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Palm Establishment and Care Low Voltage Lighting Extends Enjoyment to the Outdoor Environment COVER PHOTO: NATIVE RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC










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

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses Conducted Weekly

CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 2018 Board of Trustees and CEO.......................................... 7 2017 ALCAs Excellence Awards....................................... 8-10 ACLP March/April Schedule................................................ 11

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

ALCA Member Profile: Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock..... 12 ALCA Member Profile: LeBaron Carrol Insurance................... 13 ALCA Member Profile: Ewing Irrigation & Supply................... 14 ALCA Membership Application............................................ 15

Get Knowledge!

Low Voltage Lighting Extends Enjoyment to the Outdoor Environment.......................................................... 16


Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Workshops.......................... 16 Palm Establishment and Care............................................... 17 ALCA Mixer - Agave Farms................................................. 18


Or Check Schedule And Register Online

Palm Care and Maintenance Workshop................................ 19 What Our Pets Teach Us..................................................... 20 Brilliance LED Promotes Shane Mikkelsen to Vice President of Sales........................................................ 20 Help Me! My Grass is Dying!.............................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock


President Elect

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

San Tan Landscape Management, Inc.

Diversified Print Solutions

Dwight Faires


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Clayton Graham

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance

Secretary Kim Kleski

Olsson Associates


Steve Shields

5425 E Bell Road, Suite 105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 Phone: 602-626-7091 Fax: 602-626-7590

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Chief Executive Officer

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

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

Judy Gausman

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

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

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

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Support the ALCA Associate Members that Support You


’m proud to be a part of one of the largest trade associations in Arizona. With a membership of over 450 professional landscape and affiliate businesses representing nearly 35,000 employees, ALCA continues to grow. ALCA is dedicated to helping landscape contractors by promoting continued education, effective business practices and networking opportunities, and ensuring responsible legislation to enhance the professionalism and the public’s perception of Landscape Contractors and the Green Industry. And we couldn’t accomplish this without the help of our associate vendors.

Special Thank You to our

ALCA Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers Arizona CLA Belgard Hardscapes Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire Rain Bird Corporation RDO Equipment Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

GOLD SPONSORS Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety





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I want to express a big thank you to ALCA’s associate members for their support and participation in the ALCA events. As a landscape contractor, I encourage you to support these ALCA vendors that support you throughout the year. The ALCA Directory is an excellent and valuable resource for both contractors and associate members. Please note that soon ALCA members will be able to login on the website and view the Directory and Resource Guide online. Sincerely, Marty Monroy, ALCA President Marty Monroy 2018 ALCA President


New Members Al-Deek, Laeth

(602) 800-9309 Landscape / Horticulture AAS Student

Butterfly Gardens, Inc

Mario Gutierrez PO Box 127, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 (520) 678-7861 Specializes in xeriscape, rock installation, automatic drip irrigation and control systems, irrigation repair, and realistic riverlets; custom designed and built garden walls/boxes, and flagstone pathways.


Daniel Hinojos 7320 N La Cholla Blvd, Ste 154-303, Tucson, AZ 85741 (623) 255-1132 Construction management firm provides services to ADOT, City of Tucson & Pima County

Desert Earth Works LLC

Mark Jones 3218 East Bell Road, #303, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (602) 788-5018 Landscape design, build, and maintenance company

Desert Root LLC, The

Tara Parry 633 N Danyell Ct, Chandler, AZ 85225 (602) 616-7058 Lawn care maintenance

Harvest Design Group LLC

Todd Wills 920 E Madison St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (480) 776-4017 Residential/Commercial Design/Build. All phases of landscape and hardscape design implementation. Shade structures, bbq’s, fireplaces, custom steel work and custom wood working.

Ground Zero Landscape & Construction LLC

Chad Bennett 1550 E Thunderbird Rd #2051, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (480) 269-5306 Ground Zero Landscape & Construction Company provides homeowners a turnkey full landscape company. Ground Zero handles everything from permitting to HOA approvals and submittals. Ground Zero has the ability to complete every project from design to finish and execute on time and within budgets. From Installation to renovation, we construct everything from masonry, concrete, pavers, BBQs, outdoor kitchens, water features, fire features, mist systems, pergolas, armadas, artificial grass, putting greens, shrub and tree plantings, irrigation and low voltage lighting. If you can think it we can build it. We build dreams from the ground up!

Rockwell Landscape Maintenance

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Chance Renstrom 3532 W Helena Dr, Glendale, AZ 85308 (602) 690-4648 We specialize in landscape maintenance for residential and HOA/commercial properties.

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Sands Chevrolet

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Alan Ray 5418 NW Grand Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 (623) 474-9393 Automotive sales, service, parts, and body shop

Sonoran Desert Natives

Randal Breaux 1288 Pebble Springs, Prescott, AZ 86301 (713) 582-1419 Business consulting, coaching and leadership training

We do the

groundwork for you.

Hill & Usher’s Trim Risk for Maintenance or Construction


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WeCare Organics Denali Water Solutions

Family Business Tycoon

ACLP Turf Care & Installation – ALCA Office ACLP Turf Care & Installation – ALCA Office Palm Care and Maintenance Workshop – SRPs PERA Club Member Mixer – Phoenix Sponsored by Grand Materials ACLP Turf Care & Installation – Tucson Low Voltage Lighting Workshop Advanced ACLP Soil Science & Plant Nutrition – ALCA Office ACLP Plant ID – ALCA Office Arbor Day


Kenneth Vickoren 11510 E Elton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85208 (602) 642-1659 Cactus supplier Chris Seney PO Box 19206, Phoenix, AZ 85005 (602) 469-3083 Compost and mulch producer

ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office Low Voltage Lighting Workshop ALCA Board Meeting Member Mixer – Phoenix sponsored by MSWN ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials - Tucson Advanced ACLP Plant ID – ALCA Office Tucson Member Mixer – Sponsored by Artificial Grass Superstore

Pre-Certification Applicator – ALCA Office ALCA Golf Tournament – Encanterra Country Club 10 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office 12 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office 16 Member Mixer – Phoenix Sponsored by MTD 17 ACLP Planting & Tree Staking – ALCA Office 19 ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning - Tucson 23 Advanced ACLP II Plant Diseases, Disorders & Pests – ALCA Office 25-26 ALCA Board Planning Meeting

Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC Growing on over 115 acres From 1 gallon to 72” boxes Contract grows available Schedule a tour today Open 6 days a week


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

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or the past few years, ALCA has been concentrating on developing a landscape workforce by providing the AZ Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) and the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) programs in the Arizona high school agriculture programs. Offered at no charge, the goal is to reach the Judy Gausman younger generations and attract qualified and ALCA CEO educated workers into the landscape and green industries. In addition, ALCA offers three scholarships: Jim Trog Water Management Scholarship, Sky Blu Underwood Green Industry Scholarship and the ALCA General Scholarship. There are many companies that have donated their products, services and money to these funds in a dedicated effort to provide individuals the ability to pursue fields related to the Green industry. With the application deadline quickly approaching, here are three opportunities to apply for funds and share with your colleagues.

Jim Trog Water Management Scholarship

Endowed in memory of Jim Trog, a former ALCA Board member, Jim focused on water management as the water conservation manager with Four Peaks Landscape Management. He was certified through the Irrigation Association as an Irrigation Contractor and a Landscape Irrigation Auditor and was an EPA WaterSense Partner. • ALCA provides financial assistance to those individuals who are ALCA members and have demonstrated an interest in learning more about water management. • Includes attending programs provided by the Irrigation Association such as: certified irrigation technician, certified landscape irrigation auditor, certified irrigation contractor, certified irrigation designer, certified landscape water manager. Also includes attending Rain Bird University and Hunter University. • The amount of the scholarship is limited to $1,000 per individual and varies depending on available funds and number of applicants.

Sky Blu Underwood Green Industry Scholarship Fund

Each year, ALCA organizes a golf tournament honoring Sky Blu Underwood in which the proceeds go to the Green Industry Scholarship Fund. 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. Unfortunately, Sky did not live long enough to fulfill his dreams. This endowment has been established to help other young people build theirs. 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. • This fund is for students who are serious about continuing their formal education in the “Green Industry.” • Applicants may apply for eight undergraduate semesters. • Scholarship recipients may receive up to $500 per semester for a maximum total of $4,000.

(833) GO-URBAN Urban Equipment Rentals Proud to introduce ourselves to the ALCA Members and Community. We are not a big box rental store, we are Phoenix, AZ a local family owned company. We look forward to serving you, and building long lasting relationships.

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ALCA General Scholarship Fund

The General ALCA Scholarship Fund is open to all ALCA members and their immediate families, regardless of their choice of academic field. The scholarship funds are available for those qualified individuals who wish to further their post high school education. • Individuals are eligible for two semesters only in its entirety. • Scholarship recipients may receive up to $500 per semester. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. You will find the applications on the ALCA website at Respectfully submitted, Judy Gausman, CEO




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2018 Board of Trustees and CEO

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

President Michael Rockwell Azul-Verde Design Group Inc.

Barb Stropko New Desert Gallery, Inc.

Bill Krause Terra Designs Inc.

Bob Underwood AAA Landscape

Craig Potter

President Elect Robin Franklin Goodwill of Central Arizona

Vice President Rod Pappas, Xeriscapes Unlimited Inc.

Bob Meier

Don Schlander, Rock Spreaders

Dale Micetic

Judy Gausman CEO

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Awards of Excellence

2017 Excellence in Landscaping Awards

Xeriscapes Unlimited Specialty Landscape Project for Camp Sombrero Tucked away at the base of South Mountain proudly rests an amphitheater made of indigenous hand selected boulders which have been split, cut, sandblasted and pieced together for bench-style seating. This required drilling one foot into the boulders and placing “pins and feathers” in a sequence which caused the boulder to split evenly and safely. Over 250 one-ton boulders were individually placed, using an extended forklift, suspended in the air until the grade was worked to reach the size of the height and width of the adjacent rocks. This process moved at the rate of three stones per day. Work then began to mortar in all exposed joints and hiding places for snakes, lizards and scorpions. Almost four months later, the project was completed.

Native Resources International Specialty Landscape Project Revegetation of over 2,000 plants from the Wallace Garden transported to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The Wallace Gardens is an extraordinary collection of arid land plants. Native Resources began the revegetation project in June, 2015. An extensive program to brace the specialized material was put into place and for the first time in anyone’s memory, a crested saguaro was transported. Native Resources used two semi-trucks, as well as procuring oversize permits to complete the transport which was roughly 70 miles between the two sites. Maurice Bosc helped run the 8 to 10 man crew with an incredible 98% success rate from dig to nursery. Never before have so many arid landscaping specimens been successfully moved in such a manner.




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Awards of Distinction

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Single Family Residence Installation $50,001 - $75,000 Theobald, J & C Residence

Sun Country Landscape Commercial Installation Under $50,000 Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

DLC Resources, Inc Commercial Maintenance Over $500,000 Grayhawk Community Association

Pascale Land Design Residential Redesign $50,001 - $150,000 Camelback Estate House

Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc Commercial Maintenance $40,001 - $55,000 The Village at Grovers March/April 2018





2017 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Judges Awards

BrightView Landscape Services Commercial Maintenance Over $500,000 Anthem Community Association

Solana Outdoor Living Single Family Residential Installation $50,001-$75,000 Nowak Residence

Integrated Landscape Management Commercial Maintenance $40,001-$55,000 Desert Ridge Corporate Center

What are members saying about ALCA? Back to Nature Landcare, Inc Tree Care Villagio at Tempe HOA

DTR Landscape Development LLC Single Family Residential $50,001-$75,000 Hendrick Residence

CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $40,001-$55,000 Stoneledge at North Canyon

Vox Landscaping & Construction SFR Installation $50,001-$75,000 Daley Project




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Sundance Landscape Maintenance, Inc Commercial Maintenance $40,001-$55,000 Whispering Heights HOA

“One of the biggest benefits of ALCA membership has been the education programs that help us grow and get stronger internally. With the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) and AZ Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) programs, irrigation workshops and other courses offered, it makes us a more professional team especially when speaking to clients, property managers and business owners. They seem to realize that we know what we are talking about because our team members feel more confident about their work. They really take pride and ownership in the job they are doing.” – Dave Londen, Back To Nature Landcare LLC

March/April ACLP Schedule Brought to you by the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Associa�on (602) 626‐7091 COST: $60/ALCA Member $120 Non Member REGISTER:

LOCATIONS: ALCA Office—5425 E Bell Rd #105, Sco�sdale AZ 85254 Randolph Center (auditorium)—200 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85711

Annuals & Perennials

 Discuss selec�on and transporta�on of annuals  Demonstrate bed prepara�on  Iden�fy the blooming season  Demonstrate proper plan�ng techniques  Discuss pre and post irriga�on techniques  Discuss ower bed maintenance  Troubleshoot diseases, insects, weeds and abio�c problems

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: March 15 or 17 ALCA Office –Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM March 24 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

Plant Problem Diagnosis—PMD & ISA CEUs Approved

 Differen�ate between plant stress disorders and diseases  Discuss the importance of proper plant care in an urban

environment  Iden�fy common weeds and recommend control methods  Recognize common insects and determine controls needed  Determine if a pathogen is present and if it is treatable  Iden�fy plant nutrient deciencies and how to treat accordingly

Turf Care & InstallaƟon

 Iden�fy the varie�es of turfgrass used in the Desert Southwest  Demonstrate mechanical steps to properly install sod  Discuss proper mowing techniques, thatch removal, overseeding,

fer�liza�on and irriga�on for various turfgrass varie�es Problem solving strategies for common turfgrass diseases & pests

Plant IdenƟcaƟon—ISA CEUs Approved

March 22 ALCA Office—Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: April 12 or 14 ALCA Office—Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

April 21 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

Demonstrate knowledge of leaf terminology for plants,

scien�c names of plants and how to pronounce them Recognize plants that perform well in Arizona landscapes Demonstrate prociency in iden�fying plants by their leaves, owers and fruit Dis�nguish the different types of palms and pines Compare and contrast different species within a genus

April 26 ALCA Office—Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—12:30 AM

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



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. 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 ensure 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 installation in curbing when specified by architects or for those




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who are concerned about maintaining the integrity Northern. Our address is 7540 N 67th Ave Unit of the extrusion should any large vehicles drive A Glendale, AZ 85301. Tel. 602-353-1020 Fax. over the curbing. It may be specified when 6×6 or 602-353-1027 Web: taller curbing is required to hold back an embankEmail: ment or severe drainage area. We warranty our Orders: curbing for one-year against defects in materials Quotes: and workmanship. Customer Service is #1, when doing busiWe have new items arriving monthly. Stop in ness with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & to see why Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock 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

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Introducing Ewing Hardscape Supply


or 96 years, Ewing has been a trusted supplier of quality irrigation products. Today, we are excited to announce a new division of the company serving the landscape industry, Ewing Hardscape Supply. Ewing hit the ground running, opening its first location in February in the 400 block of E. Pinnacle Peak Road. Several additional locations will follow in 2018.

Ewing Hardscape Supply stocks all the most popular types of landscape rock, including Madison Gold, Saddleback Brown, Palomino, and Table Mesa Brown. We also carry other popular landscape supplies including pavers, boulders, flagstone, travertine, sand, compost, and synthetic turf, to name just a few. All these supplies are available for will-call or delivery. Ewing has always been known for its friendly, knowledgeable employees. Ewing Hardscape Supply carries on that tradition as a trusted partner offering outstanding customer service. The staff includes Regional Manager Troy McDaniel, Branch Managers Daniel Chavez and Eric Mead, and Sales Professional Dillon Murray. All these faces will be familiar to landscape professionals who have purchased hardscape supplies over the years. Troy, a 15-year industry veteran, “is excited about continuing to build the Ewing brand with our contractor base.” Eric comes to Ewing Hardscape with 10 years of experience locally. He is “excited about being part of the Ewing family and to helping get this new venture started.” Daniel also brings ten years of experience to Ewing. He is “looking forward to the future with this reputable company.” The final member of the team Dillon, with five years of experience locally “looks forward to this great opportunity and to being an asset at Ewing Hardscape Supply.” With our 17 Arizona locations and outstanding staff, we look forward to helping you and your business be successful in 2018. And now, with the addition of Ewing Hardscape Supply, we are more of a one-stop shop than ever. For more information on Ewing Hardscape Supply, please contact Regional Manager Troy McDaniel at 602-245-7565 or




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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.

YOU MAY ALSO REGISTER FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE AT WWW.ALCA.ORG Company____________________________________________ Primary Contact____________________________ Address____________________________________________ City/State/Zip________________________________ Phone___________________ Fax___________________ Website________________________________________ Email___________________________________________________________________ Cell___________________ Average # of Employees _______ Please provide a brief profile of your organization: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Membership Type (Based on annual sales revenue in the landscape Industry) Contractor Member: person, partnership or corporation actively engaged in the construction or maintenance of landscapes.

Associate Member: person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or industry allied with the landscape industry.

Contractor Class 1 (Sales Revenue under $100,000) $275 or 690 Hunter Points

Associate Class 1(Under $1M)


Associate Class 2($1—$5M)


Associate Class 3($5—$10M)


Associate Class 4 (Over $10M)


Municipalities, golf courses, ACLP students & Educators


Contractor Class 2 (Sales Revenue $100,001—$500,000) $370 or 925 Hunter Points Contractor Class 3 (Sales Revenue $500,001—$1.5M) $580 or 1450 Hunter Points Contractor Class 4 (Sales Revenue Over $1.5M) $880 or 2200 Hunter Points Architects & Designers $275

List or check project and/or service types: Arborist - Certified Backflow Services BBQ supplies, Fire Pits, Fireplaces Boulder/Granite-Wholesale Cacti/Succulents-Wholesale Chemicals-Wholesale Color/Shrubs-Wholesale Curbing Equipment Sales/Rentals Financial Garden Centers GPS Tracking Hardscape Installation Horticulture Consultant

Insurance Interior Plantscaping Irrigation Construction/Repair Irrigation Manufacturer Irrigation Supplier Landscape Architect Landscape Commercial Construction Landscape Commercial Design Landscape Commercial Maintenance Landscape Lighting Installation Landscape Lighting Manufacturer Landscape Lighting Supplier Landscape Material Supplier Landscape Residential Construction

Landscape Residential Design Landscape Residential Maintenance Legal Marketing Masonry/Paving Merchant Services Misting Nursery Organic Fertilizer-Wholesale Paver Supplier Pest Control Applicator Pottery-Wholesale Propane & Alternative Fuel Risk Management

Rock/Gravel-Wholesale Sod/Turf-Wholesale Swimming Pool/Spa Installation Synthetic Grass Supplier Tree Relocation Tree Trimming/Removal Trees/Palms-Wholesale Truck/Vehicle Sales Waste Disposal Water Feature Installation

Payment Method Check

Credit Card

Hunter Points

Card Number _____________________________________________________________ Exp date_____________ Name on Card_____________________________________________________________ Amount_____________ ALCA • 5425 East Bell Road Suite 105 • Scottsdale, AZ 85254 Phone:(602) 626-7091 • Fax (602) 626-7590 •


Low Voltage Lighting Extends Enjoyment to the Outdoor Environment


ne of the most important purposes of low voltage landscape lighting is to extend and continue the enjoyment of the outdoor environment past dark and into the evening hours. The opportunity to visually enjoy an outdoor environment at night adds a new layer and dimension to the landscape and outdoor space. In order to create an aesthetically pleasing low voltage landscape lighting system one must begin with a well thought out lighting design. Outdoor lighting design is an art not a science. Each individual project will present unique opportunities and features that will allow the lighting designer to utilize different tools and techniques from their toolbox to create drama, romance, contrast, form and function while also creating visual interest throughout the entire outdoor space. Successful landscape lighting designers understand the importance of the answers to three simple and basic questions. Additionally, there is an understanding that the answers to each of these questions directly impacts, influences, and directs their actions for each consecutive question. The three questions that can guide a designer toward a

more aesthetically pleasing outdoor lighting design include knowing: • Why are you lighting? • What are you lighting? • How will you light it? Successful landscape lighting designers achieve their clients’ expectations by first and foremost listening to their clients’ needs and wants. The experienced landscape lighting designer is skilled at asking probing questions that allow their clients to share their feelings and past experiences regarding low voltage landscape lighting. These questions can assist the designer in drilling down and specifically identifying their clients’ preferences including their likes and dislikes as well as their wants and desires when it comes to low voltage landscape lighting. Through careful analysis of these answers a designer can then apply a correct design technique and ensure an industry standard installation of all the equipment. When all of these pieces of the puzzle fall into place and a targeted, specific plan is set in action, the clients’ vision can come to fruition in their outdoor space.

I will be hosting the two separate classes listed below through ALCA to share my passion and knowledge of low voltage outdoor lighting with attendees. Please join me to hear and see methods for achieving your current and future clients’ visions for their outdoor lighting projects. Kris Klein, MBA Southwest Sales Manager

Low Voltage Landscape Ligh�ng Workshops Design Differen�a�on March 20 Checklist to successful ligh�ng design projects:   


Installa�on & Troubleshoo�ng April 24

Installa�on  Best Prac�ces  Connec�ons  Wiring Methods  Voltage Drop  Ohms Law Troubleshoo�ng  Where to Start  Transformers  Fixtures

Learn the importance of answering these three simple ques�ons on all of your ligh�ng projects.

WHERE: ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd, #105, Sco�sdale AZ 85254 INSTRUCTOR: Kris Klein, FX Luminaire COST: $60/Member $120/Non‐Member REGISTER:




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Palm Establishment and Care Article provided by Kasey Billingsley, ALCA Education Coordinator


or nearly a century, palms have been used within the southwest desert landscape, offering a dramatic skyline to property entries, vertical lines in streetscapes and as a grand planting to fill a large space. Palm species such as Washingtonia spp. (fan palm) and Phoenix spp. (date palm) can be successfully transplanted as large specimen, offering instant gratification to a new landscape. While these arborescent monocots are quite resilient and drought tolerant, they do require ample irrigation, sufficient soil drainage and some supplemental feeding in our region to thrive. Proper handling and planting of palms as well as ensuring the appropriate irrigation and drainage are crucial during transplanting and establishment. Desert soils are typically fine-textured and can be prone to compaction, especially from heavy construction equipment. Because compacted soil does not drain well, it can pose a problem to palms, which are mostly native to well- drained soils. It is not uncommon to find palms planted or backfilled with sand to help these alleviate drainage issues. But this is where it can get tricky. The soil is still compacted at the bottom of the planting hole. The irrigation water drains quickly through the sand, filling up the hole. Any excess water eventually reaches the root ball, limiting oxygen availability to the roots. Essentially, the palm is growing in a bathtub. Drying out the bottom of this bathtub can be challenging. Using short and frequent irrigation cycles may be necessary to help reduce the standing water at the bottom, while maintaining appropriate moisture levels in the upper root zone. Using a pump to remove the excess water from inspection tubes may also be necessary if the palm is showing signs of stress: chlorosis, lower frond death or canopy reduction. A deeply planted palm will be less tolerant of saturated soil conditions and can be more prone to failure than a palm planted at the proper depth. Irrigation management is key to successfully growing date palms. Compared to their more tolerant cousins, the California or Mexican fan palms, date palms are much more challenging to dial-in the irrigation program. Regular monitoring of the inspection tubes for standing water can be helpful to determine if the palms are being irrigated appropriately. Remember, all sites can have different soil textures, infiltration rates and even varying ET rates, which impact how much water each palm tree is utilizing. Irrigation schedules will likely be different on each of your properties due to these variants. Ideally bubblers or dripline should deliver water two feet out from the base of newer installed palms, to the depth of two feet. Established palms should be watered four feet from base and at the four foot depth. Once the irrigation is properly managed, it then comes time to think about palm nutrition. Once again, the tolerant fan palms are also pretty darn tough when it comes to nutritional needs: they just don’t need much, if any supplemental feeding. However date palms should be fertilized at least once per year to maintain health and vitality. Date palms planted in sand may also require more frequent feeding, since minerals leach quickly from course-textured substrates. Palms characteristically need nitrogen, potassium and magnesium in larger amounts. Due to our alkaline soil conditions, we generally encounter deficiencies in potassium, iron and magnesium; however boron and iron deficiencies may also develop. Finding a fertilizer with a 3-1-3 (or 3-1-2) ratio with a micronutrient package is best suited for most palms in the Desert Southwest. There are other palms planted in our area that also

Above: Standing water in this inspection tube is a sign this date palm was chronically overwatered. Left: This newly installed date palm failed due to oxygen deprivation to the roots from saturated soil conditions. Below: Only remove dead or yellowing fronds below the plane of the horizon.

develop mineral deficiencies, such as the queen palm, but we’ll save that topic for another day. The pruning of palms is generally an annual task, removing lower, brown or dead fronds. Sprouted flower spikes from the fan and date palm should also be removed in June and July to help prevent fruiting and seeding. Green fronds should not be removed as damage can be done to the bud, which can ultimately cause the palm to fail. The close cutting of the fronds can also negatively impact the palm by causing ‘penciling’ of the trunk (narrowing towards the crown). Cutting into the succulent bud can open the palm up for diseases and pests, or even cause the bud to dry and snap off. Only fronds below the horizontal plane should be removed, or at 3 and 9 o’clock. Proper planting, irrigation management and pruning practices all play a part in maintaining healthy palms in our desert urban environment. Please join us on Wed. April 18th at the PERA Club for a special palm care and maintenance workshop instructed by Southern California’s palm expert, Don Hodel.

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Agave Farms Sponsors First Mixer of the Year


gave Farms had the pleasure of hosting the first ALCA member mixer of the year at their community garden in Central Phoenix. Members gained an urban agricultural experience as they toured the 17 acre farm. As a community garden, Agave Farms provides an agricultural experience to the homeowners of Phoenix by providing space for community events—free of charge. They grow and sell plants, trees, roses, and mix soils to residents and landscapers. They also grow and sell fresh produce, herbs and other edibles to residents, restaurants and chefs. It is their vision to serve as the keystone for the sustainable transformation of the Phoenix uptown/ downtown area. As part of this, they regularly host events such as lectures and workshops with expert speakers from horticulture, landscaping, agriculture, soil management, and the culinary arts. In addition to raffling off the 50/50 prize, Agave Farms donated a $100 gift certificate. It was also a night of celebration as Judy Gausman was recognized for her 16 years of service to ALCA and ALCA Board Member Nickie Velten celebrated her 29th birthday‌again.




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Proper planting, irrigation management and pruning practices all play an important role in maintaining healthy palms in our desert urban environment. You are invited to attend this informative workshop sponsored by:

INSTRUCTOR: Don Hodel—Environmental Horticulture Advisor at the UC

Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County who specializes in the selection and management of palms and other woody ornamentals in the landscape.

WHEN: April 18 (Noon—3:00 PM) WHERE: SRP PERA Club 1 E Continental Dr, Tempe, AZ

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What Our Pets Teach Us


you are ever in a group of people and want to find a topic that will make everyone happy, just ask about their pets. Young, old, single, married, with children or without, everyone seems more than willing to chat about the unique and charming qualities of their pets. Of course, we have been no different thinking we have had the coolest little boxer of all time. As we prepared to say goodbye to dear old Sammy this week, I had to think of all of the great things he has taught me through his 11 years with us. Just like every newsletter, we look for the things that we have learned and hope there might be something of value to the thousands who take their precious time to read this at the end of each week. As you consider the things we learn from our pets, I wonder how many can also apply to our relationships with people?

Things I Learned from My Dog:

• It’s always good to come home when you are greeted at the door with sincere love and appreciation. • You can't fake enthusiasm. It shows when you wag your tail.

• Forgiveness has no conditions or limits, and there's nothing to remember afterward. • Unconditional love is quite simple and needs no explanation. • Nothing is a big deal – eat and sleep well and then go out in the morning. • Any old stick will do when you have the chance to carry it in the woods. • Spring fever gets us all after a long winter – get your feet dirty. • Muddy footprints wipe up! • If you need a nap, find a sunbeam and soak it up. • Sitting by a warm fire with a dear friend is a great privilege to enjoy. • The water bowl should never be empty – we can always drink more water. • We can all get our feelings hurt. • There is nothing to replace a kind word and a pat on the back. • You will never forget lying in the grass consumed by giggles as you play with a puppy.

• Crying feels so much better cuddled up to a furry friend. • It’s ok to just be yourself – that's how we are hanging out with a pet. • It's wonderful to have someone that just listens and has nothing to say. • We never get tired of treats! • It feels so good to roll down the window and get a whiff of fresh air. • We all need a little extra patience and care when we get old. • You'll never love a dog more than the one that filled the void when the kids left the nest! • Two people can have the same best friend that meets different needs in each of them. • When it quits hurting and there is no sign of dog hair anywhere, there is just one thing to do … ~ Beth Paluch If you want to learn more about the power of PEOPLE SOLUTIONS THAT DRIVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE, contact: JP Horizons Inc. P. O. Box 266, Mentor, OH 44060 Phone: (440) 352-8211 | Fax: (440) 352-8225 e-mail: web site:

Brilliance LED Promotes Shane Mikkelsen to Vice President of Sales


rilliance LED, a manufacturer of high-performance landscape retrofit lamps serving both commercial and residential markets, has promoted Shane Mikkelsen to Vice President of Sales. Mikkelsen’s appointment aligns with the company’s continued growth as a key provider of high quality lighting solutions throughout the United States and beyond. Shane joined Brilliance LED in March of 2016 as National Sales Manager. His strong work ethic, sales expertise and drive for results has propelled his team’s success forward and has increased sales overall. Shane’s background comes from over 30 years of managing products that pertain to the design, procurement and manufacturing in the Electronic and Solid State Lighting industry. Shane became a lighting specialist, gaining pertinent industry experience in the identification and implementation of energy efficient projects on a state and federal level. This involved working with government programs that pay out millions of dollars in incentives for energy efficient lighting for retro fit and new construction. Over the years Shane has worked closely with Lighting Specialists, Electrical Contractors, Distributors and Lighting Showrooms to understand the demands of this ever changing industry. “We are thrilled to have Shane on our leadership team; his passion for the lighting industry is exemplified each and every day through his work with his internal and external business partners in this ever-changing industry,” says owner, Steve Gold. “We are blessed to have Shane as part of our Brilliance LED team.”




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“Help Me! My Grass is Dying!” What to Do When Soil Amendments: For best results, get a soil test. Overseeded Rye Dies in the Spring


ords heard all over the Phoenix area as we transition from perennial rye back to Bermuda in the spring and summer. While there is no escaping the rye die-off completely, there is a lot we can do to ensure that the Bermudagrass underneath, in either sodded or seeded varieties, is ready to leap out of the ground when the time is right. This method is for those who want Bermudagrass as their primary grass (April through October), either overseeded with rye or 100 percent Bermuda.

The Why

Bermudagrass doesn’t die in the winter—it hibernates (just like a bear). It thrives when soil temperatures remain above 60 degrees and has 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight. There are improved varieties, Tif-Grand, for instance, and others, that can tolerate less sunlight; this method works for those, as well. When we overseed, we are planting a competitor for nutrients and sunlight. The rye grass shades Bermudagrass stems growing above ground (stolons) and below ground (rhizomes), slowing soil warm up. This results in prolonging Bermudagrass dormancy. Our goal is to remove this canopy slowly so that we don’t kill the rye, resulting in a brown lawn, while allowing vital sunlight through he canopy to warm the soil and “wake up” the sleeping Bermuda.

Irrigation: Infrequent and deep is the key. Keep it simple: Program A—example from Arizona: Water days: Water once per week (spray heads twice per week). Set water day for the day after you mow to allow for a visual inspection of the turf when the soil is at its lowest depletion levels. Start time: Splitting cycle into three allows time for soaking in: 2, 4 and 6 a.m. Run time: Please note: These are times to be entered in a controller with three start times.

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**Spray heads should not run longer than 8 to 10 minutes due to extremely high precipitation rates, so you must change your water days to two times per week. These are estimates only. Each zone’s precipitation rate will vary. These assume catalog precipitation rates with square head spacing, with no distribution uniformity (DU), sun/shade or micro-climate modifiers and no rainfall or supplemental irrigation using 30 year turfgrass consumption values in Phoenix, Ariz., averaged from the University of Arizona. The goal is to water to a 6-inch root depth, allowing a larger root zone, which in turn allows the plant to scavenge needed nutrients and water The How from a much larger volume of soil. The timing depends on your location (in PhoeAn easy way to determine water depth: about nix, I use March 1 as a starting date). There are an hour after the last water cycle, use an 8-inch three variables we control: mowing, irrigation and screwdriver (or better yet a soil probe) and push soil amendments/fertilizer. into the soil until it becomes difficult, mark the Mowing: Each week—yes, you should be spot on the screwdriver and measure how far it mowing at least every seven days—lower the went in—that tells you how deep you have watered. mower blade one notch, or ¼-inch. By April 1, you should be at the lowest setting of your mower (¾- to 1-inch). Jean Cote This accomplishes two of our goals: (1) Removing as much shade as possible to allow sunlight Sales Representative to hit both the dormant Bermuda and the soil, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho raising its temperature, and (2) We are minimizing the amount of rye so when it does burn out, there Main (623) 247-8509 will be less of it to see. Leave your mower on the Mobile (623) 764-1027 lowest setting until June 1, then raise it one notch Email per week until you are at your desired height for the summer (1- to 1 ¾-inch). It is vital to have very sharp blades on your mower—we want to cut it, not tear it. Torn grass tips turn brown...we want green! Sharpen your blades every eight hours of mowing. The mower doesn’t work as hard and the appearance of the grass is improved.


Core-aerate, and top dress with: Topper at 10 bags per 1,000 sq. ft. Holganix 2-4-3 at 10 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. After aeration is an ideal time to put down amendments prescribed from a soil test, like humate, Mirimichi Carbonizpn, Gymsum or Kmag. July:

Soil sulfur at 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. If needed, see May. August:

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