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President’s Message............................................................. 4 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 Membership Drive................................................................ 7 ALCA Calendar................................................................... 8 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 8 New Members..................................................................... 8 Member Updates................................................................. 9 ALCA Excellence Awards.................................................... 10 ALCA Profile: Hunter Industries............................................ 12 ALCA Profile: Cutting Edge Curbing..................................... 13 ALCA Profile: Rain Bird....................................................... 14 ALCA Profile: Hill & Usher................................................... 15 ALCA Profile: West Coast Turf/Western Sod.......................... 15 Landscape Lighting in the 21st Century................................. 16 The Many Colors of Fall...................................................... 17 Spray Equipment - Ignoring Problems is Not a Strategy........... 18 ALCA Mixers................................................................ 20-21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22

2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Matthew Johnson All Year Round Trees

President Elect

Tony Acosta

Vice President

Robert Clinkenbeard ILM

Secretary Kim Kleski

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Treasurer

Steve Shields

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Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Get Educated, Get Involved, and Get Moving

H Matthew Johnson 2013 ALCA President

ere we are in the final quarter of 2013 and preparing to start 2014. As we approach the holidays and the New Year, it seems natural that we reflect on the time gone by. As part of my reflection, I think back on the fond memories of all of the great experiences I have been afforded as an ALCA Board Member. I have seen how the past relates to future successes and how new people and new ideas have forever changed the industry for the good. I am so proud of my fellow board members and what they have accomplished in such a short time in ACLP, SLM, Safety & Insurance, Events, Membership, and all of the other programs that go on day after day. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful Board of Directors. Each board member has been diligent in making their respective committees the best possible program it could be. The ALCA commitment to education in the last few years has caught the attention of the AZ Association of Community Managers (AACM) and the area schools. To influence the horticulture industry by passing along information to high school teachers and students about Sustainable Landscape Management is a huge step. There is no greater honor than to impact the minds of young adults.

More industry professionals have taken advantage of the ACLP courses in the past 2 years than ever before. The knowledge gained through these courses not only makes you a more valuable resource to your company, but you are more valuable for those customers who want quality service. The more time I spend with the landscape professionals that serve on the board as volunteers, the more fortunate I feel to have them representing this industry. I can’t mention volunteers without recognizing those who take on numerous roles and spend countless hours on the various programs that make ALCA the great organization that it is. Without our volunteers, ALCA would not be able to offer the benefits and services that make it the reputable association we know it to be. This being my final message in this particular location, I want to pay my gratitude to everyone involved in ALCA. You are the professionals that are the driving force behind this great organization. My mantra has always been, get educated, get involved, and get moving.

Matthew Johnson, ALCA President

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Celebrate ALCA’s 50th Anniversary

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n September, the ALCA membership committee began its member drive with a goal of recruiting 50 new members in celebration of ALCA’s 50th anniversary. We have already exceeded our goal and currently have 52 new member companies since the beginning of the year bringing ALCA’s membership to 390. We are now striving Judy Gausman to top 400 members by the December 11th celebration and ALCA CEO holiday party! As you can only imagine, it takes more than a dozen people on a committee to grow the association. If you have an opportunity to stop by one of ALCA’s vendor branches, you will see that they are all supporting the drive and displaying postcards inviting contractors to join and receive the following special benefits: • Payment of your annual dues will cover your membership until January, 2015 • You will receive free admission to two future members mixers in 2014 • You may attend two educational workshops in 2014 at no charge I would like to thank all of the loyal members that retain their membership year after year. It is with your dedication and support that ALCA continues to flourish. It is evident that members have found value in the benefits that are unique to this industry, as seen through the increase in attendance at ALCA sponsored events and educational Document1 2/29/04 2:44 AM Page 1 workshops. Over the course of the year there have been 622

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people attending the member mixers in Tucson and Phoenix. There were 967 exams taken through the ACLP program with 314 different people attending the workshops that are made available in Tucson, Prescott, and the Phoenix area. We now have 548 members representing 101 companies who are certified in Sustainable Landscape Management. ALCA has been working with the Arizona Department of Education and is now offering the ACLP and SLM certification programs in the Ag curriculum of 14 Arizona high schools! ALCA is the only landscape trade association in Arizona. Not only does the association provide valuable training and networking opportunities, but our mission is also to look after your interests in the legislature and keep you up to date on the issues that affect your business. I invite you to join fellow ALCA members and take pride in belonging to a credible association that is recognized by your peers and whose goals are to elevate the quality and professionalism in the landscape industry. You may register for membership at www.AZLCA.com/application or call the ALCA office at 602-626-7091. Please join fellow ALCA members in celebrating our 50th Anniversary at the annual Holiday Party that will be held on Wednesday, December 11th this year at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que located at 2030 East Rio Salado Pkwy in Tempe Marketplace beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Judy Gausman, CEO


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You are invited to become a member of ALCA and celebrate “50 years and growing” with us!   

Would you like to become connected to a reliable network of nearly 400   professional landscape companies and affiliates?   

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Payment of your annual dues will cover your membership un�l January, 2015  You will receive free admission to two future member mixers in 2014  You may a�end two educa�on workshops of your choice in 2014 at no charge  Membership dues range between $275—$1,100 annually 

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REGISTER FOR MEMBERSHIP AT  www.AZLCA.com/application  5425 E Bell Rd # 105     Sco�sdale, AZ  85254  602‐626‐7091       www.AZLCA.com 

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MEMBER UPDATES

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Calendar of Events November 8 23

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SLM Workshop – ALCA Office 37th Annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program ALCA Annual Membership Meeting Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed

December 11 ALCA Holiday Party 25-27 ALCA Office Closed

January 1 15

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New Year’s Day – ALCA Office Closed Phoenix Member Mixer - Sponsored by Enterprise Fleet Management/ Smart Wrap Vehicle Wraps ACLP Plant ID Workshop – Tucson ACLP Plant ID Workshop – ALCA Office ACLP Plant ID Workshop – Prescott Tucson Member Mixer - TBD ACLP Plant ID Workshop – ALCA Office

New Members AAA, Arizona

Tom Bolenbach 2375 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85016 Phone: 602-397-2357 Email: tbolenbach@arizona.aaa.com Profile: AAA, Arizona is a one stop shop for all your commercial insurance needs. We are a broker for general liability, commercial auto, workman’s comp, and commercial umbrella insurance.

AZ Landscape Details, LLC

Richard Bartlett 33602 N 25th Dr Phoenix, AZ 85085 Phone: 480-510-2184 Email: hiddencove1@hotmail.com Profile: Focus on maintenance and small landscaping installation. Irrigation repairs and tree work.

Christy’s

Cheryl Lundh 655 E Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92805 Phone: (714) 507-3300 Email: cheryl.lundh@tchristy.com Profile: Market leading solvent cements, tools, irrigation specialties and marking products combine with (4) other major product categories to make Christy’s your true one stop shop for thousands of products contractors use every day. Innovative merchandising programs increase profits and satisfy contractor needs by delivering the products you need at a value beyond expectations.

City of Peoria

Mike Buettner 8401 W Monroe St Peoria, AZ 85345 Phone: 623-773-7993 Email: michael.buettner@peoriaaz.gov Profile: Municipality focused on sustainable landscape management.

Community Landscape Management, LLC Darin Wheat PO Box 51986 Mesa, AZ 85208 Phone: 480-306-7866 Fax: 480-302-7910 Email: darin@clmaz.com Profile: Full service commercial landscape company.

Enviroscapes of Arizona (RT), LLC

Raymond Tapia PO Box 41 El Mirage, AZ 85335 Phone: 623-975-1505 Fax: 623-209-7444 Email: enviroscapes_of_arizona@yahoo.com Profile: Landscaping and Irrigation

Estrella Environmental Design, Inc.

Craig Kennedy PO Box 5175 Goodyear, AZ 85338 Phone: 623-932-1334 Fax: 623-932-0047 Email: eedcorp@gmail.com Profile: Landscape Commercial and Residential Design and Installation.

Flaska JCB

Robert Cannady 2240 W Buckeye Rd Phoenix, AZ 85009 Phone: 602-761-2525 Fax: 602-454-8899 Email: bobc@flaskajcb.com Profile: We are the dealer for JCB construction and agricultural equipment.

Greenscape of Arizona, LLC

Jeffrey Siet PO Box 3515 Sedona, AZ 86340 Phone: 928-239-0121 Email: jeff@greenscapeofaz.com Profile: Landscape Maintenance and Installation

Ground Specialties & Irrigation, Inc.

Ron Lee 1543 S Tamarisk Dr Chandler, AZ 85286 Phone: 480-413-0008 Email: ron@groundspecialties.biz Profile: Landscape maintenance for HOAs Lombardi, John 8620 N Oracle Rd Oro Valley, AZ 85704 Phone: 813-391-8719 Email: star.kali@yahoo.com

Lombardi, John

8620 N Oracle Rd Oro Valley, AZ 85704 Phone: 813-391-8719 Email: star.kali@yahoo.com

NTS Landscaping Contractors

William Kopcheck 7037 E 6th St Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 480-994-1334 Fax: 480-481-0291 Email: admin@ntslandscaping.com Profile: Full service Landscape Contracting Company, Licensed Contractor, specializing in Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Design and Installation and Landscape Irrigation Contractors, Landscape Lighting installation. Full service Tree Care Company.

Nunemacher, Jason

3301 W Taro Ln Phoenix, AZ 85027 Phone: 602-423-5653 Email: jason.nunemacher@outlook.com

Reach Local

Angella Hamilton 32135 N 73rd Pl Scottsdale, AZ 85266 Phone: (602) 635-9100 Email: angella.hamilton@reachlocal.com Profile: Online Marketing

Rolling Rock Landscape

James Perlow 8364 W Desert Spoon Dr Peoria, AZ 85383 Phone: 623-748-9581 Fax: 623-374-3398 Email: jprrl@cox.net Profile: Install custom landscapes & maintain them.

Strategic Retirement Plan Dynamics, Inc.

John C. Holz 1010 N Finance Center Dr, Ste 106 Tucson, AZ 85710 Phone: 888-290-8848 Fax: 520-290-9117 Email: johnholz@srpd401k.com Profile: Qualified retirement plan administration and consulting company specializing in helping businesses legally shelter income from current taxation and building for retirement.

Superstition Springs Community Master Association Steven Hanson 7235 E Hampton Ave, Ste 105 Mesa, AZ 85209 Phone: 480-854-1123 Fax: 480-854-1324 Email: steve@sshoa.com Profile: HOA

Turf Equipment Source, LLC

Barry Nelson 1101 N 27th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009 Phone: 602-442-0333 Fax: 602-442-6608 Email: bdgnelson@yahoo.com Profile: Turf Equipment Source is your Toro Landscape Contractors Equipment Dealer. We also specialize in allied turf equipment, new and used parts, new and used engines, and equipment service.

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Ewing’s Arizona Territory Welcomes New Leadership Jake Ray was appointed as Ewing’s Regional Manager of Arizona, along with other strategic promotions. Ewing recently appointed Jake Ray as the company’s regional manager for Arizona. In his new role, Jake will oversee Ewing’s branch operations, sales programs, employee development and recruitment, and more for the company’s network of 17 Arizona branch locations. Jake joined Ewing in 2002, and was appointed as manager of Ewing’s Chandler, Ariz., facility in 2005, where he was responsible for branch operations, sales and marketing; employee development and training; managing customer relationships; and providing technical support and business development opportunities for customers in Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Maricopa and Casa Grande. He specializes in turf and agronomic products, hardscapes, and lowvoltage landscape lighting. In addition to his manager responsibilities, Jake has occupied multiple leadership roles for the company, including serving as president of Ewing’s Branch Manager Advisory Council (BMAC), an elite peerelected advisory board that works to analyze and implement operational improvements for positive change. He has also managed and facilitated employee meetings and training for Arizona’s East Valley branches. Before joining Ewing, Jake served as a project manager for Blooming Desert, leading multiple installation crews on large, custom-built landscape projects. He also previously worked as a purchasing agent for Big Sky Landscaping, overseeing the purchasing activity for maintenance and installation crews. Jake is a member of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association and the Irrigation Association (IA) and is an IA Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University. Jake operates out of Ewing’s Chandler, Ariz., facility, located at 18 S. Roosevelt Ave. He can be reached at (480) 213-3663 or jray@ewing1.com. Jake’s appointment coincided with 16 other nationwide internal promotions earned by qualified Ewing employees that excelled in the company’s robust employee development program. The program provides learning opportunities for professional and personal growth, including customized career path planning, development and leadership conferences, hundreds of online and hands-on seminars and workshops, certification programs, and more. Additional Arizona promotions and transitions included the appointment of J.R. Richards, former regional manager for Ewing’s Arizona territory, as vice president of the company’s western division; Hunter Williams as manager of Ewing’s Chandler branch; Jake Sommer as manager of Ewing’s in Peoria branch; and Ray Espinoza’s relocation from Ewing’s Peoria branch to the company’s Deer Valley store.

MEMBER UPDATES

ARIZONA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RATES The National Council on Compensation Insurance filed an overall 3.2% rate increase effective January 1, 2014. These rates have been approved by the Arizona Department of Insurance and apply to all new business and renewals. The Green Industry’s rate changes are listed below: CLASSIFICATION

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0005 Nursery operations

$3.03

$3.22

6.3% increase

0042 Landscape construction

$4.79

$5.20

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$24.04

$22.78

5.2% decrease

5183 Irrigation installation

$5.07

$5.39

6.3% increase

5606 Executive supervision

$1.75

$1.53

12.6% decrease

9102 Landscape maintenance

$3.23

$3.39

5.0% increase

0106 Tree pruning and removal

The overall rate increase in Arizona is similar to national trends as carrier’s combined loss ratios are still exceeding 100%. Another issue that will have an impact is a change in the experience rating formula. The primary losses had been capped at $5000 for the past 20 years and effective 1/1/2014 the cap will increase from $10,000 to $13,500, the second step in a multiyear change. The above information is from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Submitted by Steve Shields, Hill & Usher Insurance/ 602-956-4220

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ALCA LANDSCAPING AWARDS

2012 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Enchanted Garden Landscape, Photograph provided by Christopher Rossi Heritage Installation Stooks Residence Award of Distinction

French Accent Landscaping, Inc. SFR Installation $250-350K Charm Award of Distinction

Wickenburg Landscape & Irrigation, Inc. LVL- Residential Installation $10K or above Illumination in the Desert Award of Excellence

Innovative Lighting & Design, Inc. LVL Commercial Installation $10K or above Zona Resort Suites Award of Excellence Santa Rita Landscaping Commercial Installation $100-$175K Unisource Energy Building Award of Distinction

Xerophytic Design, Inc. Photograph provided by David Hewitt Commercial Installation $250-$350K Cabana on McClintock Award of Distinction

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Azul Verde Design Group, Inc. Residential Redesign $100-$150K De Salvo Residence Award of Distinction


ALCA LANDSCAPING AWARDS

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Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc. Photograph provided by Jesse Winters Residential Redesign $100-$150K Estancia- Private Residence Award of Excellence

Asset Landscaping Commercial Maintenance under $25K Indian Bend Corporate Centre Judges Award

Clean Cut Landscape Management Commercial Maintenance under $25K Pecos Vista Judges Award

Asset Landscaping Commercial Maintenance under $25K Capriana Award of Distinction

Asset Landscaping Commercial Maintenance $25-$50K Park Place Village Condominiums Judges Award

Landmark Land Management Commercial Maintenance $25-$50K Raintree Resort Casitas Judges Award

Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management Photograph provided by Michelle Izquierdo Commercial Maintenance $25-$50K Colonia Miramonte Award of Distinction November/December 2013

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ALCA MEMBER PROFILE

Hunter Industries Built on Innovation Hunter Industries is a family-owned global company that provides high quality, efficient solutions for the irrigation, outdoor lighting, and custom molding industries. Our diverse array of products can be seen everywhere from residential landscapes, to stadiums, national landmarks, theme parks, city parks, commercial complexes, hotels, and municipal buildings around the world. Whether you’re from New York, Shanghai, Sydney, Paris, Moscow, or Cairo, the odds are you’ve probably encountered a Hunter product somewhere along the way. Hunter was founded by irrigation industry pioneer and entrepreneur Edwin “Ed” Hunter with the help of his sons Paul and Richard, and daughter Ann. In 1983, the small Hunter team introduced the PGP gear-driven rotor to the world of irrigation. The proprietary product started what is now referred to as “The Rotor Revolution” in the landscape irrigation industry. Its success as an efficient, reliable product quickly put Hunter on the map as a well-respected irrigation equipment manufacturer. In 1985, with demand growing for the PGP, Hunter opened international distribution channels in Australia and Europe. By 1994 the Hunter catalog grew to include short and long-distance rotors, sprays, valves, and controllers. With the company stable and the future bright, Ed retired in 1994. The next leader of Hunter Industries would be Ed’s son Richard, an accomplished engineer and entrepreneur. Throughout the 1990’s and into the new millennium, Hunter has grown to become a market leader in residential, commercial, and golf course irrigation system components. Still under the leadership of Richard Hunter, the product line now includes products ranging from rotors that throw between 10 and 160 feet, the water-saving MP Rotator, climate-based irrigation controllers, valves built to withstand 220 PSI, fully modular I-Core controllers, highly popular X-Core residential controllers, the subsurface irrigating Eco-Mat, Professional Landscape Dripline with built-in check-valves, and several robust central control options.

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Beyond irrigation, Hunter has also recently increased our investment in Hunter Golf, our line of golf course irrigation products, acquired the innovation driven FX Luminaire brand of outdoor lighting, and formed Hunter Custom Molding, which offers our extremely efficient manufacturing services to industries beyond irrigation. While we couldn’t be more proud of the products we’ve introduced over the years, we’re most proud of what the Hunter name has come to signify. Throughout all of our interests, Hunter has grown to mean more. More support, more technical resources, more product training, market-stabilizing prices, and generous warranties. Because we understand our customers don’t just need a manufacturer, they need a partner. And that’s exactly what we strive to be on every level. Moving forward Hunter’s focus will continue to be on developing innovative products and providing the support our customers need to succeed. We will do so while pursuing the most water and energy efficient products and processes possible. We believe that properly designed and irrigated landscapes provide many environmental benefits including erosion control, improved water quality, environmental cooling, and carbon sequestration, among many others. Our philosophy is that our engineers’ workstations, test labs, production floors, and landscape sites are all places where innovation should meet conservation. Our commitment to conservation extends beyond our products. Hunter is actively involved in helping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the development of the WaterSense product labeling program. This program is similar to Energy Star ratings for appliances, and will provide easy identification of products that use as little water as possible to properly irrigate landscapes. Our infrastructure as a corporation is built to minimize resource use as well. From our LEED certified factories and facilities, to our extensive material waste reduction efforts, every aspect of our business was developed to use as little natural resource as possible. Moving forward our promise to our customers and community remains the same: In our every endeavor, Hunter Industries will strive to employ business practices that use natural resources as efficiently as possible. Today, with four brands under our corporate banner, sales on every inhabited continent, and over 100 unique product lines, the Hunter promise of partnership still stands as strong as ever. And it’s exactly how we’ll continue to do business moving forward.


ALCA MEMBER PROFILE

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is your one stop shop for all of your landscape materials. Whether you need granite delivered, sod installed, building an outdoor kitchen, installing a paver patio or creating a flagstone walkway, our friendly staff will load up your materials and get you on your way in no time. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is no longer just a curb company. We are a retail yard stocked full of pavers, block, bagged goods, boulders, sod, tools, rebar and over forty types of rock, river products, soils and rip rap. If you need your materials delivered, our knowledgeable sales staff will insure that your order is accurate and our experienced drivers will get your materials to you on time. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is equipped with a certified scale so you can be sure that you are receiving the correct amount of material that you order. If you have not been to the yard lately, come check us out. We have over 100 products on display so if you have some rock that needs to be identified, chances are we have it here. All of our curbing styles and colors are also on display for you to compare.

We have new items arriving monthly. Stop in to see why Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock has been helping our customers create curb appeal in the valley for over 12 years. We are located on 67th Avenue on the west side just south of Northern. Our address is 7540 N 67th Ave, Unit A, Glendale, AZ 85301. Tel. 602-353-1020 Fax. 602-353-1027 Web: www.cuttingedgecurbing.com Email: info@cuttingedgecurbing.com Orders: orders@cuttingedgecurbing.com Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, check in on Foursquare and follow us on Twitter! Customer Service is #1, when doing business with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock!

Contractor and Landscaper discounts are available as well as volume discounts for material orders over 50 tons. Valley wide delivery is always free on orders of 10 tons or more with no zone minimums to worry about. Same day service is available so if you need something today, don’t hesitate to call and see if we can get you taken care of. Are you tired of paying a crew to wait for the rock to arrive so they can spread it? At Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock, we call you the night before delivery is scheduled to confirm a time window of when we will arrive so you can schedule your crew accordingly. It’s just one more way that we are working to offer our customers the best service in the industry. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock offers 14 different styles of curbing to choose from in 16 different Davis colors. We use triple washed sand for a more uniform color and polypropylene fibers to give you the finest quality cement in your concrete border. Rebar is available for installation in curbing when specified by architects or for those who are concerned about maintaining the integrity of the extrusion should any large vehicles drive over the curbing. It may be specified when 6×6 or taller curbing is required to hold back an embankment or severe drainage area. We warranty our curbing for one-year against defects in materials and workmanship. November/December 2013

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ALCA MEMBER PROFILE

Rain Bird A History of Innovation Since 1933, Rain Bird has embodied and embraced innovation. From the product that started it all—the Horizontal Action Impact Drive Sprinkler Head—to today’s weather-smart controllers, highefficiency nozzles and subsurface dripline, Rain Bird has spent the past 80 years finding ways to use water more intelligently. Today, Rain Bird continues that same spirit of innovation at one of the most comprehensive irrigation testing facilities in the world. At this facility, Rain Bird engineers evaluate products under the most demanding conditions, helping ensure unsurpassed product performance and durability while finding more efficient ways to provide the moisture that turf and plants need to thrive. Every Rain Bird product is designed to improve irrigation system durability, reliability, performance and water efficiency. The long list of innovative products Rain Bird has invented and reinvented over the past eight decades reflects the evolution of not just one company, but an entire industry. What do the next 80 years have in store? One thing is certain—Rain Bird’s work is far from done. As 2014 approaches, the company is developing more revolutionary products and services that keep landscapes looking their best, make golf courses more playable and help farmers grow healthy crops. Rain Bird will continue to build upon its legacy of innovation to drive The Intelligent Use of Water™. Quality products for top performance › Controllers—Rain Bird continues to break new ground in the control category. Designed with ease of use in mind, the ESPRZX Controller’s zone-based scheduling is simple enough to be understood by untrained users, virtually eliminating call-backs. For those sites that need the convenient efficiency of weatherbased irrigation control, the new ESP-SMTe Smart Control System delivers, measuring effective rainfall and adjusting watering schedules accordingly. › Drip Irrigation—Rain Bird’s drip irrigation products continue to provide outstanding water efficiency. Unaffected by wind or evaporation, XFS Subsurface Dripline effectively irrigates turf, shrubs and groundcover with 30% to 70% less water than overhead sprays. Patent-pending CopperShield™ Technology protects the dripline’s emitters from root intrusion without the use of chemically treated filters. › Sprays and Rotors—For decades, Rain Bird’s sprays and rotors have developed a proven track record of unmatched performance. For use with the legendary 1800™ Series Spray,

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HE-VAN Nozzles combine variable arc flexibility with even coverage and large droplets for healthier landscapes that use less water. Meanwhile, the new R-VAN Adjustable Rotary Nozzles provide water efficiency and design flexibility with rotating stream technology that significantly reduces runoff and erosion. And Rain Bird’s 5000 Series PRS Rotors—the industry’s only pressure-regulating rotors—save 15% to 45% more water than other brands of rotors on the market today. › Accessories—Rain Bird offers a host of irrigation accessories that enhance and complement overall system performance. Available in a range of sizes, shapes and landscape-friendly colors, PVB Series Valve Boxes offers rugged, no-nonsense dependability at prices that can meet any budget. The RWS Root Watering System protects tree and shrub investments, delivering water, oxygen and nutrients where they’re needed most. Ruggedly constructed and designed to work together, the grates, basins and accessories in Rain Bird’s new drainage product line efficiently manage run-off and surface drainage at virtually any residential, commercial or municipal site. The Intelligent Use of Water™ At Rain Bird, we believe it is our responsibility to develop products and technologies that use water efficiently. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond products to education, training and services. From the new Rain Bird Factory Trained Certification Program offered by Rain Bird Services Corporation to thoughtprovoking white papers like Water Conservation and the Green Industry, Rain Bird continues to promote The Intelligent Use of Water™. For more information about the many ways that Rain Bird innovations continue to help contractors grow their businesses, visit Rain Bird’s web site at www.rainbird.com, like Rain Bird on Facebook, follow Rain Bird on Twitter (@RainBirdCorp) or contact Kurt Rouse at krouse@rainbird.com.


ALCA MEMBER PROFILE

Hill & Usher

Exclusively Providing TrimRisk for Landscapers Hill & Usher was established in 1995 by longtime Arizona resident and former contractor Richard B. Usher. With a contractor focus and a foot in the field, the agency’s early growth relied on Richard’s direct experience in purchasing the required coverage and protecting his business. Success is about talent, expertise, service and experience. Early on, Richard brought on a variety of skilled professionals who remain today, including Steve Shields, a former Regional Insurance Executive. In addition to Steve, Richard put young talent through formal and informal education, including his son Taylor. He hired Nicholas Dellaca, a student of the market and coverage trends. He added valuable staff to manage renewal operations and claims. Recently, he brought in a 20 year Farmers Insurance agent, Guy McTheny to give balance and perspective to the agency. With a staff of 30, Hill & Usher possesses the size to serve you quickly and efficiently, including the ability to issue certificates of insurance promptly. We aren’t so big that we turn down business—believe it or not, the larger the insurance provider, the more likely it is that you’ll need a fleet of 50 or more vehicles before they’ll be interested in placing your coverage. We are in business to protect you and gain your business through our better knowledge of the marketplace, trends and stability. We aren’t for sale, we don’t caste you away to understudies or lower-paid staff, we pay attention, and we are in business for landscape professionals. In 1999, Hill & Usher partnered to be the sole retail agency for an exclusive A+ rated carrier interested in providing Property and Liability programs to green industry in the Southwest. Trim Risk clients saved thousands in insurance costs as our program grew dramatically; fourteen years later, we continue to be a leader provider of insurance solutions to landscapers, tree trimmers, and related concerns. As an independent agency, we represent over 20 standard markets, probably the one who currently insures you, along with many others. The difference when you choose Hill & Usher is that we are committed to the landscape and tree care industries and we have the respect and attention of our underwriters that ultimately works to our clients benefit. Trim Risk is managed by Steve Shields. You may contact him at steve.shields@hillusher.com or 602-667-1828.

West Coast Turf/Western Sod

Quality, Service, and the Newest State-of-the-Art Eco-Friendly Turfgrasses and Products--Plus “Mr. Wise Grass!” West Coast Turf/Western Sod (WCT/WS) is undoubtedly the most popular face in Arizona’s turfgrass industry. We offer top professional quality products and services to all of our customers, whether they are the head groundskeeper of Chase Field looking for the perfect field for the MLB All-Star game or a conversion to a football field for a day, or a homeowner wanting the newest environmentally friendly lawn.  The EXCITING Stuff……..! WCT/WS has been the official supplier to Chase Field and the D-backs since day #1.   The best part?  Everyone can have that same grass the D-backs and the MLB players enjoy.   “We get several calls every day about BOBSod.  People want THAT grass--the stuff they see on TV,” said WCT/WS’s Jay Danek.  The D-backs also feel at home on West Coast Turf at the Spring Training facility they share with the Colorado Rockies—the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.   50 acres of sod was put down for the new fields and for fan enjoyment.   WCT/WS is also very active in the D-backs “Diamonds Back” field building program providing children with safe fields to play. Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson was recently grassed with all West Coast Turf as well. The Latest State-of-the-Art Grasses Environmentally friendly turfgrasses are important.  We are offering our new Platinum T.E. paspalum.  “I’ve been in the industry for a long time, and I haven’t seen a grass out there that is more suited for our desert,” Danek explained.   “It can reduce your budget because it can stay green 4-6 weeks longer in the fall, and greens up a month earlier.”  We are currently installing 35 acres of Platinum TE seashore paspalum at the new Chicago Cubs spring training facility. And Mr. Wise Grass—Our Sod Blog……. Danek has been roped into his role as our resident “Mr. Wise Grass.”   His blog “Ask Mr. Wise Grass” (found at http://mrwisegrass.com ) offers turf advice, tips, insights, and answers.  “I am passionate about grass, and I love helping people get their lawns in top condition,” Danek said.   Be sure to sign up for his blog for news, info, and special discounts! Contact West Coast Turf/Western Sod at 800/832-8873, online at www.westernsod. com, or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/westcoastturf.  Life is short.  Sod it!

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BUSINESS

Landscape Lighting in the 21st Century Article provided by Bill Steinmetz, Moon Valley Lighting, LLC

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andscape Lighting has finally joined the 21st century. We have all watched, participated and even capitalized on the state of the art advances made in water management and landscape control devices that allow us more and more control over how we manage (and allow our customers to manage) the maintenance and use of the increasingly magnificent outdoor environments advanced technology enables us to create. Professional landscape lighting is finally joining the ranks of the technologically advanced tools at our disposal.  LED is here to stay; the advances in LED technology have now given us the opportunity to get that effect that has not been available in LED in the past. We can now modify color temperatures and beam spreads and in some cases use lenses and baffling to create virtually any result that

the best Professional Landscape Lighting Manufacturer representation in the country and I know from personal experience that all of them are more than willing to help out with planning, designing and giving you a consulting hand with the install. How you light your landscape can be a very individual preference but there are some standard “tricks of the trade” that will invariably serve you well and certainly impress your customer such as: Don’t forget the structure – even though you have added an amazing landscape, chances are you have a few great architectural features that could be enhanced. Remember to create depth – lighting areas around the perimeter give a sense of depth to the night time enjoyment of the outdoor living space. Use a variety of fixtures and lamp types – there is very little cost difference between a standard

loss as to how to maintain it. Whether it’s an HOA or a private residence, the maintenance crews are already on the property and know it better than anyone. Most of your properties already have lighting but I’ll bet it isn’t LED. Offering to convert them to LED will generate income for you as well as save you labor on replacing lamps and repairing/replacing fixtures (and

had been the exclusive realm of Halogen before now. The greatly extended warranty periods (4 to 5 years on drop in lamps and 10 to 15 years on integrated LED) coupled with the significant savings (up to 80%) on power usage have made LED the overwhelming choice of homeowners and professionals alike. We now have the ability to break up the lighting plan for any given property into zones that can be controlled independently of each other and in some cases raising and lowering (dimming) the light output to match a mood or event. This is accomplished with both hand held and panel mounted systems. Phone and computer apps will not be far behind. When designing and executing a landscape plan you already know where your focal points are going to be, so even if the homeowner has decided not to move forward with the Landscape lighting at this time you should still pre-wire. Prewiring should become a standard with all new installs. It doesn’t have to be expensive and can frequently be done in conjunction with irrigation installation. Simply determine your transformer location, run 12 gauge direct burial cable to a central location or area with your focal points in mind, and terminate with a generous loop in a 6” pit box (and please use sleeves for crossing hardscape areas). Obviously there should be at least a general idea of what the lighting plan may be in the future but we in Arizona have some of

spot, path, wall wash, hanging, niche and well fixtures (note I used the word standard). Do a little research and find the best one for what you are lighting up. Keep an eye out for down lighting opportunities – frequently a few properly placed down lights can light up problem areas very effectively. Subtle is almost always better. Most importantly, be pre-emptive in educating the customer on the difference and value between Professional Landscape Lighting and the Big Box store lighting packages. Maintenance contractors probably have even more potential revenue out there than anyone else. Most HOA’s have fairly extensive entry and common area lighting and they are frequently at a

probably not getting paid for it). It’s usually possible to add additional fixtures to systems that have been converted to LED. ALCA has recently initiated a series of nonmanufacturer specific lighting seminars that can be extremely helpful in giving you the basic information you need to pursue these potential revenue sources effectively. Look for additional workshops in the future which will also be instructed in Spanish. The lighting dollars are being spent out there and it is an increasingly larger percentage of the budget than it has been in the past. There is no reason they shouldn’t be spent with you. For more information you may contact Bill Steinmetz at (602) 910-0692 or email at moonvalleylighting@icloud.com

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PLANTING

The Many Colors of Fall… Article Provided by Beth Gosnell, All Season Wholesale Growers

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rizona’s higher elevations are home to many beautiful trees with spectacular fall color. A trip to the White Mountains or Flagstaff to see the Aspen leaves in the fall is a wonderful way to spend a weekend and see some breathtaking sites. But, down here in the desert, we actually have some great trees and plants that will give your yard or project fall color and something a little different than the usual plant choices. The Tucson area or slightly higher elevation than The Phoenix Valley offers even more choices of deciduous trees with lovely fall color. What if you could offer your customer something beautiful and create less leaf litter in the process? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “I want a tree that doesn’t make a mess.” Well, here is your answer. Trees that drop their leaves in the fall and bud out again in spring are a win/win! Evergreen trees and semi-evergreen trees (which make up the abundance of our tree choices) drop leaves all year long. Of course, some are cleaner than others. I would much rather clean up one big mess in November when the weather is nice and cool than sweep up leaves all year long. And, an added benefit is beautiful and interesting seasonal color. There are also some shrubs that can create a dramatic impact. One of my favorites is Nandina domestica – Heavenly bamboo – This shrub has made a recent comeback. Used extensively in the 80’s and 90’s and it is still popular due to its showy foliage, tiny white flowers and red berries. There are many cultivars that grow up to 8’ tall or dwarf varieties with a compact form. It is salt sensitive and needs an ample supply of water. My favorite use for it is against a red brick background. As the weather turns cool in fall, the leaves will turn red and even purple in winter. It is not recommended for full sun, but best with morning sun and afternoon shade. Vitis species – Ornamental or edible grape vines. This large sprawling vine is not used often enough in my opinion. There are many different varieties that offer beautiful fall color and some for residential use that grow delicious grapes. There is a variety grown locally by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery called ‘Roger’s Red” that has striking red leaves. If you plan to use a grape vine, give it plenty of room to spread. They are great for a trellised patio or pergola, where you need shade in the heat of the summer and sunlight in winter. Muhlenbergia species – ornamental grasses. I couldn’t talk about fall color without mentioning the grasses. There are many to choose from with many different attributes. My favorites are M. capillaris – Pink muhly – and M. rigens – deer grass. Like its name, Pink muhly has wispy plums that are pinkish red and sway in the wind. They are especially beautiful when the sun hits them just right. Deer grass has a plum that resembles wheat. They can take full sun but

do need an ample water supply. Unfortunately, so many of the grasses grown locally are sheared incorrectly and we all miss the chance to enjoy their unique offerings. You can always look at the Sustainable Landscape Management book for the proper care and maintenance of this beautiful grass. To finish up with my favorite trees… Obviously, the ornamental and edible fruit trees provide a nice show of color but the trees mentioned below are wonderful too.

Fraxinus species – Ash trees. The most commonly grown of the Ash trees in Phoenix are the various cultivars of Fraxinus veluntina. This tree has an upright habit and creates a large shaded area in summer with a bright golden yellow show in the fall.

My favorite for last would be the Pistacia chinensis ‘Red Push.’ This tree is a little slow to get started but can eventually reach a spread of 70-80 feet. The interesting bark, much sought after wide spreading canopy and the bright scarlet fall/winter color makes this tree just about perfect in my book. I hope this will give you some food for thought when helping your clients create an interesting and beautiful landscape. For more information, please contact Beth Gosnell at 602-509-7242.

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SAFETY

Spray Equipment – Ignoring Problems is Not a Strategy Article provided by Andrew Greess, President of Quality Equipment & Spray

Destroyed Diaphragm Pump. By ignoring warning signs, this pump was a total (and expensive) loss. Note: the little orange pieces used to be a diaphragm.

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any of the spray equipment problems we see in our repair shop are significantly worse than they need to be. In too many instances, spray techs have ignored problems in the hope that they will go away. As a business mentor once told me, “hope is not a strategy.” Spray equipment problems can be a serious safety issue because they often become chemical spills or chemical exposure for the technician. Here are some of the most common excuses we hear from technicians about why they waited to get a spray equipment problem fixed: • I didn’t know it was a problem. • I was too busy to get it fixed. • I thought my boss would get mad if I told him about it. • I know money is tight, so I didn’t think we should spend money on repairs. Much like the slow drip of your kitchen faucet, spray equipment problems ALWAYS get worse. They do not get better and they do not go away. Small problems inevitably become big problems. Big problems cost more, and take longer to fix (or to clean up in the case of chemical spills). Another issue is that these problems almost always occur during your busy season when you can least afford the downtime. Here is another spray equipment caveat: • Water (or oil or any other fluid) that is anywhere is it NOT supposed to be, is ALWAYS a problem and should not be ignored. • Some common spray equipment problems that get worse with time include: • Backpack sprayers and compressed air sprayers. Leaks, lack of pressure and

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other small problems become major rebuilds because the tech ignored the problem or used force on a sensitive piece of equipment. • Spray pumps. Most power spray pumps have some way of telling the operator the pump requires attention. For example, gear pumps and roller pumps will begin to leak. Diaphragm pumps have a reservoir that shows the oil has turned a milky white. In each of these cases, if the pump is serviced promptly, a repair kit is usually all that is required. If the problem is ignored, we see many instances where the pump is a total loss. • Engines (or any piece of equipment) leaking oil (or other fluids) is a problem and must be dealt with promptly. • Hoses, fittings, o-rings and gaskets often begin a slow leak. If ignored, leaks become serious problems resulting in significant downtime and chemical spills.

look right or sound right, techs should tell their supervisor. Thank techs for reporting problems. If you scold a tech for reporting a problem, future problems will not be reported. Supervisors and managers should spot check trucks, inspect and test equipment. Here are a few quick inspection tips: • Cleanliness? (filthy equipment can be a good indicator of abuse and other problems) • Clean filter? • Fluids near or under equipment? • Operating pressure set too high? • Equipment properly secured? • Regularly clean out backpacks & compressed air sprayer to prevent debris from damaging systems. • Regularly check and clean filters to prevent system damage. • Perform preventative maintenance during slow periods to prevent problems and downtime. These few simple steps will reduce equipment problems, repair expense, downtime and missed appointments. Employees, managers, owners and customers will appreciate the effort. Andrew Greess is the President of Quality Equipment & Spray, which designs and builds custom weed control & landscape spray equipment solutions. He can be reached at andrew@qspray.com. For more information on this topic or to share your comments, visit www.SprayEquipmentBlog.com.

Don’t wait for problems to perform PM. Don’t let your equipment get this bad before seeking service.

Some easy steps to take to prevent these types of issues: Regular technician training to explain proper equipment operation techniques and trouble signs. Remember, just because you trained him on day one, doesn’t mean he is still doing it the way you want him to do it. Encourage technicians to report, rather than live with, spray equipment problems. The equipment doesn’t need to be obviously broken or leaking. Technicians know their equipment better than anyone. If it doesn’t

Fix hose reel swivel leaks promptly. Small leaks become big leaks and big leaks become chemical spills. Don’t live with leaks; fix them.


YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE 37 th ANNUAL

Excellence In Landscaping AWARDS PROGRAM

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Awards Banquet The Wigwam Resort 300 E Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ Call (623) 935-3811 or Toll-Free: (800) 327-0396

5 pm - Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception 7 pm - Dinner & Award Ceremony $100/person or $950/table of 10 To register, contact ALCA at (602) 626-7091 or www.AZLCA.com

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MEMBER MIXERS

Thank you to Russell Taylor with Live Earth Products for sponsoring the August ALCA mixer in Phoenix Russell discussed how Amending soils with humic acid impacts your business. Humic acids are the remnants of living organisms that have fully decomposed; think really old compost. Humic acids are a component of soil organic matter and for the most part are completely digested by soil microbes. Humus is the sequestered or geologic carbon that has built up in the topsoil over the centuries  humic acids. They are typically described by their molecular weight and can be separated into three subgroups: fulvic, humic, and ulmic.   So why amend a landscape with these organic acids? The construction and landscaping process disturbs the topsoil to the extent that much of the carbon that was stored in the topsoil is no longer where it should be. Often the approach is to add some compost or wood shavings to replace the lost soil organic matter. The major problem with that approach is these amendments are actively digested by the soil microbes. As much as 60 – 80% of a compost or manure is lost in the first year from the soil back into the air as carbon dioxide. Humic acids are quite stable and will persist in the soil for decades after application. Humic acids in a granular form are called humates. Commercially available humates are derived from  mined ore deposits which are an accumulation of ancient plant material.  Humates spread like a fertilizer and work well as a soil amendment. Broadcast applications of humate on established plants and turf work well but more soil incorporation is encouraged on new installations.

Humates have a long list of benefits because they contribute to passive soil organic matter. Typically humates are acidic and contain micronutrients and trace minerals. Plant nutrients locked up in the soil can be released with an application of humate.  Because humates can release and store nutrients manufacturers will often blend humates with fertilizers. When purchasing humates, make sure to look at the label for additional ingredients that may have been added. Humates are used for the following purposes: adding stable organic matter, making a more efficient use of applied fertilizer and water, conditioning clay and sandy soils, and mitigate the effects of salts. Landscape professionals should consider adding humates during installation to enhance current soil amending practices. The long term effects of humates compliment the goals of conservation making them a wise choice for the property owner.  Many cities are now including humates in their installations for improved resource utilization. For more information, you may contact Russell Taylor at (435) 749-0168 or email at russt@livearth.com.

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MEMBER MIXER

Thank you to Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Unique Lighting Systems for sponsoring the August ALCA Member Mixers in Tucson. Jean Cote with MSWN introduced new plants from their inventory, suggesting ways to use them in your landscape designs. To assist you in your selection process, MSWN offers over 450 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. It is their goal to provide quality plant material to allow the fulfillment of design concepts that reflect the spirit and the beauty of the desert. MSWN cordially invites wholesale customers to visit their nursery located at 13803 West Northern Avenue in Glendale, explore the wide variety of possibilities found there and allow them to introduce you to their large inventory of landscape plants collected from the deserts of the world. Over 550 acres of growing grounds in Arizona give them the space to handle any order and their experienced staff provides professional, personalized service to our customers. For more information, visit www.MSWN.com or call the nursery at (623) 247-8509. Unique Lighting Systems was founded in 1989 as a low voltage transformer and well light manufacture.  For over 20 years, and with over 20 patents, Unique Lighting Systems is constantly striving to continue to revolutionize the low voltage lighting industry from providing lifetime guaranteed fixtures, drop in LED lamps and our new lighting control system, Light Logic™.  Unique Lighting Systems strictly uses copper and brass for their fixtures.  This sturdy material stands the test of time in the harsh Arizona Environments.  All Unique Lighting fixtures are built with a 25’ wire lead to cut down on connections in the field and ease the installation process.  With the design assistance of Specification Design Support Program (SDSP) and the Quick Pro Design App™ for the iPad, Unique Lighting Systems provides you with several design tools to help you with creating award winning lighting projects. For more information, please contact Brian Qualls, District Sales Manager, at (480) 381-6901 or email at brian.qualls@ uniquelighting.com.

Thank you to The Synthetic Grass Store for sponsoring the August Member Mixer in Phoenix. The Synthetic Grass Store is a nationwide wholesale warehouse distributor of Synthetic Lawns, Artificial Grass, Putting Greens, Athletic Fields and Fake Grass.   The Synthetic Grass Store has just opened its 3rd location by Sky Harbor and now has 3 convenient locations in Phoenix and Tucson. They are the largest stocking wholesale distributor of artificial grass in Arizona. They typically sell to contractors, synthetic lawn installers and Do It Yourself (DIY) homeowners. They have over 300,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf in stock and the grass can be ready for pickup or freight shipment in about 15 minutes. The Synthetic Grass Store is proud to be Arizona’s first true one stop shop for wholesale turf, materials and tools. They are committed to having a large selection of grasses in stock to choose from; along with the infill materials and tools you need and can also handle your special orders in less than one week. They offer professional Installations at a discounted rate through their partner company Arizona Turf Masters (www.azturfmasters.com). Arizona Turf masters will travel to Metro Phoenix and Tucson for large and small projects alike. They will also service the rest of the state of Arizona for medium to large jobs. Check out The Synthetic Grass Store closest to you. www.SyntheticGrassStore.com 2720 E Mohawk Ln Phoenix, AZ 85050 602-996-8873 2060 S 16th St. Suite 121 Phoenix, AZ 85034 480-779-8873 3321 N Freeway Rd Tucson, AZ 85705 520-690-8873

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RESOURCE GUIDE/AD INDEX EROSION CONTROL/HYDROSEEDING Western Sere

(888) 448-SERE (7373) www.westernsere.com Please see our ad on page..................3 INSURANCE SERVICES

Hunter Industries

(760) 744-5340 www.hunterindustries.com Please see our ad on page..................2 LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION TRAINING/TESTING Metro Institute

Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.

(800) 628-8735 www.lcisinc.com Please see our ad on page................19 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

(602) 452-2901 www.metroinstitute.com Please see our ad on page................20 LANDSCAPING BOULDERS AND GRANITE We Rock AZ, Inc.

DIG Corporation

(800) 322-9146 www.digcorp.com Please see our ad on page..................3

(602) 569-3000 www.we-rock-az.com Please see our ad on page..................5 LIGHTING

Ewing Irrigation

(800) 343-9464 www.ewing1.com Please see our ad on page..................4 Horizon

(800) PVCTURF (782-8873) www.horizononline.com Please see our ad on page................23

Brilliance LED, LLC

(800) 867-2108 www.brillianceled.com Please see our ad on page..................9 FX Luminaire

(858) 535-8000 www.fxl.com Please see our ad on page..................2

NURSERIES All Season Wholesale Growers

(602) 276-0230 www.allseasongrowers.com Please see our ad on page................19 Arid Zone Trees

(480) 987-9094 www.aridzonetrees.com Please see our ad on page..................6 Cox Cactus Farm

(480) 220-1848 www.coxcactusfarm.com Please see our ad on page..................8 POTTERY International Wholesale Pottery

(602) 803-0821 www.iwpottery.net Please see our ad on page................23 SOD/TURF Evergreen Turf, Inc.

(480) 456-1199 www.evergreenturf.com Please see our ad on page..... Back Cover Western Sod

(800) 832-TURF (8873) www.westernsod.com Please see our ad on page..................5 SUPPLYING LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS Wilbur Ellis

(480) 921-8500 www.wilburellis.com Please see our ad on page..................6 TRUCK BODIES, TRAILER PARTS & EQUIPMENT Auto Safety House LLC

DESERT TREE FARM

Growing Plants for Arizona’s Future™

Well Rooted Celebrating 40 Years! two convenient locations to serve you Main Yard: 2744 E. Utopia Road Phoenix, AZ 85050 (602) 569-6604 Fax (602) 569-0064

South Yard: 8755 S. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85041 (602) 237-2535 Fax (602) 237-2010

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(602) 269-9721 www.autosafetyhouse.com Please see our ad on page................15 TRUCKS Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu

(866) 412-2712 www.chapmanchevrolet.com Please see our ad on page................23 Sun Country Truck Equipment

(602) 438-4956 www.suncountrytruck.net Please see our ad on page................23 WHOLESALE NURSERY & GROWER Desert Tree Farm

(602) 569-6604 www.deserttreefarm.com Please see our ad on page................22

AD INDEX

All Season Wholesale Growers............ 19 Arid Zone Trees..................................... 6 Auto Safety House LLC........................ 15 Brilliance LED, LLC................................ 9 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu................. 23 Cox Cactus Farm................................... 8 Desert Tree Farm................................. 22 DIG Corporation..................................... 3 Evergreen Turf, Inc.................. Back Cover Ewing Irrigation..................................... 4 FX Luminaire......................................... 2 Horizon............................................... 23 Hunter Industries................................... 2 International Wholesale Pottery............ 23 Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc....................................... 19 Metro Institute..................................... 20 Sun Country Truck Equipment.............. 23 We Rock AZ, Inc.................................... 5 Western Sere......................................... 3 Western Sod.......................................... 5 Wilbur Ellis............................................ 6


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