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May/June 2020

ALCA’s Excellence In Landscape Awards – Deadline for Application May 29 Troubleshooting Turf Issues COVER PHOTO: HORTICULTURE UNLIMITED, INC

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President & CEO Message.................................................... 4 Great News! Increased Tax Credit Available For New 401(K) Plans.......................................................... 4 Deadline Approaching - ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala................................................ 5 2020 Board of Trustees and CEO.......................................... 6 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 6 Calendar of Events............................................................... 7 New Members..................................................................... 7 ALCA Trade Show............................................................. 8-9 2019 ALCAs Excellence Awards..................................... 10-12 ALCA Member Profile: Rodeo Ford....................................... 13 ALCA Member Profile: Southwest Sod.................................. 14 ALCA Member Profile: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery............................................................ 15 ALCA Member Profile: Rain Bird.......................................... 16 Six Steps of Succession Planning.......................................... 17 Troubleshooting Turf Issues.................................................. 18 ALCA Workshops: Irrigation Tech I Workshop........................ 20 ALCA Workshops: Sustainable Landscape Management......... 20 ALCA Workshops: Planting and Tree Staking Workshop......... 20 ALCA Mixers: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Horizon Distributors Sponsor Tucson’s first Member Mixer of the Year.................................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock


President Elect

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Vice President

Diversified Print Solutions

Dwight Faires


Clayton Graham

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association


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

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance

Kim Kleski

Kleski & Associates


Steve Shields

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,


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These Are Extraordinary Times

Great News! Increased Tax Credit Available For New 401(K) Plans


LCA offers numerous benefits to its members. One is the opportunity to participate in the e hope this message finds you and your Arizona Landscape Contractors Association MEP 401(k) Plan. The U.S. Government offers a loved ones healthy and safe. In light of tax credit to offset small business retirement plan startup costs. The recently passed SECURE the challenging time we find ourselves Act increases this credit from $500 per year up to $5,000 per year for three years. The maximum in, we would like to share this prayer during this credit is now $15,000 over three years! This tax credit is available NOW. There has never been a better time to implement a retirement remarkable time: plan for your company and employees. ALCA has partnered with Debbie Norrell from Latitude RetireMay we who are merely inconvenienced, ment, Alan Cox with Northpointe Financial and KTRADE to offer this benefit to members of ALCA. Remember those whose lives are at stake. For more details, contact Debbie Norrell at 480-739-2374 or email: Alan Cox may be contacted at 623-208-3486 or email: May we who have no risk factors, Remember those most vulnerable.


May we who have the luxury of working from home, Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, Remember those who have no options.

1960 - 2020 Marty Monroy 2020 ALCA President

May we who have to cancel our trips, Remember those who have no place to go. May we who are losing our marginal income in the tumult of the economic market, Remember those who have no margin at all.

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May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, Remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

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Amen. Respectfully, Judy Gausman, CEO Marty Monroy, ALCA President

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Deadline Approaching - ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala


eadline to submit your beautiful landscape projects in ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala is just around the corner–May 29. The program was established in 1976 to recognize and celebrate all of the fine work and artistry that our industry provides to our beautiful state. Forty-four years later, ALCA is still celebrating “the best of the best” by recognizing landscape contractors that excel in creating some of the best landscapes in Arizona. There are many questions about ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala and here is the process. The application is available on the home page of the website and the deadline is May 29 in order to get the discounted price. There are two applications: one for installation and one for maintenance with a number of categories to choose from including single family installations, model homes, small garden, commercial installations, renovations, and residential & commercial maintenance. A panel of judges is selected and will review the photos. Based on the work and services that you provided, the judges will assign scores for the technical portion as well as the complexity and overall appearance of the project. All projects are judged using sustainable landscape practices.

Within the 30 categories, the highest award in a category may earn the Award of Excellence, followed by an Award of Distinction. The Judges Award is the third highest in a category in which more than one award may be given. But the judging does not stop there. Last year 84 projects were submitted in which the judges visited 90% of the properties to verify that their project was award winning. Once the judging is complete, judges will determine which projects will earn the coveted “Best of Show” Presidential Award, the Xeriscape Award and the Best Landscape Management Award. Letters will be sent to the winning recipients however, they will not find out which award they earned until the gala where a formal production will be held this year on November 14 at the beautiful Scottsdale Plaza.

Why should you enter your projects?

• Generate sales by promoting the high quality of your work. Add “ALCA AwardWinning” on your website and all bids, letters, and design plans including a closing paragraph that refers to your recent award. Closing the deal may be easier when they see the value and prestige they will receive from your professional landscape firm. • Motivate employees and improve team performance. A great deal of effort goes into executing all of the details of a land-

scape. Winning an award validates your team’s work. • Build a photo library. Photographing your work for the application will build a library that you can use in your marketing and sales pitches for years to come. • Involve the customer. Be sure to include your client in your promotional efforts. Invite them to the awards gala and present them with a plaque that they may display in their office or home. Your clients will feel proud and reconfirm their choice of placing their faith and confidence in you as their landscape professional. • Winning projects will be featured in future issues of the ALCA Influence magazine. Want an extra copy? We are happy to send some your way. Don’t miss out and take part in one of the most distinguished awards program in the landscape industry and enter your projects into ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala!

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2020 Board of Trustees and CEO The ALCA Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining the properous growth and representation of ALCA members. The Board’s primary responsibilities are to look beyond the day-to-day operations and create long range goals for the association. The Trustees consists of past and present Board leaders whose hard work, dedication and vision have been instrumental in the success that ALCA has achieved today.

Barb Stropko New Desert Gallery, Inc.

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

Craig Potter

President Robin Franklin Goodwill of Central Arizona

Michael Rockwell, Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc.

Bill Krause Terra Designs Inc.

Don Schlander Rock Spreaders

President Elect Rod Pappas, Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc.

Dale Micetic

Bob Underwood AAA Landscape

Judy Gausman CEO

Special Thank You to our ALCA Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSORS


All Season Wholesale Growers

Horizon Distributors, Inc

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Arizona CLA

Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire

Southwest Sod, Inc

Belgard Hardscapes

Kalamazoo Materials

Sunrise Nursery, LLC

Civano Growers

LeBaron & Carroll

Courtesy Fleet

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

Northwestern Mutual

The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

Evergreen Turf, Inc

Rain Bird Corporation

West Coast Turf

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

RDO Equipment Co.

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Rodeo Ford



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NEW MEMBERS Arborjet / Ecologel

2020 Tentative Calendar of Events May 8 13 14 20 21 29

SLM – Online Live Presentation Pre-Certification Applicator Training ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning Phoenix Member Mixer ACLP Planting & Tree Staking Deadline for Excellence in Landscaping Awards Applications

June 17 18 20 25 27

Phoenix Member Mixer ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – Tucson

July 4 15 16 18 23 25

Independence Day Phoenix Member Mixer ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office ACLP Turf Care & Installation – Tucson ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office

*Dates Are Subject To Change*



Rebecca Knapp 5003 S Willow Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282 (914) 489-7754 | We manufacture and provide formulations for our own trunk injection equipment, as well as, provide liquid nutrition and bio-stimulant products for landscape Installation contractors, landscape maintenance, sod farms, garden centers, and nursery markets. Associate Class 1

City of Phoenix Aviation Department

Anthony Dobbs 2515 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 339-4131 | City of Phoenix aviation department, facilities and services division, landscape maintenance section for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Affiliate

Creative Environments

Tiffany Waters 8920 S Hardy Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 777-9305 Phone | (480) 980-7000 Mobile ROC# 124224 Creative Environments assists with designing pools, spas, landscaping and maintenance. Contractor Class 4

Hummingbird Gardens Landscaping

Colin Guiley 11555 E Speedway Blvd Unit 3, Tucson, AZ 85748 (520) 499-9688 ROC# 327352 Hummingbird Gardens Landscaping is a new R-21 landscape contractor business with a special interest in native plants and xeriscaping. Contractor Class 1



Sunflower Bank

Scott Sipe 7047 E Greenway Pkwy, Ste 104 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 676-6642 A community bank with national strength, bringing out the best in the lives we touch... creating possibility. Creating possibility means partnering with our customers to build the path to move from ambitions toward reality. We believe in being ‘real’, relatable, honest, and candid. Associate Class 1

Tree Theory

Roger Hartzog 1540 West Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85085 (602) 247-7233 Phone | (602) 930-7617 Mobile Tree Theory is a landscape asset management consulting firm that provides technical scientific support services to HOA’s, commercial property managers, builders, and landscape maintenance companies. Associate Class 1

Whiffle Tree Inc, dba Warner’s Nursery & Landscape Co

Dan Anderson 1101 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928)774-5911 ROC# 63524 Landscape contractor, irrigation specialists, hardscape, rainwater harvesting, grounds maintenance, and retail garden center. Contractor Class 4


HUGE SELECTION of boulders and decorative rock


560 EZ St. Prescott, AZ 86301

2815 E. Rose Garden Ln. Phoenix, AZ 85050




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Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire


All Season Wholesale Growers

HydroRain (Superior Sales Group)


Arborjet / Ecologel

Infinity Insurance Partners


Arid Zone Trees

Jain Irrigation


Arizona CLA

Kalamazoo Materials, Inc


Arizona Fireplaces

Kichler Landscape Lighting Latitude Retirement/ Northpointe Financial


Now part of the Site One team, Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. We are a hauling company with a fully stocked retail yard and a proud distributor for Belgard, Southwest Sod, Evergreen Turf, Phoenix Paver, and AZ Best Block. We carry over fifty colors of landscape rock, river products, soil mixes, rip rap and boulders. Our knowledgeable sales staff will insure that your order is accurate and our experienced drivers will get your materials to you on time. Our certified scale ensures that you are receiving the correct amount of material ordered. Call or come by today.

A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales


Arizona Wholesale Growers


ARK Financial Solutions


Artificial Grass Superstore/ Turf & Sport

Logo Pros

Associated Minority Contractors of AZ

Midway Commercial/Fleet


MDI Rock

Australian Outback Plants

Mountain States Wholesale Growers

Auto Safety House

Northwestern Mutual


Payroll Control Systems


Belgard/Oldcastle Superlite

Rain Bird Corporation


Biofeed Solutions Inc

RBI Co-op


Brilliance LED

RDO Equipment


Brown & Brown Insurance

Ringo Canyon Granite LLC


Civano Growers

Rodeo Ford

Courtesy Fleet

Sands Chevrolet

Cox Cactus Farm

SavATree -Integrity Tree Service

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

Shine On Lighting


ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Desert Forrest Nursery


Desert Tree Farm

Southwest Sod

Ditch Witch of Arizona

Sprinkler World of Arizona

Diversified Truck & Equipment Sales

Sun Country Truck Equipment Sunrise Nursery

Empire Truck & Trailer Enterprise Fleet Management Evergreen Turf Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Sunstate Equipment Synthetic Grass Store/AZ Turf Masters Target Specialty Products Top Quality Lawn & Grounds Service

GuardShack Enclosures Harrell’s LLC 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.

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Vermeer Southwest, Inc West Coast Turf

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Horizon Distributors

promoting continued education, effective business 4204 E. Lone Mountain Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-1968

practices and networking opportunities, and ensuring responsible legislation to enhance the professionalism of members and the public’s perception of landscape contractors and the Green Industry.

ALCA Trade Show Spring is in full bloom and so is our Industry! ALCA held its annual trade show this past February with over 300 members and guests who enjoyed food, drinks, fabulous door prizes and fellowship with friends and peers in the landscape industry. The exhibitors were full of talented ALCA associate members who continue to raise the bar. Please support the ALCA associate members that continue to support all of us throughout the year.


Awards of Excellence

2019 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Santa Rita Landscaping Single Family Residential $45,001 – $55,000 DeLorme Residence – Oro Valley, AZ The homeowner’s greatest goal was to screen traffic and light from the road that backs up to their property. We accomplished this by integrating a large water feature into the natural rock on the property. Along with multiple seating areas, a fire feature and decorative panels, a peaceful haven was created. The Belgard Catalina Stone in the Rio plays well with the veneer on the home and blends perfectly with the natural rock. Additionally, we installed a basalt water feature in a side area to round out the structural elements. Utilizing flowering and vining plants, the color softened the flat surfaces of the wrought iron paneling and the transitions from ground cover rocks to large boulders. Mixing in a variety of agaves and other desert adapted plants created a very balanced yard.

Flowing Wells Landscape & Pools Single Family Residential $350,001 - $500,000 Golden Spur Ranch Project – Scottsdale, AZ This beautiful custom designed project located in North Scottsdale has it all! Stepping out from the back of the house onto the gorgeous travertine decking, the view takes your breath away. There is a covered raised area at one end of the pool that is complete with a seating area, fireplace, a big screen tv, and a strip of fire in the decking making this project a real head turner. A raised spa off to the side of the pool has detailed tile that carries through to the waterline tile of the pool tying it all together. Opposite the spa is a complete outdoor kitchen with marble countertops great for entertaining guests. A putting green is located behind the pool area that looks out to a small courtyard with shrubs, a water feature, and fire bowls that look amazing at night.

Vox Landscaping & Construction Small Garden Installation Isaacson Project – Phoenix, AZ The Isaacson’s purchased an older 2-story patio home with a beautiful golf course view. The landscape was dated with few plants and no garden area. The Isaacson’s wanted a container garden area as well as space for a small citrus grove as part of the remodel project. We found large natural colored pots to plant the citrus trees. These paired well with smaller pots for the container garden. A trellis with twining vine helped decorate a blunt wall. We utilized two separate irrigation runs to supply water to the plants and citrus trees in this heavy-sun area.




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Waibel & Associates Landscape Architecture

Awards of Excellence DBL, LLC Commercial Maintenance $100,001 – $150,000 Marina Heights – Tempe, AZ Developed by Ryan Companies and Sunbelt Holdings, Marina Heights features 2 million sq. ft. of office space as well as up to 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space. In April 2018, DBL Landscaping was awarded the maintenance for this property. Since then we have revamped multiple areas throughout and put our DBL Stamp on this property. We have incorporated desert landscape by installing native low water, low maintenance plants adding lots of pops of color. The view of Tempe Town Lake is gorgeous with lots of walking paths and bike trails lined with native mesquite and palo verde trees. Whirling butterflies, shrubs and ornamental grasses soften this area as well. The turf is a bermudagrass in the summer and over seeded with winter rye. Local artists have created amazing sculptures throughout the property along with several water features.

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Offering the industry’s most comprehensive selection of landscape and irrigation supplies, Horizon is the one stop shop for over 27,000 green industry professionals. We carry professional-grade products in irrigation & drainage, landscape and safety, lighting and outdoor living, and outdoor power equipment, parts & service. Visit us online or stop in to your local Horizon store. Chandler 480.961.3311

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Awards of Distinction


Sunburst Landscaping Photograph by NGN Pictures: Nolan Nissle Humanitarian Installation Katke Veteran Project – Gilbert, AZ

Grounds Control, LLC Single Family Residential Installation $75,001 - $100,000 Weisenburger Residence – Phoenix, AZ

Sunburst Landscaping Commercial Installation $100,001 - $150,000 New Life Church – Peoria, AZ

Judges Awards

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $25,001 – $45,000 Schorr Residence – Tucson, AZ

Landscaping Contractors Single Family Residential Installation $75,001 – $100,000 Johnson Residence – Phoenix, AZ




Blue Marble Landscape Commercial Maintenance $50,001 – $100,000 Artesia – Scottsdale, AZ

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Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $100,001 - $150,000 Continuum – Peoria, AZ

Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $50,001 – $100,000 Boulders North – Carefree, AZ

GPM Landscape Commercial Maintenance $100,001 – $150,000 Greentree Place – Chandler, AZ




Rodeo Ford


f 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

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 all of the ALCA members 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 an 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


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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Southwest Sod


hy are we sod farmers? To start, we have deep roots in Arizona agriculture. After nearly three and a half decades of growing premium turfgrass in Pinal County, we are convinced that our products help make our community a better place. Not only does turfgrass improve our homes, but this amazing plant has many positive environmental benefits. Let me first highlight how turfgrass makes our homes even nicer. In many topnotch yards, you will notice that turfgrass stands out against a nice desert backdrop, and that curb appeal sells. Our friends at the Lawn Institute indicate that a well-maintained lawn and landscape could increase home values by as much as 15 to 20%. This makes sense. In our experience, thousands of our jobsites have showcased an incredible mixture of desert plants. Turfgrass helps pull the whole yard together and acts as the centerpiece of a well-planned yard. From a sod farmers’ perspective, turfgrass helps foster community and brings people together. You might wonder how could that be? Turfgrass serves as a safe, soft, and natural platform that your friends and family and pets can all enjoy. There is no need to simply observe turfgrass. Turfgrass has the unique ability to enhance your favorite yard activity and make your experience more memorable. Whether you are talking with your neighbors, enjoying a backyard barbeque, cornhole, or whatever your favorite outdoor pastime may be, turfgrass makes your experience better. Plus, you will not have problems with allergies because our turfgrass, which is a hybrid Bermuda, is hypoallergenic. Another important quality of turfgrass is its positive environmental contributions, some of which you probably have already experienced. You do not need to be a scientist to understand the cooling effect of turfgrass. Nearly every desert dweller has driven by a golf course on a hot summer’s day and noticed the significant difference in air temperature. This is not by accident. Golf courses are noticeably cooler. Scientific data points out that turfgrass keeps air temperatures 10 degrees or more cooler than other surfaces like asphalt or concrete. Can you imagine a cooler summer and the positive impact on your energy bill? Turfgrass helps make the air we breathe cleaner and better. A couple of researchers have determined that turfgrass traps out of the air smoke and dust and acts as a natural filtering agent for several nasty pollutants, including carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Did I mention that turfgrass produces oxygen too? If you plant 2,500 square feet of turfgrass, according to the Lawn Institute, enough oxygen is produced for the daily needs of a family of four. For those interested in learning more about the scientific foundation for turfgrass, our friends at the Lawn Institute have complied a list of resources for you at Why are we so passionate about turfgrass? Whether improving the place we call home or making our environment a better place to live, turfgrass makes many positive contributions to our community. You may have noticed that we have thought a lot about the benefits of turfgrass. But, then again, we have a lot of time to think since we really like to watch the grass grow. For more information, please call us anytime at (602) 271-4266 or visit our website at




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WE WATCH THE GRASS GROW SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO. Whether you’re a homeowner, landscaper or groundskeeper, our knowledgeable and friendly staff is prepared to help you. Call today at 602.271.4266



Mountain States Wholesale Nursery “Good Morning, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery. How can I help you?” Over fifty years ago, the ringing phone was broadcast through speakers to the yard and the designated “answer person” would drop the spade or the watering wand and race into the office to breathlessly answer the phone.

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Our Customer Service Representatives are here to serve! Call our office at (623)247-8509 to connect with Bibiana Romero Martinez (bibiana@, Rebeca Romero Martinez (rebeca@ or Silvia Cruces (

in a personal and friendly manner. Our Will Call team is available to help with last minute purchase needs. We are expert at selecting plant material and tireless in gathering and loading plants for Eremophila hygrophana those who are purchasing “on demand.” Blue Bells™ We deliver with our own trucks and drivers; providing reliable, prompt and dependable service to your landscape site, whether the site be a large-scale project or a simple private garden. It is our goal to Muhlenbergia lindheimeri provide quality plant material to allow the Autumn Glow® fulfillment of design concepts that reflect the spirit and the beauty of the desert. Partnering with landscape Leucophyllum zygophyllum architects and contractors has Cimarron® helped us to identify trends and consumer wants and needs. Our Eremophila glabra ssp. world-class Plant Breeding Procarnosa Winter Blaze™ gram remains under the guiding hand of Ron Gass and utilizes Our commitment to you remains the same as it numerous methods to locate, identify and select plant material that continues to add form, was over 50 years ago. We have earned our reputation for honesty, integrity, humility and generosity texture, hues and brilliance to already proven of spirit by catering to our clients and customers durability. One measure of our success in our by offering a wide range of exceptional products Plant Breeding Program is the widely accepted and services. With growing facilities in Glendale and adapted use of material that has been devel- and in Cochise, Arizona, our 90+ employees are oped, introduced and popularized by Mountain dedicated to providing you with reliable, prompt States. Fresh, new desert-adapted plants that are and dependable service. It is our goal to cater to trademarked and patented are numerous, how- our clientele’s discriminating tastes by offering a ever, you may recognize these: Acacia redolens wide range of exceptional services and products. Desert Carpet®, Leucophyllum langmaniae Rio For more information and to peruse our plant Bravo®, Dalea capitata Sierra Gold®, Hesperaloe palette of hundreds of species of desert-adapted ‘MSWNPered’Sandia Glow ™ and Hesperaloe trees, shrubs ornamental grasses, accents, perenparviflora ‘Perpa’ Brakelights®, with more plant nials, groundcovers and vines, visit our website at introductions to come!

We use our own trucks to provide reliable and dependable service. The Transportation Department Directors, Sergio Gallegos and Hoffman Carlos, are responsible for the delivery of plant material to your site.

Our passion and love for desert plants remains unchanged, however, our methods of answering the phone has! Today, you will be met by skilled, knowledgeable and dependable professionals throughout every contact you have with Mountain States. The outstanding customer service representatives and our dedicated sales staff are well equipped to help you achieve your own landscape business goals. Our sales regions include Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Your regional representative is highly professional and will respond to your needs

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery offers over 400 taxa including desert adapted trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accent and flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. We specialize in providing landscape plants that fuse natural beauty with water efficiency. It is our goal to provide quality plant material that integrates the spirit of landscape design, while reflecting the beauty of the natural desert.

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery 13803 W Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307


We invite our wholesale customers to visit our nursery, explore the variety of plants collected from the deserts of the world and the innovative introductions produced at our growing grounds in Glendale, AZ.

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Rain Bird The Intelligent Use of Water™


ver the past eight decades, Rain Bird has strived to deliver products to the market that use water in the most efficient ways possible. Founded in 1933 during the agricultural boom in California, Rain Bird Corporation began with the invention of the original Horizontal Action Impact Drive Sprinkler. The product revolutionized the irrigation industry. Since the beginning, Rain Bird has produced and offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products. Decades before the term “water restrictions” became a common term, Rain Bird recognized the need to wisely use and conserve our most precious resource. Rain Bird’s commitment to The Intelligent Use of Water™ continues to influence all aspects of Rain Bird’s business philosophy and resonates through constant innovation and development of water-conserving products that include irrigation sprinklers, drip components, pumps and timer/controllers. Today, Rain Bird offers over 4,000 water-saving irrigation products that can be found in farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world.

A Legacy Continued

In recent years, Rain Bird has introduced dozens of new products with more on the way. Some products are an additional component that increases the efficiency of an existing product. Others are an improved new version of an existing product. And others are an entirely new product in itself. In 2020 Rain Bird has continued to break new ground in the landscape irrigation industry with the release of the new ESP-LX-IVM (Integrated Valve Module) and IQ™4 Central Control Platform.


Rain Bird’s ESP-LX-IVM Series 2-Wire conIQ4 is equipped with a modern new user intertrollers are designed for the largest and most face for simple set-up with streamlined navigation demanding sites, such as housing or condominium and programming, and automatic weather-based complexes, schools, sports fields, parks and public adjustments. As well it allows real-time access to spaces, or large industrial and commercial sites. diagnose and solve problems. The IQ4 Platform offers state-of-the-art monitoring, programming Easy to Use ESP-LX-IVM features an extra-large backlit LCD and control features in an easy to learn user interdisplay and soft key text labels for button functions face and provides advanced water management that change depending on the programming step. features saving money and time.

Modern User Interface

IQ4’s modern user interface is web-based and is optimized for any device including tablets and offers full control with smart phones.

Introducing the Future of Central Control

For years Rain Bird’s IQ Platform has offered professionals some of the industries most powerful tools to remotely manage irrigation systems. Rain Bird is proud to announce that IQ has evolved and progressed along side our commercial controller line-up. Now, with IQ4, take control of your irrigation business and reputation through full remote access of irrigation systems for a healthier landscape from any device capable of web browsing.

Introducing Rain Bird’s new ESP-LX-IVM Two-Wire System

The new ESP-LX-IVM has many powerful and flexible features, starting with the revolutionary new Integrated Valve Module (IVM). This “smart solenoid” stays in constant communication with the controller, providing efficient irrigation and advanced diagnostics. The new IVM now integrates the station-decoder and solenoid as one component reducing the needed wire splices by half, improving installation costs and system reliability. A simple-to-use interface and advanced diagnostics make LX-IVM the best controller on the market. Two models are available, the LXIVM which supports up to 60 stations and the LX-IVM Pro which supports up to 240 stations. Up to four Two-Wire paths can be connected, plus flow sensing and advanced flow management tools that set new industry standards for state-ofthe art water management.




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Streamlined Navigation

The improved navigation system allows easy set-up and programming due to the new capability of group editing.

Tiered User Access

Tiered access allows tighter control of the field along with the ability to perform remote operations on ESP-LX Controllers. To learn more about Rain Bird Control Solutions, visit Or contact Daniel Porter at

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Six Steps of Succession Planning Steps 1 & 2


s a business owner, you’ve invested time and effort to build a business that supports your family and many others, including employees, vendors, customers and your community. Whether it’s a few years from now or decades away, there will come a day when you will leave your business. To ensure your business passes successfully to its next owner, it’s important to begin planning now. Succession planning should be a part of your overall business plan and your personal financial plan. After all, the three go together. In addition, customers and suppliers often prefer working with businesses that have strong succession planning in place. As you build your succession plan, you can take control of the process and leave on your own terms by following the six steps we’ll outline in our series of articles.

Step 1. Start Now

The sooner you start thinking about how you want to transition your business, the sooner you can start putting in place the plan that will get you there. Business succession can be complicated. By starting now, you can assemble a team who will understand your business and personal goals. Consider having the following trusted advisors on your succession planning team: • Accountant • Attorney • Banker • Financial Planner They can work with you to develop a solid plan to achieve your goals.

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What’s Next For You?

Are you interested in starting another business? Are you interested in enjoying the fruits of your labor, reducing stress and scaling back on your time commitments? Do you want to retire? Do you want to help the next generation of family or employees take over?

A full discussion with your succession planning team will provide more depth and help you determine the best way to create and implement a succession plan. Be on the lookout in future articles as we discuss steps 3-6!


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Before you build your plan, it’s important to think through some questions. The answers will help determine who will take over your business and the strategies you will use. These questions can help you create your desired future and help you clarify your goals:

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How much longer do you want to be in control of the business? Are you planning to leave at a certain age or when your business reaches a certain stage or milestone? Do you want to transition out slowly or all at once?


How Much Do You Need From The Business?

Who Will Take Over The Business?

Do you want a co-owner to buy you out? Do you want someone in your family to take over? Do you want to transfer the business to a key employee? Do you want to sell to a third party?


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Troubleshooting Turf Issues Kasey Billingsley, Harmony Horticultural Consulting


ow often do you come across that perfect lawn, free of brown spots with the ideal shade of green that makes you wonder why all your properties can’t look that good? That perfectly green turf is hard to come by, especially with all the seasonal changes we have in the southern Arizona climate. If bewildered why that brown patch just won’t go away no matter what you do, here are a few places to start when troubleshooting a turf problem. First, you must ask yourself a few important questions: What changes have recently occurred? Has this problem been present longer than one season? Have the environmental conditions been consistent? Look at weather changes and see if there are any parallels in when your turf problem was first seen. Did you adjust and re-adjust your irrigation to accommodate for these weather changes? What is the exposure for the lawn? We all know Bermudagrass and shade don’t mix. There are now sun-tracking apps that help you determine if there is sufficient sun exposure to an area for Bermudagrass to thrive. And now the most important question: Did you check the irrigation? Did you re-check the irrigation? Are you confident the irrigation is not the issue? Making sure your turf has the appropriate amount and coverage of water seems to be one of our biggest challenges. Many times, turf issues can arise not just from changes in the weather, but also environmental factors we can control: cultural practices. Is the mowing height appropriate for the variety of turfgrass? Changing mower height is one more step for crews to remember each week during their visit. Is someone skipping the height raising for that one property with St. Augustine to help save time on the job? Are my mower blades sharp? Are we regularly changing the mow pattern? Mowing in the same direction over time can begin to cause soil compaction and create ridges in the turf. If you are able to confirm that some of these cultural practices are not causing your turf issues, you can remove them from your ‘possible causes’ list. Fertilizers and chemical applications should also be considered. Turf burn is often obvious, but what about that green stripe that stretches down the length of the grass? Is it from a faulty spreader or did the applicator not have it on the correct setting? Did we use a homogenous fertilizer or is it a blended material? Blended fertilizers will often distribute differently when broadcast. Larger particles throw further from the spreader while smaller particles stay closer to the spreader. Using homogenous fertilizers, calibrating your spreader and broadcasting multiple directions can help prevent striping in turf.




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Did I use the right herbicide? One common chemical issue seen comes from using the incorrect preemergent herbicide in turf. When managing weed infestations, it is usually recommended for both pre and postemergent herbicides to be used. However, if the goal is to control summer weeds and a root-inhibiting preemergent is used, it might be discovered that the Bermudagrass has a hard time tacking down in the treated soil. You might find stolons traveling over top of the soil, but they are unable to root due to the preemergent barrier used to control weeds. Using a shoot-inhibiting preemergent will often solve this issue. When all abiotic (non-living) factors have been isolated, then we can look at biotic (living) factors that might be causing our turf issue. As interesting and exciting as “my turf has a fungus” sounds, in our area it just isn’t that common. Sure, we have a handful of pathogens that can plague our turf but they just aren’t seen frequently enough to consider before ruling out abiotic causes first. Warm, moist conditions can help mushrooms to surface, often making us think that the turf is plagued with a ‘fungus’. Mushrooms found in patterns can indicate Fairy Ring, but not always. It is helpful to get an expert opinion or send a sample to the lab for confirmation before treating with a fungicide that may or may not control that particular pathogen. In addition to the turf pathogens, we also can come across pests that cause turf damage. One of the biggest pests often overlooked is rabbits. They mow down turf in circular patterns, are rarely seen during maintenance hours, and leave behind dropping that are only found when the ground is closely inspected. These patterns can be mistaken for irrigation issues, or even other pests such as grubs or pearl scale. Look closely for dropping and see if in fact they are present in the bare areas. Insects like pearl scale, grubs and sod webworms can also cause problem in Arizona turf. Pull back the soil and inspect the trouble areas to see if any of these pests are present. After exploring potential biotic and abiotic causes of your turf issue and still no success, review your turf fertility program and make sure mineral and salt levels are acceptable for the type of turf you are growing. The key to any plant problem diagnosis is asking lots of questions and isolating what the issue is not caused by, then moving on to the next potential causal agent. If an issue is occurring on your property, it is likely happening on another property. Ask your fellow ALCA member if they are having the same issue at the next ALCA mixer.


National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (Naw) Elects 2020 Officers Douglas W. York, President and CEO, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Takes Helm as NAW Chairman




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embers of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), during the association’s Executive Summit in Washington, DC, last week, elected as Chairman of the NAW Board of Directors, Douglas W. York, President and CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. York succeeds George Pattee, Chairman of the Board of Parksite Inc., headquartered in Batavia, Illinois. Mr. Pattee will remain active on the NAW Board as Immediate Past Chairman. Says Mr. York of his new post, “I am honored to serve as the 2020 Chairman of NAW. After receiving the benefits of NAW membership for more than 45 years, it’s my time to give back to the organization that has helped Ewing, the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and irrigation products in the country, to grow and achieve its goals. Our team has benefited greatly from the networking and benchmarking opportunities, educational events, best practice thought leadership, and business services that NAW offers. I’ve also developed wonderful business connections with other distributors through NAW. I am eager to work with this association and our members in 2020 and contributing to NAW’s ongoing important work for our industry.” Ewing is also a member of the Irrigation Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals, Arizona Landscape Contractors Association and other state and local landscape associations. NAW comprises individual wholesale distribution firms and a federation of national, regional, state, and local associations and their members, which collectively total more than 30,000 companies. NAW represents the nearly $6.0-trillion merchant wholesale distribution industry, which moves to market virtually every kind of product in the U.S. economy and employs 5.9 million people.

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Douglas W. York, President and CEO, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply (right), receives the chairman’s gavel from NAW 2019 Board Chairman George Pattee, Chairman of the Board of Parksite Inc., to become NAW 2020 Chairman of the Board.

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ACLP Irrigation Tech I Workshop


he ACLP Irrigation Tech workshop held in February provided students with a foundational knowledge of irrigation system components, how the system works, and where to find resources to maintain, repair and improve irrigation systems. Three break-out sessions provided handson opportunities in pipe & sprinklers, controllers, and valves. Our wonderful team of volunteer instructors, Jay Black with The Toro Company, Doug Donahue with Ewing Irrigation, Mike Wagner with SiteOne Landscape Supply, James Carr with BrightView Landscape Services and Tony Acosta with Agave Environmental Contracting, all shared their extensive knowledge and experience with the students to create a truly interactive workshop.

Sustainable Landscape Management


he Sustainable Landscape Management program continues to get the support of our state’s municipalities. The City of Goodyear invited ALCA’s Education Coordinator, Heather Taylor, to present the SLM workshop at their location to get the city’s park and recreation crew certified. Heather also provided an SLM refresher course to the City of Phoenix to recertify nearly 70 employees. Two SLM workshops at the ALCA Office in January and March were filled to capacity. Thanks to Rick Robinson with Stillwater Landscape Management and Sarah Maitland with SavATree - Integrity Tree Service, Inc for instructing the workshops. Look for more SLM workshops to come on the ALCA. org website or email to set up an in-house training at your location.

ACLP Planting and Tree Staking Workshop


hree ACLP Planting and Tree Staking workshops were held in February – two at the ALCA Office and one in Tucson. Presenters Rick Robinson (Stillwater Landscape Management) and Shannon Scott (AAA Landscape) explained best practices for selecting and planting trees and shrubs and how to properly stake a tree. The workshops ended with a handson tree planting and staking demonstration led by Mike Gonfel with Stillwater.




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Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Horizon Distributors Sponsor Tucson’s first Member Mixer of the Year


hank you to Jean Coté and David Willey with MSWN for sponsoring the ALCA member mixer and showcasing some of their beautiful plants. Mountain States Wholesale Nursery celebrated 50 years of growing and selling plants, extending their gratitude to all of their customers and friends who have supported and encouraged them through the years. Mountain States Wholesale Nursery offers over 400 taxa of desert-adapted trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accents, flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. They specialize in providing landscape plants that combine beauty and water economy. They have over 550 acres of growing grounds in Arizona which gives them the space to handle any order and their experienced staff provides professional, personalized service to their customers. You may reach Jean Coté at or call 623-764-1027. Horizon Distributors hosted the event at their branch at 4740 N La Cholla Blvd in Tucson. Horizon Distributors is a full-service distributor specializing in every major area of products and services that your business needs, all under one roof: landscape, equipment, irrigation, and outdoor living. Everything that Horizon provides is of top, professional-grade quality. So in addition to getting what you want, when you want it, you have the assurance of knowing you’re getting reliable products from respected manufacturers. Visit for more information.

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