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And the Green Grass Grows all Around, all Around Increased Tax Credit Available for New 401(k) Plans COVER PHOTO: GOODMAN’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE, LLC

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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 2022 ACLP Schedule........................................................... 6

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses

ALCA Membership Application.............................................. 7

Conducted Weekly

2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - DBL, LLC.......................... 8-9

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Vox Landscape and Construction.................................................................. 9 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - ProQual Landscaping......... 10 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Sun Country Landscape, Inc.... 10 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................. 10 2020 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors................. 11 ALCA Member Profile: All Season Wholesale Growers........... 12 ALCA Member Profile: Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock..... 13

Get Knowledge!

ALCA Member Profile: Evergreen Turf, Inc............................. 14


ALCA Member Profile: FX Luminaire..................................... 15


Great News! Increased Tax Credit Available For New 401(K) Plans........................................................ 16 And the Green Grass Grows all Around, all Around............... 18 Calendar of Events............................................................. 18

Or Check Schedule And Register Online

ALCA Mixer: AF Distributors................................................ 20 ALCA Mixer: Belgard......................................................... 20 ALCP Workshops............................................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Chief Executive Officer


Judy Gausman

Immediate Past President


Dwight Faires Creative Environments Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock – a SiteOne Landscape Supply Company President Elect

Clayton Graham Sundance Landscape & Maintenance Vice President

Nickie Velten DTR Landscape Development, LLC

Secretary Kim Kleski

Kleski & Associates


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Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association 5425 E Bell Road, Suite 105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 Phone: 602-626-7091

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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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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Water Shortage on the Colorado River – What it Means to You


all Is here! Temperatures are down, kids are back in school, and our desert is so green due to all the monsoonal rains! Oh, and did I mention weeds? That will have to be a topic for another day. We have been very fortunate in the amount of rain we received this year. Most of our reservoirs are at or near capacity. But sadly, not the ones that matter most! Recently ALCA had Jeff Lee, Water Conservation Specialist for the Town of Gilbert, host a seminar to discuss the “Shortage on the Colorado River” and what this will mean to most of us. Dwight Faires As Jeff explained, 2021 ALCA President currently, A Tier 1 Shortage for the Colorado River has been confirmed for 2022. This will affect what we all do from maintenance to new installs. The 20-year drought that we have experience has left Lake Mead at 32% and Lake Powell at 33% capacity. Due to the lack of snow fall in the Colorado river watershed which feeds these large reservoirs both are now at a structural deficit. Simply put, we are taking more out of them than we add. This year’s monsoonal rains did very little to add any relief to them. Add to this the huge increase in demand – more people, more agriculture and other pressures and effects. Climate is trending hotter, drier. Winter rains and snow pack well below historical averages. There is a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) that will affect the seven basins states that rely on water from the Colorado River. We are currently in a Tier 0, voluntary cut backs. We will be moving to a Tier 1 next year as I previously mentioned. Tier 2 that is predicted in the near future will affect municipal water supplies but not what they can deliver. Most urban water suppliers have multiple sources of water and can mitigate shortages from the Colorado River. Simply, the less pressure we put on the alternate sources and the river will give us more time for snow pack to once again do its job. I Pray! Going forward, do your part to conserve. Companies performing maintenance, inspect your irrigation systems. Fix leaks! Study and understand your soil types. This one is huge. Different soils require completely different water cycles. Work to water less frequently but deeper. Know your plant material and water accordingly. If your properties have high water use plants, consider working with your clients and getting them changed out to more drought tolerant plant materials. Look, a revenue generator! If you are designing and installing new landscapes, push for more arid style plantings. If you have never read the AMWUA Guide for planting in the southwest, they have great ideas for plant selections and this will help save water. Tucson has




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for many years required water harvesting, learn how to do this and get your clients on board. This too is a great way to increase the bottom line by adding this to your designs. If we all start doing our part we could delay stricter restrictions. Plans are in place to mandate water conservation. Each municipality will react differently in response to elevated Tiers or Stages. Get to know what each will require based on your geographic area of work. The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) will be

the driving force to elevate or decrease the Tier restrictions. In closing, let us all be leaders in this endeavor to conserve. Be smart, be educated and stress to your clients the importance of saving our water resources. Capitalize on this drought crisis where you can but most importantly, DO YOUR PART! Thanks for reading and until next time. Dwight Faires President

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Robert Crudup PO Box 416 Waddell, AZ 85355 (602) 833-8252 We are a wholesale nursery and the only licensed grower of the non-fruiting Swan Hill Olives® Tree in Arizona and Nevada. Associate Class 1

DIG Corporation

Mike Merlesena 1210 Activity Dr Vista, CA 92081 (800) 322-9146 DIG Corporation, founded in 1981 manufacturers a full line of Drip/Micro Irrigation products as well as the largest line of Alternative Powered Irrigation Controllers in the industry. Those being our Battery Operated Controllers (1,2,4,6 stations), Hose End Timers and our LEIT Controllers (1-28 stations) our Flagship product. Associate Class 1

Fitschen, Bill 480-433-7913 Self-employed landscape residential designer Affiliate

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Train to Retain


an you believe it is time to gear up for 2022? Now is the time to define your priorities to start the year on the right foot. The number one issue facing our industry is the lack of labor. This isn’t a new phenomenon as companies have struggled to recruit and retain workers for the past decade or longer. ALCA is here as a resource to offer trainings that build the skills of your employees to improve productivity and workforce retention. You go to considerable trouble and expense to identify, interview, and hire great employees for your organization, so retaining them should also be a top priority. Employees who are offered training opportunities feel valued and supported, resulting in increased retention.

ALCA is here to help your company Train to Retail!

• ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician (ACIT) – Consists of a three-day training including hands-on activities focused on the optimization of water usage and the efficiency of existing irrigation systems. • Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) – Certified individuals increase their knowledge and skills to employ practices Judy Gausman that strive to preserve limited and valuable ALCA CEO natural resources such as water, and reduce waste generation by encouraging the maturity of plant material that promote a healthier and more efficient landscape. ALCA will continue to hold online interactive Zoom as well as in-person trainings for the upcoming year. Since we started providing Zoom workshops, we have found that a number of companies create a culture of learning together by providing space in their businesses where their employees meet as a group and Zoom into the ALCA workshops as a team. Missed a workshop and it’s not available or convenient during your work schedule? ALCA is now providing the opportunity for on-demand recordings for ACLP and SLM. You will have the opportunity to watch the workshop as an individual or as a team within a seven-day period at your convenience. Just call the ALCA office at (602) 626-7091 to order the workshop. As you start your planning for the New Year, remember to include ALCA as your resource to help you Train and Retain.

Attending educational workshops and earning certifications awards workers who attend and pass industry exams. Students will be introduced to proper horticultural practices so that they understand, recognize and employ sustainable practices. They can become role models and a valuable source of information for their co-workers and employers. As an employer, certifications can help you identify candidates who demonstrate the skills and knowledge you need, develop employees’ knowledge, and maintain your competitive edge. To the business community, certifications provide verification of skills and knowledge based on generally accepted guidelines as a landscape professional. Explore the three certifications that ALCA offers. Plan your training strategies for 2022 and prepare for your workforce needs. Sincerely, • Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) – Educational Judy Gausman program covering 10 topics for those aspiring to be a professional landscaper.




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actively engaged in the construction or maintenance of landscapes.

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

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

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2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards DBL, LLC

Camelback Collective Commercial Maintenance Under $20,000 Award of Excellence

3131 & 3133 Camelback Commercial Maintenance between $25,001 - $30,000 Award of Excellence

Marina Heights-State Farm Buildings Commercial Maintenance between $100,001 - $150,000 Award of Distinction Terra Verde Commercial Maintenance Under $20,000 Judges Award

Biltmore Commerce Center Commercial Maintenance between $20,001 - $25,000 Award of Excellence




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Sponsored by:

Uptown Plaza Commercial Maintenance Under $20,000 Judges Award

Perimeter Gateway Commercial Maintenance between $30,001 - $50,000 Judges Award

2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Vox Landscape and Construction

Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center Commercial Maintenance between $75,001 $100,000 Judges Award

Sponsored by:

Butcher Residence Single Family Residential Under $25,000 Judges Award

Duane Residence Single Family Residential between $70,001 - $125,000 Judges Award

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2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards ProQual Landscaping

Sponsored by: Club West Homeowners Association Commercial Maintenance between $500,001 - $1,000,000 Judges Award

2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Sun Country Landscape, Inc

Sponsored by:

Cheney Estates Commercial Maintenance between $75,001 - $100,000 Judges Award

Special Thank You to our ALCA Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers Arizona CLA Belgard Hardscapes Civano Growers Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock – a SiteOne Landscape Supply Company

Evergreen Turf, Inc

Kalamazoo Materials

Southwest Sod, Inc

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

LeBaron and Carroll, LLC

Sunrise Nursery, LLC

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

The Synthetic Grass Store/ Arizona Turf Masters

Northwestern Mutual

The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire

Rain Bird Corporation SiteOne Landscape Supply





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West Coast Turf


2020 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors


Arid Zone Trees

Dedicated to providing quality trees to the landscape industry that are appropriate to the Desert Southwest. | (480) 987-9094

Arizona Wholesale Growers

Arizona Wholesale Growers opened in 1982 and now operates on more than 100 acres in North Phoenix and Camp Verde. As a wholesale grower, we sell to landscapers, wholesale and retail nurseries, resorts and golf courses, as well as municipalities and developers. | (623) 581-3100

Brilliance LED, LLC

Brilliance is passionate about leading the landscape lighting industry into a fully energy efficient LED market with only the highest quality products at the most cost-effective prices. We strive to provide honest and exemplary customer service to our network of distributors, contractors, and end users. | (800) 867-2108

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock - a SiteOne Landscape Supply Company

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock offers custom landscape and parking lot curbing, borders and landscape materials serving the Arizona market. Whether you’re a residential or commercial customer we offer the landscape rock and decorative curbing choices you’re looking for. Volume and contractor discounts are available. | (602) 353-1020


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. Monday-Friday 6A-5P Saturday 7A -3P 7540 N 67th Ave, Bldg. A Glendale, AZ 85301 Office 602-353-1020 Fax 602-353-1027


DTR Landscape Development

We are a commercial landscaping contractor that installs complete landscape and irrigation systems on commercial and public buildings throughout Maricopa County. We specialize in athletic fields and all sizes of public schools. Our experienced team works in close partnership with general contractors to bring each project in on time, in budget and with few to no setbacks. | (623) 516-0042


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Foss Nursery Inc

Since 1987, Foss Nursery has been a family-owned date farm located in the Bard Valley of California. In 1999, we began supplying Phoenix dactyliferous for ornamental use and have become a leading provider to the landscape industry today. All work is performed by Foss Nursery employees, assuring consistent quality and on time deliveries. Please contact us for current availability and pricing. | (760) 572-0548

LeBaron and Carroll, LLC

LeBaron & Carroll is dedicated to having knowledgeable, professional employees and providing them a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling work place. We will continue to be a trusted advisor to our clients and a recognized leader in the insurance industry. | (866) 808-1321 / (480) 834-9315

SiteOne Landscape Supply

SiteOne has everything you are looking for with a wide selection of irrigation, lighting, turf and landscape maintenance, nursery and pest control supplies. | 1-800-SITEONE / (800) 748-3663

Sunstate Equipment Co

Sunstate has a full fleet of powerful construction and industrial rental tools and heavy equipment from top brands. Our rental experts can help you find the right equipment for your projects today. | (888) 456-4560 / (602) 275-0601

The Toro Company/Irritrol/Unique Lighting Systems

We strengthen our position as a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf maintenance, snow and ice management, landscape, rental and specialty construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Antony Veraldi / / (480) 270-2020 Brian Whitcher / / (602) 509-4501 Paul Tammelleo / / (602) 315-3637

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Australian Native Plant Growers Extensive Eucalyptus Plantation Paul D. Chambers, C.H.


Specializing in: ♦ Eucalyptus papuana ‘aparrerinja’ ♦ Eremophila – emu bushes ♦ Callistemon varieties ♦ Acacia species ♦ Casaurina “cousin it” ♦ Melaleucas

To schedule delivery or walkabout: Dani, Horticultural Sales Specialist

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What’s New at All Season Wholesale Growers


s a proud supporter of the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association since 2006, many of you already know me and my business – All Season Wholesale Growers. If you have not been to the nursery or just haven’t had the time to stop by, we welcome you to drop in and see our expansion or just visit with the staff. The nursery is stuffed full of beautiful plants and trees and this is the perfect time to prepare and order for fall planting. Tina Heede • Trees – Our expansion has provided the space to offer more trees and we currently have more than 1,500 24” box/25 gallon trees ready to go. We also have a wide variety of trees in 15 gallon. • Shrubs and Vines – four acres of tropical, semi-tropical and low water use shrubs and vines ranging in 1 gallon – 15 gallon. • Accents – we offer a variety of agaves, yuccas, desert spoons, cactus and various low water use, accent plants. • Convenient Location – we are located on 32nd Street, just 2 miles south of Interstate 10 in South Phoenix. • Delivery – we offer delivery on orders larger than $500.00 for $40.00 in town and priced depending on distance outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. • Growing Technology – we use the latest horticultural practices to ensure you are purchasing a healthy tree or plant. From root pruning tree containers to aggressive weed suppression, we want your plants to thrive, once planted on your jobsite. • Dedicated Staff – from hands-on ownership to the production/pulling crew, our main goal is your repeat business. We will do everything we can to get your employees in and out quickly and to provide professional horticultural knowledge in regards to all aspects of your landscape projects. • Clean and organized – we pride ourselves on having a very neat and tidy nursery. Please stop in and see for yourself! We are also proud to announce we added an additional sales person to assist with your bids, plant identification questions and counter assistance. Tina Heede comes with over 30 years of nursery/landscape experience. She would love to give you a tour of the nursery. We hope to see you soon. Visit our website at (602) 276-0230 |




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utting Edge Curbing is a landscape material company aimed at providing competitively priced extruded concrete curbing, landscape materials and products for residential and commercial applications while maintaining superior customer service, quality workmanship and long lasting relationships with the landscaping industry, our community and our customers. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock, a SiteOne Landscape Supply company continues to add products and strive to be your one stop shop for landscape materials and supplies. One call is all it takes to order granite, mulch, curbing, sod, block, flagstone, pavers and more. We are conveniently located off Grand Ave so our friendly staff can

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 13 different styles of curbing to choose from in 16 different Davis colors. We use triple washed sand for a more uniform color 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

load up your materials and supplies quickly and get you on your way in no time. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock is no longer just a curb company. We are a hauling company with a fully stocked retail yard and a proud distributor for Belgard, Southwest Sod, Evergreen Turf, Phoenix Paver, Ackerstone and AZ Best Block. We carry over fifty colors of landscape rock, river products, soil mixes, rip rap and boulders. 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. While you’re there pick up your irrigation supplies. Contractor and landscaper discounts are available as well as volume discounts for material orders over 50 tons. Valley wide delivery is always free on orders of 10 tons or more with no zone minimums to worry about. Same day service is available so if you need something today, don’t hesitate to call and see if we can get you taken care

any large vehicles drive over the curbing. It may be specified when 6×6 or taller curbing is required to hold back an embankment or severe drainage area. We warranty our curbing for one-year against defects in materials and workmanship.

We have new items arriving monthly. Stop in to see why Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock has been helping our customers create curb appeal in the valley for over 13 years. We are located on 67th Avenue on the west side just south of Northern. Our address is 7540 N 67th Ave Unit A Glendale, AZ 85301. Tel. 602-353-1020 Fax. 602-353-1027 Customer Service is #1, when doing business with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock! Web: Email: Orders:

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Evergreen Turf, Inc.


rass in the Desert? Why, Yes! Wherever people live and play, there is a need for grass! COVID has taught us a lot of lessons, (most of them we hope to never repeat), but one of the lessons that resonates with our industry, people more than ever, want to be outdoors. They want fresh air. They want to connect with nature. They want to live a healthy lifestyle. For anyone with small children or pets, that means natural grass under their bare feet! Literally! The pandemic brought better than expected sales to the sod industry last year. The pandemic helped increase the rounds of golf, which in turn, created a demand for sod repair work and upgrades to golf courses. Sports fields are increasing in demand as youth sports are at an all-time high. With a little extra time spent at home for many people, homeowners began to remodel and rejuvenate their living spaces, inside and out. Natural grass saw a huge resurgence as people realized that life outdoors is more pleasant with cool grass underfoot.




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As we face record drought and record heat, many people feel that grass has no place in the desert, but the reality is, if people are going to live in this desert, then the responsible use of grass will be a part of our lives. How do we balance the use of grass while saving water? At Evergreen Turf, our first priority has always been to help our customers find the best grass for their specific needs. Evergreen grows more than 10 different grasses, just for Arizona, each with its own specific use to ensure the success of our recreational space in the Sonoran Desert. TifTuf has made a splash the last few years. After rigorous testing in Arizona and California, we can confirm that it is the most drought tolerant bermudagrass on the market today. You will begin to see it’s use on golf courses and sport fields first. We are beginning to see homeowners request TifTuf as they hope to lower their water bill by using this grass. As landscapes and trees mature, we see shade lines extending into grass areas. No grass can tolerate 100% shade in Arizona, but TifGrand and Palmetto St. Augustine both tolerate as little as 4-6 hours of sunlight. The right grass for the right application! Midiron is still king of our landscape grasses, the main reason, it is the easiest grass to maintain. The easiest to overseed, and the best transitioning grass from overseeding. It can be mowed at 3 inches or half an inch, it is drought tolerant and produces very little thatch. Tifway is still the standard for sports turf and golf course fairways Arizona. A durable hybrid that makes a great playing surface for athletes grown on soil or sand. Tifgreen, once the standard for golf course putting greens, it is now used for high quality fairways, home lawns and even a few, low use sports fields. Honorable mention: Other grasses that have specialized uses are MiniVerde Ultra-dwarf, TifEagle Ultra-dwarf, TifDwarf, and Kurapia. Evergreen Turf was established 22 years ago right here in Arizona. We now have operations in New Mexico, Southwest Texas, and California. No matter which of our farms you deal with, you can be sure that we will help you choose the right grass, for the right location, grown the right way! Contact Evergreen Turf at (480) 456-1199 or online at


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uccessful illumination of modern outdoor living spaces calls for next-generation lighting solutions that emphasize functionality and maximum longevity and performance to elevate any hardscape. Incorporate creativity. By seamlessly merging the interior footprint of a home with FX Luminaire lighting fixtures into your next hardscape design with the a beautifully illuminated hardscape, the home instantly appears much larger, free My List tool at brighter, and more welcoming. Combining elegance and performance in an outdoor lighting system has become a crucial component to maximize clients’ enjoyment of their biggest investments: their homes. To transform hardscapes into dreamscapes, lighting professionals must select and install the right fixtures using the highest-quality LED technology. With a full spectrum of solutions available exclusively via professional distribution channels, FX Luminaire provides limitless potential to create cutting-edge lighting systems for classic and contemporary hardscapes. From walkways and retaining walls, to outdoor kitchens and fully featured entertainment centers, every hardscape application becomes more attractive, valuable, and accessible with an FX Luminaire integrated lighting system. Landscape lighting enhances safety and provides a clear sense of direction Hill & Usher’s Trim Risk for Maintenance or Construction to any walkway. For illuminating pathways, path lights are not the only solution. Softly illuminate nearby structural elements with wall washes or 602.667.1848 • glare-controlled in-grade lights to generate reflective characteristics. Create Hill & Usher • 3033 North 44th Street, #300 • Phoenix, AZ 85018 different effects and ambience by changing how the fixtures project light. By simply swapping out beam angle lenses and controlling intensity with dimmable fixtures, you can create a soft, wide glow across a wall or generate dramatic, narrow columns of light. This strategy works best on relatively smooth, lightcolored surfaces, such as limestone or travertine. Our latest specialty fixture, the SRP Strip Light, makes installation so quick that you’ll have it up in just three simple steps: Simply insert the LED spacer, slide the splice connector into the Mountain States Wholesale Nursery offers over 400 taxa strip plate, and snap the connector clip in place including desert adapted trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, accent and flowering perennials, groundcovers and vines. — that’s it! The SRP uses AC voltage, which We specialize in providing landscape plants that fuse natural means it can be powered with any low-voltage beauty with water efficiency. It is our goal to provide quality lighting transformer. It offers three mounting plant material that integrates the spirit of landscape design, options, and you can add zoning and dimming while reflecting the beauty of the natural desert. capabilities using a Luxor® Controller and Luxor Low-Voltage CUBE. The SRP’s innovative design Mountain States Wholesale Nursery 13803 W Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307 makes it far easier to install strip lighting, even 623-247-8509 if you’ve never done it before. We invite our wholesale customers to visit our nursery, explore Backed by innovative LED technology the variety of plants collected from the deserts of the world of the highest quality, advanced engineering and the innovative introductions produced at our growing for proper sealing, and easy-to-install prodgrounds in Glendale, AZ. ucts, FX Luminaire lighting fixtures offer

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Great News! Increased Tax Credit Available For New 401(K) Plans ALCA offers numerous benefits to its members. One is the opportunity to participate in the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association MEP 401(k) Plan. The U.S. Government offers a tax credit to offset small business retirement plan startup costs. The recently passed SECURE Act increases this credit from 500 per year up to $5,000 per year for three years. The maximum 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 plan for your company and employees. ALCA has partnered with Debbie Norrell from Latitude Retirement, Alan Cox with Northpointe Financial and KTRADE to offer this benefit to members of ALCA. For more details, contact Debbie Norrell at 480-739-2374 or email: . Alan Cox may be contacted at 623-208-3486 or email:

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he overseeding process is complete, the seed has germinated well and it is time to transition into maintenance of the turf for the winter. There are three key components to keeping a healthy lush green lawn through the winter: Mowing, Watering, and Fertilizing


• The first mowing should occur at the 10th to 14th day after germination when the seedlings are two to three inches tall. • Follow the 30% rule for mowing—never remove more than 30% or 1/3 of the leaf at each mowing. This will keep you from pulling out your new young seedlings. • A rotary mower can be set to mow at 2 1⁄4” to 2 3⁄4”. • A reel mower on higher quality turf can mow the turf at 1” to 1 1⁄2”. • Grass should be mowed when dry, with a mower having sharpened blades, kept sharp and frequently sharpened to ensure good cuts. • Remove the clippings during the first mowing. Repeat the mowing when the grass grows about one inch above the set level.


• Approximately 14 days after installation, and after the first mowing, it is time to switch up the watering schedule. The schedule designed to help germinate the seed is not the same needed to maintain established grass. You can begin watering your lawn once a day for eight to ten, up to 15 minutes. • The key now is to water deeply and efficiently. Thirty minutes after watering, the soil should be wet six inches deep. To prevent runoff and pooling, add intervals and reduce time. If there is a dry area, adjust the sprinkler heads accordingly. • After four weeks you can limit the watering to three times a week or less, up to once every three to ten days. It could change according to the temperature variations in your area. • Water established turf in the early morning, when water pressure is high and evaporation is less. • If footprints stay in the grass for more than five minutes, it’s time to turn on the sprinklers. A bluish grey tint also indicates stress and lack of water. • If you have ET or ‘Smart’ controllers, change the setting to “cool season grass”. This will take care of watering your winter lawn until late next spring.


• Your winter lawn will require fertilizing, just like your summer lawn. • Two weeks after seedling emergence, fertilize with ammonium phosphate (16-20-0) at 5 lbs./1000 ft2.

2021 Calendar of Events NOVEMBER 3 ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 1 of 3 Workshop 13 ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Annual Meeting/Awards Gala 10 ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 2 of 3 Workshop 11 Veteran’s Day 17 ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 3 of 3 Workshop 25 - 26 Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed

DECEMBER 8 ALCA Holiday Mixer – Sponsored by Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock 24 Christmas Eve – ALCA Office Closed 25 Christmas Day *Dates Subject to Change*



• Always water immediately after applying fertilizer to prevent foliar burning and to ensure the fertilizer moves into the root zone. • To keep your winter lawn at its best, fertilize every four to six weeks with a complete fertilizer. • If iron deficiency becomes a problem, use a product containing iron that is chelated or chemically formulated to work well on our high pH soils. Some products containing iron may stain concrete or cool decking so be careful during application. • On occasion problems may arise.


• Over-fertilization and/or over watering tend to weaken your turf’s root system and cause it to become weaker over time which in turn can increase a likelihood of frost damage, disease occurrence, and necessitate extra mowing. • Mow winter lawns when grass is dry to minimize spread of disease. By wounding the plant through mowing, while it is wet you increase the likelihood of fungal infection. In addition, you increase the likelihood of spreading the fungus on the blades and tires of the mower and on your shoes. • Do not water at night. • Winter grasses do not have thatch build up requiring thinning or removal. • A healthy lawn will push out weeds and keep them to a minimum. The best defense against weeds is to have a good dense stand of grass. Hand pull weeds if possible. Otherwise, there are a number of excellent chemical controls on the market. • We are fortunate to have very few winter grass related insect problems in Arizona.

Advance Your Nursery and Landscaping Career Earn Your Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) Designation

Set yourself apart in the nursery and landscaping industry by completing the Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) program! This online course is one of the most popular educational programs in the industry and is offered in partnership with the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) and the Maricopa Community Colleges. The course was created as an online study guide designed to increase your horticultural knowledge and to help prepare you to pass the Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) exam.

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Thank you to AF Distributors for hosting the member mixer at Maggiano’s in August. AF Distributors was founded in 1980 and remains privately owned and proudly based in Phoenix, Arizona. We grew from its founding entity ‘Arizona Fasteners Corp’ which began by serving the hardware needs of the local home building community. Today, we are a recognized industry leader and national distributor, supplying and distributing an innovative range of products with life and style in mind. We are honored to serve our community and offer our customers the finest availability of major name brand BBQ Grills, Fireplaces and accessories. To learn more, go to

Belgard Mixer The September 15 ALCA member mixer was hosted by Belgard at their beautiful design center located at 1919 W Fairmont Dr in Tempe. Belgard is a place where the outdoors is always beautiful. Where the smiles never stop. In fact, we’ve built our reputation on fulfilling that dream. Our uncompromising level of quality and craftsmanship sets the standard for hardscapes. And our remarkably natural look and feel is unrivaled in the industry. Since 1995, our locally made and nationally backed products have transformed thousands of residential and commercial properties across North America. We strive to improve our products by spending more than 20,000 hours in research and development every year. Perfecting new products keeps us aligned to current design trends and places Belgard on the cutting edge of manufacturing techniques and technologies. At Belgard, we set the standard for landscape design and innovation. We are committed to providing you and your family with years of outdoor beauty and protection. So, dream big, get inspired, and enjoy a lifetime of outdoor memories with Belgard Hardscapes. Belgard is a brand within the Oldcastle APG Portfolio. For more information on Oldcastle APG and its portfolio of brands, visit the Oldcastle APG website at



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ALCA WORKSHOPS Soils & Fertilizer

In August, Jackie Lyle and Shannon Scott from AAA Landscape each taught one session of ACLP Soils & Fertilizer concurrently to online and in-person students. Over 70 students from all over the state were able to learn about common soil challenges in our area. They learned how to assess soil and how to maximize plant health through feeding the soil and watering appropriately for the soil type. They also learned how to amend soil and calculate fertilizer application rates.

ACLP Irrigation

On September 16, a limited number of in-person students participated in the ACLP Irrigation workshop held in the ALCA office, conference room and outdoor landscape. Doug Donahue with Ewing delivered the main presentation and students received a foundational knowledge of irrigation components and systems. Students were then split up into smaller groups where they got hands-on in the break-out sessions: pipe & sprinklers presented by Margaret Saulsby with RainBird; valves and multi-meters with James Carr of BrightView; and controllers with Brandon Grimes of Rain Bird. This workshop is one of the ten required to receive the ACLP certification but is also the pre-requisite to attend the ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician (ACIT), next held in November. If you missed it, call ALCA and ask about taking the course virtually to meet the requirement. It takes a big crew to teach irrigation and we thank the dedicated volunteers who stepped up to teach this workshop.

ACLP Tree and Shrub Pruning

On August 26, Glenn Fahringer with Earth Care “For All That’s Green”, Inc presented the ACLP Tree & Shrub Pruning workshop to a mix of online and in-person students. Glenn provided basic plant biology as it pertains to pruning, decay, disease and wound closure. Safe use of basic pruning equipment was discussed. The five different types of pruning were discussed: crown cleaning, thinning, elevating, reduction and restoration/ rejuvenation pruning. Students viewed videos demonstrating tree pruning and shrub renovation pruning. Student comment – “Glenn’s passion for trees and their care was inspiring. I appreciated Glenn adding his personal experience and take on certain topics that can only be gained by doing.”


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