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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament..................................... 7 2018 ALCAs Excellence Awards....................................... 8-10 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................. 10 ALCA Member Profile: Arizona CLA..................................... 12 ACLP Schedule.................................................................. 12 ALCA Member Profile: Belgard............................................ 13 ALCA Member Profile: Horizon............................................ 14 ALCA Member Profile: Pioneer Landscape............................. 15 ALCA Mixer – Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.............. 16 Calendar of Events............................................................. 16 ALCA Mixer – Cox Cactus Farm.......................................... 16 Member Update: Tres de May BBQ at Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply................................... 17 Member Update: Howdy ALCA family....................................... 17 Member Update: New Rain Bird ESP-ME3 Controller Offers Enhanced Versatility, Unique Features................. 17 Hacked Off: Contractors Are Common Targets of E-Mail Hackers Seeking to Snag Payments............................... 18 July is Smart Irrigation Month – Be a Smart Leader....................... 19 ACLP Irrigation Tech I......................................................... 20 ACLP Plant ID.................................................................... 20 ACLP Planting & Tree Staking.............................................. 20 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning................................................. 21 Pre-Certification Application Training.................................... 21 ACLP Turf Care & Installation............................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Unique Landscape & Design LLC dba San Tan Landscape

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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, judy@ALCA.org.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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his past May, the ALCA Board members took the opportunity to get away from their everyday routines and head north to Torreon in Show Low to participate in the annual strategic planning meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in conversations about the future direction of the association and its programs. I am excited to share some of the ideas with you. As the Arizona market continues to boom, finding labor is the most widely discussed topic amongst members. ALCA is discussing workforce development and ways to partner locally with Arizona@Work and nationally with the Marty Monroy National Association 2019 ALCA President of Landscape Professionals’ (NALP) Industry Growth Initiative. These organizations are promoting the landscape profession by conducting an active media and social media campaign to showcase the industry and the value it provides. ALCA will also be working to produce a video about the benefits of outdoor living and managed lawns and landscape that reinforces the expertise of industry professionals as well as showcase the success one can enjoy from creating beauty in our landscapes. ALCA has been hosting round table discussions that cover programs such as “Second Chances” where Governor Doug Ducey has empowered state agencies to connect ex-offenders to resources to help them to live successful, crime-free lives. Recently, Jan Thurgood with CES-Corporate & Employee Services moderated the round-table discussion on navigating H2B and later this summer, you may want to plan to attend the round-table to learn of the benefits of an apprenticeship program for your company. Ever wondered why you were out-bid on a quote for a landscape project by 20% or 30% or even 50%? Think about this, wouldn’t it be great if everyone was bidding apples to apples? ALCA board members Josh Dupper and Clayton Graham are developing a “Request For Proposal” form that would give those reviewing the bids the opportunity to review each line item. Once awarded, it will also spell out what is expected from the contractor and hold them accountable for what was promised. It is our hope that after meeting with the Arizona Association of Community Managers, this ALCA standardized RFP will be the standardized form for community management companies (and any landscape contractor) to use. ALCA is blessed to have such a great group of dedicated members who continually support and participate in the association. And so it is a privilege

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to give back to the community and ALCA members are eager to give of their time and resources to do so. With the direction of Bob Franchetto, ALCA’s Community Projects Director, and Warren Runcorn with ABC Scapes, volunteers have designed and will be installing a back yard landscape for the “Arms of Love” project, a home for young girls who are transitioning out of foster care. You will learn more of this heart-warming project in the next issue. You asked for more training on irrigation and ALCA is delivering. There seems to be a gap between employees in the field with little knowledge of irrigation and the Irrigation Association’s certified programs. With the help of many expert industry volunteers, ALCA will be rolling out an AZ Certified Irrigation Technician program in early November. As the curriculum is being developed, the program will most likely consist of a 3-part series including Site Assessment, Hydraulics and Troubleshooting.

I am very grateful for the ALCA Board members who volunteer their time and expertise to look at the best interest of the organization. And while there was a lot accomplished during the weekend, the camaraderie was thriving while enjoying a little corn-hole competition. Sincerely, Marty Monroy, ALCA President


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Joshua Gormally 8851 N Loeffler Lane, Tucson, AZ 85742 (520) 405-0093 Mobile joshgormally@msn.com ArtLandArch.com We are an award winning residential design and build company. ROC# 315281 Contractor Class 1

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Robert Cain Phoenix, AZ (619) 818-3501 Mobile robert.cain@treeprosaz.com controlshiftcommand.com Control Shift Command, LLC provides marketing solutions in addition to automation and process integration services for consumer service businesses. Associate Class 1

practices to deliver a quality product with superior customer service. We continually strive to build long term partnerships, founded on mutual trust and respect, with both our customers and our team members. PFG Landscape is proud to perform the following landscape maintenance services: site evaluation, site enhancements, lawn renovations, turf care programs, winter over-seeding, weekly mowing services, weed control, clean-ups and mulching, shrub, tree, and palm pruning, long term Tree care programs, landscape budget planning. Contractor Class 3

Valley Tree Feeders

Richard Schmidt II PO Box 41397, Phoenix, AZ 85080 (623) 587-0606 Phone (719) 322-6130 Mobile Richard@treefeeders.com www.treefeeders.com Valley Tree Feeders has been providing fertilization and care to all trees in the Phoenix valley since 1997. We specialize in the health and wellness of Queen Palms and Citrus. Associate Class 1

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Trevor Hainlen 2717 W Southern Ave, Ste 9, Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 440-0050 Mobile trevor@dprousa.com dprousa.com Established in 1997 and headquartered in Tempe Arizona, Diversified Products USA provides fall protection, personal protective equipment, safety equipment and supplies, tools, fasteners, abrasives, packing & shipping supplies, and industrial & manufacturing supplies to domestic and international customers. Associate Class 2

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Tom Bombard 16780 N Appleton Ave, Tucson, AZ 85739 (520) 818-1644 Phone (520) 256-2833 Mobile tom@gasinstallationsofarizona.com www.gasinstallationsofarizona.com We install gas lines for outdoor fireplaces, firepits and BBQ. ROC# 171616 Associate Class 1

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CEO’S MESSAGE

Victory for Contractors with the Passage of Senate Bill 1271

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number of years ago, concerned Arizona contractors formed Arizonans for Fair Contracting (AFC) to advocate for fair contracting in the legislature in an effort to reform proportional liability. If Arizona subcontractors worked on a private project and one individual made a mistake, all of the subcontractors could be liable for damages. This was not fair. As you may recall, last year the legislators created the Construction Liability Apportionment Study Committee (CLASC). This study committee consisted of a group of legislators that met after the end of the 2018 legislative session to hear from all sides, study the issue in very deep detail, and ultimately make recommendations for the 2019 legislative session. After multiple legislative sessions, SB1271 was passed with Senator Karen Fann championing the bill that addressed proportional liability in residential construction contracts. Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law that now recognizes individuals at fault on a residential project will only pay their fair share of the loss. Contractors can now fight back against lawsuits that crushed businesses even though they did nothing wrong.

Very importantly, another part of the bill included the extension of the CLASC for another year. According to Scott Petre, Co-Chairman of AFC, the CLASC study committee will continue to meet throughout the year and look at many issues affecting our industry, including: • The use of an indemnity provision in construction contracts; • The allocation of liability based on degrees of fault; • The assignment of financial responsibility to negligent parties; • The opportunity to address and remedy alleged construction defects prior to litigation; • The frequency of construction defect litigation; and • The affordability of insurance costs associated with construction claims. This is exciting news because with the passage of SB1271 which addressed proportional liability in residential construction contracts, the 2019 Study Committee is expected to look very closely at proportional liability reform in commercial contracts.

I would like to thank all of the members who reached out to their legislators and the Governor in support of SB1271. But the work does not end here. I urge you all to sign up on the azfaircontracting.com website and be notified Judy Gausman when to take action. As ALCA CEO a grassroots organization, our strength comes in numbers………and supporters like you. Be part of the solution and remember, sign up at azfaircontracting.com. Respectfully, Judy Gausman, CEO

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GOLF TOURNAMENT

Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament

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was a spectacular day on May 2nd for the annual Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament held at the FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills. For the past 25 years, 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 $16,000.    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 156 competing players, there was a three-way tie for the lowest score of 56. Using the lowest scores on the back 9 and taking home the 1st place prize went to the team of Richard Thornton, Tony Viola, Bob Fuller and Sergio Robles. Second place was the team from Arizona CLA consisting of Jared Martin, Brian Martin, Brett Martin and Cameron Howell. Coming in 3rd place was the Belgard Hardscapes team consisting of Brian Huhta, Aaron Merck, and Cody Hughes. The winner of the putting contest was Benny Charez and Scott Murray with ProQual Landscaping won the “Hit the Green” contest. Both winners took home a prize for a foursome of golf at the beautiful FireRock Country Club. Players had fun trying for a hole-in-one but no luck to win some great vehicles thanks to both Rodeo Ford and Courtesy Fleet/Commercial. Thank you to Vermeer for sponsoring the longest drive. The winner for the men was Derek Smith and the talented Jenni Gabbard with Sunburst Landscaping won the women’s longest drive. Empire Truck & Trailer and Arizona CLA sponsored the closest to the pin. The winners were Aaron Merck on hole #2 and Scott Murray on #17. Sprinkler World generously sponsored the lunch with a full spread of fried chicken, bar-b-que brisket and all the fixin’s. Golf Chairman Trae Sadler would like to thank all of the volunteers that make this event such a success –Jean Cote with MSWN, Beth Postma with All Season Wholesale Growers, Kim Kleski with Kleski & Associates and Karen Draeger with SiteOne Landscape Supply.

Thank you to the companies that donated raffle prizes and sponsored the holes AAA Landscape All Season Wholesale Growers Arid Solutions Arizona CLA AZ Turf Masters/Synthetic Grass Store Belgard Hardscapes Brown & Brown Insurance Cambridge Benefits Civano Growers Corteva AgriScience Courtesy Fleet/Commercial Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Diversified Products USA DTR Landscape Development Empire Truck & Trailer Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply – A Pioneer Division Hill & Usher Horizon Distributors Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Northwestern Mutual Rain Bird RDO Equipment Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod Sprinkler World Sunrise Nursery Sunstate Equipment SunWest Golf & Reclamation Toro Co/Irritrol/Unique Lighting Systems Vermeer West Coast Turf

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ALCA LANDSCAPING AWARDS

Awards of Excellence

2018 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Harvest Design Group Single Family Residential Installation $25,001 - $40,000 Harris Residence – Phoenix, AZ Located in historic downtown Phoenix Encanto neighborhood, this project began with an entire demolition and removal of a large concrete and tile patio with raised red brick planters and all existing plants. The design implementation was to create an outdoor environment that tied seamlessly with the existing architecture of this historic home. Salvaged brick was repurposed throughout the project and custom steel trellises were fabricated along with over the window shade eaves. A raised garden bed, Ramada and custom wood structure that span the barbeque were constructed and down lighting and a ceiling fan were installed. The lawn is irrigated with a subterranean irrigation system and the plant palette is simple and clean to reflect the style of the neighborhood and home.

Vox Landscaping & Construction/Deseno, LLC Single Family Residential Installation $40,001 - $55,000 Vivian Residence – Scottsdale, AZ Newly retired, the Vivian’s purchased an older patio home in downtown Scottsdale. Since the interior was beautifully renovated with a modern flair, they wanted a backyard with a quiet, tranquil, ‘Zen’ feeling in addition to a large seating area and space for a barbeque, fireplace, and water feature. The property backed up to a bridge where passersby could see into the yard. All these elements were brought into balance through the design process. By constructing a red retaining wall filled with bamboo, metal cladding, and rich travertine, a peaceful feel with modern overtones was created.

NR Design + Build LLC Single Family Residential Installation $55,001 - $70,000 Crane Residence – Scottsdale, AZ NR Design + Build LLC provided the installation of the backyard and courtyard for this full time Scottsdale residence. The hardscape offers an enhanced paving combination of travertine and concrete pavers. The living room patio doors open up to the back patio with a covered TV seating area, a relaxing fire pit with seating area and a barbeque grill open to the sky. Retaining walls with stone veneer and clay paver caps separate the patio from the softscape. Steps descending to a long artificial turf space are surrounded with beautiful plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The courtyard hardscape consists of the same enhanced paving combination to tie the backyard and courtyard areas together.

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ALCA LANDSCAPING AWARDS

Awards of Distinction

The Groundskeeper Commercial Maintenance $150,001 - $200,000 Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Tucson, AZ CYC Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $25,001 - $40,000 Schraeder Residence, San Tan Valley, AZ

Coconut Contracting Single Family Residential Installation $40,001 - $55,000 The Dunn Residence, Scottsdale, AZ

Desert Classic Landscaping LLC Commercial Maintenance Over $500,000

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ALCA LANDSCAPING AWARDS

Sponsored by:

Judges Awards

Innovative Stoneworks and Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $40,001 - $55,000 Poolside - Kingman, AZ Horticulture Unlimited, Inc. Single Family Residential Installation $25,001 - $40,000 Peters Residence - Tucson, AZ

DLC Resources Commercial Maintenance Over $500,000 Marley Park Community Association - Surprise, AZ

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PLATINUM SPONSORS

All Season Wholesale Growers Arizona CLA Belgard Hardscapes CYC Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $55,001 - $70,000 Crockett Beachside Paradise - Maricopa, AZ

Civano Growers Courtesy Automotive Group Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

Innovative Stoneworks and Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $25,001 - $40,000 Grandma’s Yard for Grandpa - Kingman, AZ

DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Rain Bird Corporation CYC Landscaping Residential Redesign $100,001 - $150,000 Safnuk Residence – Rio Verde, AZ

RDO Equipment Co. Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc

Innovative Stoneworks and Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $40,001 - $55,000 Hardscapes & Relaxation - Kingman, AZ

Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

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Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety DLC Resources Commercial Maintenance Over $500,000 Mountain Bridge Community Association - Mesa, AZ

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These are the costs that are due directly and proportionately to changes. They include such things as employee accidents, light duty, unemployment claims, and additional personal costs due to labor growth. This is where working with an independent contractor like Arizona CLA Landscape is the best solution if you don’t want to pay extra taxes, insurance, and payroll processing costs. For employers, this means that you have fewer obligations. In addition to the previously mentioned cost benefits, employers will not have to send payroll taxes and deductions. Hiring Arizona CLA Landscape as an alternative becomes cost efficient, risk adverse, and provides fewer legal obligations to the company. In this way, employers can remain more focused on continuing to grow their companies. If you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call or email Alex at (480) 259-6513 / alex@arizonacla.com

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What is the ACLP certification process? Anyone may attend the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become ACLP certified, each student must attend all 10 workshops and pass the exams. Students will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each of the exams. Students will have two additional opportunities to pass the exam at $25 per retake. Questions: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626-7091 or email Heather@ALCA.org.

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ome of our greatest memories are made outdoors. It’s where we get the chance to unwind and be ourselves. It’s where our friends and families love to come together to work, entertain, play and relax. Belgard paves the way to a place where the outdoors are always beautiful. Where the smiles never stop. In fact, we’ve built our reputation on fulfilling that dream. Our uncompromising level of quality, craftsmanship and service sets the standard for hardscapes. And our remarkably natural look and feel is unrivaled in the industry.

The History

manufacturers committed to the same quality and service that Belgard is known for. At Belgard, we set the standard for landscape design and innovation. We are committed to providing you, your family and your businesses with outdoor products that provide years of outdoor beauty and protection. And we can’t wait to see what you think of next. So, dream big, get inspired, and enjoy a lifetime of outdoor memories with Belgard Hardscapes. 602-352-3500 www.Belgard.com superlite.customerservice@oldcastle.com

Since 1995, our locally made and nationally backed products have transformed thousands of residential and commercial properties across North America. Every day, our network of trained and certified contractors and dealers helps customers to envision their creative journey and realize their outdoor dreams.

The Team

In addition to the industry’s highest quality hardscape products, Belgard strives to provide the best in service to stand behind those products. Belgard’s Arizona and New Mexico team has over one hundred years of combined experience and are ready to serve. They serve the industry by participating in industry events, providing training, jobsite design support and business development. This highly trained group of eleven are all Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) trained and carry other numerous applicable certifications. Belgard also has the support of onsite certified lab technicians constantly reviewing and testing the product quality that is recognized as the industry leader.

The Future

Every year, Belgard strives to improve our products by spending more than 20,000 hours in research and development. Perfecting new products keeps us aligned to both current and future design trends. It places Belgard on the cutting edge of manufacturing techniques and technologies. This commitment and thirst for what’s next is the driving force behind the grand opening of our third Masa paver plant here in Phoenix Arizona. Opening in June of 2019, this state-of-the-art facility sets the stage for more innovative paver designs and modern colors to be introduced. Belgard will still provide those tried and true products, but Belgard will also be going well beyond that to create the most trend forward residential and commercial projects. We are also looking beyond the concrete products that you know and love. We are taking our vision for the future of your outdoor spaces and adding outdoor lighting, water features, fireplace kits and porcelain pavers and veneers from July/August 2019

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ALCA MEMBER PROFILE HORIZON

Your Spring Landscape Routine – Making it Count

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hile all aspects of your routine are important, your fertilizer application is what has the most effect on your turf and plants. Landscapes are living organisms that require three things for them to survive: water, food and oxygen. Fertilizer supplies the food your plants need for a healthier look.

We all know what fertilizer is, but really, what is it? Fertilizer supplies plants nutrients they need that aren’t readily available from the soil. There are 16 essential elements that are responsible for plant growth. Some elements are supplied by Mother Nature: OXYGEN, CARBON and HYDROGEN. Fertilizer mostly consists of the elements (macronutrients) that provide a growth response: NITROGEN, PHOSPHORUS and POTASSIUM. Together these macronutrients provide the primary nutrition by plants required for growth. Then finally micronutrients are added to the product, which include the other 10 elements that are needed in lower amounts. These micronutrients help with internal processes that support plant growth and plant health.

liabilities. Not only is this type of nitrogen release healthier for the plant, it reduces labor costs through less applications. Finally, consider the release characteristics of the fertilizer. You don’t want to use a product in the heat of the summer that releases with heat and water or use an organic in the early spring when soils are still cold. It’s so easy to get caught up in the cost per bag when selecting a fertilizer. But if you really want to maximize your profitability you need to be looking at cost per application or per season. Sure, that quick release may be a few dollars cheaper but you will have to apply it 2 – 3 times more often for the same results as the higher quality slow release fertilizer. Factor in labor costs, and you can see the better choice is often the slow release. Your local Horizon professional can help you make the right choice for your application.

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Types of Fertilizer

There are many types of fertilizer out there to support plant growth: • Quick release nitrogen fertilizer – quick green up requiring more applications each season (every 4-6 weeks) • Slow release or controlled release nitrogen fertilizer – nitrogen is released over time, extending the feeding period to the plant (lasts 8 – 24 weeks, depending on product) • Organic fertilizer - contributes to soil fertility by providing nutrient energy to the microbes in the soil While all these products do provide food to the plant, not all of them contribute to soil fertility. So how do I know which one to choose? Start with what you are growing and how you want it to grow. Turf foods and ornamental plant foods usually differ in their ingredients and how they work. For ornamentals, it’s not economical to be fertilizing monthly so a balanced ratio (i.e., 15-15-15) with a slow release nitrogen is your best choice. For turfgrass, if you want a quick response, use a water soluble quick release nitrogen product. But with that you get consequences like fast growth, high yield, thatch buildup, root deterioration, and frequent applications. Instead it is recommended to use a slow release product that extends the feed and limits most of these

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ALCA MEMBER PROFILE PIONEER LANDSCAPE

Pioneer Landscape Centers

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ioneer Landscape Centers has been a fixture in the Phoenix area for over 30 years, but got their start in 1968 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After expanding to Arizona in 1986, Pioneer in recent years has grown to 37 retail branches, and 23 quarries and production facilities between both states. Pioneer spent a good portion of last year bringing two well-known Arizona brands into the fold: Grand Materials & Supply, Inc., and Granite Express. The acquisitions of these two hardscape and bulk powerhouses allows all customers – contractors, municipalities, designers, architects, wholesale partners, and homeowners – the ability to source even more product from one, trusted brand. This merger activity also resulted in Pioneer adding five additional quarries in Arizona, and six more retail branches to work

and greens mix. In addition to bettering their own product mix through capital investments and acquisitions, Pioneer has partnered with reliable and high-quality suppliers to bring new and desired products to customers in the Arizona market. In 2018 Pioneer re-introduced Belgard pavers in their branches, which fit perfectly along their other paver offerings from Phoenix Pavers, and Ackerstone. Knowing concrete is not the only request from customers, Pioneer rounds out their hardscape inventory with an impressive array of options in travertine, porcelain, stackstone, and block. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger, or more high-quality selection of hardscapes anywhere else in the state. What’s more, Pioneer’s large, enduring presence in the Arizona market has allowed them to

directly with customers. In fact, it’s the quarries and production elements of Pioneer’s business that sets them apart from the competition. Over 60% of Pioneer’s products are made “in-house.” Well, made by Mother Nature. Pioneer now owns and operates nine quarries in Arizona, which results in the widest selection and availability of the state’s most popular and sought-after decorative rock, boulders, sand, and soil. As Pioneer owns the manufacturing for most of their products, along with the distribution by owning their own equipment and trucks, markups are limited, and product is delivered to their customers at competitive prices. Pioneer’s quarry operations are overseen by an industry and Pioneer-veteran, Dave Sawyers. Dave led Pioneer to Arizona all those years ago, and he recently rejoined the Pioneer team in late 2018. Dave has already made improvements and changes to the Arizona operations, specifically the Hassayampa quarry near Buckeye. By the end of the summer a new wash plant will be up and running, which will mean more than double the amount of product will be available, even cleaner than before. Hassayampa is the home of the golf community’s most important Pioneer products: USGA Sand, pea gravel, green sand, bunker sand,

develop beneficial relationships with these same vendors, and so many more, meaning that the sky’s the limit when it comes to procuring and delivering special order products to you and your clients. The only limitation is your imagination, as Pioneer can source most anything you need to complete your project. As the desert climate requires a certain approach to landscaping, Pioneer offers not only hardscapes and bulk products perfect for a xeriscape designs but has a full selection of artificial turf as well. Customers will find both domestic and imported turfs available, for everything from heavy traffic and pet-safe options, to putting green and custom color choices, all backed by up to an 11-year war-

ranty. Plus, all the required accessories needed for upkeep and installation are available for purchase or special order, making Pioneer a one-stop shop that gives our customers the tools and support to best serve their clients quickly and efficiently. As Pioneer continues to grow in Arizona, the primary focus is, and will continue to be, on their customers. Whether they be large commercial firms, to smaller, one-truck teams or homeowners, Pioneer is dedicated to providing the best quality products for every project, at any budget – INSIST on Pioneer.

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ALCA MIXERS

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

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hank you to Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply for sponsoring the April member mixer at the Tall Glass Lounge. Over 70 guests enjoyed great food and drinks and the camaraderie among fellow landscape industry members. Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply provides landscape, irrigation and golf course professionals with the supplies they need to create healthy, sustainable environments. Founded in 1922 as an irrigation distributor, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply’s breadth of projects has evolved to include water management solutions, agronomic supplies, landscape lighting, water features, hardscape and erosion control. Ewing maintains branch operations in 17 convenient Arizona locations, and at each branch, there is a team of knowledgeable professionals ready to serve your business needs. For more information, go to www.ewingirrigation.com.

2019 Calendar of Events July 4 11 13 16 17

Independence Day – ALCA Office Closed ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office ALCA Board of Directors Meeting Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by RDO Equipment 18 ACLP Turf Care & Installation – ALCA Office 20 ACLP Safety & Tools – Tucson

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Breakfast & Learn-Sponsored by Midway Chevrolet ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA Office ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Artificial Grass Superstore ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – Tucson SHADE Conference

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Labor Day – ALCA Office Closed ACLP Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office ACLP Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ditch Witch of Arizona 19 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office 21 ACLP Irrigation Tech I – Tucson *Dates Are Subject To Change*

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ALCA MEMBER UPDATE

New Rain Bird ESP-ME3 Controller Offers Enhanced Versatility, Unique Features

wing Irrigation & Landscape Supply held their customer appreciation day and invited customers, vendors and friends to their Tres de May BBQ at their 3441 East Harbour Drive branch in Phoenix. The crowd enjoyed carne asada, chicken and pork street tacos while visiting with vendors and enter into a drawing for great raffle prizes. Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply is the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and irrigation products in the country. Ewing supplies professional contractors with irrigation supplies, water efficient and sustainable solutions, landscape and turf products, agronomics and growing, hardscape and outdoor living, landscape lighting, water features, erosion control and more. Ewing also offers industry-leading training classes and events for professionals in the landscaping, sports field, golf and grower industries.

R Pictured Left to Right: Ben Schottke (Ewing), Dick Roberts (DTR Landscape Development), Doug Donahue (Ewing)

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he world has different places for a person to thrive and prosper. In this country of ours the veterans are in need of supportive hands. My name is, Edwin Collazo BS. Legal studies and a former combat medic for the 10th Mountain Division. I have partnered with Paul Harris, DES Veterans Affairs, to make a difference for vets in need of work to beautify our communities thru maintenance and landscaping. This gives our soldiers the start within the glorious landscapes that we have in the United State’s population. I have given all of my personal funds to help but am in need of a trailer and a pole saw, to start. All Terrain, here in Tucson, has given me the ability to train and work as a foreman and field supervisor and being a part of the ALCA family makes it possible. Recently, I have made it available to be of assistance to our veterans and God willing we will have a prosperous future. Please lend a hand to the soldiers that protect us from harm all over the world. Sincerely, Edwin Collazo | 520-870-1650

ain Bird has updated its ESP-Me controller with a new look and improved functionality. The new model, the ESP-ME3, builds upon the ESP-Me’s most popular features and enhances its versatility in both residential and light commercial applications. “Since 2010, the ESP-Me has been one of Rain Bird’s most popular controllers,” said James Harris, Rain Bird product manager. “In 2016, we updated the ESP-Me to make it WiFi compatible. Now, in 2019, we’ve given it an even more significant upgrade to create the ESP-ME3, the one controller contractors will most want to carry and install.” Like its predecessor, the new ESP-ME3 can expand from 4 to 22 stations through the use of additional plug-in modules. However, unlike the ESPME, the ESP-ME3 comes in a single model for both indoor and outdoor use, making it possible for contractors to carry just one controller. The new controller is now also compatible with an optional flow sensor which alerts users to water leaks and can skip irrigation for any affected stations, thereby minimizing potential property damage and water waste. When the ESP-ME3 is installed with Rain Bird’s optional LNK™ WiFi module, users can manage irrigation with Rain Bird’s free mobile app. However, the ESP-ME3 offers new app features not available with any of the company’s other residential and light commercial controllers. “The ESP-ME3 takes our existing WiFi functionality to a new level,” Harris said. “With this controller, users can enjoy faster app speeds; advanced flow sensing; Cycle+Soak programming for more efficient watering on slopes and compacted soils; and improved manual watering options.” Thanks to a new, larger, back-lit display, the ESP-ME3 is easier to read in dark or dimly lit environments. The ESP-ME3 also features a dial-based control panel that aligns with Rain Bird’s other “ESP” controllers, but with fewer dial positions for simpler, faster programming. “When we began developing the ESP-ME3, our goal was to make it the most versatile controller in its class with features our competitors simply cannot offer,” Harris said. “When contractors, distributors and specifiers look at the ESP-ME3, we want them to view it as a whole solution that answers the needs of more customers than any other residential or light commercial controller on the market.” For more information about Rain Bird’s new ESP-ME3 controller or the company’s many other water-efficient products and solutions for landscape irrigation, visit www.rainbird.com. July/August 2019

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Hacked Off: Contractors Are Common Targets of E-Mail Hackers Seeking to Snag Payments For a business of any size, a single hack could threaten the entire company. Precautionary measures can help protect you from financial calamity. By Zach Rosenberg and Jamie Hanson

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acking is a growing problem across all industries, but contractors in particular are prime targets for computer hackers looking to make a quick buck. For many hackers it is a low-risk, high-reward situation, as one successful hack could yield a tax-free payment of tens of thousands of dollars, leaving the victims to foot the bill. One common scheme works like this: 1. The hacker gains control of an e-mail account for the target company (the “hacked contractor”). This can be as simple as searching the dark web for leaked passwords, using “brute force” to guess the password, using a virus in infiltrate a computer, or sending a phishing e-mail. 2. The hacker looks through the hacked e-mail account to determine when the hacked contractor is going to receive payment from, for example, the project owner. The hacker also determines which employees at the hacked contractor are normally cc’d on e-mails regarding payment or the project in general. 3. The hacker creates a fake domain that, at a glance, looks just like the domain name for the hacked contractor. For example, if the website for the hacked contractor was hackedcontracting.com, the hacker might register the domain name “hackedcontrcating.com.” At a glance, a reader might not notice that, in the phony domain name, the “a” and “c” were transposed. 4. The hacker then sets up fake e-mail accounts with the misspelled domain. If, for example, mike@hackedcontractors.com, juan@ hackedcontractors.com, and sophie@ hackedcontractors.com are always cc’d on e-mails regarding the project, but the hacker has hacked only into Mike’s e-mail account, the hacker would set up e-mail accounts with the fake domain for Juan and Sophie (i.e., juan@hackedcontrcators.com, and sophie@hackedcontrcators.com). 5. Upon identifying a potential payment, the hacker sets up a series of rules in Mike’s account, just like the ones that filter out spam or send messages from certain people to specific folders in an inbox. But these rules divert messages to and from the project owner into a hidden folder that

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may be stored in the cloud or on an e-mail server that never syncs to Mike’s phone or computer. If he didn’t know what to look for and doesn’t go looking for it, Mike will not know this has happened, at least not for a while.

is unsettled, but federal courts that have looked at this issue generally undertake a lengthy and detailed analysis of who was in the best position to identify the fraud and prevent it. Depending on the circumstances, it could go either way.

Precautions

6. The hacker then sends to the project owner There are a number of things you can do to an e-mail from Mike’s e-mail account stat- minimize the risks from this type of hack: ing that, perhaps for tax reasons or because • Always use strong passwords. the company changed banks, the hacked • Never use the same password for more than contractor’s payment information changed, one website or e-mail account. Some web and the payment should be made via wire browsers, computers, and cell phones can transfer to a new account. The hacker will create and save strong passwords for you, so cc the fake e-mail accounts for Juan and you do not have to remember them. Sophie. Glancing at the e-mail, the owner • Change your password regularly. thinks everything is fine, because it seems • Require your employees to use two-factor to include all the right people (although, authentication for their e-mails. in reality, Juan and Sophie were not cc’d). • Be on the lookout for suspicious e-mails, 7. If the owner is suspicious but tries to verify and always call to verify changed payment the content of the e-mail by replying to it, or instructions. But remember to call a phone even sending a separate e-mail to Mike asknumber saved to your phone or from the ing if he was hacked, the hacker, using the signature block of an old e-mail that you rules he set up, will intercept that message know was legitimate. and respond that the message is legitimate. • Always call to verify wire instructions that Mike has no idea that these e-mails have ask you to send money to a bank in a state been exchanged. In many cases, the hacker or country other than where the project is will also change Mike’s e-mail signature located. block so that the phone numbers listed are • Protect yourself with carefully drafted conredirected to the hacker. Thus, even if the tracts and subcontracts to minimize your owner calls Mike to verify the wire instrucrisks from these kinds of hacks. tions, they may call the hacker, who in turn A Note to Attorneys. This scheme has sucwill verify the e-mail. ceeded across many industries and professions. 8. The owner will then send the payment based Attorneys should be aware that it has been used on the hacker’s wire instructions, and the to intercept settlement payments and could be hacker will have the money. It is extremely used to intercept or divert payments from a firm’s difficult, if not impossible, to undo the accounts, including the trust account. Zach Rosenberg and Jamie Hanson are litigacompleted transfer. tion and construction attorneys at Lang & Klain, The entire transaction could happen in a matP.C., in Scottsdale (480-534-4900). ter of minutes, depending on how quickly the owner sends payment. However, it could take days for the victims to realize anything is wrong. The scheme may not be discovered until Mike realizes that he has not received any e-mails about the project for several days (because the hacker’s rules are intercepting them all) or payment is late, and he tries to find out why. Who is to blame in this situation? The hacked contractor for not taking proper precautions with its e-mail system? The owner who fell for an e-mail directing payment to a bank account? The law


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your customers understand that efficient irrigation can save them water and dollars? Become part of the Smart Irrigation Month campaign and position your company as a leader in water-saving practices with customers, business partners and peers. Whether your business is big or small or focused on agriculture, turf and landscape, or golf applications, there are many ways to participate in the Smart Irrigation Month campaign.

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ACLP Irrigation Tech I

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takes a village to make sure our students have all the information they need to succeed in our industry, especially when it comes to irrigation. On May 23, four industry professionals – 2 contractors and 2 distributors - came together to present Irrigation Tech l to our ACLP students. Doug Donahue of Ewing Irrigation presented the Introduction – setting the groundwork by introducing irrigation components, terms and rules. The intro was followed by 3 hands-on break-out sessions. Tony Acosta of Agave Environmental Contracting presented Valves - leading the students to dismantle and reassemble valves, learn to use a multimeter, and proper wiring techniques. Scott Cosgrove took the students through Pipe & Sprinklers – demonstrating the proper ways to solvent weld pipe, adjust sprinklers, and change out nozzles and filter screens. Mike Wagner from SiteOne Landscape Supply led Controllers – coaching the students through setting up a controller for different types of vegetation, how to choose days-to-water options, and using the seasonal adjustment and cycle and soak features.

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May 16, Rick Robinson of Stillwater Landscape Management instructed the ACLP Planting & Tree Staking workshop and explained how to choose good nursery stock, proper planting depth, whether to put amendments in the backfill, and young tree irrigation and pruning. Rick, along with Mike Gonfel, a certified arborist with Stillwater, led the students out of the classroom to plant and stake an Acacia aneura in the ALCA parking lot. The hands-on demonstration illustrated all of the proper steps while explaining when and how to stake a tree, and when to remove them.

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lant Identification is a very popular ALCP workshop - so popular we had to add another session this April! On April 18, Jackie Lyle with Civano Growers presented Plant ID to a full classroom of eager students. Jackie led the class through different ways to remember scientific names and why it is important, as well as specific aspects of each plant on the extensive list. On April 19, Beth Postma of All Season Wholesale Growers presented the workshop, and helped students understand the importance of knowing plant anatomy terms, and how to identify plants using their leaves, flowers and fruit. Civano Growers generously donated nearly 100 plants on the plant list so the students could see them up close and personal. All of the plants were then dispersed to those in attendance. Students also learned about the many resources that can help them identify a plant in the field.

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lenn Fahringer with Earth Care “For All That’s Green”, Inc instructed the ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning workshop held in May and provided information on the basic plant biology as it pertains to pruning, decay, disease and wound closure. Glenn demonstrated the safe use of pruning equipment and described the five basic tree pruning types. The students then went outside where Glenn demonstrated proper shrub and tree pruning techniques and the results of common pruning mistakes and explained how to avoid them.

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April, two sessions of ACLP Turf Care & Installation were held at ALCA. The workshops were presented by Dave Thomas of Evergreen Turf and TJ Winzeler from the City of Peoria. Dave and TJ discussed the most common types of turfgrass used in the desert southwest, and how to properly install sod or seed turf. Best cultural practices for turf were covered, including mowing techniques, thatch removal, fertilization and irrigation. Overseeding and spring transition were covered in depth.

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RESOURCE GUIDE/AD INDEX COMMERCIAL/FLEET VEHICLES

SOD/TURF

Courtesy Automotive Group (866) 809-7065 courtesyfleet.com Please see our ad on page.....................5

Southwest Sod (602) 271-4266 southwestsod.com Please see our ad on page...................20 Evergreen Turf, Inc. (480) 456-1199 evergreenturf.com Please see our ad on page..... Back Cover West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 westcoastturf.com Please see our ad on page...................11

INSURANCE

Hill & Usher (602) 667-1848 trimrisk.com Please see our ad on page...................12 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply (800) 343-9464 ewingirrigation.com Please see our ad on page...................23 Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) horizononline.com Please see our ad on page...................11 Hunter Industries (760) 744-5240 hunterindustries.com Please see our ad on page.....................6 LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION TRAINING/TESTING

LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

Pioneer/Grand Materials (480) 739-6505 Pioneerco.com Please see our ad on page.....................2 LIGHTING

Brilliance LED, LLC (800) 867-2108 brillianceled.com Please see our ad on page...................21 NURSERIES

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 allseasongrowers.com Please see our ad on page...................22 Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 aridzonetrees.com Please see our ad on page.....................3 Arizona Wholesale Growers (623) 581-3100 azwholesalegrowers.com Please see our ad on page...................14 Desert Forrest Nursery/Forrest Equipment Rentals (623) 935-1859 desertforrestnursery.com Please see our ad on page...................21 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (623) 247-8509 mswn.com Please see our ad on page...................12

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Wilbur Ellis (480) 921-8500 wilburellis.com Please see our ad on page...................19 TREES

Western Tree Company (602) 243-6125 westerntree.com Please see our ad on page...................19 TRUCKS

Metro Institute (602) 452-2901 metroinstitute.com Please see our ad on page.....................3

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Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu (866) 412-2712 chapmanchevrolet.com Please see our ad on page...................22 AD INDEX

All Season Wholesale Growers............22 Arid Zone Trees.....................................3 Arizona Wholesale Growers ................14 Brilliance LED, LLC..............................21 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu.................22 Courtesy Automotive Group..................5 Desert Forrest Nursery/ Forrest Equipment Rentals...................21 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply...............................23 Hill & Usher.........................................12 Horizon...............................................11 Hunter Industries...................................6 Metro Institute.......................................3 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery....12 Pioneer/Grand Materials........................2 Southwest Sod....................................20 West Coast Turf..................................11 Western Tree Company.......................19 Wilbur Ellis..........................................19

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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.


SOME DELIVER ROCKS. WE DELIVER VALUE. We’re here to help your hardscape project go smoothly. At Ewing, we go the distance for our customers. That means providing more than just top-quality rock, soil and landscape materials. We proudly offer same- and next-day product delivery from any of our convenient Arizona hardscape supply yards as well as industry expertise and personalized assistance, helping bring your hardscape ideas to life.

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