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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 ALCA Calendar................................................................... 6 ALCP 2017 Schedule........................................................... 8 2017 Board of Trustees and CEO.......................................... 9 ALCA 2016 Excellence Awards...................................... 10-12

OPM License Exam Preparatory Courses Conducted Weekly

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

2017 Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association Trade Show...................................................... 14 ALCA Mixer - Ewing........................................................... 15

Get Knowledge!

ALCA Mixer - Synthetic Grass Store...................................... 15 ALCA Member Profile: Cutting Edge Curbing........................ 16


ALCA Member Profile: Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply .. 17


ALCA Member Profile: LeBaron Carroll Insurance – DIRT......... 18


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Safety Pays....................................................................... 19 Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Landscape Installation............... 20

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Member Updates............................................................... 21 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22

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groundwork 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Robert Clinkenbeard


President Elect

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

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock

Diversified Print Solutions

ILM - Integrated Landscape Management

Marty Monroy


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Dwight Faires

San Tan Landscape Management

Secretary Kim Kleski

Olsson Associates


Steve Shields

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Hill & Usher • 3033 North 44th Street, #300 • Phoenix, AZ 85018

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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,


623-505-9626 fax Delivery to: AZ,CA, NV, TX, NM

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had the honor of attending the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) leadership forum recently and it was great to represent ALCA and to network with industry leaders and to catch up on issues and trends facing landscape companies. The organizers of the forum usually collaborate with sponsors, board members and industry experts to develop a theme for the event and then bring in speakers and hold workshops. The theme Robert Clinkenbeard normally covers either upcoming trends, issues ALCA President facing the industry or hot topics. I will provide 2016/17 more details about these items in one of my future messages but in the meantime, I wanted to share one of the main initiatives which NALP has launched to help our industry especially since it touches on many issues we face on a weekly basis. While the landscape industry is diverse, the primary needs of its professionals are not – landscape operators need employees and businesses want to grow. NALP understands these needs and have responded with an aggressive growth agenda. Through the Industry Growth Initiative, NALP will grow the industry and its workforce by strengthening Americans’ appreciation of outdoor spaces where they live, work, and play. We want to show the public what we already know – that life and life’s work are best enjoyed outdoors. In the months, ahead, NALP will execute a variety of PR strategies to ensure our voice is heard. A few examples:

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

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

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

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

To Grow the Workforce

• Create a career-focused website speaking to students, career changers, veterans and others with excellent workforce potential • Launch a job board • Produce videos that showcase career opportunities • Sponsor content about industry career opportunities in business media outlets • Bring attention to industry careers through advertising and active social media outreach • Engage in a media campaign NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative will harness the power of media and public relations to tell the story of the incredible career opportunities that exist within the industry.

To Grow the Industry

• Strengthen our media campaign to showcase the industry and the value it provides, building on the 200+ million impressions earned already • Produce videos that reinforce expertise of industry professionals • Protect the industry’s reputation when activists attempt to speak for us • Place articles in magazines targeted at business owners in various vertical markets • Conduct research to better understand consumers’ needs and gather data to educate the public about the industry • Increase social media outreach NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative will provide the visibility, the voice, and the results the industry has long sought. Since we have the same challenges and opportunities in Arizona with a high appreciation of outdoor spaces combined with higher than average growth rates and the struggle to find a workforce to support this growth, we need to act quickly. I believe ALCA needs to look long and hard at how we can support this initiative either though financially supporting the NALP Growth Initiative, acting independently or perhaps a combination of efforts. I encourage you to share your thoughts either directly with me, other Board members or Judy Gausman. Sincerely, Robert Clinkenbeard, ALCA President 2016/17




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New Members Aflac

Aaron Fleming 2602 E Aster Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (602) 387-0728 Voluntary Insurance Benefits

Arizona Trucking and Materials

Karen Salois 4180 East Illinois Street, Tucson, AZ 85714 (520) 299-1007 Fleet of 40 dump trucks for hire and landscape materials supply.

City of Scottsdale – McCormickStillman Railroad Park

Nicholas Molinari 7301 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (480) 312-2731 I manage the operations of the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, a 30-acre specialty park owned by the city of Scottsdale. My team is responsible for 7-day maintenance coverage and general responsibilities include overall turf care and fertilization application, tree, shrub, plant and flower installation and management, the application of pre and post-emergent for weed management, irrigation management, pruning, diagnose issues with trees and plants, and the management of our safety program.

company serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Flagstaff. Each project is custom built and designed with high-quality unique materials and expert craftsmanship. Specializing in fire and water features, Sean Andersen was recently awarded a patent for his new fountain technology which is now available for both residential and commercial installations.

Minardo, Kevin

PO Box 2083, Apache Junction, AZ 85117 (480) 267-5174

Moxie Pest Control

Austin Clark 4620 E Elwood Street, Suite 12, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (480) 400-2847 We provide pest & termite services to residential and commercial properties.

WCA, Inc.

Justin Menzel 6528 West Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301 (602) 403-8455 WCA, Inc is a professional tree maintenance and management company providing tree pruning, tree removal, tree planting, tree GPS inventories, and tree-related emergency response. Staff includes ISA certified tree workers and arborists who pride themselves in performing proper tree care based on industry standards.

Wild West Landscapes

Bruce Winters 1901 N Santa Rosa Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 325-0996 Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Computer Troubleshooters – Scottsdale

Tomas Payet 13236 North 7th Street, Suite 4-253, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (480) 423-2983 Computer Troubleshooters is the largest international network of franchise owners providing computer services to small businesses and residential clients. We provide a comprehensive range of computer and technology solutions to small business owners (typically with 1 to 25 devices) and private home users. Whether you are looking for help with technology issues, problem prevention, virus and spyware protection or data recovery and backup solutions, Computer Troubleshooters can help.

Comscapes LLC

Casey Jarvis PO Box 54965, Phoenix, AZ 85078 (602) 625-2601 Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Exceptional Landscape & Cactus

Marian Alaback PO Box 3797, Wickenburg, AZ 85358 (928) 671-1214 We design spectacular cactus gardens and are renowned for having the largest selection of cacti in the area. We can serve your needs as a source of quality cacti and succulents. We make good use of boulders, decorative rock, flagstone, and lighting while being mindful of irrigation, drainage and maintenance considerations.

Goya Lighting, Inc

Michael Borgeson 14447 N 73rd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 275-4044 We are an outdoor lighting distributer. We also train in design and installation.

Mountainscapers Landscaping

Sean and Renee Andersen 1312 East Kaler Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 626-4050 Founded in 1994 by Sean Andersen (artist, designer, builder), Mountainscapers Landscaping is a premiere landscape design, construction, and installation March/April 2017





Desert Tree Farm’s Vegetable Garden Feeds Many at St. Vincent de Paul


he Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housJudy Gausman ing and healing individuals ALCA CEO and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. As important, they provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need and ALCA member Desert Tree Farm has been doing just that for more than five years. John Augustine, owner of Desert Tree Farm, has reserved an acre and a half on the 81 acre farm in South Phoenix to grow winter and summer vegetables. I was able to sample the naturally grown winter produce which consists of kale, carrots, cilantro, cauliflower, beets, onions, bok choy, leeks, spinach, garlic, and a large variety of lettuce that is made available to the 90 employees and surrounding neighbors. The remaining hundreds and hundreds of pounds of produce is donated to St. Vincent de Paul. With 340 days of growing season, the same recipients enjoy the summer crop of tomatoes, an assortment of peppers, squash, cucumbers, and many types of melons. The food program at St. Vincent de Paul has always been dependent on charitable donations and the service of community members who staff the largest commercial kitchen in the United States. The local staff set a goal of a weekly delivery of 1000 pounds of fresh produce. David Smith, chief operations officer for St. Vincent de Paul (and former Maricopa County manager) manages their very own garden which provides a large supplement to the donated items.

2017 Calendar of Events March 15 16 18 21 23 25 28 29 30

Phoenix Member Mixer- Sponsored by Brilliance LED ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office Wage & Hour Compliance – Julie Pace ACLP Plant Problems – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – Tucson ALCA Board Meeting Irrigation Tech II (ACLP II) – ALCA Office Scaling Up Cash – Greg Crabtree

April 07 08 13 15 19 22 26 27

SLM- ALCA Office ACLP Turf Care – Tucson ACLP Turf Care – ALCA Office ACLP Turf Care – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by AZ Wholesale Growers ALCA Field Day – Pera Club-Tempe Plant Disease, Disorders & Pests (ACLP II) – ALCA Office ACLP Plant ID – ALCA Office

May 4 Brian Gould

Because of the generosity of John Augustine and the Desert Tree Farm family, these fresh naturally grown vegetables are so beneficial in the diets of over 4,500 individuals that eat meals at St. Vincent de Paul each day. Respectfully, Judy Gausman

ALCA Golf Tournament – Benefits Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Fund 17 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Relaxed Atmosphere 18 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office 20 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office 20 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – Tucson 25 ACLP Planting & Staking – ALCA Office 29 Memorial Day – ALCA Office Closed *Dates Are Subject To Change*

AquaBeam IDEAL FOR FRESH AND SALT WATER APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN 5W OR 10W, 2700K, 3000K, OR 5700K David Smith (left) and John Augustine (right)

Desert Tree Farm’s production manager Brian Gould oversees not only the entire nursery but the planting and harvesting of the garden. It’s not just the employees and David Smith hard at work collecting the produce, it’s a family affair. What better way for John’s grandchildren to learn where food comes from than to give them a knife and have them pitch-in.




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Annuals & Perennials  Discuss selection and transportation of annuals  Demonstrate bed preparation for annuals or herbaceous

perennials: soil preparation, calculating amendments or mulch needed  Identify the blooming season for common annuals and herbaceous perennials  Demonstrate proper planting techniques

Plant Problem Diagnosis    

Differentiate between plant stress disorders and biological diseases Discuss proper plant health care in an urban environment Identify common weeds and recommend appropriate control methods Recognize common insects and determine what controls are needed

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  Problem solving strategies for common turfgrass diseases and pests

Plant ID

 Provide plant anatomy terminology, scientific names of plants

and how to pronounce them  Recognize plants that perform well in Arizona landscapes  Demonstrate proficiency in identifying plants by their leaves, flowers and fruit  Distinguish the different types of palms and pines in our region  Compare and contrast different species within a genus

DATES: March 16 & 18 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM March 25 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 TIME: 8:00 AM—12:00 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATE: March 23 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member *ISA & PMD CEUs available*

DATES: April 13 & 15 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM April 8 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 TIME: 8:00 AM—12:00 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATE: April 27 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Scottsdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member *ISA CEUs available*

What is the ACLP certification process? Anyone may attend the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become certified, each student must attend all workshops and pass the online exams. Participants will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each exam. Questions: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626-7091 or email 8



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2017 Board of Trustees and CEO The ALCA Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining the properous growth and representation of ALCA members. The Board’s primary responsibilities are to look beyond the day-to-day operations and create long range goals for the association. The Trustees consists of past and present Board leaders whose hard work, dedication and vision have been instrumental in the success that ALCA has achieved today. Below are the members of this prestigious Board of Trustees.

Bob Meier

Don Schlander, Rock Spreaders

President Michael Rockwell Azul-Verde Design Group Inc.

President Elect Robin Franklin Goodwill of Central Arizona

Vice President Rod Pappas, Xeriscapes Unlimited Inc.

Secretary Glenn Fahringer Earth Care “For All That’s Green” Inc.

Barb Stropko New Desert Gallery, Inc.

Bill Krause Terra Designs Inc.

SAVE THE DATE Bob Underwood AAA Landscape

Field Day

Craig Potter

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017 10AM—2PM WHERE: SRP PERA CLUB—1 E Continental Dr, Tempe HOW MUCH: $6 Adults / $3 Children (under 12) REGISTER: Enjoy fun and friendly competition of events for you and family members of the green industry!

Dale Micetic

David Spector TLC - The Landscape Company

Golf chipping shotBobcat ChallengeWheelbarrow RaceObstacle Course Target Accuracy Contest Petting ZooTennis Ball LaunchBounce House Basketball Free Throw Bean Bag Toss Plant Identification BBQ Picnic Prizes and much more!

Salsa Contest Bring a gallon of your favorite homemade salsa and compete for a grand prize!

Nancy Coxe Sierra Sun Landscaping, LLC


Volleyball Competition

Children, Women and Men’s Team Competition

6 man team First match starts at 10:15

Judy Gausman CEO March/April 2017





2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Awards of Excellence

Back to Nature Landcare, Inc. Commercial Maintenance $20K-$30K The Villas at Desert Camp The Villas at Desert Camp is a Home Owners Association located in the DC Ranch Development of Scottsdale, AZ. The HOA consists of 30 exclusive homes inside a gated community. Back to Nature Landcare, Inc. maintains the common area landscaping including front yards, common area turf, wall paths, NOAS area, and homeowner lawns. The landscape pallet of The Villas at Desert Camp consist of low water use, desert landscaping shrubs and trees per DC Ranch guidelines. These include palo verde, ironwood, and mesquite trees as well as brittlebush shrubs, saguaro cactus, and silver spoon agaves. Back to Nature maintains a sustainable natural look throughout the community which “adds value natures’ way”. In all, the community is an excellent example of what can be achieved through adherence to sustainable landscape practices. Back to Nature Landcare, Inc. is proud to be a partner in the community’s success.

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $55K-$90K Boulders North The Boulders North is a Golf Resort Community on the north half of the Master Homeowner Association. Located at the far north end of Scottsdale Road, the association is made up of 324 homes, two large community pools and several large common areas. There are 90 large common areas throughout the community. When we began, we knew we would have to come up with innovative solutions for sustainable landscape management. Educating the board was the first of our priorities; secondly we instituted rejuvenation cutbacks on all the plant material per ALCA guidelines. Thirdly we have reduced landscape waste by utilizing a green waste facility thereby reducing the carbon footprint in the local landfills.

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance Over $500K Anthem at Merrill Ranch Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management has been working with the developers and the property management team at Anthem at Merrill Ranch transitioning into a sustainable and healthy landscape maintenance practice. Along with proper pruning practices of plants and trees, Caretaker has identified and implemented strategies to reduce and conserve water through proper irrigation practices all while maintaining plant and turf health. We have accomplished these tasks several ways: rejuvenation cut-backs to the plant at the appropriate times of the year, using the appropriate plant materials for the location where plants are replaced, monitoring the irrigation system’s water usage and identifying ways to further reduce demands, ensuring proper calibration of equipment to limit over-fertilization and over-spraying of pesticides, mechanically removing weeds when possible to further limit the amount of pesticide usage, and lastly ensuring that all parties involved are properly educated about the importance of sustainable landscape practices, whether it’s through community demonstrations, one-on–one talks with residents or simply letting the healthy, beautiful landscaping be a demonstration on its own.




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Awards of Distinction

SiteWorks Landscape Development, LLC Commercial Installation Over $1 Million Sloan Park Spring Training Home of the Chicago Cubs Mesa, AZ

CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $200k-$250K Palm Valley Phase 8 North (Portales)

Sundance Landscape Maintenance Commercial Maintenance $20K-$30K Solace HOA

Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance Over $500K The Foothills

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $55K-$90K City Square March/April 2017





2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Judges Awards

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Commercial Maintenance $20K-$30K Manning House

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Installation $250K-$350K ViaSat

Integrated Landscape Management LLC Commercial Maintenance $200k-$250K Augusta Ranch Master Association

Mariposa Landscape Arizona, Inc Commercial Maintenance $55K-$90K Red Mountain Park

Sundance Landscape Maintenance Commercial Maintenance Over $500K Lyons Gate HOA

Sundance Landscape Maintenance Commercial Maintenance $20K-$30K Acacia Estates HOA

Blue Marble Landscape Commercial Maintenance $55K-$90K Vincenz Master Association

Sundance Landscape Maintenance Commercial Maintenance $20K-$30K The Residences at Belmonte HOA




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Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance Over $500K Fulton Ranch CareScape, Inc- East Valley Office Commercial Maintenance $200k-$250K Meridian

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2017 Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association Trade Show


he Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association held its annual Trade Show on Wednesday, February 15th at the PERA Club in Tempe. Over 300 members and guests enjoyed food, drinks, fabulous door prizes and fellowship with friends in the landscape industry. Thank you to all of the sponsors who supported this event. ALCA is dedicated to helping landscape contractors by promoting continued education, effective business practices and networking opportunities, and ensuring responsible legislation to continuously improve the landscape industry. ALCA’s professionalism, integrity and moral value are the fabric of this association.

Affordable GPS Tracking Agave Farms ALCA All Season Wholesale Growers Arid Zone Trees Armada Technologies LLC Armstrong Growers Artificial Grass Superstore/Turf & Sport Auto Safety House AZ Nursery Association AZ Wholesale Growers Belgard Hardscapes Berge Ford Brilliance LED Colonial Life Commercial Christmas Decorations CopperPoint Insurance Companies Courtesy Fleet/Commercial Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC Desert Tree Farm Diversified Print Solutions Diversified Truck & Equipment Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Fasturtle Digital/Heartland Payment Systems Flaska JCB Focus Industries Goya Lighting Grand Materials and Supply Granite Express LLC Granite Seed & Erosion Control Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire Identity Promotional Marketing Kalamazoo Materials Inc Kichler Landscape Lighting LeBaron and Carroll Insurance – DIRT Midway Mountain States Wholesale Nursery National Processing Solutions North American KTRADE Alliance NPT/PoolCorp Pavestone Rain Bird Corporation RDO Equipment SiteOne Landscape Supply Sonoran Stonecrete Southwest Sod Sprinkler World Sunrise Nursery Synthetic Grass Store Target Specialty Products Toro Company/Irritrol/Unique Lighting Tree Nutri V & P Nurseries Vermeer Sales Southwest Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting WCA, Inc West Coast Turf

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Ewing Sponsors Tucson Member Mixer


Thursday, January 26 Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply hosted the ALCA Member Mixer at the 4905 North Shamrock Place branch in Tucson. Members participated in a competitive chili cook-off and friendly game of darts. Taking home the 1st place chili prize was Charlie Johnson with Terra Designs using Bill Krause’s grass fed beef. 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. Ewing would like to thank ALCA for allowing them to host such a great event!

Synthetic Grass Store Sponsors First Phoenix Mixer of the Year


he Synthetic Grass Store and Arizona Turf Masters had the pleasure of hosting the ALCA Member Mixer at Haymaker in Phoenix on January 18th. The members enjoyed raffle prizes provided by SGS and AZTM. The 50/50 raffle proceeds of $165 went into the ALCA Scholarship Fund. The Synthetic Grass Store is proud to be Arizona’s first true one stop shop wholesale warehouse for synthetic lawns, putting greens, athletic fields, materials and tools. The Synthetic Grass Store has 4 convenient locations in Phoenix, Tucson and Southern California. As one of the largest wholesalers in the nation, they have over 500,000 sq ft of American & International artificial turf in stock. An order can be placed and ready for pickup in about 15 minutes. The Synthetic Grass Store also offers local and nationwide deliveries for a reasonable fee. Arizona Turf Masters – professional synthetic turf installers and the sister company of SGS – continues climbing to be the turf industry leader in both product and installation. From start, to seams, to finish, their crews take pride in their work, leaving you with an eyecatching final product. AZTM specializes in designing installations of the most advanced and realistic synthetic lawns in the industry, while ensuring perfect execution. Whether you desire a synthetic lawn, an artificial putting green, an athletic field, a commercial property, et cetera, they are your synthetic grass solution. They can similarly enhance your property with the perfect synthetic grass landscape - with low maintenance and no watering and a 2-5 year ROI. Arizona Turf Masters will also travel nationwide and worldwide for large sporting facilities, athletic fields or golf driving range installations. Regardless of your terrain or landscape, they are your one stop turf shop! SGS/AZTM are located at: N. Phoenix – 2720 E Mohawk Lane | Phoenix, AZ 85050 Sky Harbor – 2060 S. 16th St. #121 | Phoenix, AZ 85034 Tucson – 3321 N Freeway Rd | Tucson, AZ 85705 OC, California – 436 W. 6th Street | Tustin, CA 92780 P: (602) 996-TURF (8873) | F: (480) 503-8130 Mary Clanton, Sr. Estimator | 602-818-1131 | Lisa Popour, Estimator | 602-768-0987 | Breanna Merritt, Estimator | 602-710-6683 |

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Cutting Edge Curbing


utting Edge Curbing is a landscape material company aimed at providing competitively priced extruded concrete curbing, landscape materials and products for residential and commercial applications while maintaining superior customer service, quality workmanship and long lasting relationships with the landscaping industry, our community and our customers. We continue to add products and strive to be your one stop shop for landscape materials and supplies. One call is all it takes to order granite, mulch, curbing, sod, block, flagstone and pavers. We can also take care of any hauling needs you have for job site hauling of material. If you need to pick up material, we are conveniently located off Grand Ave in Glendale, so our friendly staff can load up your materials and supplies quickly and get you on your way in no time. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is no longer just a curb company. We are a fully stocked retail yard and a proud distributor for Southwest Sod, Phoenix Paver, Western Block, AZ Best Block and Biofeed. We carry over forty types of rock, river products, soil mixes and rip rap. If you need your materials delivered, our knowledgeable sales staff will insure that your order is accurate and our experienced drivers will get your materials to you on time. We are equipped with a certified scale so you can be sure that you are receiving the correct amount of material that you order. If you have not been to the yard lately, come check us out. We have over 120 products on display so if you have some rock that needs to be identified, chances are we have it here. All of our curbing styles and colors are also on display for you to compare. While you’re there, pick up your irrigation supplies. Contractor and landscaper discounts are available as well as volume discounts for material orders over 50 tons. Valley wide delivery is always free on orders of 10 tons or more with no zone minimums to worry about. Same day service is available so if you need something today, don’t hesitate to call and see if we can get you taken care of. Are you tired of paying a crew to wait for the rock to arrive so they can spread it? At Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock, we call you the night before delivery is scheduled to confirm a time window of when we will arrive so you can schedule your crew accordingly. It’s just one more way that we are working to offer our customers the best service in the industry. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock offers 14 different styles of curbing to choose from in 16 different Davis colors. We use triple washed sand for a more uniform color and polypropylene fibers to give you the finest quality cement in your concrete border. Rebar is available for




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installation in curbing when specified by architects or for those who are concerned about maintaining the integrity of the extrusion should any large vehicles drive over the curbing. It may be specified when 6×6 or taller curbing is required to hold back an embankment or severe drainage area. We warranty our curbing for one-year against defects in materials and workmanship. We have new items arriving monthly. Stop in to see why Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock has been helping our customers create curb appeal in the valley for over 15 years. We are located on 67th Avenue on the west side just south of

Northern. Our address is 7540 N 67th Ave Unit A Glendale, AZ 85301. Tel. 602-353-1020 Fax. 602-353-1027 Customer Service is #1, when doing business with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock! Web: Email: Orders: Quotes:



We’ve Got This: Six Ways Ewing Partners With You


wing Irrigation & Landscape Supply is the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and water management products in the country. As your business partner, we offer the highest quality irrigation and landscape products in the industry, including turf and land management, outdoor living, sports fields, golf and sustainable solutions. No matter what you need, we’ve got your back!

6. Locations all over town. With 18 store locations in Arizona, you’re sure to find a convenient location for your jobsite or daily route. When you need a solution, a nozzle or just a cup of coffee and a laugh, Ewing is the place to go. From Buckeye to Queen Creek and Prescott to Tucson, our friendly, knowledgeable Service Professionals at each location are here for you! For 95 years we’ve been your partner in business to help you on your path to success. To learn more and experience the Ewing Advantage, visit your local Ewing store or visit us online at

1. Mutually profitable relationships. At Ewing, we strive to build a mutually profitable relationship with each customer. From the moment you walk through the door to the moment you load up your truck to head to the job and beyond, we want to make sure you have what you need to be successful. For help with a new project, completing a tricky task or learning something new to expand your business, we’re here to help you grow your bottom line. We care about your success, because when you succeed, we succeed! 2. Learn new skills. Do you want to add a new service to your business? Take your skills to the next level with Ewing Education Services. Prepare for the Irrigation Association’s Certified Landscape Auditor (CLIA) exam with our Landscape Irrigation Auditor Workshop. Or enhance your business skills, take in best practices for agronomics and learn advanced landscape lighting techniques in classes offered this season. Classes are often held at Ewing stores, and some are available in Spanish. 3. Help from start to finish. We’re more than just a supplier of quality products! With education, events and more, we help contractors every step of the way. Our Project Services Team is ready to help you with business opportunities by providing professionally prepared takeoffs, quotes and submittals. We support you as you begin the job, then help you finish with the products and services to make your day a little easier. 4. Promotions to “Stock Up and Save.” This spring, Ewing is bringing back our popular Stock Up and Save promotion in March and April. Stock up on all the products you need for the busy spring season! Contractors taking advantage of this promotion will get great deals on their irrigation and landscaping needs, including extended terms and rebates. For details on how to Stock Up and Save, contact your Ewing representative or branch. 5. Large delivery capabilities. In 2017, Ewing added several Ford F-650 trucks to our fleet, allowing us to deliver large orders more effectively. Your large seed order for overseeding season, pavers for a new project or large fertilizer order can be loaded onto these specially designed trucks for efficient delivery service to your jobsite. We serve you better with our new trucks, to help you be more efficient.

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

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Male Hispanic Workers Most Likely to Suffer from Ladder, Fall Injuries


alls are a common workplace hazard, with falls from ladders being especially dangerous to workers. The highest number of these injuries are among male and Hispanic workers, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a NIOSH report, falls are the biggest factor in worker deaths in the United States, as 43% of fatal falls during the past 10 years involved a ladder. Along with the fatalities, more than 15,000 nonfatal injuries from falls occur in which employees have to take one or more days off work, the NIOSH report stated, and an estimated 34,000 nonfatal injuries were treated in emergency departments. Workers in the construction industry have the greatest chance of suffering fall injuries, as 81% of these employees were treated for falls from a ladder. In addition to construction, falls related to occupations connected to extraction, installation, maintenance and repair were the most fatal and had high work-related ladder fall injuries. Breaking down falls by demographics, the NIOSH report showed men and Hispanics were more likely to have fatal and nonfatal ladder fall injuries than women, non-Hispanic workers and other races and ethnicities. Age also was a significant factor in occupational fall injuries, as the likelihood of falls from ladders rose as age increased. According to NIOSH, the median number of days taken off from work for employees ages 45 to 54 years was 25 days.

In addition to productivity loss, fall injuries contribute to a growing expense for businesses. According to NIOSH, occupational fall incidents accumulate to an estimated $70 billion in workers compensation costs and medical expenses in the United States. About half of all fatal injuries involved a head injury and the leading types of injury were ones linked to the upper and lower extremities. Workers with lower-extremity injuries were out of work for 22 days while those who had injuries to several body parts were absent for 27 days. Safety tips and resources to prevent fall injuries you can share with your members • Make your insureds aware of the top hazards associated with fall incidents in the workplace, including: • Walking or working surfaces that are slippery or cluttered • Edges that do not have guards to prevent falls • Wall openings or holes in the floor where workers can fall • Ladders that are not positioned safely • Fall protection that is not used properly Suggest to your members that they may want to plan ahead to avoid using ladders or having workers do a job at heights. Businesses may implement safety-in-design and have staff perform as much work on the ground as they can. They also may want to use equipment alternatives to ladders that may be safer to operate. These may include aerial lifts or supported scaffolds. For more tips on falls or on ladder safety, CopperPoint has a free SafetyNet video at, and we have several safety cards devoted to both topics, which can be ordered off the Safety Materials Order Form available to download on our website. Thank you for doing business with us. Phyllis Senseman Vice President, Agency Management & Marketing 602.631.2016 Bruce Trethewy Sponsorships/Events Support Requests 602.631.2810 Todd Dennis Association Coordinator 602.631.2212

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Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Landscape Installation


ast April, Water – Use It Wisely, working with ABC15’s Sonoran Living Live, embarked on a spring media promotion and contest. The prize? A landscape installation package valued at $8,000! Wanting to work with the green industry on the project, and (we admit) to also get some monetary assistance for the winning package, Water – Use It Wisely invited the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association (ALCA), Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) and Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply to participate as partners. During the April to May media promotion and contest timeframe, Blaine Mugleston from Integrated Landscape Management talked about how to install a landscape and how to hire landscape professionals. We also had Warren Gorowitz from Ewing Irrigation talk about the importance of well-designed irrigation for a water-efficient landscape. The contest was an incredible success, yielding 10,901 entries! What a testament to how many Valley homeowners are out there who would like to rehab their backyard. And, one lucky homeowner, Lisa O. from Avondale, was the winner. Lisa was great to work with and was also willing to share the process of installing her beautiful new Xeriscape landscape with others. With that in mind, Water – Use It Wisely jumped on the opportunity to create a video series highlighting the process of turning Lisa’s backyard from drab to fabulous! The 10-part series features five to six-minute segments that explain the stages such as evaluating the yard and determining homeowner desires, visiting a Xeriscape demonstration garden and a local nursery to learn about plants, finding the right irrigation design and technology to incorporate, where to go to select hardscape elements, plant placement considerations and proper planting techniques, how to maintain plants properly and more. The project brought in additional generous partners from the three organizations. ALCA members, Janet Waibel from Waibel & Asssociates jumped in to assist with design and Marty Monroy from Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock supplied the pavers and generously donated the rock. Western




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Lisa loves to cook. She even pitched in and built the boxes herself to help keep the landscape project within budget. The 17 Water – Use It Wisely partners are excited to have such fun and informative how-to videos and blog content available to share with the public. It will continue to be valuable information that can be repurposed and promoted through the website and social media for years to come. Tree Company, Treeland Nurseries and Mountain States Wholesale Nursery donated all the plant Visit our Drab to Fab page to see for yourself at material for the project, and Harper’s Landscape & Gardening Centre hosted a video shoot. About Water – Use It Wisely The landscape was completed in mid-NovemThe Water – Use It Wisely campaign was ber just in time for holiday visits by Lisa’s family launched in 1999 to promote an ongoing water members. She says she’s thrilled to open her conservation ethic among Arizona’s rapidly growwindow blinds that look out onto her backyard ing population. Partners include the cities of Mesa, again. Lisa’s home was built in 2005 and she and Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler, her husband purchased the property in 2008 just Glendale, Avondale, Surprise, Queen Creek, and before the recession. That was one reason (along Fountain Hills. Additional partnering organizawith some family obligations) that they never com- tions include the Arizona Department of Water pleted the yard. Once they were ready to consider Resources, Arizona Municipal Water Users Assolandscaping, she says they just didn’t know where ciation, Central Arizona Project, EPCOR Water, to start. Lisa credits having a good designer who Global Water Resources, and Salt River Project. can bring creative ideas to the table as being a Submitted by Donna DiFrancesco, Conservatremendous help. The planter boxes that can be tion Coordinator, City of Mesa seen in the after picture are for growing herbs as


Nada Duna Joins Gothic Landscape’s Maintenance Division As New COO DePasquale promoted to EVP of the Santa Clarita-Based Landscape Management Company


othic Landscape is pleased to announce that Nada Duna, a 29-year veteran of BrightView Landscape (formerly ValleyCrest Companies), has joined the company’s maintenance division as Chief Operating Officer. Nicholas DePasquale, currently Vice President of the maintenance division, has been promoted to Executive Vice President. He will continue to be responsible for the division’s current 10 regional and branch teams. “We are fortunate and delighted to have someone with Nada’s experience and track record of success join our company,” said Jon Georgio, Chief Executive Officer of Gothic Landscape. “We now have two accomplished executives leading our maintenance division and look forward to them helping us achieve our ambitious growth goals over the next several years.” Duna, who began her career at ValleyCrest Companies as a head gardener and landscape leader in 1987 in San Jose, CA, held a series of progressively senior positions over the next three decades, ultimately becoming a Senior Vice President in 2006. “At ValleyCrest, Nada had an impressive track record of revenue growth, sustained profit performance, and customer and talent retention and is an avid and active promoter of sustainable prac-

tices in the industry,” added Ron Georgio, who will continue to serve as the maintenance division’s Chief Executive Officer. “Nada is a servant leader first and believes that a service culture towards team members, especially front line employees, is key to superior customer service and sustained performance.” Duna earned a B.A. degree in agricultural engineering and M.A. degree in plant pathology from American University of Beirut and a B.A. degree in horticulture from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. She also is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Assn., International Facility Management Assn., National Assn. of Professional Women and a board member of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and San Jose Job Corps. “I am thrilled to be joining Gothic, a company that shares my passion for the industry, focus on customers and people and doing what’s right,” said Duna. “I am confident Gothic is well positioned to take advantage of the growth opportunities ahead and that we can collectively create the next generation, innovative landscape maintenance company.”

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


DePasquale joined Gothic in 2000 as a management trainee. He became the Los Angeles Branch Manager of Gothic Grounds Management in 2003, the California Regional Manager in 2006 and Vice President in 2009, during which time he led the division through a significant growth phase. DePasquale earned his B.A. degree in sociology from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a certified arborist, a landscape industry certified manager and a qualified applicator. “We welcome Nada to the Gothic family and to our special culture rooted in our extraordinary commitment to customer service,” DePasquale said. “I look forward to working with her and the entire grounds management team in continuing to build a highly successful maintenance business.”

Gothic Landscape

Family owned and operated since 1984, Gothic Landscape now employs more than 1,300 people in four states, including California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. The company, headquartered Santa Clarita, CA, is organized into four divisions – Construction, Maintenance, Arbor Management and Environmental Restoration – and is singularly focused on developing long-term relationships through team members committed to a culture of extraordinary service.

Ewing National Hardscape Products Manager Elected to ICPI Board


wing Irrigation’s National Hardscape Products Manager, Jesse Cravath, was officially elected to the board of directors for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. He will serve a three-year term. The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) is a trade association whose mission is to deliver education and technical guidance leading to awareness, acceptance and use of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada. ICPI’s membership includes producers, contractors, suppliers, design professionals and distributors. Ewing Irrigation has been a member of ICPI since 2009. Cravath has been active with a number of key ICPI initiatives during this time and has worked in the hardscape industry for 15 years. He is passionate about helping others uncover potential in their hardscape projects. “I love to see the transformation of an under-utilized area of property into the center-piece gathering spot that owners are proud to show off and can enjoy for many years to come,” Cravath said. In addition to his new board responsibilities, Cravath also serves as Vice Chair of the Hardscape North America Advisory Committee and as a member of the Education, Dues and Bylaws and the Education Road Map Special Committees. As Ewing’s National Hardscape Products Manager, Cravath offers expert consultation in interlocking pavers, segmental retaining walls and outdoor kitchen and fire features. Cravath works to serve his customers by providing relevant educational programs, products and services that will allow contractors to grow their businesses in a profitable and sustainable manner. He is excited for the opportunity to help strengthen the awareness of ICPI—specifically their educational programs and technical resources available for both commercial and residential applications—during his time on the board. March/April 2017





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