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Are High Performers Born or Made? Against All Odds: How Soil Injections can Help Your Desert Plants COVER PHOTO: VOX LANDSCAPING & CONSTRUCTION


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President’s Message............................................................. 4 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses

Weed Removal.................................................................... 7

Conducted Weekly

2017 ALCAs Excellence Awards....................................... 8-10

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

ACLP May/June Schedule................................................... 11 ALCA Member Profile: Rodeo Ford....................................... 12 ALCA Member Profile: Southwest Sod.................................. 13 Calendar of Events............................................................. 13 ROC Begins Making New Rule about Experience and Examinations.............................................. 14

Get Knowledge!

Pioneer Landscape Centers Acquires Grand Materials & Supply in First Transaction of 2018........... 15



Arizona Contractor License Center....................................... 15

Or Check Schedule And Register Online

ACLP II Schedule................................................................ 15 Against all odds: how soil injections can help your desert plants............................................................... 16

Are High Performers Born or Made?.................................... 16 Eliminate Nutgrass with These 3 Weed Control Tips............... 19 ALCA Mixer - Artificial Grass Superstores.............................. 20 What are members saying about ALCA?.............................. 20 ALCA Mixer - Mountain States Nursery................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

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 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,

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. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: 24032 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85085 (623) 581-3100

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

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Get Out There and Get Involved


ou will never know the full effect of your “networking skills” until you get out there! Belonging to an association should mean more than just paying your dues and waiting for the magic to happen. I firmly believe that getting involved is the key to growing your business tremendously. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock takes advantage of just about every social event including monthly mixers, ALCA golf tournament, awards program, and the annual trade show. Volunteering on various committees also helps create strong relationships as we work toward a common goal. The more my staff and I meet with our customers and potential customers at the ALCA events, the more Cutting Edge Curbing continues to

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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grow; and with growth usually comes profit. I know from experience that the more we get involved, the more people remember our name. I challenge all of you to get outside of your comfort zone and get involved! Show everyone your networking skills by attending that class you were interested in or attending one of the monthly mixers, or volunteering on a committee. “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget the way you made them feel”. – Maya Angelou Marty Monroy Sincerely, 2018 ALCA President Marty Monroy, ALCA President


New Members A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales Riki Sanders/Doug Dickerson 1313 E Baseline Rd Gilbert, AZ 85233 (480) 635-3880 Rentals, sales and service for construction and landscaping equipment. Associate Class 4

Affordable Tree Trimming

Doug Tilp 48840 N Lantern Light Ct New River, AZ 85087 (623) 297-4486 We provide tree trimming, thinning, and removal. Contractor Class 1

Ambassador Landscaping LLC

Jonathan Santiago 2641 E Beverly Ln Phoenix, AZ 85032 (480) 438-2827 Landscape maintenance company servicing the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale areas. Contractor Class 1

Arizona Contractor License Center

Brian Finn 1010 E Jefferson St Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 712-1515 Committed to providing contractors the necessary tools to pass their license exam, establish their entity, acquire their contractor license, secure bonding coverage, insure their risk and outsource their employer responsibilities. We provide Licensing and Business Solutions for Contractors. Associate Class 1

Arizona Department of Administration Kent Bostick 1840 W Jackson Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4594 Our landscape crews provide services to ADOA managed properties. Affiliate

Brinckerhoff Agency LLC

Mary Brinckerhoff 22601 N 19th Ave, Suite 106 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 587-8491 Farm Bureau Insurance agent offering commercial, personal and life insurance. Associate Class 1

Butterfly Gardens, Inc

Mario Gutierrez PO Box 127 Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 (520) 678-7861 Specialize 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. Contractor Class 2

Cambridge Benefit Solutions

Lacey Woolfrey 1450 S Gilbert Rd, Ste 109 Chandler, AZ 85286 (480) 883-3309 Provide business clients with the most innovative and cost-effective solutions for their employee benefits program. Associate Class 1

Claudia Quilesfogel-Esparza Claudia Quilesfogel-Esparza (760) 580-6758 Affiliate

Desert Landscape Care, LLC

Fernando Santiago 2641 E Beverly Ln Phoenix, AZ 85032 (480) 270-0663 Full service landscape management Contractor Class 2

Desert Ready Mix, LLC

Justin Dawson 4011 E Presidio Way Mesa, AZ 85215 (480) 428-2280 We supply concrete and aggregates to contractors. Associate Class 2

Gustavo Gallegos, LLC

Israel Gallegos PO Box 83092 Phoenix, AZ 85071 (602) 540-8011 Owned and operated by father and son, our focus has been landscape maintenance since inception but we have branched out into landscape improvement services and offer a long list of landscaping services. Contractor Class 2

experience in outstanding clinical rotations, and a compassionate perspective toward patients. Our graduates are found in leading hospitals, private practices, laboratories, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities across the United States. Affiliate

great care of our customers. Contractor Class 3

Red Sky Landscaping

Randy Williams 21809 S 158th St Gilbert, AZ 85298 (480) 251-6635 Red Sky Landscaping provides installation and maintenance of landscapes, including irrigation systems for commercial properties. Contractor Class 3

NR Design+Build, LLC

Nadia Rico PO Box 5905 Peoria, AZ 85385 (623) 628-2909 We provide the highest landscape design, site planning, landscape construction, land care services and consulting services in Arizona. Our philosophy is to design and create environments and to serve its clients with honesty, integrity, energy and the highest professional ethics. The firm strives to give the best professional effort to respond to the needs of all users of our natural and built environment. Contractor Class 3

Sonoran Lighting Supply

Mike Borgeson 15216 W Roy Rogers Rd Surprise, AZ 85387 (602) 568-4300 We are a distributor of lighting products used in landscape, hardscape, architectural and indoor applications. We specialize in helping our customers succeed in lighting by assisting with training and sales support. Associate Class 1

Pro Outdoor Services

Jennifer Daniels 7302 E Helm Dr, Ste 2004 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 634-8060 Pro Outdoor Services was founded with a simple yet powerful mindset - provide our customers with high quality work, honest pricing and incredible service. We believe taking care of our customers is the number one priority whether their project is small or large. Our company works very hard to ensure customers are not only satisfied with our work, but so happy that they refer friends and family and call us back when they need our further help. We don’t sell our clients things they don’t need, and we don’t cut corners on our projects. We strive to maintain our reputation as a landscape design and construction company that does the job right, and takes extremely

Courtney Brown 724 Industrial Dr Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 300-5879 We make moving heavy loads easier and safer. These equipment moving carts are heavy duty using industrial material to help keep you safe. Associate Class 1

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

Midwestern University

Martin Sainz 19555 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 572-3975 Healthcare education is what we do. Midwestern University offers programs that give students solid footing in the sciences, extensive hands-on

Ultimate Cart & Dolly


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ember mixers have long been popular for landscape contractors and associate members that are held the third Wednesday of every month. In 2002, there were 15 people in attendance for my first mixer (about 270 mixers ago). As the membership grew, so did the popularity of meeting up with fellow members of the Green Industry and helping each other by Judy Gausman discussing shared concerns and successes. Guests ALCA CEO are always welcome so that they can learn more about ALCA and hopefully find it beneficial to join the association. Camaraderie amongst competitors has now become common and an excellent opportunity for associate members to create relationships with a dozen or more landscape contractors in a couple of hours’ span. Dinner is provided by the featured sponsor who has the opportunity to share their company’s story. And, the sponsors find it so beneficial that the calendar is booked to sponsor one of these mixers through the end of 2019! To help ease the wait list, ALCA decided to host a “mini-trade show and member recruitment night” and for the past 11 years, associate members have been exhibiting their products, equipment and services to landscape contractors. This past February, ALCA once again hosted its annual Trade Show at SRPs Pera Club with 60 exhibitors sponsoring the event. Over 300 members and guests enjoyed food, drinks, a chance for great raffle prizes and fellowship with friends in the Green Industry. Landscape contractors met with exhibitors that provided knowledge on ways to improve their business, keep up to date on the latest products and services and keep a competitive edge. ALCA is dedicated to helping landscape contractors by promoting continued education, effective business practices and networking opportunities, and ensuring responsible legislation resulting in the enhanced professionalism of members and the public’s perception of Landscape Contractors and the Green Industry. Not a member? It’s easy to register at to become a part of a network of over 450 professional landscape and affiliated businesses. Sincerely, Judy Gausman




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Thank you to all of the exhibitors who supported the ALCA Trade Show. Affordable GPS Tracking All Season Wholesale Growers Arid Zone Trees Arizona CLA Arizona Wholesale Growers Artificial Grass Superstore Auto Safety House A-Z Equipment Rentals and Sales Arizona Pistachio Nursery Belgard Hardscapes BioFeed Solutions Brilliance LED Cambridge Benefit Solutions Christy’s Courtesy Fleet/Commercial Cox Cactus Nursery Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Desert Forrest Nursery Desert Tree Farm DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Ditch Witch of Arizona Diversified Truck and Equipment Sales Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply Federated Insurance Fleetmatics, A Verizon Company Gowan USA Grand Materials & Supply

Granite Express Horizon Distributors Hunter/FX Luminaire Identity Promotional Marketing Irritrol Kalamazoo Materials Kichler Landscape Lighting Midway/Commercial Fleet Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Northwestern Mutual NPS Gives Rain Bird RDO Equipment Rodeo Ford Sands Motor Company SiteOne Landscape Supply Solstice Stone Southwest Sod Sprinkler World Sunrise Nursery Synthetic Grass Store Target Specialty Products Toro Company Ultimate Cart & Dolly Unique Lighting Systems Urban Equipment Rentals V & P Nurseries Vermeer Sales Southwest West Coast Turf Western Tree Wilbur-Ellis


Weed Removal


is that time again when weeds become a major nuisance in Maricopa County. Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) encourages property owners to be aware of the potential health impacts caused by dust from weed removal. A permit from MCAQD is required when removing weeds by mechanized equipment (discing, blading or scraping) if this activity disturbs more than 1/10 of an acre. If the weeds are removed with a mower, weed eater or hand tool, a permit is not required. Regardless of how weeds are removed, if the surface is disturbed during removal, it must be re-stabilized to prevent airborne dust that could become an air quality concern. Stabilize soil crust by applying water of other form or soil stabilizer. Rock or asphalt millings are another option. For more information on weed removal rules and permit requirements, contact the MCAQD Business Assistance Office at 602-506-5102 or visit the Department’s website The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act. The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Visit to learn more. Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Download our Clean Air Make More app! It is free to download and use and is available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android.




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2017 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Awards of Excellence Pascale Land Design Single Family Residence Installation Under $25,000 The West Residence This Glendale property is a part-time residence for this couple. The landscaping was sparse and needed a pick me up. Because the homeowners were often away, they requested a landscape consisting of sustainable low water use as well as low maintenance. We updated the greenery and added some natural desert beauty, color, and personality. Lots of colors were added including blue euphorbias, red yuccas, fish hook barrel cacti, red and pink penstemons, candelilla, dwarf bottlebrush, purple lantanas, and daisies. The boulders and low voltage lighting enhanced the natural beauty of this landscape.

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc Single Family Residence Installation $350,001-$500,000 Zielinski Residence Classic comfort and classy comfort describes this outdoor space that has a variety of combined hardscape and landscape elements creating a beautiful atmosphere. The front yard is simple and elegant with a brick paver driveway and walkway to the front custom gate with stacked stone walls surrounded by unpretentious native plant material. The rear yard combines a large area of travertine pavers next to granite and flagstone stepping stones at the firepit, and Saltillo brick-shaped pavers in the ramada. Stepping out of the ramada, each stair displays unique Mexican tiles with a variety of colors. The wood roof of the beam structure adds to the southwestern flavor of the ramada. The fireplace burns brightly while grilling a few appetizers for your guests, removing food items from the refrigerator and multiple storage units throughout the ramada. Also included is a drop in cooler and ice maker so beverages can be served as guests sit on the in-the-pool-stool at the stained concrete countertop.

AAA Landscape Inc Commercial Maintenance $150,001-$200,000 The Villages at Aviano AAA Landscape has managed the landscape for nine years at this Toll Brothers community at Desert Ridge. Over that time, the landscape and its pruning styles have evolved to more sustainable, healthier models we see today. It is always a challenge to get residents to buy into healthy practices but the education process is ongoing. The only technical issue at the project is balancing irrigation needs with the limited mainline supply of this ever expanding landscape. A plan to loop the mainlines is in the works. AAA Landscape is helping to expand the plant pallet to allow residents to have a few more choices that they have requested. The homeowners association has been generous with plant replacements each year to keep the landscape fully stocked with new color in both the Spring and Fall.




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Awards of Excellence Grounds Control, LLC Commercial Maintenance $90,001-$150,000 Sienna Community Association Sienna Community Association is a large community nestled in south Chandler. Its landscape areas consist of 12+ acres of turf, 11+ acres of decomposed granite, and over 3,000 trees and plants. The plant pallet is a combination of desert adaptive, low-water-use trees and plants and succulents being watered by the Tucor landscape irrigation system. There are many plant varieties that allow for the successful practice of Sustainable Landscape Management. Many plant species are easily rejuvenation pruned annually in order to maintain them properly in their place and extend their lifespan. Many other plants in this pallet are self-propagating allowing an onsite nursery to be cultivated and plants to be properly pruned and/or separated from the mother plant in order to save plant replacement costs.

Awards of Distinction

Vox Landscaping & Construction Single Family Residence Installation Under $25,000 Chapman Project

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $150,001-$200,000 Rancho Del Rey

The Groundskeeper Small Garden Installation Epazote Salsa & Herb Garden at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $90,001-$150,000 Coldwater Ranch

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2017 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Judges Awards

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Single Family Residential Installation Under $25,000 Babunovic Residence

Stillwater Landscape Management LLC Commercial Maintenance $150,001-$200,000 Alterra Homeowners Association

Mariposa Landscape Arizona, Inc Commercial Maintenance $90,001-$150,000 Manistee Ranch HOA

Vox Landscaping & Construction Small Garden Installation DiPrima Project

CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $250,001-$350,000 Hastings Farms

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $150,001-$200,000 Sienna Hills HOA

Sunburst Landscaping Small Garden Installation Ronzio Small Garden



CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $250,001-$350,000 Meridian


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May/June 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

Tree & Shrub Pruning—ISA CEUs Approved

 Provide basic plant biology as it pertains to pruning, decay, disease and wound closure  Demonstrate the safe use of basic pruning equipment  Describe the five basic tree pruning types: crown cleaning, thinning, raising, reduction

and restoration  Describe & demonstrate shrub renovation pruning  Explain common pruning mistakes and how to avoid them

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: May 10 or May 12 ALCA Office –Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM May 19 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

Plan�ng & Tree Staking—ISA CEUs Approved

 Plant selec�on: right plant‐right place  How to inspect nursery stock for root and structure  Steps to plan�ng: Blue Stake, soil percola�on tes�ng, plan�ng hole, amendments,

tree well, irriga�on, and surface mulch

 Par�cipate in hands‐on tree plan�ng demonstra�on  Demonstrate how to stake a tree: anchor protec�on, support, �e materials, and

May 17 ALCA Office—Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

alterna�ve staking methods

Pes�cides & Calibra�on—PMD, ISA CEUs Approved

 Gather health, safety & pesticide use information from product labels  Mix, load and apply pesticides so that the product is applied correctly and evenly  Reduce the risk of contamination to us, other people, animals and the environment

by applying pesticides responsibly  Prevent, recognize & respond to pesticide‐related emergencies  Properly calibrate pesticide application equipment

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: June 7 or June 9 ALCA Office –Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM June 23 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

Annuals & Perennials

 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  Discuss pre and post irrigation techniques  Discuss flower bed maintenance including irrigation, fertilization, pruning and deadheading and mulching  Troubleshoot common diseases, insects, weeds and abiotic problems

June 14 Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

Irriga�on Tech I—IA CEUs Approved

 Opening valves, inspec�ng all the parts and pu�ng back together correctly using

the right tools

 How to use a mul�meter in the eld  Programming the most commonly used controllers  Determine precipita�on rates  Adjus�ng and replacing rotors and spray heads

June 21 ALCA Office—Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—12:30 PM

What is the ACLP cer�ca�on 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. Ques�ons: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626‐7091 or email


Rodeo Ford


you are like most landscapers right now, you are setting up for a very busy season ahead. You’re bidding on business, locking in projects for the coming months and getting things planned out. The more proactive you are, the more money you will make. Spring is a great time to get on top of things and maybe spend a little money to save a lot. Ensuring that maintenance and service work is done now on your work vehicles will mean that you can keep them working when the work comes in. Also, with lead times for work trucks getting longer, now is the time to plan for new purchases so that you have the truck when the work needs to start. Rodeo Ford has been a business partner to landscapers in Arizona for years. My company has been part of the planning cycles of many of our customers and has been able to save them a lot of money. A little advance notice is all we need to make sure that you have the right vehicle available to you when you need it. The best part is that you don’t pay for it until it rolls off the lot. This is just one way that Rodeo Ford has become a trusted advisor to so many businesses, especially those in landscaping. We all know that when the peak season comes, all that matters is keeping the work flowing. This means ensuring that you are delivering great customer service on time and on budget. To do this, business managers need to keep the vehicles in top shape and the work crews safe and productive. Rodeo Ford and the Ford Motor Company have long been innovators with providing superior products and superior service to back them up. To extend this leadership, we are offering customers Ford Telematics, an innovative solution to help landscapers get the most out of their business. It improves worker productivity, safety and reduces operating, maintenance and even insurance costs.






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Here are a few examples: Business managers will know where their work crews are at all times. If an urgent job comes in, managers will be able to identify the closest team with the right equipment to respond and then dispatch them with directions. The result is a happy customer and more revenue. Rodeo Ford also offers the ability to monitor our customers’ fleets for them so that they can focus on their business. If a vehicle’s oil life is getting low or if there is water sensed in the diesel, Rodeo Ford is alerted and proactively schedules preventative maintenance without unnecessary downtime and lost revenue. Catching problems like this early saves a lot! Further, with Ford Telematics, customers have been proven to save thousands per vehicle in operating costs. Landscaping is not an easy business, let alone one to be financially successful in. Business partners like Rodeo Ford can provide solutions to problems and identify ways to work smarter that weren’t available until now. Most importantly, business partners like Rodeo Ford stand behind you and the products and services that Rodeo Ford provides to you. I am proud to have had the opportunity to be the trusted partner to so many Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association members. All of us at

Rodeo Ford are inspired by the commitment to service that all of the ALCA members have and we do our best every day to provide that same level of commitment. We measure ourselves by our ability to support and grow your business, which is why we are continually looking to provide innovative products and services like Ford Telematics. Springtime is a great time for us all. So much lies ahead for us all in the coming months. As we all prepare for a busy season ahead, just know that Rodeo Ford is proud to be a committed and engaged ALCA member and one that is ready to stand by you to help you grow and manage your business. Jim Mitchell, Rodeo Ford 623-298-3938


The Grass is Always Greener on Our Side of the Fence


hy is the grass always greener on Southwest Sod’s side of the fence? Well, I am glad you asked. We have an amazing product to sell, our growing process has been refined after decades of practice, and our team is second to none. Call us at 602.271.4266 to talk turf or visit our website at for additional information on our products.

Midiron is our most popular variety because it is easy to maintain, it grows amazingly well in our climate, and works great with pets. This variety has a dark green color and a medium blade structure. Tiffgreen is the variety often seen on golf course putting greens. With a fine blade and a light green color, golfers love this variety. Tifway is another great variety that is soft to walk

2018 Calendar of Events May 1

Performance Leadership (Bruce Wilson) – ALCA Office ALCA Golf Tournament – proceeds go to Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Fund Pre-Certification Applicator – ALCA Office ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – ALCA Office Deadline for applications for Excellence in Landscaping Awards Member Mixer – Phoenix Sponsored by Cub Cadet ACLP Planting & Tree Staking – ALCA Office ALCA Board of Directors Planning Meeting ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning – Tucson Tax Reform Workshop – Provided by Morrison, Clark & Company CPAs & Northwestern Mutual Advanced ACLP II Plant Diseases, Disorders & Pests – ALCA Office Desert Horticulture Conference – JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson

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Our company has been serving Arizona for more than three decades. As you may know, we have been selling top quality turf throughout that time. Turf scientists call the plant family we sell hybrid Bermudagrass. We really like to sell nonnetted hybrid Bermudagrasses because this plant family thrives in warm weather, uses generally a low amount of water, and is hypoallergenic, so your clients will not have allergy problems with our product because there is no pollen in the seeds. Hybrid Bermudagrass and other turfgrasses make many important contributions to enrich our environment. According to the Lawn Institute, turfgrass helps cool and clean the air while also cutting noise pollution and trapping dust. We can sure see these positive benefits on our farm, and we are proud to help improve the quality of life for our customers who live and work throughout Arizona. Within the hybrid Bermudagrass family, there are several varieties that we have grown and sold for years. While folks often ask us our favorite variety, this is like asking which child is your favorite –we love them all! Each variety has its own unique personality and has different characteristics. Let me highlight a few quick points for you to consider.

on and can be found on golf course fairways, in stadiums, and even home lawns. For best results, you will want to fertilize these varieties once a month. In the summer, think sulphate — Ammonium sulphate (21-0-0) that is. In the winter and early spring, Ammonium phosphate (16-20-0) is a good fertilizer to use. As a turf tip, when selecting fertilizers, focus on the chemical composition, not the flashy name brands or slogan. For an established lawn, you should water the grass 10-15 minutes every day in the spring and summer and mow once a week. For a newly installed yard, you should water 10-15 minutes three times a day until the sod takes root. Then you can cut back on your watering schedule. We are full of turf tips and we may even share with you a turf tale or two if you really get us talking. We always enjoy hearing from you as we are probably watching the grass grow. Give us a call at 602.271.4266.


ACLP Pesticides & Calibrations – ALCA Office ACLP Pesticides & Calibrations – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Arizona CLA ACLP Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office ACLP Pesticides & Calibrations - Tucson Advanced ACLP Water Management – ALCA Office

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Service Leadership (Bruce Wilson) – ALCA Office ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by The Toro Company ACLP Safety & Tools – Tucson ALCA Board Meeting Advanced ACLP Irrigation Tech II ACLP Turf Care and Installation

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ROC Begins Making New Rule about Experience and Examinations


Arizona, applying for a contractor’s license has long required taking an examination and verifying your experience. On March 9, 2018, the Registrar of Contractors began the administrative process for making a new rule that will affect the examination and experience requirements for a new contractor’s license. The Passing Score for the Licensing Examinations Increases to 75% Currently, most license applicants must take two examinations: the business management examination and a trade examination. The Registrar’s new rule changes the name of the business management examination to the “statutes and rules examination.” The new rule also raises the score required to pass each examination from 70% (the current requirement) to 75%. The Registrar reports that if the passing score had been at 75% in 2017, then 640 applicants would not have passed on their first attempt.

Rule Allows Registrar to Waive the Experience Requirement

Even though the new rule raises the passing score to 75%, the rule is not intended to make getting a license more difficult. In fact, the rule’s intent is to ease the difficulty of obtaining a license. The Registrar believes that the rule will increase the number of eligible applicants who receive licenses by reducing, eliminating, and clarifying experience requirements. Under the new rule, the Registrar can waive experience requirements and instead accept either the trade examination or a nationally recognized certification. Because of the new emphasis on examinations and certifications, the Registrar will be reviewing all of its trade examinations for currency, and it will be identifying which certification programs it will recognize for licensing purposes. Additionally, the Registrar will be creating examinations for those classifications that do not currently have an associated trade examination. The new rule also eases the experience requirement by stating that when the Registrar reviews experience, it must recognize experience that a person gained even while working without a license or for an unlicensed entity. The rule also requires the Registrar to recognize experience acquired when a person was under 18-years old.

pational licenses (e.g., cosmetologists, opticians), Find Out More about the Rule it specifically identifies contractor licenses as part If you want to read for yourself the new rule of the burden: “Arizona should reduce or repeal or the report and study cited by the Registrar, you its onerous licenses for contractors and other can contact the Registrar’s office. You can also occupations.” visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website and The Registrar also cites a comprehensive study download the March 9, 2018 issue of the Arizona that it conducted in December 2017. In that study, Administrative Register, which contains the rule the Registrar looked in each license classification and references. and compared the experience and examination Finally, you’re always welcome to call or email requirements versus the percentage of licensees with the author of this article, Attorney James Hanson, a complaint. The Registrar found no correlation. In to discuss what the rule might mean for your busiother words, requiring more experience and exami- ness and your industry. nations from a licensee does not necessarily lower James N. Hanson practices construction law at that licensee’s likelihood of receiving a complaint. Lang & Klain, P.C. He served as General Counsel for the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. He is a Only New Licenses are Affected by the Rule member of ALCA. You can reach him at This new rule does not directly affect anyone proud (480) 809 3864 or currently holding a contractor’s license. Licensed contractors do not need to take a new examination or obtain certification to remain licensed or to renew a license. This rule affects only Jean Cote those who are interested in obtaining a contracSales Representative tor’s license from the Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho Registrar: either their first license or a license Main (623) 247-8509 for a new trade. For Mobile (623) 764-1027 example, if you are a Email licensed landscape conToll Free (800) 840-8509 tractor who wants to be able to install pools, the Fax (623) 247-6354 new rule would affect your application for a 13803 W. Northern Avenue B-5 General Swimming Glendale, AZ 85307 Pool Contractor license.


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In support of the rule change, the Registrar points to a report published by the Institute of Justice: “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing.” The report identifies Arizona as the fourth “most broadly and onerously licensed state” in the country. Although the report considers all Arizona occu-




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Pioneer Landscape Centers Acquires Grand Materials & Supply in First Transaction of 2018


eader in outdoor living products adds Arizona-based landscape products retailer as part of its strategic growth plan. Pioneer Landscape Centers, the leading landscape and hardscape materials supply destination in the United States, announced today the acquisition of Grand Materials & Supply in the company’s first transaction of the year. Founded in 1986, Grand Materials & Supply is an Arizonabased distribution company that operates six stores across the Phoenix area. The acquisition of Grand Materials & Supply solidifies Pioneer Landscape Centers as the largest full-service materials supplier (retail, contractor, wholesale, and commercial) in Arizona, and is part of Pioneer’s strategic plan to expand its existing presence in Colorado and Arizona as well as in other new markets. Grand Materials & Supply acts as a seamless complement to Pioneer Landscape Center’s current hardscapes, landscapes and outdoor living market by focusing on the residential distribution of landscaping products and construction materials. With expertise in high-quality stone and related offerings, the newly acquired company sells a full suite of products ranging from outdoor lighting, pavers, cement products, decorative rock and more. The combination of the two companies enhances Pioneer’s presence in the Arizona residential market and augments the customer experience by bringing a multitude of products and services together under one roof, with greater consistency and shorter lead times. “Acquiring Grand Materials & Supply strengthens our position in the southwest, specifically within residential areas in the Arizona market,” said Sagi Cohen, CEO of Pioneer Landscape Centers. “Grand Materials & Supply is an innovative, relationship-oriented company that delivers a strong team and reputation, and fits effortlessly into the Pioneer Organization as we continue our push to become a household name across the country. Through this extraordinary acquisition, Pioneer’s best-in-class product collection will enhance residential distribution, giving customers an easier way to make their outdoor living space the focal point home.” Grand Materials & Supply—which will immediately become a Pioneer division upon finalizing the transaction—will maintain its current leadership and employees, and carry Pioneer’s collateral. For more information, please visit Established in 1968, Pioneer Landscape Centers is the leading landscape and hardscape materials organization in the western United States and ranked No. 1 in AZ Big Media’s 2018 Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business in the Landscape: Material Supplies category. With 30 retail locations across Arizona and Colorado and 23 quarries, no other landscape materials company is better suited to crafting outdoor lifestyles for everyone—from homeowners to contractors. All locations carry over 300 landscape product materials with an extraordinary variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Pioneer’s top-quality products assist contractors and homeowners tackle any size project.

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rizona Contractor License Center is contractor owned and operated and has helped thousands of contractors obtain an Arizona Contractors License. Obtaining a license is not as simple as submitting an application to the Registrar of Contractors. You must pass the state contractor license exams, set up a company, get bonded and although not required, it is a very good idea to obtain insurance including workers compensation which is required for one or more employees. As a contractor, you specialize in your trade, this is where you make money and you get to do what you love. We like to call it focusing on MMA’s (Money Making Activities)! We are committed to your success and provide you with a one stop experience in becoming a legal licensed contractor in the State of Arizona. In order to be successful in business you have to focus on activities that make money. Arizona Contractor License Center is here to handle non-money-making distractions like test prep, application filing, bonds, insurance, and payroll services. We have been doing this for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on finding the information you need to be successful in business, if we don’t know the answer we will find it for you, after all that is how we got started in this business. Contact us today 602-712-1515 or Toll free at 866-3328453 or visit us at or

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Against all odds: how soil injections can help your desert plants By Robert C. Cain, Tree Pros, LLC


ndy Weir’s novel, The Martian, later made into a major motion picture, was an epic portrayal of a marooned astronautbotanist who was forced to survive on the lifeless surface of Mars. Equipped only with a nuclear reactor strapped to a Mars Rover, an air-sealed tent, and a pile of potatoes, the forlorn scientist must find a way to survive by cultivating life in an environment where no life exists. Residents of the Sonoran Desert are not estranged from the challenges faced by our favorite Martian. Last year, Phoenix endured 102 consecutive days without rain, hardly the record which was set in 2006 at 143 days. May 3rd saw the first day over 100° last year and would follow with 108 more days of this intense heat. Since 2011, the valley has averaged 110 days above 100° each year. June, July and August of 2017 experienced 27 days or more each month north of 100°. Long stretches of drought put added strain on the region’s water reserves therefore unsustainable landscape practices are considered taboo. Unless they’re growing food, service professionals are encouraged to xeriscape whenever possible, always asking the question, “Should we plant a boulder in lieu of this tree?” However, the need to cultivate and maintain healthy, mature trees to cool and protect our




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living environments has not been more essential. Neglecting to properly value and appropriately care for and preserve trees in our urban landscape can cause many undesirable conditions. Since a boulder won’t do, the right tree is selected based on location, water availability, practicality and appearance. Finally, if the long, punishing strokes of sun exposure, microbursts, and wood-boring beetles aren’t enough stress on your lawn and ornamentals, the desert soil can become impacted over time through shallow watering practices, locking up essential nutrients, inhibiting water uptake and access to oxygen. The region’s inherent lack of rainfall contributes to the predominantly high soil alkalinity. Because of this imbalance, mineral and nutrients are unavailable for the tree to uptake and the lack of rainwater prevents the movement of such elements from the soil into the roots and up the vascular system of the plant. Sodium chloride is another salt that is introduced into the soil mostly through reclaimed water sources. This chemical exchange occurring within the soil results in a nearly impermeable crust or a hard clay which is not easily penetrated by water and leaves very little opportunity for oxygen to find its way to the root system. While many native trees are well-adapted to long periods

of drought, access to oxygen beneath the soil is integral to the survival of the root system and the respiration that occurs below ground which keep the root cells alive. Soil amendments delivered directly into the ground via deep root injections in combination with an adequate amount of leaching can help to treat and maintain the soil quality around the root system. Heavily soaking the dripline, below the outer canopy of the tree, prior to injecting soil amendments will help to leach detrimental salts below the roots. Injections with a high acid base such as humic acid will temporarily lower the pH of highly alkaline soil, aerating the soil, treating soil compaction, and allowing for better root uptake of water, oxygen, and nutrients. A blend of fertilizer


within the soil injections works to further flush out and replace the insoluble minerals in the soil with beneficial salts. In addition to amendments, microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi are essential catalysts in the process of converting organic material into soluble nutrients that are accessible to a plant. Combining soil amendments with beneficial fungi, such as mycorrhizae, promotes the symbiotic relationship between plants and microorganisms. It’s safe to say that the arid desert conditions and water quality will remain constant so it’s important to continue to treat the soil around your trees and shrubs. The active nutrients that were injected are only accessible for a period of 1-3 months and must be replaced within that time to keep the plants fed and healthy. This can be done by applying an appropriate amount of fertilizer manually until it’s time to schedule another round of injections. Once, and only after the compacted soil has been treated, nutrients can then be added and are actually available, plants are more inclined to overcome the abiotic stresses of their surrounding environment. Soil amendments can be scheduled semi-annually to neutralize the rising pH levels which will occur over time.

Much like Mars’ harsh terrain, the Sonoran Desert provides little reprieve when nurturing both native plants and those not suited for the arid, unforgiving climate. Proper soil treatment combined with adequate irrigation and other horticultural practices can assist our communities trees in defying the inexorable odds that they face from one season to the next. Content Contribution provided by: Jason Nunemacher |ISA Certified Arborist # WE-7927A TRAQ (Qualified Tree Risk Assessor) SLM Certified Professional Tree Pros, LLC © 2018 Tree Pros, LLC


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Are High Performers Born or Made?

Crew Leaders must be trained to understand and execute their leadership responsibilities. Start training future crew leaders before you need them and institute a career path where people train their replacements, helping them rise up through the queue.

By Bruce Wilson


he difference between ‘performance’ and ‘high performance’ is like the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great.’ These terms can feel subjective (as in ‘what seems great to you seems good enough to me’), but did you know they can be quantified? In my career spent growing and leading landscape companies, and in my work as a consultant, I’ve concluded that high performing leaders share similar attributes that help them achieve optimum performance in their teams and, ultimately, in their organizations.

They believe in continuous improvement:

Leaders look for gaps and focus on closing them. Gap examples can be in a lack accountability or transparency or people having a self-interest ‘me, not we’ attitude. Leaders must all hold each other accountable to the vision and commitments to foster a culture where high performance is the organizational norm. Are leaders born or made? For some people, leadership is a natural behavior and people with this gift rise naturally to its challenges and opportunities. I believe, however, that less obviously inclined but potentially high performing They know fast beats slow: In high performing companies of nearly every size, leaders are a driving people can be coached to learn what is expected of them as leaders – which force. Like finely tuned race cars, they are in the fast lane when everyone else is to inspire people to be empowered to act because they are invested in and is hugging the rail. They train, they prepare, and they exercise to keep their share the benefits of a better outcome. To increase your company’s ability to perform at a higher level, help your minds and bodies in peak shape, and they seem to have the kind of energy employees grow into leaders by providing them with access to knowledge and that inspires everyone to achieve. tools, give them more flexibility to act, and the freedom to use their strengths They are effective: and talent to get the job done. While some companies can thrive under these kinds of leaders, as companies grow, they need a team of leaders. Leaders at the top, leaders in the field and leaders at every level. This ‘culture of achievement’ allows everyone from the front lines to the back office to be valuable, empowered decision makers. Like the flow of positive energy from the top, energy can bubble up from the ranks and among peers to drive the organization forward. Negativity, and apathy or complacency, is equally contagious. A weak front line with struggling crew leaders can start a chain of upward delegation. When crew leaders slip, account managers, project managers, and supervisors end up fighting fires and working below par, doing work the crew leader should have done. As a consequence, some of their own work does not get done properly forcing their managers to cover for them.

They invest in education and training:

It is pretty easy to understand how dysfunction evolves. Usually the best workers are promoted into vacant crew leader positions. In some cases, the main qualification is the person with a driver’s license. This is not meant to be a condemnation but a current reality for today’s shortage of sufficient labor affecting most industries. To effectively deal with the reality, training is an essential solution to ensure that teams perform effectively. Crew Leaders must be trained to understand and execute their leadership responsibilities. Start training future crew leaders before you need them and institute a career path where people train their replacements, helping them rise up through the queue. If your current crew leaders are not trained, set clear expectations of what they’re expected to do and performance targets they’re expected to reach so they have a road map they can follow. Supervisors should also have training as one of their primary responsibilities. Some supervisors are so busy fighting fires they do not have time to train. Communicating proactively about expectations to avoid capacity and ‘critical mass’ problems up front saves time and money from damage control later.




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Eliminate Nutgrass with These 3 Weed Control Tips By Braxton Engstrom, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply


extremely likely that you’ve come across nutgrass while maintaining landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. It seems as if this perennial plague can destroy your client’s pristine lawn almost overnight. Nutgrass, also known as nutsedge, is a strong, resilient weed that grows much faster than the grass it infiltrates, making it obvious to your clients and passersby that you have a weed problem on your hands. Nutgrass is a nightmare to keep at bay because it reproduces quickly, loves moisture and can grow right through mulch and even black plastic. Worse, it is resistant to most chemicals. Keeping nutgrass out of your clients’ lawn can seem hopeless at times, but there are a few steps you can take to fix a nutgrass issue.

Yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) has bright green to yellow-green foliage, and golden-yellow flower heads. Purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) has a reddish flower head with brown or black seeds and dark green foliage. This is the most common variety of nutsedge found in much of the Southwest. Even though nutgrass is mostly noticeable on the surface, the difficulty in treating this weed lies far beneath the soil. Nutgrass is made up of a complex network of tubers, bulbous root ends that store nutrients for reproduction; and rhizomes, horizontally-growing thick roots from which new shoots will sprout. If you’re not careful with removing nutgrass tubers from affected areas, the tubers will sprout new rhizomes, which will sprout new weeds—the cycle will start over again.

A Closer Look

Treating the Problem

To manage a nutgrass problem, we must first understand how the weed works. Contrary to its name, nutgrass is not a “grass;” it is actually a true sedge that is commonly confused for a grass. It has a thicker, stiffer blade and grows more rapidly than grass. There are two main species:

Oftentimes, a nutgrass problem begins with excess moisture. This plant tends to thrive in moist conditions, so a sudden influx of nutgrass in a certain area of your turf can indicate poor drainage in the soil. Here are a few steps that can help reduce and eliminate nutgrass in your lawn.

Decrease watering time. Decreasing the watering time in the affected area could help reduce the amount of nutgrass. Install drains in your turf. Sometimes, watering less is not an option. Oftentimes, under-watering turf in the hot Arizona summer can cause grass to scorch and die. If decreasing watering time is not an option, installing drains in your landscape can help reduce standing water and moisture absorption to prevent nutgrass from growing. Use chemical treatments. If you decrease the soil moisture but you still cannot eradicate the nutgrass from your turf, you may need to utilize a post-emergent herbicide. Use a treatment that will not hurt your turf or plants, such as Sedgehammer or FMC Dismiss. Taking these simple steps will help you eradicate nutgrass from your clients’ lawns, ensuring they stay immaculate and healthy for seasons to come.


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recently attended the ALCA Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) training and was very pleased at the level of professionalism in which the staff conducts themselves. The first thing that stood out was the order of the learning environment: every seat had training materials and writing accessories, enough for everyone as it was a very full class. Secondly, there were fresh beverages available to all including juice, coffee and water, as well as light snacks which was very thoughtful and very much needed for a long class. Lastly, the level of instruction was exceptional and I learned a great deal. Our class was taught by a 25 year industry professional who was engaging, interesting, and able to cover a lot of ground in the four hour course. Upon completion, I was able to speak to the instructor regarding his background and was impressed that someone with his level of expertise was willing to volunteer his time to teach the SLM course because of his dedication to the industry. Because of my recent experience with the ALCA SLM course, I will be taking more courses in the future and I appreciate ALCA’s attention to detail and expertise. Sincerely, Mike Uhrich, SLM Certified Director of Business Development Genesis Landscape Solutions




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Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Sponsor’s ALCA Member Mixer in Phoenix.


Wednesday, March 21st ALCA members, friends and vendors came together at the Helio Basin Brewery in Phoenix. The March Member Mixer was sponsored by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (MSWN), Glendale, AZ. MSWN has been a supporter of ALCA for a great many years, both MSWN and ALCA proved to be gracious hosts. Taking over half the bar area, there was lots of room for everyone. Excellent grub was on hand and of course a selection of hand crafted beers to suit any taste. Jean Cote, the Sales Representative for MSWN, was joined by two newer faces from the company, David Willey, the new General Manager for the Nursery, and Nicholas Staddon, who helps with new plants, marketing, Intellectual Property, and lastly outreach for the nursery to their customers and other interested parties. We reclined in the comfortable setting, well-fortified with beef, chicken tacos and libations … lemonade in some cases. Nicholas navigated through industry trends, MSWN updates, and a dazzling selection of new and proven plants for the South Western Region of the United States. Stars of the presentation were two new Hesperaloe’s - Desert Dusk™ and Sandia Glow™. Both of these plants have just been awarded their Plant Patents. After the presentation, Judy, Jean and Nicholas conducted a fast paced raffle including books and other plant treasures. If you did not win a plant you got to take one home with you; no one went home to bed disappointed. For more information on the Hesperaloe’s and many other plants, go to All agreed this was a special evening. Great food, company, conversation, and thanks to Mountain States Wholesale Nursery …..great plants.

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