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Plant Trends Soil Compaction - The Silent Plant Killer Cause of Witches Broom on Blue Palo Verde COVER PHOTO: SUSTAIN SCAPE, LLC










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

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses Conducted Weekly

Save the Date: ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program............................................... 6

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

Heather Taylor..................................................................... 7 Plant Trends: Compact is the New Black................................. 7 2017 ALCA’s Excellence Awards...................................... 8-10 ACLP September/October Schedule..................................... 11 ALCA Member Profile: SiteOne Landscaping & Supply........... 12 ALCA Member Profile: Unique Lighting Systems..................... 13

Get Knowledge!

ALCA Member Profile: All Season Wholesale Growers........... 14 ALCA Member Profile: Evergreen Turf................................... 15



Soil Compaction – The Silent Plant Killer............................... 16

Or Check Schedule And Register Online

Cause of Witches Broom on Blue Palo Verde......................... 17 In-Cab Monitoring Systems.................................................. 18 ALCA Member Update: Rodeo Ford..................................... 19

ALCA Member Update: Water Management......................... 19 ALCA Leadership Strategies for Growth & Profitability............ 19 ALCA Mixer – Toro Irrigation, Irritrol & Unique Lighting........... 20 W-2 Employee or Independent Contractor............................. 20 ALCA Mixer – Arizona CLA................................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock


President Elect

Association Outsource Services, Inc. (916) 961-9999

San Tan Landscape Management, Inc.

Diversified Print Solutions

Dwight Faires


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Clayton Graham

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance

Secretary Kim Kleski

Olsson Associates


Steve Shields

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

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

The ALCA Influence is the official publication of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association. ALCA and The ALCA Influence assume no responsibility for the statements or opinions appearing in articles under an author’s name. The services of an attorney or accountant should be sought in legal and tax matters. For editorial information, contact the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, 5425 E. Bell Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254; telephone, (602) 626-7091; facsimile, (602) 626-7590; e-mail,

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982

Now with nearly 150 acres of premier growing facilities we are providing the Valley with the widest selection of shrubs, trees, ornamentals, small and specimen size Agaves, Aloes, cacti and succulents. We know that for you, Time is Money, so we are focused on improving your purchasing experience; with an expanded pre-pulled order area, increased delivery capacity, and enhanced ‘Plant Locator’ services to find the plants you need even if we don’t have them in stock. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: 24032 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85085 (623) 581-3100

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s many of us have been in the back-toschool mode these past few weeks and our kids are now in school, I have been taking time to reflect on education and learning. As children, we go through our days of getting up and going to school, learning and more learning. The years pass and before we know it, we are young adults in high school trying to figure out which paths we will take in our lives. Once that high school graduation milestone is achieved, we realize that we are now adults. Some take the path on to college and continue to further their education on the road to who they will become. Others simply jump right into the working world and find their way as well. But the thing about either path is that they both require continuous learning. We never truly stop learning. Now whether that learning is in a classroom setting or in a job-related training Marty Monroy or during a “golden rule” 2018 ALCA President lesson, we are all joined together in education. This is no different in our careers in the landscaping industry. ALCA provides educational workshops and certifications to help further our learning. These training opportunities are designed to teach the latest cutting edge techniques, share expertise from the professionals in their fields and provide a space to simply hone their craft. A variety of educational courses for all levels are readily available throughout each month and all you need to do is get back into the classroom. Let’s all challenge ourselves to learn something new this Fall.

Special Thank You to our

ALCA Sponsors

2018 Calendar of Events September

Arizona CLA

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Belgard Hardscapes


PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers

Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management

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Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply Horizon Distributors, Inc

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Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire


Rain Bird Corporation


RDO Equipment Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

GOLD SPONSORS Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety


Labor Day – ALCA Office closed ACLP Irrigation Tech 1 – ALCA Office ACLP Irrigation Tech 1 – ALCA Office Field Leadership/Bruce Wilson – ALCA Office Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by RDO Equipment ACLP Irrigation Tech 1 – Tucson ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office

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ALCA Board of Directors Meeting Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Cox Cactus Farm ACLP Plant Problems and Diagnosis – ALCA Office ACLP Plant Problems and Diagnosis – ALCA Office ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office Irrigation Tech II – ALCA Office ACLP Plant Problems and Diagnosis – Tucson

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ALCA Annual Membership Meeting Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program – The Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday – ALCA Office closed

December 12

ALCA Holiday Mixer – Sponsored by Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

Sincerely, Marty Monroy, ALCA President

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice” – Brian Herbert




September/October 2018

Forrest Equipment Rentals, LLC 602-831-8000 Located within Desert Forrest Nursery Providing all your equipment needs

Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC 623-935-1859 Growing on over 135 acres From 1 gallon to 72” boxes Contract grows available Schedule a tour today Delivery to: AZ, CA, NV, TX, NM

NEW MEMBERS Encore Services Arizona, LLC

Thomas Morrison 20957 E Saddle Way Queen Creek, AZ 85142 (480) 828-4469 Full service landscape maintenance and property services. Contractor Class 1

Pacific Coast Landscaping and Pool LLC

Express Facility Management

Jeff Brandenburg 550 W Baseline Rd Ste 438 Mesa, AZ 85210 We provide general maintenance of yards and pools Contractor Class 1

Loving Springs Farms

Amy Wolf 145 East Chilton Drive Chandler, AZ 85228 From custom vehicle graphics including: Vehicle wraps, UTV wraps, off road vehicle wraps, trailer wraps, commercial fleets, custom graphics and logo designs; to commercial signage, banners and much more. Wolf Designs has the experience, creativity and knowledge to provide you or your business with the perfect representation of what you are all about. Associate Class 1

Benjamin Carranco 1910 S Stapley Dr Suite 221 Mesa, AZ 85204 866-726-9527 480-532-3455 We are a nationwide provider of landscaping services and recently opened a branch in Mesa AZ called Express Janitorial and Landscaping. Our goal is to become a certified ALCA member and provide quality service to commercial and residential customers. Contractor Class 2 Thomas Peabody PO Box 8 Sonoita, AZ 85637 520-455-9225 520-860-0373 Farming Affiliate

Wolf Designs

ZebraScapes LLC

Rodney Steidinger 422 N Arizona Ave Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 830-4061 Specializing in planting of trees, shrubs, and low-water plants, ZebraScapes can provide long lasting, low maintenance solutions to any lot or acreage in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey. Contractor Class 4


24” Box up to 48” Box Arizona Certified Nursery Certifiable to ship out-of-state Contract Growing for Large Projects SALES:

Hunter Hawkins 602.625.1566

Mo Ibarra 602.763.8004

Eric Johnson 602.738.8733

Office 602.243.6125 • Fax 602.243.3764 3401 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040

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Education – Benefit for All


his year, ALCA will have provided nearly 100 educational workshops, just a few more than last year with nearly 2,000 students in attendance. This is important not just because providing education is included in ALCA’s mission statement, but because it is a crucial benefit for members to help keep a satisfied workforce. Studies have proven that training is directly correlated with job satisfaction. Judy Gausman Humans are wired to progress whether it is ALCA CEO in our personal lives, spiritual lives, or in our careers. It’s not just about material gain, but about performing a great job and feeling good about it. In an effort for companies to develop their employees, ALCA continues to provide educational workshops in all aspects of your company. In addition to the AZ Certified Landscape Professional program that has been taught for the past 40 years, there are training opportunities available for foremen and supervisors in the “Leadership Strategies.” The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and “Wage and Hour Compliance” seminars are beneficial for owners and human resource personnel. Estimators found the “Budget and Estimating” workshops a valuable tool for sharpening their skills and owners can participate in the “Scaling Up Cash”, “Getting Your Vision to Take Traction” and “Exit Planning” seminars. ALCA’s Education Coordinator, Kasey Billingsley, has been working hand in hand with volunteer instructors and committee members to elevate the ACLP and SLM curriculum as well as develop the Advanced ACLP and Pre-Certification Applicators training. After 2 1/2 years of dedicated service, Kasey will be leaving ALCA as an employee and pursuing her love of working outdoors and consulting with her clients on a full-time basis. Do not fear, Kasey will remain actively involved with the association as a member under her company Harmony Horticultural Consulting, LLC and happily volunteering to instruct various ALCA workshops. I am pleased to say that ALCA members are in great hands as Heather Taylor steps up to coordinate these educational workshops. Heather is a lifetime field horticulturist earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in Urban Horticulture. She seeks to connect Arizona landscape industry players with educational and networking opportunities and has a special interest in supporting the industry to be leaders in sustainability in the face of future water and resource challenges. Please welcome Heather as together we accomplish our goal of helping landscape contractors by promoting continued education and effective business practices to enhance the professionalism of members and the public’s perception of landscape contractors and the Green Industry. Sincerely, Judy Gausman

“Let Us Think Of Education As The Means


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

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, November 17, 2018 ALCA’s EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPING AWARDS PROGRAM The Wigwam Resort– Litchfield Park 2:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting 5:00 pm Silent Auction and Cocktails 7:00 pm Awards Program Register at

Of Developing Our Greatest Abilities, Because In Each Of Us There Is A Private Hope And Dream Which, Fulfilled Can Be Translated Into Benefit For Everyone And Greater Strength For Our Nation” – John F. Kennedy. 6



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Market to your clients. 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.


Heather Taylor

Plant Trends: Compact is the New Black


Article provided by Jackie Lyle – Civano Nursery (520) 746-9205

y name is Heather Taylor and I am excited to be joining you as the new Education Coordinator for ALCA. I have heard that to find your passion, you identify the thing you can’t not do. Heather Taylor For me, that is growing Education things and teaching. Coordinator Horticulture and landscaping have been a part of my life ever since I can remember. As young children back in Illinois, my five siblings and I worked for our family business Complete Lawn Care. My favorite part was spending time with my dad, especially at the beginning of the year when we would plant all the bedding flowers for our customers. Mowing lawns- not so much. In fact, during high school I really began to dislike manual labor and couldn’t wait to graduate and move out and move on from the family business. As soon as I was able, I got a series of “real jobs” – as a clerk at a fast food restaurant, as a gift and flower shop manager, and later as a bank teller. But the plants and the land kept calling me back. After moving to Arizona in 1993, I worked for a couple of years at an advertising and PR agency while finishing my B.S. in Botany (Urban Horticulture) at ASU. During my last semester, I went on a local farm tour and became interested in growing food and organic farming. I did an internship at a local farm which set me on a path for the next 20 years in local food and garden education, all while raising three great kids with my husband. Whether it was herb gardening at a local resort; sales, harvesting and delivery for organic farms, or teaching gardening to children at local preschools, I kept getting my hands dirty and leading others to do the same. In the early part of this decade, I partnered with some friends and ran a small edibles-only plant nursery and education center in Phoenix. For the last few years, I have focused on running my own (very) small business, Turned Earth – planting and maintaining kitchen gardens and edible landscapes for homeowners and restaurants – while maintaining the flexibility to care for the kids. While our kids still need me, this position with ALCA was too perfect to pass up, and I am looking forward to returning to my roots in landscaping while facilitating workshops and meeting lots of new people.


et’s face it: a common trend in many industries is “bigger is better”. The landscaping industry is no different. Clients expect their plants to be big and beautiful with a full flush 365 days of the year. Meanwhile, landscape architects and designers are left trying to manage the expectations of clients that, frankly, know little about plants. Plants are living things—they have needs, preferences, and dislikes. They have characteristics, habits, and patterns. Some are fussy and temperamental. Some can be overbearing and invasive. What’s even worse is when the specified plant is seed grown—then the plant’s attributes may be a crapshoot. From the grower’s perspective, we’ve recently noticed a spike in popularity for plants that possess compact yet symmetrical form. Architects and designers are specifying cultivars that were discovered, cloned, and grown for a specific phenotype—namely, uniform and full growth habits. Compact plants are favorable for architects, designers and landscapers for many reasons. Primarily, a balanced growth pattern is more visually aesthetic and pleasing for the client. These plants also tend to require minimal pruning and shaping once they’ve been installed. Minimized maintenance means ease for the landscaper. So, what’s an architect or designer to do when their vision doesn’t meet the client’s expectation? Enter Tecoma ‘Red Hot’- a plant that architects, designers, landscapers and clients can agree upon. After years of scrutinizing in the test garden, Civano Nursery perfected Red Hot. Red Hot was handpicked by Civano’s horticulturists for its quality, form, color, and health. The 2018 shrub introduction has many other unique qualities too. As the name suggests, Red Hot is primarily characterized by its intense flower color. Unlike similar cultivars, Red Hot has a fiery crimson hue that’s mesmerizing. The bloom season is phenomenally long, too. Birds love it. Bees love it. Best of all—clients love it. Next, Red Hot reaches only three to four feet tall and wide at maturity. Its growth habit is dense,

symmetrical and compact—not loose and leggy like Yellow Bells. The plant boasts glossy, emerald colored toothed leaves that starkly contrast the crimson tubular flowers. It’s a showstopper, and it’s easy for landscapers to maintain. As far as cultural practices are concerned, Red Hot isn’t persnickety. It likes sun. It likes part shade. It doesn’t mind soils high in alkalinity. It’s virtually seedless. These characteristics make it an easy choice for architects and designers. Tecoma ‘Red Hot’ is one of the many compact cultivars that make design and maintenance easy. For any design, it’s important to be specific about your plant selections. If uniformity is important, make sure the plant you’ve specified is cloned, not seed grown. Secondly, require landscapers to install the plant that you’ve specified and make sure it’s the correct plant. Finally, choose a cultivar that will make everyone happy—including the landscaper who installs it and the client who looks at it every day. Ultimately, keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better. Consistency is. Never overlook the little guy. Jackie Lyle is the Logistics and Brand Development Manager for Civano Nursery in Tucson, Arizona. As an ISA Certified Arborist and Chairwoman of the City of Tucson Landscape Advisory Committee, Jackie is well-versed in urban and residential horticulture for the Southwest. She is also a Pima County Master Gardener. In her free time, Jackie volunteers as a docent at the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum. She also enjoys visiting famous trees around the world.

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2017 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Awards of Excellence

Horticulture Unlimited, Inc Residential Maintenance Theobald, J & L Residence – Marana, AZ The owners of this beautiful Marana property are seasonal residents, but choose to keep the landscape in pristine condition year-round in accordance with this upscale neighborhood. This is achieved with maintenance on an every other week basis. The extensive front entry along the street requires detailed care for constant curb appeal. The variety of native plants throughout the landscape is kept properly trimmed, while the rock areas are raked and monitored for weed control. Many colorful, blooming areas of vegetation produce large amounts of debris (especially the Bougainvillea flowers) which are regularly raked or blown as necessary for removal. Adjoining an active golf course, the back yard landscape is detailed up to the separating fence line. The driveway and all pathways are cleared of dirt and debris to enhance the appeal of the brick design as well as the overall property’s appearance.

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $25,001-$40,000 Colonia Miramonte – Gilbert, AZ Colonia Miramonte is a gated community nestled up against Camelback Mountain. The single-family home community has been managed by Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management since 2008. After having gone through a complete interior landscape renovation, the community completed the overall project by complimenting the exterior landscape. The community decided to add a great mix of native species, low water use plants, and boulders to blend in with the surrounding mountains combined with a designed theme that was cohesive with the City of Paradise Valley. Today, with the plant material reaching maturity, Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management manages the landscape by selectively pruning the plants, thereby keeping the plant’s natural form as much as possible. This allows the plants to show off their colorful blooms and at the same time use less water. It has been a rewarding experience both for the Caretaker team and the homeowners at Colonia Miramonte to watch the evolution of the landscape in their community.

Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc Residential Redesign over $350,000 Slusser Residence – Phoenix, AZ The role of the landscape construction included the original remodel design of the exterior. From that point, Enchanted Garden Landscape’s masons built the walls and applied all decorative adobe. The fire pit, trampoline pit, banco, fountain masonry and column bases were all part of the package. All grading and drainage infrastructure was installed. The landscape, irrigation, and lighting were part the of scope of work. Although this was a remodel, the infrastructure was completely rebuilt. The exterior was restored to its natural condition with native plantings. Inside the private gardens, lush colorful plantings accent the garden. Transitional garden spaces combine specimen accents and cacti with colorful arid region plantings. Boulders retain grades and reflect the setting of the McDowell Mountains. Other than a few existing large vines and trees, the rest of the plantings were completely redone to reflect the Spanish Colonial style of the house.




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Awards of Excellence


Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Installation $100,001-$150,000 Morada – Gilbert, AZ This project included the installation of 110v lighting and salvage trees along with landscape and irrigation. A total of 83 new trees were installed along with salvage trees and saguaros. A handful of on-site salvaged barrel cactus, saguaro, and hedgehog were installed along with new five gallon “xeriscape” landscape material. The finished project had a great curbside appeal.

Awards of Distinction

Landscaping Contractors LLC Residential Maintenance Leffler Residence – Glendale, AZ

DBL, LLC Commercial Maintenance $25,001-$40,000 Central Arts Plaza – Tempe, AZ

Santa Rita Landscaping Single Family Residential Installation $75,001-$125,000 Grobstein Residence – Tucson, AZ

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $55,001-$90,000 Elliot Shores – Gilbert, AZ

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $250,001-$350,000 Blaszyk/Wittman Residence – Cave Creek, AZ September/October 2018





Judges Awards

CareScape, Inc Commercial Maintenance $25,001-$40,000 Querencia – Surprise, AZ

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management Commercial Maintenance $55,001-$90,000 Pueblo at the Boulders – Gilbert, AZ

Landscaping Contractors LLC Single Family Residential Installation $150,001-$170,000 Aranda Residence – Glendale, AZ Sustain Scape LLC Single Family Residential Installation $75,001-$125,000 DeLellis Residence – Scottsdale, AZ

AAA Landscape Inc Commercial Maintenance $55,001-$90,000 The Courtyards at Desert Park – Phoenix, AZ

Pascale Land Design Special Water Feature Residential Installation The Bassett Residence – Scottsdale, AZ

DTR Landscape Development, LLC Commercial Installation $100,001-$150,000 iFly Scottsdale – Phoenix, AZ




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Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc Single Family Residential Installation $125,001-$150,000 Erwin Residence – Cave Creek, AZ

September/October ACLP Schedule Brought to you by the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Associa�on (602) 626‐7091 COST: $60/ALCA Member $120/Non‐Member REGISTER:

LOCATIONS: ALCA Office—5425 E Bell Rd #105, Sco�sdale AZ 85254 Randolph Center (auditorium)—200 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85711

Irriga�on Tech I—IA CEUs Approved

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

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

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: September 13 or September 15 ALCA Office –Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM


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

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

 Gather health, safety & pesticide use information from product labels  Mix, load and apply pesticides so that the product is applied

correctly and evenly

 Reduce the risk of contamination to us, other people, animals and the

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

environment by applying pesticides responsibly

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

Plant Problem Diagnosis—PMD CEUs approved

 Differen�ate between plant stress disorders and biological diseases

 Discuss the importance of proper plant care in an urban environment  Iden�fy common insect & 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

 Selection, use, and maintenance of non‐power tools  Hedge trimmer safety

 Trimmer and brush cutter safety  Chain saw safety

DATES TO CHOOSE FROM: October 18 or October 20 ALCA Office –Sco�sdale 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

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

October 25

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

 DPS Officer will share information about truck and trailer safety

What is the ACLP cer�ca�on process? Anyone may a�end the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become cer�ed, each student must a�end all workshops and pass the exams. Par�cipants will be declared an AZ Cer�ed Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each of


SiteOne Landscape Supply – The Place for Green Industry Professionals


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.

Your One-Stop Shop

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. SiteOne has partnered with numerous hardscape and outdoor living manufacturers both regionally and nationally to support our ability to serve you. We make your business our business by being educated on the latest trends, enabling SiteOne to have product readily available. We train our staff thoroughly so that each of them can assist you with many options to choose from such as, our Indiana Limestone, ABK Porcelain Pavers, Artistic Pavers, and much more. We invite you to be part of our vision and participate in our Product Knowledge trainings. Visit our newly renovated hardscape location in Gilbert at 4729 E Warner Rd. Please call 480-840-6999 for more information. 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.

Hometown Advice, Nationwide Strength

You will 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 will 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.

Hard Work is Rewarded Here

Looking for a loyalty program that delivers real value? Ask about the SiteOne Partners Program. You can earn points on qualifying purchases, redeemable for hundreds of retail gift cards, merchandise, event tickets, even make a charitable donation. You also have the opportunity to redeem for training programs like SiteOne University and our annual Winter Business Meeting and other Partners Program exclusive trips. In addition, you will have access to Business Solutions for deep discounts on services from Home Advisor, Verizon, Office Depot and more.




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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 profitably. 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.

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 excellence. Fulfilling your orders with the highest possible efficiency, SiteOne can even direct ship or deliver your products right to the job site.

Proud Past, Bright Future

The largest wholesale landscape supply distributor in North America today, SiteOne builds on a long-standing tradition of providing quality products and service to its customers. The combined companies that make up SiteOne hold over 45 years of success in the industry, based on value-added customer service. Ready to put this experience to work and build something truly great? Visit to find a store near you.


Unique Lighting Systems


nique Lighting Systems was founded in 1989 as a low voltage transformer and well light manufacturer. For over 20 years, and with over 20 patents, Unique Lighting Systems has evolved into a complete low voltage lighting manufacturer. Unique Lighting Systems has a full line of fixtures available in aluminum, brass or copper. We also feature our own line of transformers and wireless control systems that has remote offsite capabilities. Unique Lighting Systems also introduced the new FLEX GOLD™ VIVID Series LED lamps this year. These lamps are available in two adjustable color types. The VIVID CCT is a white lamp with an adjustable temperature that enables the true color of outdoor elements to vibrantly shine, while the VIVID RGB lamp is an adjustable color changing lamp to add a touch of color to any outdoor environment. Lighting is a significant factor in extending the value, security and beauty of any outdoor space. It sets the mood for outdoor events, creates a secure and welcoming environment, and enables businesses to extend

hours to increase profitability. Many standard color outdoor lamps may cause some outdoor elements to appear muddy, harsh, yellowed or blue. However, VIVID CCT lamps with adjustable color temperature enable the natural tones of outdoor elements to show just as brilliantly at night as they do during the day. For a more dramatic effect, VIVID RGB lamps adjust between red, blue, green and yellow to suit any mood, holiday or special event. “Until now, outdoor lighting has been limited to one particular hue or color temperature,” says Brian Qualls, Business Development Manager for Unique Lighting Systems. “These lamps change that by allowing you to alter the color temperature or hues to suit a specific need or design scheme. It is a game changer in the world of outdoor lighting design.” Exclusively available from Unique Lighting Systems, VIVID CCT and VIVID RGB lamps drop into most Unique Lighting fixtures, as well as other major outdoor lighting brand fixtures so that existing systems can be easily retrofitted. A mobile app is also available to conveniently make color adjustments from your phone or tablet. The FLEX GOLD VIVID app is available for Android and iOS systems. Unique Lighting Systems continues to see success in the control systems with Light Logic™ PLUS, an internet-based outdoor lighting control system. Portable and affordable, the Light Logic PLUS is cloud based and has access via a website or mobile app to enable lighting system control from virtually anywhere, anytime. This innovative approach gives both the user and contractor complete control of one or more lighting systems from any computer, or iOS® or Android™ smart device without the need to be on site. Using the Light Logic PLUS mobile app (FREE from iTunes and Google Play), you can

control outdoor lighting scenes, easily perform maintenance, set the mood for special occasions, operate security and seasonal lighting, and control ponds, fountains, gates and more. Light Logic PLUS is the perfect addition to both new and existing outdoor lighting systems. With four lighting scenes available, the new Light Logic PLUS has the capacity to control up to 250 transformers or power control devices. Free from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth limitations, Light Logic PLUS offers an extended wireless range up to 1,000 feet (line of sight). Unique Lighting Systems is widely known for revolutionizing outdoor lighting with its HUB wiring system that makes installation and maintenance less time consuming and costly. By adding color changing and wireless controls at an affordable price, Unique Lighting is providing options to their customers and the end user that were previously out of reach. Both Light Logic PLUS and Vivid are compatible with PC, Apple, Android and iOS devices. When used with Unique Lighting’s Multi-Matic transformers, Light Logic PLUS and Vivid lamps provide the most convenient way to automate any low-voltage outdoor lighting installation. For more information about Unique Lighting Systems, visit www. or call 800-955-9851.

Tree Relocation Service 90” Tree Spade Please contact Bonnie Ervine phone 602-541-7762 fax 623-772-0205

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All Season Wholesale Growers; Thirteen Years Growing Strong


n June of 2005, Beth Postma opened All Season Wholesale Growers with one employee (herself), two acres filled with five different species of plants with sparse irrigation, a retention pond full of garbage, and two delivery trailers. Things have come a long way in the past 13 years. With almost four acres of greenhouses and growing grounds, All Season Wholesale Growers grow over 150 different species of succulents, shrubs, ground covers and trees. Beth attributes her steady growth and success to the loyal and dedicated employees. The production manager, JosÊ, and the nursery irrigator, Raymundo, joined the nursery in the first year and are still there today. Another long term employee is the nursery greeter, Canela. With 15 years under her furry belt, she isn’t as quick to greet customers as before but she still manages to get out and sniff tires as often as she can. Customer service and retention are the most important goals of all employees. As you enter the property, the first impression is a clean and tidy nursery. It is obvious that cleanliness and organization are very important to all employees and is just one of the qualities that make customers feel comfortable and in good hands. Routine weed eradication, proper pruning and staking techniques and culling plants when pulling for orders to always find the best quality are standard procedures for this crew. Charlie, the salesperson in the office, is always eager to assist with orders, species identification and just a friendly hello. This efficient, friendly and fun environment is one of the leading factors in the long- standing relationships with the customers. They love to come in and visit and have fun with the office staff while the boys outside are quickly loading the orders.

When not assisting with customer service, Beth is managing the nursery with special emphasis on the propagation greenhouse. Most of the plants and trees grown at All Season Wholesale Growers are started right there on property giving them more control over species availability, quality of plants and close monitoring of tree production. One of the methods used to ensure proper root structure of the trees from the beginning is starting seedlings and cuttings with aggressive root systems in forestry tree bands.




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These plastic tubes are essential to starting a strong, fibrous root system in young seedlings and the design of the tubes impedes circling or girdling roots. Trees are closely monitored as they grow and are transplanted before any girdling starts in each phase of production. If you are looking for a vendor that makes your job a priority, this is the nursery for you. Please come visit the nursery so Beth, Charlie, Canela and the crew can show you around. You will see first-hand the loving care that goes into each plant and tree grown for your next project. All Season Wholesale Growers is located at 6623 S 32nd Street in Phoenix, AZ 85042. 602-276-0230


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aseball, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, KickBall, Lawn Bowling, Golf, and just a game of tag, all played on grass supplied by Evergreen Turf, Arizona’s Premier Sod Supplier! Sports fields and recreational green spaces have injected life into the struggling economy of Arizona and have helped Evergreen Turf have a fantastic sod year! Evergreen has provided the sod for beautifully designed and landscaped sports parks all the way from Tucson to Lake Havasu, and all areas in between this year. Sodding sports fields has created a lot of excitement for Evergreen Turf during the last few years as they have been involved with new Phoenix Rising Field in Tempe with Tifway 419, and the new state of the art stadium in LA for the LA Football Club, using Latitude 36. To add to the excitement, Evergreen has supplied grass for many of the area golf courses adding new holes at Sun City Festival, and Pebble Creek GC, and installing the ASU golf team’s new practice facility at Papago GC. They have also provided all of the grass for the newly designed Phoenician Resort Golf Course. Jeff Nettleton and Jimmy Fox started Evergreen with the simple goal of producing the highest purity sod possible, never realizing just how great a demand there was for a truly quality

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product. Nettleton points out, “Purity has been our major driving force in how we started and continue to run our business. We looked at over a dozen different properties before we found a location for our farm that was not only free from Poa annua, but also Nutsedge and common bermudagrass. Once we found the property, we treated the entire farm to eliminate any possible contamination that may not have been visible to the naked eye. Furthermore, we were fanatical about cleanliness in our original planting. It simply had to be perfect!” Purity continues to be the cornerstone of Evergreen’s success, but the real driving force behind their phenomenal growth is their people. Every single manager, administrator, and customer service person has extensive background in the sod industry. “As good as our grass is, our people are even better,” exclaims Fox, “we are fortunate to be surrounded by the best, most experienced people in the industry – period!”

ment. Customers want a voice, not a voice mail! Distributors: With Arizona’s fast paced growth, customer service has become increasingly difficult. In response to this, Evergreen Turf has chosen to work with a Jean Cote select group of distribuSales Representative tors in order to improve Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho customer service. Many contractors want a “one stop shop”, now they Main (623) 247-8509 can add sod to their Mobile (623) 764-1027 shopping list. LandEmail scape contractors can now order sod while picking-up irrigation supplies and still receive the same service and pricing they would get ordering their grass straight from the farm.

Products: Evergreen Turf grows a wide range of varieties; Tifway, Tifgreen, Midiron, Palmetto St. Augustine, and their newest varieties – TifGrand, Latitude 36, and TifTuf. Also in their palette of exceptional grasses is sand-based sod for sports fields. Added to this list are the greens grasses; TifEagle, TifDwarf, and MiniVerde. New Locations: We now have locations in Each variety is mowed at the right height for Albuquerque, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and its optimum performance and for the intended San Diego, Ca. application of each variety. Contact Evergreen Turf at (480) 456-1199 or Installation: Evergreen has yet to encounter a online at project they couldn’t handle. Each fully equipped installation crew is lead by a well trained foreman, with an experienced crew capable of performing residential, commercial landscape, golf course, or sports field installations. All large jobs are pre-inspected by Evergreen Turf to make sure the job is ready, the prep is right, and the crew knows how they will tackle the job before they even arrive on site. Hydro-sprigging and mechanical planting services are also available. Customer Service: The right grass, delivered at the right time, to the right place, installed the right way – all arranged by Arizona’s best customer service team. Response time and communication are critical in today’s fast paced business environ-


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Soil Compaction – The Silent Plant Killer By John Eisenhower


t doesn’t fly, chew, creep or crawl. It isn’t a pesky pathogen. It has no dramatic signs and symptoms. But this often neglected cause of plant death is killing trees and shrubs all across Arizona. What is it? This silent killer is soil compaction.

What is Soil Compaction?

“Soil compaction is the compression of soil that breaks down soil aggregates and reduces soil volume and total pore space, especially macropore space.” (Up by Roots, James Urban) Loss of pore space between soil particles limits oxygen diffusion into the soil. And because oxygen is a key component of cell metabolism in root tissue, without it, roots can’t thrive and perform their important functions of absorption, conduction, and anchorage. When oxygen levels drop, roots suffer. And when roots don’t function, the entire plant is affected. When soil is compacted, the pathways for oxygen to reach the surface of roots are lost. The networks of pore spaces collapse. This condition results in poor root function or even root death. And root death causes less absorption and conduction of water and nutrients to the leaves for photosynthesis. A compromised root system also leads to other problems such as a water deficit. The depleted energy reserves result in higher susceptibility to environmental stresses. Foliage thins out and branch tips die back. Disease and insect problems often exploit the tree’s weakened condition.

Causes of Soil Compaction

There are several causes of soil compaction. A major contributing factor in Arizona is our heavy clay soil texture. Soil texture is the relative fineness of a soil due to the proportion of the three different particles of sand, silt, and clay. Of the three types of soil particles, clay particles are the smallest. Their flat shape and small size contribute to clay’s high risk of compaction. They compress easily, especially when wet. Clay has great water holding capacity which is a big plus for desert plants. But that capacity can become a liability if not understood and managed well. When soil pores are constantly filled with water, oxygen is unavailable to roots. An oxygen deficit can result if soils remain wet for extended periods of time. Other common causes of soil compaction are vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Construction projects are notorious for compacting soil around trees. Workers park vehicles under trees or store building supplies, sand or pallets beneath their canopies. Unfortunately, the compaction damage can be permanent. Even after the vehicles or materials are removed, the soil compaction remains. And though the full extent of the health impacts may not be seen for years, the tree decline is often traced to soil compaction.

Mitigating Soil Compaction

Remedial measures to reverse or combat the effects of compaction include surface or subsurface applications of various organic materials including peat moss. These materials can hold the soil open and provide additional pathways for oxygen to reach the roots. Vertical mulching using a drill and auger or hydro-mulching using high pressure water can also be used to open holes in the soil which are then backfilled with gravel, sand, soil amendments, and fertilizer. Radial trenching is another option used to successfully combat soil compaction. This technique creates trenches within the root zone, then replaces deficient soil with better quality soil in the trenches. To prevent compaction, avoid pedestrian and vehicular traffic following irrigation of clay soils. Compaction due to compressing wet clay soils can cause irreparable damage to the soil and tree roots that grow in them. The best way to prevent soil compaction is to stay off wet or moist clay soils. If activity is unavoidable, designate specific, limited ingress and egress routes to minimize compacted areas. A municipal park manager told me their policy is to wait at least 5 days after a flood irrigation cycle to conduct any business in and around the park trees. This is a great policy to prevent damage to the roots that rely on adequate soil oxygen to remain functional and healthy.




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A word about overwatering: Remember that it is easy to overcompensate for our hot temperatures by setting timers to run too long or too frequently. Even when the ground looks dry, clay particles may be holding water just inches below the soil surface. Using a soil probe or tensiometer may help measure soil moisture content before resuming traffic over previously wet clay soils. During the monsoon cycle, consider turning off your irrigation timer to avoid waterlogged soil conditions. The saying, “As go the roots, so go the shoots,” reminds us that root health usually predicts shoot health. Unfortunately, this connection can be missed when diagnosing biotic and abiotic tree problems. Because the trunk, branches, leaves as well as several disease and insect problems are so easily seen, we often begin and end our problem diagnosis focusing only on these things. But next time, consider the possibility that the quiet culprit of soil compaction may be at work. ©John Eisenhower Integrity Tree Service, Inc. 2018 / www.itreeservice. com / 602-788-0005

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Cause of Witches Broom on Blue Palo Verde Ursula K. Schuch and Judith K. Brown, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721


itches broom disease of blue palo verde (Parkinsonia florida) has become very common in southern Arizona landscapes. Blue palo verde is a native and the state tree of Arizona. It is very popular in urban landscapes due to its striking green-colored trunk and branches, spectacular yellow flowers in Spring, fast growth rate, and excellent performance in the arid climate. Brooms are characterized by clusters of dense, short branches with leaves and without thorns and can be found throughout the tree canopy. Some trees have no brooms when transplanted into the landscape and others are composed almost entirely of brooms, making them appear as a dense shrub. • Problems associated with witches broom disease of landscape trees are broom dieback, breaking of large brooms during storms, and structural issues caused by the removal of branches and the possibility for sunburn to occur on branches in the canopy that become exposed to direct sunlight. Witches broom disease of palo verde is most prevalent in blue palo verde, however, very few cases have been observed in the other palo verde species such as Foothills palo verde (Parkinsonia microphylla), palo brea (Parkinsonia praecox), Mexican palo verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), the Desert Museum hybrid (Parkinsonia x Desert Museum) or other hybrids in the trade. • Witches broom symptoms on palo verde were first described over 50 years ago, however, their cause was unknown. Our research results have identified the presence of a previously unknown plant virus, in the genus Emaravirus, in the shoots, leaves, flowers, seeds, and suckers tested from blue palo verde trees that were affected by broom. The presence of the single-stranded RNA virus was not detected in the same tissues tested from plants showing no symptoms of broom disease. This plant virus associated with broom-affected palo verde trees has not been discovered until now. About 60% of the viral genome sequence is similar to another plant virus named High Plains wheat mosaic virus. Other emaravirus species are known that infect European mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia), fig (Ficus carica), pigeonpea, (Cajanus cajan), raspberry (Rubus spp.), and rose (Rosa multiflora). The symptoms characteristic of emaravirus infection include blotching, chlorotic ringspots, and mottling of leaves, and smaller than normal, or stunted leaves. Infected rose plants show rose rosette symptom, which appears similar to a witches broom where multiple shoots, densely clustered leaves, and sometimes redcolored leaves emerge from a single node.

Several of the known emaraviruses are transmitted by eriophyid mites. These arthropods are often host specific, meaning they populate only one genus or possibly a single species of plants. The presence of the eriophyid mite Aculus cercidi has been associated with broom symptoms for some time, and it was suspected to cause feeding damage that resulted in the development of broom symptoms. However, until now, no causal relationship had been established between the eriophyid mite and the broom symptoms in palo verde trees. Based on insects and arthropods collected from broom infested and healthy, non-symptomatic trees for several years, consistently high populations of A. cercidi were observed infesting trees with broom symptoms, while mites were in low abundance or rarely found in apparently healthy, non-symptomatic trees. This strong association between the presence of the emaravirus in broom of blue palo verde trees that were heavily infested with the suspected eriophyid vector and the absence of both virus and vector on non- symptomatic trees provides strong support for a causal relationship between emaravirus and the witches broom disease of blue palo verde. Eriophyid mites are sometimes confused with spider mites. Eriophyid mites are very small and require usually a 20x magnification hand lens to see on a plant and at least 80x magnification to observe the different life stages more closely under a microscope. Identification of the eriophyid mite species requires an image with an electron microscope and the assistance of a mite expert.

This research has been funded in part by the Britton Fund, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and the Arizona Nursery Association.

This blue palo verde appeared healthy without a single broom two years ago. Now the majority of the canopy consists of broom. (Image courtesy of U. Schuch)

Hundreds of eriophyid mites have colonized these leaves of blue palo verde. An eyelash in the picture serves as reference. (Image courtesy of S. Avelar)

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In-Cab Monitoring Systems Capturing your protection


t was a typical Monday; the weekend had gone by too quickly! Everything that could go wrong was going wrong and then you get the dreaded phone call from your employee. There has been an accident. A car side-swiped him as he rolled Here are 5 things you should consider for your through an intersection. The driver of the car, their passenger and another witness tell police that the company’s in-cab camera plan, in addition to choosing your options and cost justification: 1. Make Your Employees Aware – One of the biggest no-no’s of camera use is not making it 100% clear that they are being used in a vehicle. Some companies even put signage in the vehicle stating there is a camera. This reminds not only the driver but also any passengers that they are being recorded. Most judges would take a dim view of a company trying to make use of footage in a case against a driver where they were not aware they were being recorded. truck ran the red light. Your employee says it was 2. Gain Consent – Have an open and honest the car that ran the red light. All you know for sure discussion with your drivers in order to gain is the day just got a lot worse! their consent. Explain what the camera will This is a service company’s worst nightmare. do and what it will NOT do. Is it recording The annual accident rate for commercial fleets is all the time or just when an incident occurs? around 20% with the average cost of the accident Remember to think about it from your at around $70,000, which is almost twice the cost employee’s perspective. That vehicle is their of the average workplace injury. That doesn’t mobile office. How would you feel if one include any property damage, lost productivity, morning you walked in and found a camera lost revenue from missed service calls or the cost in your office, pointed at you all day long? of third-party liability claims if you are deemed Explain the benefits of having a camera sysat fault. tem (lower insurance costs, safer driving, etc.). Companies are installing in-cab camera safety Without this consent, you may be fighting the systems for protection. The logic is simple – the battle of blocked, unplugged or just flat out camera speaks the truth. The evidence it presents missing cameras. can help you avoid fraudulent claims or save time 3. Create a Camera Footage Policy – One of the and money helping to settle claims where you are best ways to gain consent is to provide an offiat fault. What used to be a “nice to have” is quickly cial written policy for how the camera footage becoming a “must have”. Even the Federal Motor will be recorded, stored and used. Make sure Carrier Safety Administration has held discussions on possible future mandatory usage. Like many technologies, in-cab camera systems are evolving rapidly. Today the two most popular types of camera systems are: (1) Forward-facing – they capture what’s happening in front of the truck and; (2) Dual-facing – they capture both what’s happening in front of the truck and what the driver is doing at the same time. Most operate in a continuous loop-recording mode and when an incident occurs, they capture a certain amount of video before and after the incident. Options/ features can include ports for additional cameras, audio, recording details such as vehicle speed, motion, and specific driver actions, alert notifications for lane departures or distracted driver and even the ability to automatically upload incidents to the Cloud via cellular instead of storing to an on-board SD card. So, is implementing a system as simple as picking the options and justifying the cost? Well yes and no. Yes, cost justification will be a major factor in what options you feel best protect your company but having a well thought out plan is equally important.




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all staff understands who the Video Data Officer is (i.e. the person who will initially download and review the footage) and who will have access to the footage and for what purposes. It should also include sanctions for tampering and how infractions will be handled, whether they lead to an accident or not. For instance, minor infractions may only lead to a discussion with a manager or some form of remedial training. 4. Privacy – You MUST take privacy seriously. Obviously this applies to the use of the footage itself. Think of it in terms of how human resources would handle sensitive information. Posting video footage on YouTube of a driver singing along to a song or sending it to other employees as a joke via email is not acceptable! Only use the footage for the purpose it was originally intended. 5. Employment Contracts – The easiest way to ensure consent for the use of cameras is by incorporating it into employment contracts. Existing employees can sign a new version with the verbiage specifying the use of cameras and new employees effectively give their consent upon signing the contract. 6. Handled correctly, implementing a camera system will give the company additional protection against fraudulent and no-fault claims as well as improve your overall fleet safety; turning a disastrous Monday back into a normal workday! Article provided by: Chuck Tholen VP of Business Development Affordable GPS Tracking 623-328-8906 |


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n June 27, guest speaker Craig Borland from The Toro Company/ Irritrol entertained and enlightened students with buckets of knowledge during the ACLP ll Water Management workshop. It was a full house and students came away with tons of resources and knowledge to better manage our most precious resource for their clients. The Water Management workshop educated attendees about water restrictions already in place in other parts of the country and helped identify the best ways to prepare our industry for the future.

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Toro Irrigation, Irritrol & Unique Lighting


oro Irrigation, Irritrol & Unique Lighting were the sponsors of the July Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association member meeting, hosted at Stone Creek Golf Clubhouse. The presentation had a July Smart Irrigation Month theme… with the additional flash and sizzle of lighting. Paul Tammelleo opened with the introduction of Jay Black, a new Arizona based sales rep for Toro and Irritrol. Paul then spoke about the details of The One Landscape Contractor rewards program that offers rebates to contractors on Toro, Irritrol and Unique Lighting purchases, and passed around flyers for the current Sweet Summer Rewards promotion to encourage contractors to sign-up and start earning today. Brian Whitcher spoke next and highlighted the Toro Water Smart product offering, detailing the specifics of how the Toro Evolution controller (when paired with its wireless weather sensor) qualifies as an EPA WaterSense water conservation certified device. Additionally Brian spoke of the other optional wireless components available for the Toro Evolution… the Precision Soil Sensor, the SMRT Logic cloud based landscape control gateway (it even works through Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant), a simple to operate handheld remote, and the auxiliary relay accessory for full control of other landscape elements like water features and outdoor landscape lighting. Then the lights came down for Brian Qualls to showcase Light Logic and how it works wirelessly through the cloud with the LPCU relays to control landscape lighting transformers in different scenes.

He also introduced the four newest Elements light series fixtures to the crowd and then… a full live demo of Unique VIVID LED RGB & CCT bulbs and their associated app to control them via Bluetooth from an iOS or Android device. And at the end, the winner drawn for the night’s door prize (a Unique transformer + 4 fixtures with VIVID bulbs) was Russ Lowd with Level One Landscaping.

W-2 Employee or Independent Contractor?


here isn’t a week that goes by that I am talking to a business owner about what makes a person a 1099 independent contractor or a W-2 employee. Many business owners misclassify their workers because they are saving on payroll taxes and worker’s compensation insurance. If the IRS, Department of Labor or the Department of Economic Security were to discover this misclassification, the penalties and fines can far outweigh any savings the owner perceives. Getting this classification correct is extremely important. To help properly classify the worker, the criteria for defining them falls into three areas; Behavioral Control, Financial Control and Relationship of the Parties.

arrangement? If the business owner provides health benefits, any type of a retirement plan or paid time off, the worker most likely is a W-2 employee. As you can see, classifying the worker isn’t always so clear. In some cases it is extremely difficult for the business owner to determine the proper classification. My ultimate advice in these situations Financial Control: is to direct the business owner to talk with the IRS, If the worker has a significant investment in the their accountant or attorney for further clarificawork that is performed, they may be an indepention. As more and more businesses go under the dent contractor. If the worker is reimbursed for microscope, misclassifying these workers has never some or all of the business expenses required, they been more important. may be an independent contractor. Does the worker have the ability to realize profit or incur a loss on David Koushel the job? They may be an independent contractor. David Koushel has been in the payroll industry for over eight years and works for Payroll ConRelationship of the Parties: Behavioral Control: trol Systems, a Phoenix based payroll company How do the business owner and the worker A worker is a W-2 employee when the busithat specializes in payroll, HR and timekeeping. perceive their relationship? Do they have a written ness owner has direct control over how, when or For further information, contact David at contract that clearly states each other’s role in the where the work will be done. The business owner or (602) 684-6686.




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very employer knows that the actual cost of paying each employee is significantly higher than his or her hourly rate. Even if you don’t offer benefits, there are still some taxes and expenses you will incur due to having employees on your payroll that you can’t avoid. Labor expenses are categorized in two ways: Variable and Fixed. Fixed costs: These are the costs that do not really fluctuate with changes in growth or production. They include such things as social security and Medicare taxes, FUTA, and federal income tax.

Variable costs: These are the costs that are due directly and proportionately to changes. They include such things as employee accidents, light duty, unemployment claims, and additional personal costs due to labor growth. This is where working with an independent contractor like Arizona CLA Landscape is the best solution if you don’t want to pay extra taxes, insurance, and payroll processing costs. For employers, this means that you have fewer obligations. In addition to the previously mentioned cost benefits,

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