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President’s Message............................................................. 4 2022 Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament............................ 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 6 New Members..................................................................... 7 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards BrightView Landscape Services.............................................. 8 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Desert Crest LLC.................. 9 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Grounds Control, LLC ........ 10 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Pascale Land Design.......... 10 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards Genesis Landscape Solutions............................................... 11 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Bill Fleming Landscapes...... 11 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards Back to Nature Landcare Inc............................................... 11 2021 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors................. 11 ALCA Member Profile: The Toro Company............................ 12 Calendar of Events............................................................. 13 ALCA Member Profile: Horizon............................................ 14 ALCA Member Profile: Sims Business Systems........................ 16 ALCA Member Profile: Arizona CLA..................................... 18 2022 ACLP Schedule......................................................... 19 Member Mixer: Sands Chevrolet.......................................... 20 Member Mixer: Belgard...................................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22





Immediate Past President

Association Outsource Services, Inc. (916) 961-9999

Dwight Faires Creative Environments Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock – a SiteOne Landscape Supply Company President Elect

Nickie Velten DTR Landscape Development, LLC

Secretary Kim Kleski

Kleski & Associates


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Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

The ALCA Influence is the official publication of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association. ALCA and The ALCA Influence assume no responsibility for the statements or opinions appearing in articles under an author’s name. The services of an attorney or accountant should be sought in legal and tax matters. For editorial information, contact the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, 5425 E. Bell Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254; telephone, (602) 626-7091; facsimile, (602) 626-7590; e-mail, July/August 2022





Good Day - I Hope Everyone is Well, Business is Booming!


here is a real good reason that ALCA is one of the Top 10 Trade Organizations in the state. YOU! Members, Associate Members, Volunteers, Board Members, and our Growing Staff at the ALCA Office. YOU, the membership and sponsors continue to completely amaze me. This year’s 2022 Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament was nothing less than a huge success! Thanks to all of you who came out to support ALCA’s Annual Golf Tournament. We had 39 golf teams and 18 vendors that filled the course with exhibits on all the holes. Proceeds from the tournament generated a record breaking $ 30,043. The revenue benefits the Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Fund. The funds assist qualified individuals who are pursuing a formal education in the Green Industry.

THANK YOU again to our sponsors and congratulations to the winners! Summer is here, remind your staff to stay well hydrated and watch over each other. Thoughts for the upcoming months: • Prepare now for the summer storms (minimize your losses) • Continue to design Water Efficient Landscapes (water restrictions are coming) • Plan for material shortages (anything concrete or with a computer chip) • Plan driving routes for efficiency (high fuel cost KILL profits) Dwight Faires 2022 ALCA President

We may all know these things, but we should remind our employees and educate them. Their efforts will help you all succeed. I am looking forward to this year's Awards Program. Applications have been submitted. It will be a great program at a new venue. We will look forward to seeing you all there in November! Remember, make time to spend with family and friends and put them first. This crazy thing we call LIFE and our JOBS, will consume you. Remember those you care for and go make some memories! The work will always be there. Until Next Time, Dwight Faires, President


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THANK YOU to ALL of the companies that supported the tournament by donating raffle prizes, sponsorships, volunteering their time to make this tournament a HUGE success!

2022 Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament


hank you all for making the 2022 Sky Blu Underwood Golf Tournament successful! The funds generated from the tournament support individuals who are working towards an education in the Green Industry.

1st Place

About Sky Blu Underwood…

Forty-eight years ago, Sky Blu Underwood was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His roots sprouted deep in the Arizona agricultural industry. It is no surprise; Sky grew up naturally embedded in the landscaping arena. When Sky was old enough, he worked for his father, Bob Underwood, the owner of AAA Landscape. Sadly, Sky’s life was cut short. He did not have the opportunity to complete his education or career in the landscaping industry. Twenty-eight years ago, his father, Bob Underwood, established the Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Fund. Bob wanted to honor his son and continue working on planting seeds that will support the pipeline of talent and maintain a thriving Green Industry in years to come.

2nd Place

AAA Landscape All Season Wholesale Growers Arid Solutions Nursery Arizona CLA Arizona Olives & Ornamentals Arizona Turf Masters/DTR Landscape Bayer Belgard Hardscapes BrightView Landscape Services CareScape, Inc Civano Growers Courtesy Fleet Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

Empire Truck & Trailer Enterprise Fleet Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Gothic Landscape Hill & Usher Horizon Distributors Hunter Industries/ FX Luminaire Hydrorain/Superior Sales Group JAIN Irrigation Kichler Lighting LeBaron and Carroll Midway Chevrolet/ Commercial Fleet Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Northwestern Mutual Rain Bird Rancho Mesa Insurance RDO Equipment ShineOn Lighting SiteOne Landscape Supply Sonoran Lighting Supply Southwest Sod Sun Country Truck Equipment Sunrise Nursery SunWest Golf & Reclamation Target Specialty Products Toro Co/Irritrol/ Unique Lighting Vermeer West Coast Turf

3rd Place

A BIG shout out to all of our sponsors and winners!

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• Lunch sponsored by Vermeer Mountain West & Gothic Landscape • Closest to the pin sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services *Winners: Marcy DeChandt & Jacob Finkral • Longest Drive sponsored by AZ Olives & Ornamentals *Winners: Marcy DeChandt & Alex Wolseger • Hit the Green contest sponsored by SiteOne Landscape Supply & Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock *Winner: Romeo Filip • Putting Contest sponsored by DTR Landscape Development & Synthetic Grass Store/AZ Turf Masters • Hole-in-One sponsored by Courtesy Fleet • 1st Place Winners: Mark Otto, Brandon Putnam, Ryan Floreck • 2nd Place Winners sponsored by Synthetic Grass Storre/AZ Turf Masters: Scott Bowen, Eric Watson, Nathan Kundla, Aaron Sundquist • 3rd Place Winners sponsored by Sims Business Systems: Scot Taggart, Eric McGaffin, Tanner Randall, Josh Paul

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Apples to Apples


any businesses and individuals are part of ALCA in hopes of receiving one specific benefit or achieving one goal, only to find that the organization has many more benefits and holds much more opportunity than they expected. While we are returning to in-person gatherings with educational trainings, committee meetings and networking events where members can learn, exchange ideas and create relationships; I find many other various requests from members. So, when members expressed their concern and puzzlement when losing a bid to a much Judy Gausman significantly lower bid, the ALCA Board thought it ALCA CEO would be a benefit to the members and community managers to introduce a standardized Request for Proposal (RFP) that could also be used as a maintenance contract. In our competitive landscaping world, some companies think that the best way to win on price is to figure out what price their competitors will bid and try to come in below that. Is that landscape contractor at risk to lose money. Is the client comparing apples to apples, or apples to oranges? In effort to level the playing field, a standardized Request for Proposal and cost sheet were developed where the client can see the itemized list of services the landscape contractor is bidding on and compare against other landscape contractors on the same itemized list. Viola! - Apples to Apples! Once the maintenance contract is in place, the expectations of the contractor and client are aligned using the itemized list they have agreed upon. ALCA remains dedicated to helping landscape contractors by providing effective business practices. Our hope is that, you will find the Request for Proposal/Maintenance Contract a valuable member resource. You can download it by going to the website under Resources. Best to you, Judy Gausman, CEO

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Special Thank You to our ALCA Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Arizona CLA

Horizon Distributors, Inc


Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire

Belgard Hardscapes Civano Growers


LeBaron and Carroll, LLC Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock – a SiteOne Landscape Supply Company

Northwestern Mutual

Evergreen Turf, Inc

Rain Bird Corporation

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Sims Business Systems



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SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems West Coast Turf



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Jason Vazquez 84 W Cucumber Tree Ave San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 (602) 884-6953 We are a landscape maintenance company specializing in residential maintenance as well as commercial maintenance. We also do other projects such as tree pruning, softscape installs, and many small projects. We primarily focus in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley but provide service in other cities of the valley as well. Contractor Class 2

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JM Walsh Design

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Revival Maintenance & Landscape LLC

Baudelio Flores P O Box 91577 Phoenix, AZ 85066 (602) 783-6819 Contractor Class 1 Landscape Residential Maintenance

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards BrightView Landscape Services

Sponsored by:

Arizona Biltmore Resort Commercial Installation $1 - $3 Million Award of Distinction

Estrella Mountain Ranch Commercial Maintenance Over $1 Million Award of Distinction

The Islands Community Association Commercial Maintenance $500,001 - $1 Million Award of Excellence




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Foothills Master Association Commercial Maintenance $350,001 - $500,000 Award of Excellence


2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Desert Crest LLC

Designer: Charles Eisler; Photograph provided by Charles Eisler

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Martin Residence, Residential Installation $175,001 - $300,000 Judges Award Erwin/Ward Residence, Residential Installation $500,001 - $1Million, Judges Award Aussie Out. quarter page ad

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Grounds Control, LLC

Sponsored by:

Collective - “OLIV” 24 Story Building, Commercial Installation $100,001 $300,000, Judges Award

Grooming Humans Hair Studio Commercial Redesign Under $50,000 Judges Award

Maxwell on 66th Apartments, Commercial Installation $500,001-$1 Million Commercial Maintenance $50,001 - $75,000, Award of Distinction

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Pascale Land Design

Snorgrass Residence, Residential Installation Under $25,000 Award of Excellence

Nelson Residence, Residential Installation $70,001 - $125,000 Award of Excellence


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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Genesis Landscape Solutions

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors All Season Wholesale Growers

We are a full-service, wholesale nursery that specializes in providing high quality trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines. 6623 S 32nd St #4, Phoenix, AZ 85042 | (602) 276-0230 |

Arid Zone Trees

Dedicated to providing quality trees to the landscape industry that are appropriate to the Desert Southwest. (480) 987-9094 | Maricopa Meadows HOA, Commercial Maintenance $250,001 - $350,000, Award of Excellence

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Cox Cactus Farm

We pride ourselves on having one of the Valley’s broadest availabilities of cacti, agaves, aloes, and euphorbias from one gallon to large specimens. We also grow shrubs and trees and even broker to ensure every need is met with our unsurpassed customer service. 34623 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85086 (480) 220-1848 |

Ewing Irrigation

We make your search for irrigation supplies easy. From residential installations and commercial projects to athletic fields and golf courses, we offer all supplies and expertise to help you get the job done. (800) 343-9464 |

Monroy Construction, Inc

We’ve built our livelihoods on providing hardscapes for residential and commercial projects. We offer our customers concrete, masonry, and paver solutions to their hardscape needs. (602) 850-5114 |

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Arroya Grande Project, Residential Installation $70,001 - $125,000, Award of Excellence

Back to Nature Landcare Inc

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We offer over 400 taxa of desert-adapted trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accents, flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. Specializing in providing landscape plants that combine beauty and water economy. It is our goal to provide quality plant material to allow the fulfillment of design concepts that reflect the spirit and the beauty of the desert. 13803 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85307 (623) 247-8509 |

Sunrise Nursery, LLC

We specialize in growing native and desert adapted trees, shrubs, and cacti. Our vast inventory includes a product line ranging from 1-gallon shrubs up to 48” box trees. 22439 N 163rd Ave, Sun City West, AZ 85387 (623) 556-0820 |

Waibel & Associates Landscape Architecture Experienced Landscape Architect with 30+ years landscape architecture & planning industry. Strong arts and design professional skilled in Landscape and Irrigation design, Plant Identification, Hardscape, Urban Planning, Green Infrastructure, and Water Features. 8611 S Priest Dr, Ste 101, Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 893-3849 |

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The Toro Company


The Toro Company, their mission statement is: “Our purpose is to help our customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. This is our legacy, our purpose, our commitment to both the customers we serve and the generations to come.” This mission shows true in their residential and commercial irrigation division.

ment Software (WMS). DXi comes loaded with features to make precise water management convenient and flexible. Cloud-Based Data Management simplifies irrigation management ROTORS with access from anywhere, anytime. Enhanced Dependable, reliable performance is what you Features and new precision irrigation management will find with Toro rotors for residential, com- capabilities make water management, scheduling mercial and sports field applications. In addition, and monitoring adaptable to site specific or user you will also find innovative features such as no specific needs. And the Future Ready hardware tools arc adjustment, higher pop-up heights and platform means the DXi can accommodate new some of the most efficient nozzles in the industry. innovation and changing site needs quickly and economically.


All the parts of an irrigation system (controller, valves, sprinklers, drip, sensors) work together to ensure your customer’s landscape is watered properly. Toro WaterSmart® products can be retrofitted to any system to provide more efficient use of water while maintaining healthy landscapes. Incorporating WaterSmart solutions throughout the whole system helps to ensure optimum water savings.


A critical part of any irrigation system, Toro SENSORS & REMOTES With today’s focus on sustainable landscapes, valves are available in a wide variety of sizing, materials and options to meet the most demand- Toro sensors have proven significant water savings and control for both residential and commercial ing needs. applications.


Whether you need a spray solution for turf lawns, slopes, medians, high traffic, or high wind locations, Toro spray bodies provide the options you are looking for. Traditional MPR to high efficiency water management solutions, Toro nozzles provide reliable easy-to-use products with the latest in water saving technology.

From standard to advanced irrigation control, Toro irrigation controllers meet the needs of the most demanding users. Innovative sensing and wireless communication capabilities give users even more control over water savings and maintaining healthy landscapes.


Drip is one of the most efficient methods of irrigation. With innovative products like DL2000™ subsurface dripline with ROOTGUARD®, Toro’s line of landscape drip products takes watering efficiency to the next level.

For more information on Toro irrigation products for residential and/or commercial landscapes, locally in Arizona please contact Esai Arvizo at CENTRAL CONTROL or 480-489-7089 / Scott Toro DXi Central Control Satellite is a single Bowen at or 602-350powerful hardware platform capable of sup- 5706 / Paul Tammelleo at paul.tammelleo@ porting two powerful software packages, Rain or 602-315-3637 / Brian Whitcher at Master® Laguna™ or Sentinel® Water Manage- or602-509-4501.




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Prosopis Hybrid ‘AZT’ Thornless Mesquite Cercidium praecox ‘AZT’ Sonoran Palo Verde

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Olneya tesota ‘AZT’ Desert Ironwood


Cercidium Hybrid ‘AZT’ Thornless Hybrid Palo Verde


Chilopsis linearis ‘AZT Bi-Color’ Desert Willow


Chilopsis linearis ‘AZT Desert Amethyst’ Desert Willow

Independence Day – ALCA Office Closed ACLP Safety & Tools ACLP Safety & Tools ACLP Safety & Tools – Tucson ALCA Board of Directors Meeting ALCA Member Mixer – Sponsored by All Season Wholesale Growers ACLP Turf Care & Installation

20 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – Tucson 25 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning 30 OSHA 10 - Day 1 31 OSHA 10 - Day 2

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Cercidium Hybrid ‘DM’ Desert Museum Hybrid Palo Verde* *AZT propagates the ‘Desert Museum’ with the guidance and permission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Specimen Trees for Desert Landscapes


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16 Low Voltage Lighting Workshop – ALCA Office Only 17 ALCA Member Mixer – Sponsored by Sims Business Systems 18 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer 20 ACLP Soils & Fertilizer

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Memorial Day – ALCA Office Closed ACLP Irrigation ACLP Irrigation ACLP Irrigation – Tucson ALCA Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply ACLP Pesticides & Calibration Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Workshop

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Stop Fertilizing in Drought? No! Article provided by Bob Franchetto


ater restrictions don’t have to be a Myth #5 - If my grass is green then I’m not saving water. death sentence to turf. Drought conUsing products like humic acids, wetting agents and soil surfactants will help keep your turf green ditions are the time you should be while still reducing water usage by up to 30%! working to keep turf and soil healthy through the Before you remove your turf, know how hot things can get! season! Here are 5 myths about turf maintenance during drought and how to combat them.

Myth #1 – I can’t fertilize because it won’t get watered in and I will burn my turf.

Using high quality organic fertilizer will direct most nutrient activity to the roots and crowns, avoiding the “burn” you get with water soluble nitrogen. Improving your soil will help the turf stay healthy enough to survive these drought conditions. The time you put in today will save you time in repairs and replacement later.

Myth #2 - I should just scalp my turf through summer.

While scalping may seem like an easier solution, it actually puts more stress on the turf. Mowing heights should be RAISED through summer, creating a deeper and more extensive root system, allowing plants to withstand summer stress. Plus, that taller grass will allow soil temperatures to remain cooler at the soil surface.

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orizon Distributors offers the most complete selection of products in the industry, including irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, seed and sod, mowers, 2-cycle equipment, lighting, pavers, barbeques, tools, safety products and more. Horizon is more than just a landscape and irrigation distributor; they are your partner, ready to deliver the products and services you need to be successful. Nine locations in Phoenix/ Tucson metro means that there is a Horizon store conveniently located next to your job or property. All our stores are open merchandised, helping you to get in and out more quickly. And our professional, knowledgeable staff can offer ideas and solutions and includes bilingual team members at every store. Our team includes experts in agronomy, water conservation, equipment, lighting and hardscapes that can answer your questions and ensure you find the right solution. We even offer repair and maintenance of your landscape power equipment at our service center in Phoenix. With on-time delivery, will-call, online account access, parts hotline, accounting hotline, paperless invoicing and more, Horizon is the only supply partner you need to get the job done. Stop by your local store today to see the Horizon difference firsthand.


Myth #3 - Water restrictions mean my grass will die anyway.

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ims Business Systems has passed the test of time with flying colors. We are the only dealership in Arizona that has survived and thrived for more than 40 years by marketing only the most quality driven products and services. Unlike many of our competitors - who are strictly limited to one manufacturer - Sims offers our clients the best from all manufacturers and combine into simple, affordable packages, including service and supplies. The Sims team has earned us the reputation of fairness, fast service, dependability, and honesty. Everything you experience from Sims is local. There is no 800 number for service or billing questions. The name Sims has been a staple in the business technology space for decades. Today, Sims Business Systems still puts the family name on everything we do. It all starts with our employees. We lead with integrity, loyalty, and a clear understanding of our clients’ needs. The formula continues with a proven track record of open and honest communication. We make a commitment to our clients to always provide the highest quality products and support. Our staff has a real sense of being part of the family business. Sims’ employees are compelled to deliver the best level of service to our clients. Our staff’s extensive tenure and training enables our clients to receive the highest level of professional service. Business processes are a hot topic today and a main focus for our clients. We offer managed print services, VoIP phone solutions, mailing equipment, software solutions, and managed I.T. services to fill in the gaps where needed. We have become experts in streamlining business processes and have helped many clients save thousands of dollars a month on their technology expenses. We help our clients upgrade their technology, increase productivity, and enhance efficiency all while lowering costs. Many of our competitors try to offer these services but have not yet mastered them in the way Sims has over the years. Some of our clients have been with us for over 20 years. At this point, we consider them friends and business partners, and strive to build that relationship with all of our new clients. We want to grow hand-in-hand with our clients, always listening to their wants and needs and always aiming to improve. We’ve seen many of our competitors over the years come and go, while Sims stands strong. With tremendous growth over the past several years, our focus for 2022 will first be to continue strengthening our foundation to maintain our reputation of excellence. People are surprised when they review our customer reference list, because we measure our clients in decades rather than months or years. Sims is a family owned and operated Arizona business that can support clients on a national or even global scale.




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Sims has been voted #1 Family-Owned Business for 3 consecutive years in Ranking Arizona, The Best of Arizona Business. We have also been named an Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine for 8 years in a row! Since 1978, Sims has been delivering Arizona the highest quality copiers, IT services, software solutions, and more. We are Arizona’s oldest and largest copier company. We are locally owned and operated in Tempe, Arizona. Please contact us to learn more, and we are always looking for

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North Phoenix

15634 N 32nd St. 602-992-1150

Central Phoenix

4050 E Indian School Rd. 602-955-5100






HUGE SELECTION of boulders and decorative rock


560 EZ St. Prescott, AZ 86301

2815 E. Rose Garden Ln. Phoenix, AZ 85050




(928) 776-2999

(602) 569-8722

(480) 888-0487

(928) 632-5320

1566 W. Ocotillo Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85140


14900 Hwy. 169 Dewey, AZ 86327

Big Enough to be Professional, Small Enough to be Personal Horizon has the products you need, when you need them—all under one roof.

Horizon is one of the largest wholesalers of irrigation supplies in the U.S. With strategic partners like Hunter, Rain Bird, Toro, Lasco, NDS, ADS & more we have everything the irrigation contractor needs to get the job done.


LANDSCAPE products & accessories

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 45% of the US and 54% of the lower 48 states are currently in drought. Scan the QR code for information and tools to help you offer solutions to your clients, all while explaining the benefits properly maintaining a landscape through a drought.

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How to Save Cost on Labor


very employer knows that the actual cost of paying each employee is significantly higher than his or her hourly rate. Even if you don’t offer benefits, there are still some taxes and expenses you will incur due to having employees on your payroll that you can’t avoid. Labor expenses are categorized in two ways: Variable and Fixed. Fixed costs: These are the costs that do not really fluctuate with changes in growth or production. They include such things as social security and Medicare taxes, FUTA, and federal income tax.

GROWING NATIVE DESERT TREES & ORNAMENTAL SHADE TREES Variable costs: 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 (602) 486-7612 /

24” Box up to 48” Box Arizona Certified Nursery Certifiable to ship out-of-state Contract Growing for Large Projects SALES:

Hunter Hawkins 602.625.1566

Mo Ibarra 602.763.8004

Eric Johnson 602.738.8733

Office 602.243.6125 • Fax 602.243.3764 3401 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040




July/August 2022

Jul / Aug 2022 ACLP Schedule Cost:

$60/ALCA Member $120/Non-Member *** Non-Refundable *** Register: Locations: ALCA Office—5425 E Bell Rd #105, Sco�sdale AZ 85254 Randolph Center (auditorium)—200 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85711

Safety & Tools —ISA = 3.75 CEUs · · · · · · · ·

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

Turf Care and Installation · · · ·

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 Explore problem solving strategies for common turfgrass diseases and pests

Soils & Fertilizer — ISA = 3.75 CEUs · · · · · ·

Apply proper techniques in collecting a soil sample for analysis Determine soil texture & 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 in plant health and the importance of soil management to optimize root health

Tree & Shrub Pruning — ISA = 3.75 CEUs · · · · ·

Provide basic plant biology as it pertains to pruning, decay, disease and wound closure Discuss the safe use of basic pruning equipment Distinguish types of pruning: crown cleaning, thinning, elevating, reduction and restoration/rejuvenation Describe & demonstrate shrub renovation pruning

Dates to choose from: July 14 ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 PM July 16 Available Pre-Recorded 7:30—11:30 July 16 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

July 21

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Dates to choose from: August 18 ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM August 20 Available Pre-Recorded 7:30—11:30 August 20 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

August 25

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Explain common pruning mistakes and how to avoid them

What is the ACLP certification process? Anyone may a�end the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To

become ACLP cer�fied, each student must par�cipate in all 10 workshops and pass the exams. Students will be declared an AZ Cer�fied Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each of the exams. Questions: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626-7091 or email

Arizona Landscape Contractors Associa�on • 5425 E Bell Rd, #105 Sco�sdale, AZ 85254 (602) 626-7091 •

ALCA MIXERS Sands Chevrolet

Thank you to Alan Ray with Sands Chevrolet for sponsoring ALCA’s April Member mixer. With over 60 people in attendance, everyone enjoyed the Italian buffet at the Horny Toad in Glendale. Proceeds of $1,000 from the 50/50 raffle were split between the winning ticket holder and the Boys and Girls Club of the Valley, Sands Chevrolet’s charity of choice. In addition, Maytag matched the $500 to the Boys and Girls Club to have an even bigger impact in providing a safe place for youths, giving them an opportunity to discover their great futures. Sands Chevrolet in Glendale aims to be the best Phoenix car dealership near you. They are located on Northwest Grand Avenue and can easily be reached from anywhere. You may contact Alan at or call (480) 580-5287.

P 602-437-5194 F 602-437-4719 3815 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040

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July/August 2022



Thank you to the Belgard team for sponsoring the May ALCA Mixer at Lucille’s BBQ. The raffle tickets brought in $1,000 which was split between the winning recipient, Monte Hoskins with Courtesy Chevrolet and Belgard’s charity of choice, Operation Home Front whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Belgard has a wide range of pavers, hardscapes, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, and walls to help you build the outdoor spaces of your dreams. Belgard’s uncompromising level of quality and craftsmanship sets the standard for hardscapes. The remarkable natural look and feel of their products is unrivaled in the industry. Since 1995, their locally made and nationally backed products have transformed thousands of residential and commercial properties across North America. Every day, their network of trained and certified contractors and dealers helps customers to envision their creative journey and realize their outdoor dreams. Belgard strives to improve their products by spending more than 20,000 hours in research and development every year. Perfecting new products keeps them aligned to current design trends. This commitment places Belgard on the cutting edge of manufacturing techniques and technologies. For more information on Belgard and their products, contact Dan Harner at dan.harner@ and visit the website at www. Belgard is a brand within the Oldcastle APG Portfolio. For more information on Oldcastle APG and its portfolio of brands, visit the Oldcastle APG website.

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Macor Associates, Inc. (602) 989-9960 | Please see our ad on page.....................7 COMMERCIAL/FLEET VEHICLES

Diversified Truck & Equipment Sales, Inc. (480) 721-2832 | Please see our ad on page...................13 EDUCATION

Arizona Nursery Association (480) 966-1610 | Please see our ad on page.....................6 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply (800) 343-9464 | Please see our ad on page...................22 Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) Please see our ad on page...................17 Hunter Industries (760) 744-5240 | Please see our ad on page...................15 LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION TRAINING/TESTING

Metro Institute (602) 452-2900 | Please see our ad on page.....................3 LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT

A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales (480) 539-8700 | Please see our ad on page...................16

Stotz Equipment (623) 936-7131 | Please see our ad on page...................21 Vermeer Southwest (480) 249-5111 | Please see our ad on page.....................4

Material Delivery, Inc. dba MDI Rock (602) 569-8722 | Please see our ad on page...................17

Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 | Please see our ad on page...................13 Arizona Wholesale Growers (623) 581-3100 Please see our ad on page.....................7 Australian Outback Plantation (623) 780-8500 Please see our ad on page.....................9 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (623) 247-8509 | Please see our ad on page.....................5 V&P Nurseries (480) 917-9847 | Please see our ad on page...................15




Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Landscape Materials (602) 353-1020 | Please see our ad on page.....................7 LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

Pioneer Landscape Centers (480) 739-6505 | Please see our ad on page.....................2 LIGHTING

Brilliance LED, LLC (800) 867-2108 | Please see our ad on page...................14 Kichler Landscape Lighting (216) 573-1005 | Please see our ad on page...................23 NURSERIES

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 | Please see our ad on page.....................3 Arid Solutions Nursery (602) 437-5194 Please see our ad on page...................20

Arizona Olives & Ornamentals LLC (602) 833-8252 | Please see our ad on page...................21 SOD/TURF

Evergreen Turf, Inc. (480) 456-1199 | Please see our ad on page..... Back Cover Southwest Sod (602) 271-4266 | Please see our ad on page...................20 West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 | Please see our ad on page...................10 SUPPLYING LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

Wilbur Ellis (480) 921-8500 | Please see our ad on page...................18


Western Tree Company (602) 243-6125 | Please see our ad on page...................18 AD INDEX

A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales........16 All Season Wholesale Growers..............3 Arid Solutions Nursery........................20 Arid Zone Trees...................................13 Arizona Nursery Association..................6 Arizona Olives & Ornamentals LLC......21 Arizona Wholesale Growers ..................7 Australian Outback Plantation................9 Brilliance LED, LLC..............................14 Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Landscape Materials.............................7 Diversified Truck & Equipment Sales, Inc...........................13 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply...............................22 Horizon...............................................17 Hunter Industries.................................15 Kichler Landscape Lighting..................23 Macor Associates, Inc...........................7 Material Delivery, Inc. dba MDI Rock....17 Metro Institute.......................................3 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery......5 Pioneer Landscape Centers...................2 Southwest Sod....................................20 Stotz Equipment..................................21 V&P Nurseries.....................................15 Vermeer Southwest...............................4 West Coast Turf..................................10 Western Tree Company.......................18 Wilbur Ellis..........................................18

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