimming pool. Nate Wallace and Steve Carroll with Armstrong Growers tested participant’s knowledge by identifying a selection of plants used in the landscapes. Hector Albarran and Annika Jochai with Stotz Equipment held a Frisbee toss into a Bobcat challenge while Dan Harner with Belgard Superlite Block and his lovely assistant Ashley Franchetto ran a basketball free throw contest. Brandon Light and Rob Mommsen with RDO Judy Gausman Equipment hosted an excavator challenge while ALCA CEO Christopher Cole with West Coast Turf set up the croquet court for all to enjoy. Participants hauled bricks in the wheelbarrow contest which was sponsored by Joe Carranza Sunrise Nursery. All could enjoy playing some horseshoes provided by Ewing Irrigation. Roger Toon with Sunstate Equipment brought a lift and many enjoyed the 40 foot high bird’s eye view over the SRP Park. Bob Meier and the Adaptive Insurance Agency held a putting contest with a grand prize of $15,000 for the person who could sink all 3 holes. Even though it was great fun, it was a task that no one could accomplish. Paul Tammelleo with Irritrol sponsored a salsa cook-off with some fiercely hot competition. Thanks to Jim Mitchell with Rodeo Ford, children of all ages enjoyed jumping around in an inflatable bounce house. Kids and adults gravitated to the ever popular petting zoo, sponsored by Southwest Sod, where the animals received a lot of lovin’. And of course, Field Day closed with the grand finale tug ‘o war contest sponsored by Mark Carreiro with Rain Bird. Participants took home some fabulous prizes as they competed for first, second and third place. A delicious gourmet BBQ picnic was served by Tim Foraker with SiteOne Landscape Supply and Terre Caraway with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock who slaved over the open flames to cook hot dogs and burgers to perfection. For dessert, Evergreen Turf and DIRT Insurance & Risk Management brought in an ice cream truck which helped cool the crowd on the warm day. A big thank you goes to Bill Faires and Dwight Faires with San Tan Landscape Management who donated and delivered all of the bottled water, sodas and ice. Insurance for the event was provided by the generosity of Steve Shields with Hill & Usher. Trace Tolby, Brad Reno and Nancy Clawson volunteered their day at the registration table and selling raffle tickets. Thank you to all of the sponsors and a special thank you to Bob Franchetto with Horizon who has been the Committee Chairman for decades. It is with his dedication that Field Day continues to provide an excellent opportunity for landscape contractors, members of the green industries, employees and their families to take a break from the everyday work grind and enjoy a memorable fun-filled day with fellow ALCA members. Enjoy the photos! Judy Gausman




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The Spurge Scourge


’ve often joked that spurge should be granted the dubious distinction of Arizona’s Official Groundcover as it is doubtful that any turf and landscape professional in Arizona has not encountered spurge somewhere on a property. The spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) consists of numerous species throughout the U.S. Species such as leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) are true perennial plants and are particularly problematic, especially in northern states. Others such as caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) are biennials and thus take two years to complete their life-cycle. For discussion purposes, the ensuing article will consider Arizona spurges found in turf and landscape as annuals. Species commonly found in Arizona include ground spurge, sometimes referred to as prostrate spurge (Euphorbia prostrata), hyssop spurge (Euphorbia hyssopifolia), spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) and creeping spurge (Euphorbia serpens). These species reproduce by seed but some also root at the nodes making them difficult to remove. Some species such as hyssop are more erect in their growth habits while others are more lateral. Lateral growers are far more common in turf and often survive low mowings. As such, spurge control and management in turf and landscape is a major challenge in Arizona for three reasons: 1. They are prolific seed producers. Spurge’s capacity to establish a robust “seedbank” is well documented. A single plant can produce several thousand seeds; thus, most turf and landscapes in Arizona are contaminated to some degree. 2. They regenerate (germinate and establish) very quickly. Spurge seed can germinate and emerge in less than 2 weeks and produce offspring within 5 weeks of germination. Further, buried spotted spurge seed may remain viable for up to 50 years! 3. Arizona’s extended growing season provides ideal conditions for weeds. In the case of spurge, like many plants, soil temperature dictates when it will germinate and when it will enter dormancy. In the Phoenix area, new spurge germination is typically found in early March; however, our mild climate allows for an extended growing period into late fall/early winter. It can readily be seen alongside the edge of a sidewalk or golf cart path where heat radiation warms the surrounding soil. A hard frost is generally required to interrupt the life cycle of this pesky weed. From a control perspective, spurge clearly presents a formidable challenge. Proper irrigation, timely fertilization and mowing schedule are but a few procedures where attentive management

can yield big dividends. As I often share with turf customers, “healthy turf is the best weed control.” Weeds are opportunistic; provide them thin, weak turf and they will exploit the situation. Vital to such management are cultural practices. Although hand or mechanical This single spurge plant was found in a golf fairway. removal of spurge can Note writing pen for scale. be effective, it is critical to perform the task early, well before seed development. It is all too common to remove spurge by hand only to see new plants replace the voided area within a few short weeks. It should also be 2017 Calendar of Events noted that the white, milky, latex sap that spurge produces during stem breakage is a skin irritant. July Always wear gloves when manually removing 4 Independence Day – ALCA Office spurge! Closed Pre-emergent herbicides have a revered and 19 Phoenix Member Mixer – AZ Wholesale practical place in spurge management. It is essenGrowers tial that pre-emergents be applied prior to initial 20 ACLP Safety & Tools - ALCA Office germination; February applications in the Phoenix 22 ACLP Safety & Tools - ALCA Office area are typically warranted. Despite claims, I’ve 22 ACLP Safety & Tools - Tucson yet to find a pre-emergent for turf & ornamentals 26 Irrigation Tech II - ALCA Office that controls spurge for an entire growing season 27 ACLP Turf Care – ALCA Office with a single application. Turf and landscape professionals should routinely plan a second August application a few months following the first. 4 SLM Workshop - ALCA Office Although several post-emergent options 16 Phoenix Member Mixer – MTD Products are available, one must always be cognizant 17 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA Office of potential collateral damage (i.e., drift onto 19 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA Office non-target plants) or turf damage due to ambi22 ALCA Board Meeting – ALCA Office ent temperature-herbicide interaction. Many post-emergent products combine multiple active 24 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office ingredients; therefore, it is important to align 26 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – Tucson product selection with weed spectrum and turf 30 ACLP II Tree Health Care – ALCA Office tolerance. As always, consult the specimen label before using any pesticide. September A final anecdote: Several years ago while 4 Labor Day – ALCA Office Closed viewing herbicide research trials with colleagues at our California field station, the lead researcher 12 Computerized Budget & Estimating Workshop – ALCA Office somewhat proudly remarked that he had to pur19 Business Succession Planning chase and introduce spurge seed to conduct the 20 Phoenix Member Mixer – Ewing testing since the field station had no prior history Irrigation of spurge. One of my peers murmured, “You do 21 ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office now!” We all snickered, keenly aware that this 23 ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office once pristine, spurge-free research facility had just 23 ACLP Irrigation – Tucson initiated a lifetime battle with this dreadful weed. Vincent Aguiar has been with Dow AgroSci27 Tucson Member Mixer – Sponsored by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery ences for 38 years and is a Turf & Ornamental 28 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – Specialist based in Tempe. He may be reached at ALCA Office

Photo courtesy Vincent Aguiar, Dow AgroSciences


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Awards of Excellence

2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards The Pond Gnome Special Water Feature Residential Installation Jachimek Residence The front courtyard of this Scottsdale residence is home to two pet turtles and a dozen large Koi who live in a very exclusive pond environment. At the request of the client, The Pond Gnome designed the water feature around several mature pine trees in the courtyard. A 300-foot stream is fed by two waterfalls, which completely conceal the biological filters necessary to maintain the water quality and clarity. The stream provides these lucky turtles with plenty of forage, the hand fed Koi with an abundance of oxygenated water, and the homeowners and their guests a relaxing atmosphere on the patio with a mountain creek-like ambiance. The mechanical filtration system is specifically designed to effectively and efficiently skim and remove the constant onslaught of tannin-producing pine needles making this living water feature easy to maintain.

Pascale Land Design Heritage (Project was installed five years prior to date of award) Davis Residence

Stillwater Landscape Management, LLC Commercial Maintenance $250,001-$350,000 Arrowhead Ranch Phase V HOA

This fabulous European home has a beautifully unique widespread courtyard surrounded with a variety of gorgeous vibrant and colorful plants. The blue flagstone steppingstone walkway leads you through the dark green blades of grass from the front gate past the romantic Tuscan water fountain. The walkway wraps through the courtyard and ends with 3 half circled steps constructed by artisans with reclaimed brick in a variety of colors that showcases their beautifully adorned front door. The courtyard is full of luscious green foliage with climbing red and white roses that surround the pillars and exquisite Lady Banks roses atop the pergola. The pool fence also has climbing white Lady Banks roses to create the feel of a Mediterranean oasis as well as provides privacy from its neighboring lots. The two large mesquite trees are surrounded by flowers and offer shade while enjoying the pool.

Located in Glendale, Arrowhead Ranch Phase V is a beautiful subdivision of 1,758 homes. The landscaped common areas contain approximately 28.3 acres of turf and 47.7 acres of decomposed granite and bedding areas supported by 26 irrigation controllers. The community contains 6 ramadas, 4 tot lots, a basketball court, and a volleyball court, all of which are part of our landscape maintenance contract. Since 2012, Stillwater has been successfully implementing a seasonal renovation program for all shrubs in the community. This program has yielded excellent results, as plants are allowed to reach their full flowering potential each season before they are renovated to encourage new growth. By rotating over-seeded turf areas each year, they have been able to improve the overall health of the bermudagrass and the community has realized significant water savings. Our proactive fertilization and cultural practices have allowed us to consistently provide the community residents with lush turf areas throughout the year.

ISS Grounds Control Commercial Installation $175,001- $250,000 56th Street Improvement Project This award-winning project reconstructed the landscape on 56th Street between McDonald Drive and Lincoln Drive. Included in this project were removals, grading, and custom aesthetic site amenities such as pedestrian node with shade, pavers, and seating. The plant pallet consists of primarily desert, sustainable species and included some salvage specimens. The project transformed the worn down segment into a highly functional, safe, and visually appealing multiuse connector. The Town of Paradise Valley used this project as the impetus to create new “visually significant corridor� guidelines to serve as the groundwork for future roadway development in the area.




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Awards of Distinction

Native Resources International, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $55,001- $75,000 Hiemenz Residence Road Revegetation

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Residential Redesign Under $50,000 McCallister Residence

Photograph by Chad Ullam

Sunburst Landscaping, Inc Special Water Feature Residential Installation Custom Water Feature - Smith

DTR Landscape Development LLC; Commercial Maintenance $100,001- $175,000 St Francis Parking Lot and Parish Hall

Santa Rita Landscaping Humanitarian Installation (Contractor donated 50% or more of the labor cost of the project) Literacy Connects July/August 2017





2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Judges Awards

Santa Rita Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $55,001- $75,000 True Residence

Pascale Land Design Single Family Residential Installation Under $25,000 Carter Residence

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $25,000- $40,000 Jones Residence

Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc Heritage (Project was installed five years prior to date of award) Sonterra at Paradise Valley

Carescape, Inc – East Valley Office Commercial Maintenance $250,001- $350,000 Hastings Farms

Vox Landscaping & Construction Company Residential Redesign Under $50,000 Halchuck Residence

Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc Commercial Maintenance $250,001- $350,000 Rancho Santa Fe Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $25,000- $40,000 Burr Residence




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Courtesy Fleet & Isuzu Commercial Trucks Sponsor April Mixer


hank you to Monte Hoskins and the gang at Courtesy Fleet/Commercial for sponsoring the ALCA member mixer on April 19th at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant. Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 2 GM commercial vehicles sold in Arizona come through Courtesy Fleet? Let Courtesy’s commercial truck specialist build a truck to meet your business needs including: flatbed trucks, cab and chassis trucks, landscape truck bodies, new van trucks, dump bodies, service bodies, pest control bodies, cargo vans and interior packages, toolboxes and ladder racks for pickups. At Courtesy Fleet, they have numerous trucks up-fitted with flatbeds, van bodies, landscape bodies and service bodies for sale and ready for immediate delivery. They also specialize in financing and leasing for businesses. Courtesy Fleet and Isuzu Commercial Trucks is located at 4999 North 12th Street in Phoenix, AZ 85014. Contact Monte Hoskins at (602) 6043040 or

Relaxed Atmosphere Custom Pools Sponsors the ALCA Member Mixer in May


hank you to Matt Giordano and Relaxed Atmosphere for sponsoring the May 17th ALCA member mixer at The Haymaker Restaurant in Phoenix. Relaxed Atmosphere is a boutique custom pool company with amazing design work that makes your pool the perfect place to relax and have fun. All ideas considered, Relaxed Atmosphere’s team experience and resources ensure that your ideas + budget will go the furthest. Choose the Relaxed Atmosphere Custom Pools by looking at their excellent record with past clients and awesome portfolio of work at You may also contact Matt Giordano at 602-548-1088 or email




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Practical Water Conservation Options

Update irrigation system: The best way to increase temperatures, reflect intense heat and help save water now is to assess your irrigation may add to the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI). system. An irrigation audit is a good starting Don’t wait. As rising water rates and the point to understand the system’s capacities and potential threat of water restrictions continue, limitations. Check your sprinkler coverage and the greater the likelihood that your landscape improve as needed with upgrades such as matched and budget will suffer in the months and possibly Provided by Robert Clinkenbeard, ILM precipitation-rate nozzles and/or high-efficiency years to come. July is smart irrigation month so nozzles. Replace any old or high-water-use practice smart water management to help preserve e’ve all seen it—the brown, unsightly irrigation with a drip system designed for good our limited resources. Our future generations will patches that were once lush, green water management. Weeding through the sys- thank you. grass or the ever increasing monthly water bill. There is more and more pressure to consider converting turf areas before rates go even higher or restrictions start coming into play in our area. As conservation is on all our minds, here are a few ideas which may make sense to consider helping to save precious resources on your properties: BEFORE BEFORE Turf conversion to xeriscape: It’s time to bid drought-battered turf good-bye and ideally, replace it with low water-use plantings with water management in mind. If it works with your landscaping, you could simply extend surrounding or adjacent shrub beds, filling in the challenged turf with similar plantings. Incorporate decomposed AFTER AFTER granite, cobblestone or some kind of decorative paver or stone as well as drought-tolerant plantings into the areas you’re tem to isolate failures presents rehabbing. Before you begin your turf conversion, and inefficiencies can save on potential water consider your entire landscape. Choose a xeric losses. Updating the alternative that meshes with your environment system with a Smart Irrigation Tech II—July 26 (7:30 am—2:30 pm) and matches your budget. Keep in mind the Controller will be the savings that will result from water-wise planting This advanced course is designed for those who have completed next step in improvand hardscape, and factor that into your decisionACLP, Irrigation Tech I or have equivalent field experience. ing water management making process. Although this option may also This course will increase your understanding of hydraulic science, efficiency and to help be the costliest investment in terms of labor and improve irrigation design troubleshooting as well as teach you how reduce wasting excess materials, it can be considered an environmento isolate electrical problems in the landscape. You will work in water. small groups to determine the source of the irrigation issue and then tally-wise decision. Perhaps one of the smartest Turf conversion to discuss solution recommendations in your group. moves is to think long-term. When undertaking granite: The cheapStudents will break out into stations for interactive hands-on activities a turf conversion, be sure to check in with your est way to cover up which include the following: local water authority to see if your project qualistruggling or unnecesHydraulics fies for any of the cash-for-grass rebate programs. sary turf is to mulch or  Review how water moves through a system and what impacts its motion Typically these programs require that you replace  Determine precipitation rates and if your system is performing efficiently lay decomposed granexisting turf with qualified low-water-use plants  Identify causes of hydraulic problems and discover solutions ite. In terms of water and xeriscaping. Electrical management, this is Seasonal turf swap Enjoying that winter  Discover the proper techniques and tools required for isolating line breaks the most desirable of lawn while temperatures are pleasant in lieu of  Identify cable paths and locate faults the alternatives we’ve maintaining a summer stand of turfgrass may Design presented, but with be a better use of your water allotment. While  Uncover flaws in an irrigation design this option comes chal Locate design changes that impact the efficiency of the system Bermudagrass needs to be watered through the lenges. Aesthetically, summer months, watering the stand allowing it WHERE: ALCA Office mulched/granite areas 5425 E Bell Rd #105 to ‘survive’ yet not promote accelerated summer Scottsdale, AZ 85254 will most likely detract growth. Concentrating efforts and using resources COST: Member: $100/person rather than add to your during the ‘active’ winter months of the year could Non Member: $200/person landscape visuals. 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It’s Smart Irrigation Month!

Show the Savings

Don’t just talk about the savings, show them. There are a number of smart water calculators available from manufacturers and distributors that allow you to enter real-world data like cost of water per gallon, number of heads, etc. The tools are easy to use and can be entered and calculated in about 2 minutes.

Know the Water District Rebates Available in Your Area


irrigation and landscape professionals, you know the benefits of using smart water products - reduction in water usage, healthier soil, and lower water bills. But often the hardest part is talking to your clients about why this makes sense for them. While phrases like “distribution uniformity” and “precipitation rates” are common to us, it can be difficult to translate to a homeowner. Here are some suggestions for talking “smart” to your clients.

Many city and county water districts offer water-saving rebate programs for EPA WaterSense labeled products as well as water conservation services. But sometimes these programs can be a little confusing and even intimidating. By becoming familiar with the programs in your area you just increased your value to your client and helped differentiate yourself from your competitors. A complete reference for all the local rebates is available on resources-and-training/water-rebates

It’s Not All About Money

Fortunately for most of us, water is still inexpensive. So a typical urban home won’t see the Use Visuals They Can financial impact like a community association or Understand Changing out 10 sprays to PRS heads can save office campus. But all of us know that many states up to 30,000 gallons of water a year. Sounds like are facing drought issues and that we all have to a lot. Or is it? That number is pretty intangible. do our part to conserve. And most homeowners So use it in a context your client will understand. don’t realize how much of their water is being used Instead, try “that’s like filling up your pool twice outside of the house. Use the graphics provided by organizations like WaterSense to show that up to a year!” That’s something they can relate to. HALF of their water usage is outside.

Lawns Are Not Evil

Many areas facing drought are going to the extreme of pulling up turf and replacing with hardscaping or artificial turf. And while these are both valid options, temperatures around grassy areas are about 25 degrees cooler than around dead grass or concrete, while removing CO2, dust, and other contaminants from the atmosphere. It’s important to remind clients of the benefit of healthy landscapes around their house while assuring them that with Smart Water products you can maintain that beauty with less water.

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Horizon has compiled the industry’s best contractor-to-homeowner selling tools to help you have the Smart Water conversation with your clients. These tools talk everything from smart products to efficient irrigation to help the homeowner understand the benefits and importance of using more innovative products in their irrigation system. Whether left on the door or in a formal sales presentation, these tools will help you be professional and prepared. Download the files for free at

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the hardscapes industry leader, Belgard not only seeks to provide unmatched customer service and deliver superior products to the right place at the right time, the company also puts a high priority on helping contractors and dealers succeed by providing a variety of world class business-building partnership programs. In addition to providing on-the-job support in the field, Belgard offers multiple tools and resources to drive traffic, increase sales, and better the quality of work contractors provide to their customers.

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Design Studio can take a design sketch with property photos and convert the images into personalized photorealistic 3D renderings with fly-through animation. This service gives contractors the ability to virtually walk homeowners through their future outdoor living space, which dramatically increases closure rates and provides upsell opportunities. The Design Studio also offers an online library of existing designs of outdoor living rooms, outdoor kitchens, pool decks, driveways and walkways. Both custom and Belgard Authorized existing designs include an estimated materials Becoming a Belgard Authorized Contractor or list for compiling cost estimates. | Dealer opens the door to various business-building designstudio programs and services. The path to becoming an authorized partner is simply a matter of providing Belgard Locator Gallery The Belgard Locator Gallery provides lead genBelgard with the proper business and installation eration services for Belgard authorized partners. certification documentation, plus satisfying a few Customers can search for a contractor or dealer installation requirements. | by zip code or service and view project photos, Belgard Preferred Payment customer testimonials, installation certification, The Belgard Preferred Payment financing company background information and contact program offers same-as-cash financing options information. National marketing campaigns drive for three, six, twelve or eighteen months for loan traffic to the Locator Gallery to help increase lead amounts from $1,000 to $55,000. By offering generation. | homeowners the ability to finance labor, materiBelgard Virtual Agency als, appliances, furniture, landscaping and more, Authorized contractors and dealers can take contractors using the BPP program see increases advantage of pre-negotiated print rates and in closure rates, as well as increases in the size and professionally designed marketing materials for scope of projects. The BPP program gives contraca cost-effective way to promote their businesses. tors a competitive edge and provides homeowners With customizable templates that incorporate with an incentive to build their dream space now stunning photography and consistent imagery, instead of waiting or constructing in phases. | companies can develop a high-quality brand image

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Whether an authorized partner or not, Belgard offers a plethora of free training and education opportunities for hardscape professionals which allows them to learn today so that they can earn tomorrow. Through Belgard University programs offered across the country throughout the year, contractors, dealers and designers can take courses in sales and marketing, sustainability, installation certification and more. Companies can also contact a local sales rep to schedule a custom Lunch & Learn class or the two-day travelling Contractor/Dealer Road Show seminar. | Belgard. com/education

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West Coast Turf/Western Sod Quality, Service, and the Newest State-of-the-Art Eco-Friendly Turfgrasses


est 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-up’s at our Scottsdale farm.

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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.

The Latest State-of-the-Art Grasses and the “Good Ol’ Standby’s”

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.

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.

And Mr. Wise Grass—Our Sod Blog...

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.westcoastturf. com, or find us on Facebook www.facebook. com/westcoastturf. Life is short. Sod it!

Tree Health Care This workshop is part of the advanced program that covers eight in-depth topics consisting of challenging concepts and hands-on exercises. It is designed for those who have completed the first ACLP program or equivalent field experience.

Tree Health Care—August 30

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This course will cover tree anatomy and physiology, the benefits of trees, and health assessment. It will increase your knowledge of the top 10 tree killers, PGRs, soil conditions impacting tree health and construction protection techniques. *ISA CEUs approved WHERE:

ALCA Office—5425 E Bell Rd, Ste 105 • Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Each workshop will begin at 7:30 am


Early registration: $100/ALCA members and $200/non-members Register within 72 hours: $125/ALCA members and $250/non-members

CERTIFICATION: Anyone may attend the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become ACLP II certified, each student must attend all eight workshops and complete the written exams. Participants will be declared an Advanced AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives at least a minimum score of 70% on each exam. Review of the provided study materials is highly recommended prior to class.

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Sky Blu Golf Tournament


he Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association held its annual golf tournament at the FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills on Thursday, May 4, 2017. For decades, ALCA has been awarding qualified individuals who are serious about furthering their formal education in the Green Industry. The Green Industry Scholarship is funded by proceeds from the Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament. This year, the event recognized proceeds in the amount of over $9,000. Sky Blu Underwood was born in Phoenix in 1974 and was raised around the landscape industry. He often worked for his father during the summers at AAA Landscape. His roots were deeply entwined with the agricultural industry. Unfortunately, Sky did not live long enough to fulfill his dreams. This scholarship fund has been established to help other young people build their careers. Perhaps applicants can use their education to beautify the world with trees, flowers, and other green things...and carry on one of Sky’s dreams. With a full course of 144 players competing, the lowest score of 51 and taking the 1st place prize went to the Rodeo Ford team consisting of Jim Mitchell, Mike Dean, Paul Bruccoleri and Larry Walton. In second place was the Rain Bird team consisting of Robert Logan, Chris Padget, DeWayne Thompson and Alex Clayton. Coming in 3rd place was Chad Johnson, Brian Huhta, Tim Barber and Scott Sipe. The big winner of the putting contest was Todd Huston with Grounds Control for a night stay and twosome of golf at the Gold Canyon Resort which was generously donated by Smiling Dog Landscapes. A special congratulation to Tim Foraker with SiteOne Landscape Supply for winning closest to the pin…..with a hole-in-one! Thank you to Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Nancy Clawson, Hope Lyon, Monte Hoskins, Mary Clanton, Lisa Popour, Becky Nunes, and Nickie Velten for volunteering to help with the registration and specialty holes. A special thanks to Golf Chairman Nate Gould with Hunter Industries for choosing such a beautiful course.

1st Place

2nd Place

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Tim Foraker

Todd Huston

Thank you to the companies that donated raffle prizes and sponsored the holes: AAA Landscape Arizona Turf Masters Azul-Verde Design Group Belgard Hardscapes Colonial Life Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management DTR Landscape Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Goya Lighting Grand Materials Grounds Control Hill & Usher Horizon Distributors Hunter/FX Identity Promotional Marketing Midway Northwestern Mutual NPT/Poolcorp Rain Bird Corporation RDO Equipment - Vehicle Display Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod Sunrise Nursery Sunwest Golf & Reclamation TMS International Toro/Irritrol/Unique Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting West Coast Turf

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MCC Urban Horticulture Courses Fall 2017 Classes start the week of 8/21/2017 and end 12/15/2017 Contact the Program Director Peter Conden for more information 480-461-7125 • AGB132 Agribusiness Accounting and Office Management (Online) - Ray Gless • AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations (Online) - Larry Hagan • AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care T,Th - 4:25pm – 6:30pm - Tom Wright • AGB144 Agricultural Processing Tu - 5:00pm – 9:00pm - Dennis Bushong (@Gilbert High School) • AGB 165AA Sustainable Crop Production F - 8:00am – 12:00pm - Erich Schultz

• AGS164 Plant Growth and Development M,W - 10:00am – 12:30pm - Steve Priebe M,W - 1:00pm – 3:30pm - Peter Conden T,R - 10:00am – 12:30pm - Carla Brubaker • AGS166 Aquaponics M,W - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - George Brooks • AGS182AA Gardening Practices and Techniques W - 8:00am – 11:30am - Tom Wright • AGS183 Urban Plant Identification and Use Th - 4:10pm –6 :40pm - Peter Conden • AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, and Operation M,W - 4:00pm – 5:50pm - Vern Swanson

• AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques M - 8:00am – 9:30am and W - 8:00am – 11:30am - Ford Doran • AGL189 Landscape Design 1 T,R - 1:30pm – 4:00pm - Caryn Logan- Heaps

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Back to Nature Landcare Celebrates 4 Years

B Arizona Turf Masters/ Synthetic Grass Store Opens New Location


Turf Masters/the Synthetic Grass Store opened its 5th location in Mesa located at 720 East Auto Center Drive, #A131. The Synthetic Grass Store is proud to be a one stop shop wholesale warehouse for synthetic lawns, putting greens, athletic fields, materials and tools. The Synthetic Grass Store has five convenient locations in Phoenix, Tucson and Southern California. As one of the largest wholesalers in the nation, they have over 500,000 sq ft of American & International artificial turf in stock. The Synthetic Grass Store also offers local and nationwide deliveries for a reasonable fee. Arizona Turf Masters – professional synthetic turf installers and the sister company of SGS – continues climbing to be the turf industry leader in both product and installation. Whether you desire a synthetic lawn, an artificial putting green, an athletic field, a commercial property, et cetera, we are your synthetic grass solution.


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ack To Nature Landcare Inc. celebrated their four-year anniversary in April with friends and family at their new facility. Co-Owners, Dave Londen and Matthew Edgar, moved their operation earlier this year and purchased their new work home located at 1354 South 39th Avenue in Phoenix. Matthew Edgar started All Seasons Lawn Care shortly after graduating from Business School at Arizona State University. With a truck, trailer, and two employees, the company serviced multi-family apartment communities in the Phoenix metro area. With a dedication to customer service and quality work, the company quickly grew. Over the past 14 years, the company developed and expanded to handle homeowners’ associations, business parks, condominium communities, retail centers and medical plazas. The biggest key to their success was the quality of their team members. To further their landscape abilities, the company added owner/partner Dave Londen in 2013. Dave brought over three decades of landscape knowledge and an understanding of sustainable landscaping to the organization. With his experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, the company added services to give value to communities through improved practices. To reflect this change, the company was reorganized as Back to Nature Landcare Inc. Today, they are extremely proud of the many team members who have helped them achieve unprecedented success. Many of them have been together for the last 12-14 years and they look forward to many more years to come. To learn more about Back to Nature Landcare, visit their website at

Evergreen Partners Joins Forces With SiteOne Landscape Supply


iteOne™ Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE: “SITE”), the largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States, announced today the acquisition of Evergreen Partners. Started in 2007, Evergreen has two locations in Raleigh, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC and is a leader in the distribution of nursery material. The acquisition of Evergreen Partners allows SiteOne to expand its existing Raleigh, NC footprint and provides SiteOne with its first Nursery wholesale location in the Myrtle Beach, SC area.




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“Evergreen is a terrific fit with SiteOne as they expand our existing nursery presence in Raleigh, NC and is the clear market leader for nursery products in the Myrtle Beach, SC market. The addition of Evergreen provides two dedicated nursery product locations to complement our network of 45 locations in North and South Carolina offering the full range of nursery, hardscape, agronomic, irrigation and outdoor lighting products”, said Doug Black, CEO of SiteOne Landscape Supply.

“Evergreen’s talented team shares SiteOne’s passion and desire to provide excellent quality, service and value to their customers. The combination of Evergreen and SiteOne is yet another step forward in our mission to become the best full-line distributor in the Green Industry. We welcome all of the Evergreen associates to our family,” said Black.

A 6,000 Year Old Safety Issue With A High Tech Solution By Thomas K. Barnhill


he earliest known written records of tree farming were found several years ago in Mesopotamia (Iraq). Their age is approximately 6,000 years old according to experts, presenting a very long history of the dangers of the tree care industry. At last, there is today an economical patented high tech solution to eliminate many of the dangers faced daily by the tree care professionals. The solution is a unique and patented high tech safety system, under the Trademark of TREEbot™. The TREEbot™ has 12 years of research and development behind it and is to be built in Arizona with parts being sourced and made in the USA with the temporary exception of one German made part. In addition to being designed to save the lives of and protect tree care professionals from many of the on the job hazards, TREEbot™ has incorporated other elements needed by tree care professionals. Number One is staying out of the tree and safely on the ground while doing your job. The following list names a few of the additional elements/features needed and incorporated: • Very fast jobsite setup • Light weight, easy to transport to the site • Durable and reliable in a dirty environment • Easy to operate (very short learning curve) • Smart controls to assist the operator • Operator’s ability to see up-close yet cut safely from the ground • No wires dangling to entangle employees or debris • Telemetric data to improve site productivity and profits • Outperform other traditional and dangerous methods • Reach higher than boom trucks or man lifts • Very easy to service and economical to maintain

MEMBER UPDATE • Priced at or below the cost of traditional gear or equipment • Other benefits include but are not limited to a reduction in workmen’s comp and liability insurance cost, but hidden cost such as annual road use fees for heavy equipment, license plate renewals, vehicle insurance and oil changes, etc. The TREEbot™ will become widely available in 2019 as production is ramped up in 2018 while supply chains and manufacturing facilities are being expanded in Arizona. Reservations for a Que in the TREEbot™ production schedule will be announced publicly in early 2018 with all contact information to place your reservation provided at that time. You are invited to learn more about TREEbot™ at the manufacturer’s website, Working smarter and safer will save many lives in the tree care industry, and TREEbot™ is the tool that will help you accomplish a smarter and safer work environment for you and your employees. For more information, go to

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In an effort to continually provide exceptional solutions and services to ALCA members, NPS offers specialized pricing and merchant packages which enables landscape company owners the ability to effectively capture credit card payments, access to robust reporting & invoicing software, and a unique opportunity to support local nonprofits.

Positive Customer Impact

The customers our members serve are living in a modern time when having cash lying around is no longer common place, and it’s not terribly secure. Bigger jobs like a dream backyard makeover is something that is put on credit cards; we want to make sure our members then have the ability to capture credit card payments as securely, efficiently, and as affordable as possible. NPS offers just this, and with our partnership we’ve negotiated flat fee pricing, no start up fees, annual fees, or contracts, adding extra piece of mind. 24 hours next day funding and deposits is paramount to ensuring you’re paid timely for the projects you complete, and this is included with NPS’s services.

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Selection, use, and maintenance of non-power tools Hedge trimmer safety Trimmer and brush cutter safety Chain saw safety DPS Officer will share information about truck and trailer safety and the rules and regulations that apply to these vehicles Pre-trip inspections for trucks and trailers Weight limits and types of registration Loading and covering vehicles correctly

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July 22 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 8:00 AM—12:00 PM $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

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Identify the varieties of turfgrass used in the Desert Southwest Demonstrate mechanical steps to properly install sod Discuss proper cultural practices including mowing techniques, thatch removal, overseeding, fertilization and irrigation for various turfgrass varieties Problem solving strategies for common turfgrass diseases and pests

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Apply proper techniques in collecting a soil sample for analysis Determine soil texture and understand how soil texture relates to irrigation management Take steps to prevent soil compaction and salt accumulation Recognize and correct plant nutrient deficiencies Select and apply soil amendments and fertilizers at the appropriate rates Describe the role of roots and plant health and the importance of soil management to optimize root health


DATES: August 17 or 19 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM DATE: TIME: COST:

Tree & Shrub Pruning—*ISA CEUs available*

 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 and demonstrate shrub renovation pruning

July 27 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 7:30 AM—11:30 AM $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member


August 26 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 8:00 AM—12:00 PM $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

August 24 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 7:30 AM—11:30 AM $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

 Explain common pruning mistakes and how to avoid them

What is the ACLP certification process? Anyone may attend the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become certified, each student must attend all workshops and pass the online exams. Participants will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each exam. Questions: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626-7091 or email

Additionally, National Processing Solutions believes in giving back, which is why Erik championed the NPS Gives Program. 20% of THEIR profits are given to an organization you want to support, connecting you as an honorary donor to local missions. 92% of consumers will choose a business because of their social responsibility, and participating in the NPS Gives program serves just that. Improve overall brand awareness, be connected to community, and engage in a solution that can save you money. For more information on National Processing Solutions: Erik Verryden, CEO 602-892-5049 |

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Arc ring - The MP Rotator provides the widest range of coverage with matched precipitation at any arc and radius.

Spring - The patented double-pop feature keeps the nozzle free of external debris for increased reliability. Nozzle - The MP Rotator’s low application rate prevents runoff and conserves water.

10 years, 32 billion gallons of water saved. That’s quite an accomplishment! After a decade with Hunter Industries, we’re proud that the MP Rotator remains the most efficient sprinkler nozzle available today. That’s because the MP Rotator’s slow application rate allows water to gently soak into the soil, with an even distribution of water throughout the irrigated area. This results in 30% less water use when compared to traditional sprays.


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