ALCA September/October 2017

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September/October 2017

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President’s Message............................................................. 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 7

OPM License Exam Preparatory Courses

ALCA Calendar................................................................... 7

Conducted Weekly

ALCA Government Affairs Update.......................................... 7

W eed & Right of W ay Turf & Ornamental Aquatic W eed Core Exam

ALCA 2016 Excellence Awards........................................ 8-10 The Arizona Construction Industry’s Deadly Airborne Threat.... 12 Basics for Flower Bed Design............................................... 13 ALCA Code of Ethics.......................................................... 13 ALCA Member Profile: Evergreen Turf .................................. 14 ALCA Member Profile: SiteOne............................................ 15

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ALCA Member Profile: Toro................................................. 16 Exit Planning for Business Owners Seminar........................... 16


Member Update - Hunter Industries....................................... 17


Member Update - Arizona CLA............................................ 17


Computerized Estimating Workshop..................................... 17 ALCA Mixer - Arizona Wholesale Growers........................... 18 ALCA Mixer - Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire......................... 20

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Keep Safe During the Overseeding Season........................... 21 ALCP 2017 Schedule......................................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


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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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Refocus Your Business


evin Sheridan, CEO of 80-employee Rutgers Permanent Painting in N.J., was considering refocusing his business on selling a new, higher-quality product, yet he was hesitant to take the leap. What finally pushed him to jump was the use of a coach from a large consulting group which had over 120 global coaching partners. He never looked back.

Peak Performance

Robert Clinkenbeard

As Andre Agassi has said, no one can experi- ALCA President ence peak performance without a coach. Star 2016/17 athletes understand this instinctively. The top leaders at major companies have this support. To think that you know everything which is thrown at you is a sad mistake. We are always learning. In Sheridan’s case, he knew the new product would be better for his customers – and more profitable for the business. However, to make the change, he’d need to stop doing interior painting and other work that brought in a decent amount of revenue. “We had to say no to almost 40% of our client base to say yes to the new business,” he says. That was hard to do. Sheridan and his executive team almost went back to their old business model three or four times. As Sheridan puts it, the coach pulled the whole team “screaming” to the other side where they now have no regrets. “We’re going to have our most profitable year in four years,” says Sheridan, easily justifying the costs of a professional coach.

His company, based in PA, provides medical linen rentals to outpatient medical facilities. One of the biggest challenges with a growing company is communication, especially when employees are working from eight different locations, as is the case at IMAGEFirst. To address this challenge, the company requires supervisors to hold daily huddles to keep their workers informed and engaged, but, says Berstein, “We weren’t always getting it done consistently.” That’s where IMAGEFirst’s coach has helped. At the coach’s suggestion, Berstein began using a point system to track the steps key managers were taking to keep associates engaged, tabulating it weekly. When supervisors took line workers to lunch, for instance, they’d be asked to snap a photo with the employees and email it in to get points for doing so. They used software to document and publish their weekly progress with dashboards that were shared across all divisions of the company. “This process allowed us to hold every GM and senior leader accountable across all locations at IMAGEFirst,” says Berstein.

“A” Players

The coach also worked with the executive team to put better systems in place for attracting and developing talent, helping them to tap into hiring and interviewing techniques such as Topgrading or Culture Index – something the coach helped Sheridan do in upgrading his sales team at Rutgers Permanent Painting. As a result, over several years IMAGEFirst has increased its percentage of “A” players from 52% to 70%. “We weren’t going to be able to do this on our own,” says Berstein. “It’s much more effective when you bring in an outside person to keep you focused.” And an outsider can see weaknesses on your team easier than Coaches vs. Consultants Every company needs a coach. And whereas consultants are expected someone on the inside. Now’s the time to get the company an advocate – a coach that will to bring answers to tough problems, coaches, in contrast, are expected to help you ask the tough questions, drive accountability, upgrade the talent ask the tough questions, helping leaders face the brutal facts and uncover throughout the organization, and operate at peak performance. It’s one of the real problems that need solved in the first place. Coaches also help facilitate decision-making, challenge organizations the most important investments you can make. to work at their peak performance, and hold the whole executive team Sincerely, (including the CEO and Owner) accountable. Robert Clinkenbeard, ALCA President 2016/17 In addition to a company coach, I encourage each leader to find an individual peer coach, something Marshall Goldsmith, a top executive coach and author, recommends.

Company Advocate

In previous articles and other presentations, I discussed how a company can be thought of as a unique living, breathing organism. As such, it needs an advocate – someone on the outside helping the CEO/Owner identify what the team can do to help it thrive – and also the ways in which the leadership team can choke off growth. Coaches must not be afraid to push your buttons to get to the truth. You’ll know your coach is onto something when you’re so pissed off that you’re ready to fire him or her. Of course, that’s a sign that you’re working with the right person. You need your coach to hold your team’s feet to the fire so they do the right thing for your business as this coach did for Sheridan’s business.

Accountability Driver

The accountability that a coach brings to an organization is one of the most powerful benefits. Ask Jeff Berstein, CEO of IMAGEFirst.




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Labor and Workplace Development


ach year, the ALCA Board of Directors takes another day out of their busy schedules to meet and set short and long term goals for the association. After sending out the annual survey to ALCA members, the board analyzed the results and set aggressive action plans to carry out the needs of the members. When asked how you would rate ALCA in Judy Gausman terms of value it brings to your business, over 87% indicated a good to excellent response. The most ALCA CEO common response to what would bring additional value to membership was to create a stronger voice and assertive effort for labor. While some may not always be aware of what is going on behind the doors of the ALCA office, the Government Affairs committee has been in the process of creating a white paper to address the financial impact of a limited labor supply, specific lost tax revenue, lost consumer spending, the impact of E-Verify in AZ, green card quantity supply, H2B Visa programs and much more. As we continue to gather information, we will keep you informed of the progress and the feedback we receive from our legislators. Along with the shortage of labor, members indicated a need for workplace development. ALCA has partnered with the Arizona Department of Education and incorporated the AZ Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) and the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) programs in the agriculture department in Arizona high schools. This was initiated three years ago and continues to grow. ALCA’s Education Coordinator, Kasey Billingsley, spent a weekend this past July instructing more high school teachers so that they can present the material to their students. All students may take the ACLP and SLM exams throughout the course of their junior and senior years and graduate with both certifications. To encourage a great participation, ALCA offers these exams at no cost to the high school students. We anticipate that students will be able to learn and explore many aspects of landscaping and encourage them to look at careers in the green industry beyond their high school years.

Chapman has been in the commercial truck business for over 30 years, and we’re still family owned and operated. That means you can count on an old-fashioned commitment to quality, service and caring. Things that seem to be missing in business lately. But at Chapman, we’ve always placed a higher value on reputation than on finances. Maybe that’s why we’ve got the highest customer service index in Arizona. We lease and sell the best commercial vehicles available. We back them up with the best customer service in the Valley, including dedicated commercial service facilities. Plus, we respect and appreciate your bottom line, so we make the deal fit. And we do it all with a big smile and a warm handshake. Yes, you can buy or lease a truck anywhere. But there’s only one Chapman Experience.

Respectfully, Judy Gausman, CEO


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2017 Calendar of Events September 4 12

Labor Day – ALCA Office Closed Computerized Budget & Estimating Workshop – ALCA Office 19 Exit Planning for Business Owners Seminar 20 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation 21 ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office 23 ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office 23 ACLP Irrigation – Tucson 27 Tucson Member Mixer – Sponsored by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery 28 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office

October 14 18 19 21 24 25 26

ACLP Plant Problems – Tucson Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by RDO Equipment ACLP Plant Problems – ALCA Office ACLP Plant Problems – ALCA Office ALCA Board Meeting Irrigation Tech I ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office

November 18

Awards Program – The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 18 ALCA Annual Membership Meeting 23 Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed *Dates Are Subject To Change*

ALCA Government Affairs Update


ach time ALCA has surveyed the membership, Government Affairs and the issues covered by this committee consistently rank near the top in order of importance. This is for good reason as each administration, federal or state, makes changes in policy or just in philosophy which affects the way you do business. Small business is continually mentioned in political speeches as, “The backbone of our economy.” The Small Business Administration in Arizona statistics indicates that small businesses (less than 500 employees) employ 44.4% of all Arizona jobs and make up 99.4% of all businesses in Arizona. Given these numbers, ALCA, along with other local trade organizations often reference our membership numbers to gain political clout. As a member of the ALCA you should be proud that with over 440 member companies, we represent approximately 30,000 employees in Arizona. Numbers alone do not provide the political clout to open doors; however it does help get us noticed so much so that we are continually asked to partner or support political movements. For this reason we partner with likeminded associations to help leverage the cost of lobbyists and people represented. Two of those groups are the Arizona Subcontractors Coalition (ASCC), and the Arizona Pest Control Professional Organization (AzPPO). With these groups we have been able to provide our input on several pieces of legislation that have passed, were voted down, and are in progress. Another hot item is the regulation of unlicensed contracting. The cost of doing business as a registered contractor is clearly much higher than someone who is unlicensed. Additionally, the risk to the consumer is greater without the protection of bonding, and insurance. We have met with the ROC Director Jeff Fleetham, and his staff council and director of PR to discuss proposed changes to licensing. Although it is a lengthy process, the ROC is proposing to opt out of a dual license. Upon renewal, licensees are allowed (not forced) to retain their dual classification, switch to a residential-only license, or switch to a commercial-only license and by doing so increase flexibility for a business to choose what is most appropriate for their business. Beyond recreating residential-only and commercial-only licenses eliminated in 2014, the proposed rulemaking also amends the scope of work permitted by CR-21 Landscaping and Irrigation Systems. Changes to a commercial C-21 Hardscaping and Irrigation Systems and residential R-21 Hardscaping and Irrigation Systems expands the scope to represent a more accurate description of work performed by the industry under that classification and enables subcontracting of gas, electrical and plumbing as needed. A couple feathers in our cap over the past few years have been the changes within the chemical application legislation. We were able to protect the landscaper exemption for “spritzing” weeds and even provide a better definition to clarify enforcement. When the state ran the budget for fees and grossly under projected revenues that negatively affected our industry, we attended advisory board meetings as well as met with the Deputy Director of Agriculture to make sure the next budget properly reflected fees that were fair to our industry which resulted in significant reductions. On another front, the transaction privilege tax (TPT) has been a thorn in our side for years and apparently for the state as well. As legislators attempted to “simplify” this tax, we, with the help of our fellow subcontractors, were able to point out significant and devastating flaws in their simplification. This was a team effort that saved thousands upon thousands of dollars for contractors. Although this subject is still clear as mud, we are hoping this next legislative session will produce a bill led by Senator Karen Fann who has been a big supporter of Arizona contractors. To contact your representative, please visit ALCA.ORG and choose the Advocacy page from the resource tab. Thank you, Matthew Johnson, SLM, ACLP Certified Sustainable Landscape Management Professional A0911-03 Arizona Certified Landscape Professional A11114-567

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Awards of Excellence

2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Santa Rita Landscaping Commercial Installation $500,001- $1,000,000 University of Arizona Environmental & Natural Resources PH 2-ENR In construction there is an ever increasing push towards sustainability and the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) building is at the forefront. We quickly made it a priority to add this innovative project to our portfolio and were able to bring this project to life. Literally. The five story irrigation system, the plant selection, and creativity with rock work all form an intricate part of this incredible man-made slot canyon ecosystem. However, ENR was not without its challenges. We successfully worked through each challenge such as importing over 600 tons of lightweight soil from California, installing geofoam underneath the stacked rock work and decomposed granite patios, to reduce weight, and installing netafim drip irrigation throughout each level. Recycled irrigation and rainwater flow throughout each level of ENR and eventually collect in a water basin on the ground level. This project has become a pioneer for resourceful and creative landscaping.

Pascale Land Design Residential Redesign $50,001- $150,000 Dady Residence The homeowners of this large property located in Cave Creek were looking for a wow factor. We were called in to revamp and redesign their existing landscape. The large concrete wok pot when approaching the home adds seasonal color and texture to the space. Mature specimen cacti line the walkway to the home’s front entrance while well- placed LED lighting brings the beautiful landscape to life. Generously sized boulders create anchor points and provide a natural backdrop with cacti and hardy, drought- resistant plants that add color and texture. The combination of plants, boulders, mounding and stone creates interest through shapes, textures, and color. Attention was given to the design elements such as space, balance, proportion, and repetition.


Blooming Desert Construction; Brian Wolynia- Mike Bateman Residential Redesign Over $350,000 Elardo Residence

Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance $30,001- $40,000 Royal Ranch

The owners of this property love to entertain. They hoped that their yard could be an inviting space to enjoy with friends. The previous layout featured an old pool that took up a large portion of the yard and was rarely used. The home lacked character and had an inconspicuous “front” entrance on the side of the house. We removed the pool and developed an appealing, full-utility entertainment area, taking advantage of every opportunity to showcase the gorgeous views of the nearby Camelback Mountain range. Redesigning the paver driveway helped to define the home’s entrance and provide an unforgettable first impression to arriving guests. The master plan for this project included all exterior construction completed at the residence.

Desert Classic has had the privilege of serving the Royal Ranch’s landscape maintenance needs for over 6 years. They have recently completed several enhancement projects that include a granite replenishment program involving the installation of over 3500 tons of granite to top dress common areas. Residents continue to enjoy the benefits of a renovation pruning program with an abundance of color from the shrubs and trees throughout the year. This includes a recently completed large replanting project to bump up the color and variety to many of the street common areas as well as the corners. The many landscape projects and programs the residents at Royal Ranch have worked hard to approve have greatly enhanced, freshened, and updated the common areas of the community. Their dedication in working with the team at Desert Classic has been and continues to be mutually beneficial and rewarding.



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Awards of Distinction

Solana Outdoor Living Residential Redesign $50,001- $150,000 Gschendtner/Bertram Residence Agave Environmental Contracting Inc Commercial Installation $500,001- $1,000,000 El Mirage Road

SAVE THE DATE Integrated Landscape Management LLC Single Family Residential Installation $75,001- $125,000 Alvarez Residence

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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ALCA’s EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPING AWARDS PROGRAM The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 2:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting 5:00 pm Silent Auction and Cocktails 7:00 pm Awards Program

Recognize your employees, property managers and clients by allowing them to accept awards on stage with you. Receive industry recognition. Have fun with fellow colleagues and friends.

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Blooming Desert Construction; Brent Gentry- Mike Bateman Single Family Residential Installation Over $500,000 Downey Residence

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2016 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Judges Awards

Pascale Land Design Single Family Residential Installation $75,001- $125,000 R & R Resort

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Installation $500,001- $1,000,000 The Meadows Parcel 12A

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $30,001- $40,000 Boulders 5th Green

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Residential Redesign $50,001- $150,000 Hoyme Residence

Valley Rain Landscape & Maintenance Inc. / Cal Atlantic Homes Model Homes Installation Villa Del Lago Model Homes

Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance $30,001- $40,000 Arcadia Groves

Santa Rita Landscaping Model Homes Installation Pulte Homes Sierra Morado Models

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $125,001 - $150,000 Steele Residence

Solana Outdoor Living Single Family Residential Installation $170,001- $200,000 Private Residence

Desert Classic Landscaping Commercial Maintenance $30,001- $40,000 Wooddale Village




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The Arizona Construction Industry’s Deadly Airborne Threat Arizona’s Hidden Construction Site Hazard OSHA lists four main hazards for construction workers. This includes falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught between objects. In Arizona, there is another hazard: breathing. Our extreme climate turns out to be extremely hospitable to the Coccidiodes fungus, the agent that causes Valley fever. Construction workers, builders and landscapers are exposed to it daily without warning. Valley fever is a systemic infection. Victims are exposed by breathing in fungal spores, often after a period of high winds. Not everyone who is exposed develops the disease. Many report flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. In other cases, Valley fever causes serious lung infections, pneumonia, and even death. Arizonans Are at Greater Risk The Coccidiodes fungus can be found in the soil and dust in the Southwest. This map shows the native or “endemic” areas where Coccidiodes has been found. The highest concentration is in Arizona, which had twice as many cases of Valley fever in 2012 than any other state. According to the CDC, almost 75 percent of Valley fever victims miss work or school. Up to 40 percent must be hospitalized, at an average cost of nearly $50,000. For large-scale contractors and builders, this presents a severe risk to their business and employees. It is not just a matter of knowing what is in the soil. Summer dust storms bring contaminated dust from wide areas. The fungus can coat homes, roofs, patios, and anything else that is exposed to the air. On construction sites, dust containing Valley fever settles on the ground, as well as on tools and equipment. Normal work activities stir up the dust, making it impossible for workers to avoid breathing it in. Keeping Workers Safe On the Job Hard hats and steel-toed boots are a traditional part of the construction worker’s safety equipment. Protecting workers from an airborne danger is more difficult. Gloves can make detail work challenging. While masks and respirators are a good option in a factory setting, they are not practical for the men and women whose work exposes them to the Arizona heat and sun. There is a better way to protect the construction workforce. Pressure washing, followed by regular high pressure misting, can keep the fungus out of the air. Valley fever fungus is hardy. Cleaning must be done using high-pressure washers and specific solutions which are microbial in nature. The same care should be taken when spraying the ground under and around the worksite. Treatments should be repeated as necessary, especially after a haboob. Construction companies wishing to implement these precautions should contact a pressure washer expert to learn what chemical solutions to use and which pressure washing equipment will perform best at their site. Misting is often used smartly to combat the lack of humidity in Arizona, but it can also protect businesses, employees, and residential areas from Valley fever. Any outdoor area can be equipped with a misting system (purchased or rented), whether it is a large sports complex, a school, a single-family home, or a construction site. As a landscape contractor, consider offering another service to your clients by providing misting systems to transform their outdoor living spaces into a cool, comfortable, and pleasant and healthier environment for their family, friends and pets to relax and play. Elizabeth Houde, Chief Operating Officer, Pressure Systems, Inc. - Mist Air. 1646 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ. 85034




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Basics for Flower Bed Designs Article by Nate Wallace, Armstrong Growers


here are many different ways to approach the design concepts for a landscape flower bed. All of us have different likes and dislikes that can carry over into what we find eye pleasing in landscape designs. I have had many opportunities to work with people that absolutely love flowers to those who look at them as a necessary evil that they must provide for their customers. Regardless of where you fall in this spectrum, here are some basic suggestions that will work for everyone. The very first suggestion is to do your research and stay current of new trends. New flower varieties are arriving every year. This may scare some people away that are more comfortable using the tried and true plants that have always worked for them in the past. That is not always the best decision due to host-specific insect, fungus and disease problems. New varieties can be exciting and help your flower beds stand out and keep you on the forefront of an ever-changing industry. Some people are trailblazers and have a need to be the first to try new plants when they become available. When doing the research we have many factors to consider: flower color, bloom size, plant height and width, bloom time and leaf texture and color. The flower bed design can be as basic as the old adage to Thrill, Fill and Spill. Do you have an unusual or interesting plant that can be used as a focal point or the Thrill? The Fill can be a fuller, faster growing plant to cover the space of the bed and also provide a different leaf texture or color. The Spill

will be a lower-growing plant to outline the bed and provide a border or frame to your design. When designing the bed it is ideal to consider replacement requirements. A flower bed that has an intricate design and specific colors can be very dramatic. Keep in mind, if the bed is very specific in design and color, you will need to replace any casualties with the same exact plant. If the bed is an assortment of different plants it will be much easier to replace plants. If you are working in a problematic area, it is better to use an assortment of flowers, the same flower with a mix of colors, or make sure replacement plants will be available. Another very important thought to consider is the purpose of the bed and how will it be viewed. Will people be walking by this bed or will they be driving by in their car? Walk-by beds need to be planted fuller and maintained with a higher level of diligence than a bed that is viewed from a car window. Will they see it during daylight or evening hours? Some flower varieties will close in the evening and that would not be ideal for a business that receives traffic during those hours. After all of these suggestions are considered, it can still be a challenge to work with the customer and come up with a final plan for the design. Before meeting with them, make sure you are properly prepared for any questions they might ask. They will be impressed when you have properly researched and are ready and able to respond appropriately to their questions and concerns. A well thought out flower bed can be a work of art that your customers will enjoy. It can be a wonderful blessing to experience the enjoyment of beautiful flowers on a daily basis. Come to think of it, that is how I spend most of my days.

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association CODE OF ETHICS • Will utilize general landscaping knowledge and skills for the greatest good of the landscaping industry and society, and will actively pursue a program that is environmentally responsible. • Will be honest in all communications concerning the services qualified to offer and the benefits to be expected. • Will bid/install/maintain job according to plans and specifications, or so state during the bid where the bid deviates from the specifications, and will factually represent to the owner or his agent the implications and the costs and/or savings of any changes proposed.

• Will follow all federal, state and local laws. • Will avoid making unfounded statements that might in any way injure the professional reputation of another member of the landscape industry. • Will not aggressively recruit the employees of other landscape companies. • Will uphold the principle of adequate compensation for those employees engaged in the landscape construction and maintenance profession as essential to maintain the high standards expected of the landscape industry. • Will actively promote safe working conditions for all employees and subcontractors.

• Will pay suppliers and subcontractors in a timely manner, and will not withhold any monies owed except for retentions that are clearly agreed upon prior to receiving materials and/or services. • Will stand 100% behind all services and materials supplied and will promptly correct any mistakes for which you are responsible. • Will make this Code of Ethics a part of their daily business practice, and will ensure that all of their employees adhere to the same set of principles.

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vergreen Turf turns 18 this year. It is hard to believe that they have been in the industry for 18 years already. What started out as the dream of Jeff Nettleton to simply grow high quality sod for landscape contractors on a small scale has turned into so much more. Jeff teamed up with Jimmy Fox to help acquire financing for his small dream, never realizing how the strengths of the two of them would dove-tail so well together, bringing innovation, agronomy, marketing, and quality standards that would be recognized throughout the sod industry. Jeff and Jimmy began with 120 acres in Eloy, Arizona, that has now blossomed into over 2,500 acres servicing five states. Evergreen has operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, San Diego, California, and Arizona. Evergreen is now growing 16 different types of sod, meeting the needs of landscape contractors, golf courses, and sports turf managers in Nevada, California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Here is a list of some of the grasses they currently grow:

Cool Season: Sandia Bluegrass, Siempre Verde Tall Fescue, Park Blend, and Performance Tall Fescue. Warm Season: Midiron, Tifway 419, Tifgreen 328, TifEagle, MiniVerde, TifDwarf, Palmetto St. Augustine, Latitude 36, TifTuf, and Celebration. Evergreen also grows many of these on sand for sports fields, such as Latitude 36, Tifway 419, and Tifgreen 328. Evergreen does more than simply grow the best quality turf, they are dedicated to providing exceptional service. Orders can be delivered with as little as 24 hours’ notice. If you prefer to buy your sod when you order irrigation, plants, or soil amendments, then you can simply place your order with your favorite supplier! That’s right! Evergreen has teamed up with the best landscape suppliers in the industry so you can order sod while you are ordering your other materials. Evergreen has partnered with Ewing Irrigation, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Horizon, and now Pioneer Sand and Rock. If you are buying plants at A&P Nurseries, Harpers, or Rillito in Tucson, you can simply place your order for sod while ordering your plants. Evergreen’s reputation for quality and service has earned them high praise in the sports field industry. Evergreen was chosen to supply the new Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in Scottsdale this year with sand based Tifway 419. They were also chosen to custom grow Latitude 36 on sand for the new Los Angeles Football Club this year, along with the club’s new practice facility. Evergreen will also be supplying sod to two 10 field soccer complexes in New Mexico and Texas this year. Add to that the nine soccer fields that they converted to Latitude 36 in Las Vegas, and you begin to see the demands that Evergreen can meet. The pinnacle of Evergreen’s sports turf customers is, of course, the Ari90” Tree Spade zona Cardinals. Evergreen has been supplying the Cardinals with all their Please contact grassing needs since 2006 and has garnered the reputation of having the best field in the NFL for 10 years. Evergreen is not just a supplier to the Bonnie Ervine Cardinals, but a “Proud Partner” of the Arizona Cardinals, which speaks phone 602-541-7762 volumes to the relationship between the two. fax 623-772-0205 Front yard or back yard, ball field or model home, they have the right grass, delivered at the right time, installed the right way, no matter how big or small your needs. Contact Evergreen Turf at (480) 456-1199 or online at

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his is a demanding business, where respect and peace of mind can be hard to find. SiteOne Landscape Supply strives to make your job easier, through a wide-ranging product inventory, leading service, and a host of benefits designed to help you build better landscapes and win. SiteOne is the one place that always has what you need, along with the local experts who understand what it takes to succeed.

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Don’t waste valuable time running from supplier to supplier. SiteOne has everything you’re looking for—starting with a broad array of hardscape products, material and know-how. And, when the project calls for more, SiteOne offers a wide selection of irrigation, lighting, turf and landscape maintenance, nursery and pest control supplies. Make every moment of your workday count—go to the one destination that has it all.

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You’ll stop at nothing to exceed your customer’s expectations. The associates at SiteOne will do the same for you. Stop into any one of the five, conveniently located Arizona stores to find local experts with decades of experience, who know what it takes to deliver exceptional landscapes in the challenging Southwest climate. You’ll also benefit from support that can only come from the green industry’s No. 1 supplier, whether it’s our unmatched product selection, exclusive training or help estimating jobs.

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Looking for a loyalty program that delivers real value? Ask about the SiteOne Partners Program. You can earn points on qualifying purchases, redeemable for retail gift cards and valuable training programs like SiteOne University and our annual Winter Business Meeting. In addition, you will have access to Business Solutions for deep discounts on services from Sprint, Verizon, Office Depot and more.

Services You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

Not every solution is found on a shelf. With value-added service for every milestone of your green industry journey, SiteOne is always there to help you operate your business professionally and profitability. From helping you find qualified leads through Project Services, to helping you bid jobs faster using Px3, we can help you find a competitive edge.

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Think of SiteOne as more than a supplier— think of it as a partner. At SiteOne, the experts behind the counter go beyond the call. Many of these experienced associates are former hardscape, irrigation or turf care professionals themselves, and all of them are prepared to help you make the informed decisions necessary to grow your business.

Doing Whatever It Takes

This is an industry that requires a relentless, 24/7/365 commitment. SiteOne associates are ready to meet almost any need, no matter the time or place, striving every day toward a standard of ity products and service to its customers. The excellence. Fulfilling your orders with the highest combined companies that make up SiteOne hold possible efficiency, SiteOne can even direct ship or over 45 years of success in the industry, based on deliver your products right to the job site. value-added customer service. Ready to put this experience to work and build Proud Past, Bright Future The largest wholesale landscape supply dis- something truly great? Visit to learn tributor in North America today, SiteOne builds more about what we have to offer and find the on a long-standing tradition of providing qual- store nearest you. September/October 2017








The Toro Company their mission statement is: “Our purpose is to help our customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. This is our legacy, our purpose, our commitment to both the customers we serve and the generations to come.” This mission shows true in their residential and commercial irrigation division.

Leveraging cutting-edge wireless communication and sensing technologies, Toro’s line of Sentinel® central control products offers maximum flexibility and control in an easy-to-use package for sites both large and small.



All the parts of an irrigation system (controller, valves, sprinklers) work together to ensure your customer’s landscape is watered properly. Toro WaterSmart® products can be retrofitted or added to any system to provide more efficient use of water while maintaining healthy landscapes. Incorporate WaterSmart solutions throughout the whole system to ensure optimum water savings.

Drip is one of the most efficient methods of irrigation. With innovative products like DL2000™ subsurface dripline with ROOTGUARD®, Toro’s line of landscape drip products takes watering efficiency to the next level. For more information on Toro irrigation products for residential and/or commercial landscapes, please contact Paul Tammelleo at or 602-315-3637 or Brian Whitcher at or Whether you need a spray solution for 602-509-4501. turf lawns, slopes, medians, high traffic, or ® high wind locations, Toro spray bodies provide the options you are looking for. Traditional MPR to high efficiency water management solutions, Toro nozzles provide reliable easy-to-use products with the latest in water saving technology.



Dependable, reliable performance is what you will find with Toro rotors for residential, commercial and sports field applications. In addition, you will also find innovative features such as NO TOOLS arc adjustment, higher pop-up heights and some of the most efficient nozzles in the industry.


A critical part of any irrigation system, Toro valves are available in a wide variety of sizing, materials and options to meet the most demanding needs.

Exit Planning For Business Owners Seminar

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From standard to advanced irrigation control, Toro irrigation controllers meet the needs of the most demanding users. Innovative sensing and wireless communication capabilities give users even more control over water savings and maintaining healthy landscapes.


With today’s focus on sustainable landscapes, Toro sensors have proven significant water savings and control for both residential and commercial applications.




September/October 2017

WHEN: September 19th 9:30 am—11:30 am WHERE: ALCA Office Conference Room 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale, AZ 85254 COST: $25 ($35 a�er Friday September 15th)

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How, when and who will I sell my business to? Will it be enough to provide nancial independence for me and my family? What will happen to my business if something happens to me or a key employee? Am I doing everything I can do to recruit, reward and retain my key employees?



unter is proud to introduce our robust new ICV-R reclaimed water valve. Specially designed for optimum performance in reclaimed water systems, the ICV-R is engineered with ultra-durable, chlorineresistant materials perfect for non-potable water applications. Reclaimed water systems are becoming more common, and they generally contain high concentrations of chlorine and other contaminants that expedite the degradation of irrigation valves. Exposure to these chemicals lessens the valves’ effectiveness and shortens their overall lives in the field. “With the ICV-R, contractors and landscape designers have a powerful tool built to withstand the unique wear and tear caused by contaminated, highly chlorinated water,” said Daniel Hunter, Product Marketing Manager. “This allows them to pursue more reclaimed water projects.” As an update to our popular ICV valve, the ICV-R has all the features and benefits of its predecessor, but has been optimized for reclaimed water use. The diaphragm is made from tough, chlorine-resistant EPDM rubber, which significantly lengthens the valve’s field life. Filter Sentry™ comes standard with the ICV-R, keeping the diaphragm filter screen free of debris often found in reclaimed water. In addition, the purple flow control knob and ID tag allow for easy field identification.

COMPUTERIZED ESTIMATING WORKSHOP For Landscape Maintenance & Design/Build Firms Presented By: Jim Huston, J.R. Huston Consulting, Inc


rizona CLA is a premier, licensed general contractor providing second tier subcontracting services to our valued clients. CLA specializes in helping landscape companies grow and become more profitable by providing a safe outlet in which to turn, as your labor needs change. Hiring and firing personnel along with managing hours, payroll and injuries are the hardest part of running a company. Yet you don’t want to subcontract your work to a competitor for fear they will steal your contractor or the job for which you are working. The thought of subcontracting the job is alluring, but until now has been too risky. That is where CLA shines. We sign non-compete agreements with clients to insure you can have peace of mind that we are there to help. This means that CLA will never compete with your company for any jobs; instead you may bid larger jobs knowing that we are there to help you with your labor demands. Our W-2 employees are fully licensed and insured and go through extensive safety training, so when you contract with CLA, you know your jobs will be completed on time, correct, the first time and safely. We would like the opportunity to sit down in person and discuss your needs and work with you to see if you and your company would be a good fit with CLA to create a partnership that allows you to make more money with less hassle. Don’t hesitate to call or email Alex @ (480) 259–6513 /

This estimating workshop is designed to help you improve your estimating methods & financial management By attending, you will:  Receive free copies of the MS Excel worksheets that fully analyze a company and point out opportunities for fast improvement:  Receive budget program for preparing annual budgets  Receive bid evaluation worksheets for calculating crew rates, service rates, etc.  Receive Bid Board software for tracking all bids  Receive equipment cost per hour calculator  Prepare your 2018 budget and future annual budgets  Learn how to calculate your true costs more accurately  Learn what to charge for your services and products  Learn your break-even point(s) and know when to say when  Computerize your estimating and job costing  Have the tools to make you more survivable in the current economy  Calculate costs specific to your individual company WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE WORKSHOP?  A laptop computer with MS Excel, a CD drive and/or USB port  A Calculator (with extension cord if necessary)  Note pad, pens and pencils  State Unemployment rate  Workers’ compensation insurance (WCI) rates/policy  General liability insurance rates/policy  Medical insurance costs  Most recent year-end Profit & Loss (P & L) statement

WHEN: September 12, 2017 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


5425 E Bell Rd, #105 Scottsdale, AZ 85254


$195 and $150 for each additional participant from company Non-Members $300

REGISTER HERE OR ALCA.ORG/CALENDAR Class size is limited to the first 24 participants!! NO refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 7 days prior to the course or no shows.

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Arizona Wholesale Growers Sponsors the July Phoenix Member Mixer


rizona Wholesale Growers had the pleasure of hosting the July 19th ALCA Member Mixer at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at Desert Ridge. The members enjoyed raffle prizes provided by AZ Wholesale Growers and the 50/50 raffle proceeds of $170 were designated toward the ALCA Scholarship Fund. AWG opened in 1982 and now operates on more than 100 acres in North Phoenix and Camp Verde. As a wholesale grower, they sell to landscapers, wholesale and retail nurseries, resorts and golf courses, as well as municipalities and developers. They grow plants sized from 2" liners to 48" box trees, in a range of varieties designed to create and landscape from start to finish in a multitude of design styles. Although they have the largest selection of cacti and succulents in the valley in various sizes, they also grow ornamental shrubs and trees to supply any residential or commercial project. Their superior hybrid Palo Verdes, the Sonoran Emerald, the Palo Rojo, and their new hybrid mesquite, the Crown Jewel have proven to be very popular with low maintenance and will enhance any landscape. Arizona Wholesale Growers, Inc. 24032 N 19th Avenue Phoenix AZ 85085-1862 P: (623) 581-3100 | F: (623) 581-9984 Suncrest Nursery 4204 E Lone Mountain Road Phoenix AZ 85331 P: (480) 488-1968 | F: (480) 488-8859

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SURPRISE SCOTTSDALE 623-583-6307 480-585-3266

CHANDLER 480-802-6508

MESA LANDSCAPE 480-986-5800


MESA BLOCK YARD 480-984-0099


Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire Sponsors ALCA Mixer


hank you to Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire for sponsoring the June 21st Member Mixer in Phoenix. Headquartered in San Marcos, California since 1981, Hunter Industries is a family-owned global company that provides high-quality, efficient solutions for the irrigation and landscape lighting industries. The diverse array of Hunter irrigation and FX Luminaire lighting products can be seen everywhere — from single and multi-family homes to stadiums, national landmarks, commercial complexes, and municipal buildings around the world. Hunter Industries is proud to announce that Trae Sadler has joined their team as Sales Manager for the Arizona territory. Trae was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. He began his career in the landscape industry when he was 14 mowing lawns and doing basic sprinkler repairs for a local maintenance company. After graduating from high school, Trae felt fortunate to get a job at John Deere Landscapes while attending Salt Lake Community College. As John Deere Landscapes progressed and transformed into SiteOne Landscape Supply, so did Trae. He started out as a seasonal driver and through the years moved into an Inside Sales position, and then became Product Manager and finally Branch Manager for SiteOne Landscape Supply. In the beginning of May, Trae accepted the position as Sales Manager for Hunter Industries relocating from Salt Lake City to this amazing Phoenix area. Trae is a sports enthusiast and in his spare time enjoys playing indoor and sand volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, skiing, hiking, climbing and going to the movies. Trae looks forward to contributing to Hunter’s 35-year history of success and working with their loyal customers and partners. You may reach Trae at or his cell at (480) 390-5837.




September/October 2017


Keep Safe During the Overseeding Season

Register at

DATES: Sept 21 or 23 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Irriga�on— IA CEUs approved Common irriga�on components Basic hydraulics Calculate precipita�on rates Irriga�on controller programming Installa�on techniques Drip irriga�on and smart controllers Water management tools

DATE: Sept 23 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 TIME: 8:00 AM—12:00 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

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

Gather health, safety & pes�cide use informa�on from product


ith the winter overseeding process right around the corner, make sure to keep yourself and your employees safe. Overseeding is one of the busiest times for landscape contractors in Arizona. Make sure everyone is wearing the proper PPE to protect themselves from hazards.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment):

• Safety Glasses - safety glasses with side shields are a good form of eye protection for general use to prevent flying debris and or objects from coming into contact with your eyes. • Dust masks - They can provide comfort against hot air and nuisance (non-toxic) dusts, fumes, or mists to protect against discomfort. • Hearing protection - Exposure to high noise levels can cause hearing loss or impairment. It can create physical and psychological stress. There is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, so the prevention of excessive noise exposure is the only way to avoid hearing damage • Work gloves - Not all gloves protect you from all hand injuries. Check the appropriateness of the glove for the task before using them. • Hats – The chance for heat stroke and skin cancer are greatly increased without protection from the sun’s rays landing onto someone’s head, face, ears and neck. • High visibility long sleeved shirt & pants - Flying debris is the primary risk when mowing. The clothes you wear should protect you from any flying debris without adding any other dangers, such as the clothes getting caught in moving parts. • Boots - Your feet are near the spinning blades and flying debris the entire time you mow, especially when using a push mower. Close-toed shoes are essential to keeping your feet protected. Choose sturdy shoes made from thick material, such as leather work boots. Check the soles for holes before wearing the shoes for mowing.

labels Mix, load and apply pes�cides so that the product is applied correctly and evenly Reduce the risk of contamina�on to us, other people, animals and the environment by applying pes�cides responsibly Prevent, recognize & respond to pes�cide‐related emergencies Properly calibrate pes�cide applica�on equipment

DATE: Sept 28 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATES: October 19 or 21 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Differen�ate between plant stress disorders and biological diseases Sco�sdale 85254 Discuss the importance of proper plant care in an urban TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Plant Problem Diagnosis— PMD, ISA CEUs approved


Iden�fy common insects & weeds and recommend appropriate

management techniques Determine if a pathogen is present and if it is treatable Iden�fy plant nutrient deciencies and how to treat accordingly

Safety & Tools— ISA CEUs approved

 Selec�on, use and maintenance of non‐power tools  Hedge trimmer safety  Trimmer and brush cu�er safety  Chain saw safety  Truck and trailer safety presented by a DPS Officer  Rules and regula�ons that apply to your vehicles  Pre‐trip inspec�ons for trucks and trailers  Weight limits and types of registra�on

DATE: October 14 — Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC Tucson, AZ 85709 TIME: 8:00 AM—12:00 PM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

DATE: October 26 — ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd #105 Sco�sdale 85254 TIME: 7:30 AM—11:30 AM COST: $60 ALCA Member / $120 Non Member

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

September/October 2017





Courtesy Chevrolet (866) 809-7065 Please see our ad on page...................20 INSURANCE SERVICES

Hill & Usher (602) 667-1848 Please see our ad on page.....................5 Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc. (800) 628-8735 Please see our ad on page...................11 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply (800) 343-9464 Please see our ad on page.....................2 Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) Please see our ad on page...................11 Hunter Industries (858) 535-8000 Please see our ad on page...................23 LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION TRAINING/ TESTING

Metro Institute (602) 452-2901 Please see our ad on page.....................3 LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT DEALER

Stotz Equipment (520) 631-7145 Please see our ad on page.....................4 LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

Grand Materials (623) 875-7000 Please see our ad on page...................19 LIGHTING

Brilliance LED, LLC (800) 867-2108 Please see our ad on page...................21 LIGHTING

FX Luminaire (858) 535-8000 Please see our ad on page...................23 NURSERIES

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 Please see our ad on page...................11 Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 Please see our ad on page...................22 Arizona Wholesale Growers & Suncrest Nursery (623) 581-3100 Please see our ad on page.....................3




Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC (623) 935-1859 Please see our ad on page.....................5 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (623) 247-8509 Please see our ad on page.....................6 PALM TREES

Hanson Palms (866) 98-PALMS Please see our ad on page...................12 SOD/TURF

Evergreen Turf, Inc. (480) 456-1199 Please see our ad on page..... Back Cover Southwest Sod (602) 271-4266 Please see our ad on page.....................5 West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 Please see our ad on page...................18 SUPPLYING LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

Wilbur Ellis (480) 921-8500 Please see our ad on page...................22 TREE MOVERS

AZ Big Tree Movers (602) 541-7762 Please see our ad on page...................14 TREES

Western Tree Company (602) 243-6125 Please see our ad on page.....................6 TRUCKS

Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu (866) 412-2712 Please see our ad on page.....................6 AD INDEX

All Season Wholesale Growers............11 Arid Zone Trees...................................22 Arizona Wholesale Growers & Suncrest Nursery...............................3 AZ Big Tree Movers.............................14 Brilliance LED, LLC..............................21 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu...................6 Courtesy Chevrolet..............................20 Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC..................5 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.....2 FX Luminaire.......................................23 Grand Materials...................................19 Hanson Palms.....................................12 Hill & Usher...........................................5 Horizon...............................................11 Hunter Industries.................................23 Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.......................11 Metro Institute.......................................3 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery......6 Southwest Sod......................................5 Stotz Equipment....................................4 West Coast Turf..................................18 Western Tree Company.........................6 Wilbur Ellis..........................................22

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