ALCA September/October 2019

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September/October 2019

Everything Old is New Again - Plant Trends Winter Overseeding Your Arizona Sod Lawn ALCA Launches Irrigation Technician Certification COVER PHOTO: SITEWORKS LLC





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President & CEO Message.................................................... 4 New Members..................................................................... 5 Everything Old is New Again................................................ 6 Winter Overseeding Your Arizona Sod Lawn........................... 7 2018 ALCAs Excellence Awards....................................... 8-10 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................. 10 ALCA Member Profile: SiteOne Landscape Supply................. 12 ALCA Member Profile: Irritrol............................................... 13 ALCA Member Profile: All Season Wholesale Growers........... 14 ALCA Member Profile: Hill & Usher...................................... 16 ALCA Mixer – RDO............................................................ 17 ALCA Mixer – Evergreen Turf............................................... 17 ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician (ACIT) Training Opens this Fall!..................................................... 19 Calendar of Events............................................................. 19 ALCA Workshops – ACLP Annuals & Perennials..................... 20 ALCA Workshops – ACLP Pesticides & Calibration................. 20 ALCA Workshops – Safety First............................................ 20 ALCA Workshops – ACLP Turf Care & Installation.................. 21


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ALCA Workshops – SLM - Blue Marble Landscape................. 21 Save the Date – ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program............................................. 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock President Elect


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

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ALCA’s Mission Includes Giving Back


he Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association is dedicated to helping landscape contractors by promoting continued education, effective business practices, networking opportunities, ensuring responsible legislation to enhance the professionalism of members and the public’s perception of landscape contractors …….and we must add, giving back to the community that has served us well. We know the value of being generous and community-minded…..seeing the bigger picture, volunteering and serving others. ALCA members welcome the opportunity to give back when opportunities arise. When we first walked the weed infested backyard of the Arms of Love Foster Home with Bob Franchetto, ALCA’s Director of Community Projects, we immediately knew that this was a project fellow ALCA members would jump in to help. The five bedroom, three bathroom home was in need of a complete renovation (inside and out) in order to house four young teens and their house mom. A beautiful landscape back yard would help provide an outdoor family atmosphere and place of peace that was lacking throughout their young lives. First, let’s talk about Arms of Love. Arms of Love Foster care ministry has provided children in foster care with safe, loving, Christ-centered homes, either on a temporary or permanent basis during a time when they are most in need. Arizona has approximately 850 teens leaving foster care annually with no permanent family and minimal independent living skills. Teens aging out of foster care are at high risk of pregnancy, homelessness, human trafficking, drug addiction, incarceration or even death. Look at these staggering statistics: • 1 in 4 foster youth that age out of the system will be incarcerated within 2 years. • 71% of young foster youth women that age out of the system will be pregnant by age 21. • Only 54% of foster youth that age out of the system earn their high school diploma. • Less than 3% of foster youth that age out of the system will earn a bachelor’s degree. • 1 in 5 foster youth that age out of care will become homeless within 1 year. • 50% of foster youth that age out of the system will be unemployed by age 24. Three of the main components to a successful adult transition are: at least one supportive adult mentor, affordable housing and education or employment. Arms of Love is providing supportive housing to young women between the

ages of 18-21 who are emancipated from foster care. Their goal is to provide them with housing, match them with lifelong connections through mentorship and support these young adults to help them become self-sustaining. And so this past June, ALCA adopted the Arms of Love community project and reached out to its members to help transform the backyard. With the generosity of time, resources, and spirit of the following individuals and companies, this project valued at $15,000 was made possible: • Bob Franchetto/Horizon Distributors – In addition to repairing and installing the irrigation system, through every step of the way, Bob managed the project from its inception to the last moment of completion in eight days. • Warren Runcorn/ABC Scapes was instrumental in assisting Bob Franchetto in managing the project and brought his team who provided labor for grading, planting, irrigation, and moving granite from the front to the back yard. • Beth Postma/All Season Wholesale Growers donated 25 five-gallon landscape plants. • Marty Monroy/Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock donated the installation and materials of 117 ft of extended concrete curb as well as 17 tons of ¼” minus Madison Gold. • Matt Giordano/Landscaping Contractors donated three metal fabricated trellises. • Kim Kleski/Kleski & Associates created the conceptual landscape design. • Juan Contreras/ Desert Tree Farm donated two citrus trees. • Bonnie Mull/The Synthetic Grass Store donated 915 sq ft of Daytona 60 artificial grass and the 27 bags of silica sand for infill. • Tim Foraker/AZ Turf Masters donated the labor to install 915 sq ft of Daytona 60 artificial grass. • Doug Dickerson/A-Z Equipment donated the use of a bobcat for the project. Giving back is a vital part of a full and rewarding life. ALCA’s philosophy answers the question, “What could be more fulfilling than doing what you love to do while contributing to the quality of life of others within your own community?” Sincerely, Judy Gausman, CEO Marty Monroy, ALCA President




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Everything Old is New Again Article provided by Beth Postma, All Season Wholesale Growers


ust like those hip-hugger jeans and halter tops, fads that we think would never repeat often do. The same thing happens in our landscapes. Some of the trends can be just as ridiculous as back in the day but a lot are really good choices that just have fallen out of favor or popularity. Here are a few that you might want to include in your next landscape plan. All of these suggestions are frost hardy and can take the summer heat. Nandina domestica – Heavenly bamboo This 1970’s shrub is still a great choice for morning sun or partial shade. It does not need to be pruned and the foliage will give you beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red in the winter; it’s a great accent with red brick. It also has tiny red berries. There are several varieties depending on the overall size you want when the plant matures. Please do not shear this but use the appropriate variety for your location.

Rosa banksiae – Lady Rosa banksiae alba-plena – Banks Rose make a won- Photo courtesy of Arizona State derful vine that should be University grown on a trellis or arbor but keep in mind, you need a very large area to Rosa sp. – Iceberg let them sprawl and grow. You don’t want to trim them and cut off all of the potential blossoms. There are various options with single, double white and yellow blossoms. They are cold hardy and need very little care to thrive in the Olea europaea – Little Ollie Phoenix area. The famous “Tombstone Rose” is a double white variety that was planted in Tombstone, Arizona in 1855, and Olea europaea – Swan Hill is said to cover over 8,000 square feet. Rosa species - Iceberg roses. This variety of But, don’t stop there, for a wonderful hedge Rose is the easiest and lowest maintenance I have ever grown. It blooms profusely, has very small if to cover a wall or foundation, think of using this any thorns and is self-dead heading. With a little dwarf variety of the fruitless Olive trees. The bit of seasonal pruning and fertilizer, you will have ‘Little Ollie’ is a variety that can take the heat and almost year-round blossoms. My grandmother will look great all year round in full or partial sun. had one that grew along a railing on her front porch in the historic Story neighborhood. I have had them at every home I have owned in Phoenix and they never disappoint. They now Nandina domestica – come in various varietPhoto courtesy of Arizona State University ies with variations of Roses – Two very different roses, both with pink and white flowers. Olea europaea – Chapman has been in the commercial truck business for over very specific uses that have survived the test of Swan Hill and Wilsoni 30 years, and we’re still family owned and operated. That time. Fruitless Olive - This means you can count on an old-fashioned commitment to tree was a staple used quality, service and caring. Things that seem to be missing in the 1960’s and 70’s; in business lately. But at Chapman, we’ve always placed a it produced a lot of fruit higher value on reputation than on finances. Maybe that’s and caused a big mess. why we’ve got the highest customer service index in Arizona. I am sure a lot of you are still battling them We lease and sell the best commercial vehicles available. on maintenance projWe back them up with the best customer service in the ects but the new and Valley, including dedicated commercial service facilities. improved varieties are Plus, we respect and appreciate your bottom line, so we virtually flowerless and make the deal fit. And we do it all with a big smile and do not produce mature a warm handshake. Yes, you can fruit. The pollen probuy or lease a truck anywhere. duced is so minimal that But there’s only one they are now again findChapman Experience. ing favor in landscape designs and for good reason. They love the summer heat, moderate Rosa banksiae – growth rate and mature Photo courtesy of Arizona State University at 30 to 50 feet.




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Winter Overseeding Your Arizona Sod Lawn Article Provided: by Jay Danek, Mr. Wise Grass, West Coast Turf


s we head toward the end of summer, lawn care crews are preparing for overseeding to maintain green grass through the winter. First, let’s discuss the initial lawn prep. Let your lawn grow up 25-30% in height to provide more leaf density. Another bonus of maintaining your lawn at a higher height is that it will use less water, and when you scalp your lawn it will leave plenty of healthy new leaves for the spring. If you have a healthy lawn, it’s good to go through and lightly power rake or verticut the lawn at this time. This opens up the turf canopy and allows seed to get into the ground. If you normally keep your lawn at 1”, you would want to raise the height of your lawn over the next two weeks to around 1.25”. When the weather cooperates, you can then scalp the lawn slightly below your normal mowing height. Most rotary lawn mowers can be lowered to ¾”. Remember not all seed is created equal. Here are some tips to keep in mind when looking at a bag of seed. • The best material for winter overseed is perennial ryegrass. While it seems like the name annual ryegrass makes sense, it does not have the vigor, color, or density of perennial ryegrass. • Germination Rate – The germination rate will tell you how much of the seed is viable. If you pick up a bag with a 60% germination rate then you need 40% more seed to put down the correct rate. You want to find a bag with over 85% germination. • Weed Seed – This number should be zero. Any weed seed or inert matter is going to wreak havoc on your overseeded turf. • Often times blended ryegrass seeds are cheaper because they put different grades of seed in the bag. Some blends are very good seed and provide different plant protections, but some mix in lower grade seed. Remember ryegrass seed is priced by germination, weed seed, and quality of the seed. Therefore, if you’ve found a deal on seed, it’s not always your best bet.

Overseeding materials

• High quality perennial ryegrass seed. • Starter Fertilizer – When you pick up your seed, also pick up a starter fertilizer. Some good ones are Soil Burst 4-4-2, 11-52-0, or 6-20-20. • Second Fertilizer application -This can be applied after you have mowed the grass for the first time. Fertilizers to consider are 21-7-14, 11-52-0, or 6-20-20. • All of your sprinklers should be working and properly adjusted. Check all of the nozzles

after you scalp for any chips or dings that the mower may have caused by cutting shorter. • Power rake or verticutter.

Overseed Instructions

• Cut back your water 25% two weeks prior to overseeding. Stop all fertilizer applications four weeks prior to seeding. • Raise up the height of your lawn 25-30%. You do this so when you scalp the lawn it is not being mowed down to the dirt, instead you’re scalping to a manageable height for the turf, and it will not cause any injury to the turf in the spring. • Power rake or verticut the lawn. Do not set the machine to dig up new rhizomes from the soil. Your goal is to open the turf canopy. • After you power rake, mow up the clippings. The lawn mower works really well for picking up the grass. Next set the power rake a setting lower and do the same process in a different direction. This will open up the dense turf canopy and allow the seed to get into the grass plant. • Mow the clippings again. After the clippings have been cleaned up, set your mower to ¾” or ½” if you have a reel mower and scalp the lawn. The only reason you’re scalping is to keep the warm season grass from competing with the ryegrass seed. • As soon as the lawn is cleaned up, apply your starter fertilizer. You’re looking for a phosphorus application to help the seed. Some great fertilizers are 4-4-2, 6-20-20, or 11-52-0 to get your lawn started. • I like to keep my rocks and edges clean so I use a drop spreader. Apply perennial ryegrass at 10 pounds per 1000 SF around the perimeter of the lawn first. Do two passes to ensure the rotary spreader will not throw seed into the rocks. This is not necessary but it will keep the ryegrass from invading undesirable areas all winter. • Next apply your perennial ryegrass with a rotary spreader at 10-12 pounds per 1000 SF to the remainder of the lawn. If you want the best coverage you should apply 5-6 pounds of seed per 1000 SF in two directions. This is always the best approach but again not necessary. • You will have some seed on top of the grass surface but the majority should be inside the grass plant if you prepped your lawn correctly and opened up the canopy. You can use a broom to help any additional seed get into the plant. • Follow watering instructions. Some people cover their seed with mulch, but you can save your time, money and the smell in

your yard because this isn’t necessary. Mulch allows the seed to maintain moisture and keeps the heat in the plant but if you’re seeding in September/October there is plenty of heat. You don’t need to worry about the moisture either. Mulch doesn’t prevent birds from eating your seed and even if they do eat some seed you have already applied plenty of seed with the 10-12 pound/1000 SF rate.

Watering your overseed lawn

Week 1-2: Water 3x daily for 5-7 minutes per cycle. Make sure you don’t have ponding. If you do, lower the amount of water. I suggest watering around 8am, noon, and 4pm. Week 3: Water 2x daily for 12-15 minutes. Since the plant is very new at this time a morning and afternoon application is best. You can typically mow the lawn for the first time after 14 days. It’s best to let the grass dry down for several hours prior to making the first mow. Keep the mower set at a higher than normal height, do not scalp the grass. Week 4: Water 1x per day for 10-15 minutes. During this time frame you can mow every 5-7 days. Week 5: Water every other day 10-15 minutes. Mow your lawn every 5-7 days as needed and make one more application of Soil Burst 4-4-2, 21-7-14, or 15-15-15. Week 6 and beyond: Water every 2-3 days as needed until the temperatures cool off for the winter. During the winter you can stretch your ryegrass even longer between watering. I would suggest fertilizer applications every 28 days throughout the fall. When temperatures drop around freezing, it’s best to use liquid fertilizers to maintain turf vigor. Jay Danek, Mr. Wise Grass 11803 E. McDonald Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85256 480-951-8700 | September/October 2019





2018 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Awards of Excellence Think Green Inc Single Family Residential Installation $125,001 - $150,000 Deaton Residence, Scottsdale, AZ Think Green transformed this residence from a dull desert landscape to a full, water conscious and lush oasis. By adding artificial turf, travertine, fire and water features, a spa like destination was created. An outdoor living room that encompasses a television, fireplace and kitchen area under a pergola was designed and constructed for the homeowners to enjoy quality family time. Soft accents of flowing shrubs and annuals accentuate the clean lines and cool colors for a complete, balanced and harmonious space.

The Groundskeeper Commercial Redesign $15,001 - $50,000 HealthSouth Courtyard Renovation, Tucson, AZ HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Southern Arizona is a 60bed inpatient hospital that offers services designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives. The goal was to create a space assessable 24/7 for staff, patients, and visitors and incorporate dining area, seating and therapeutic features. The hardscape surface was extended to enlarge the seating area. The client requested the preservation of some of the large evergreen bushes and add a mixture of low water use plants along with a couple of seedless Mesquite trees to provide shade. New landscape is accented by boulders and river rock swales.




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Awards of Distinction

Grounds Control LLC Commercial Installation $600,001-$750,000 Rise on Apache, Tempe, AZ

Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc. Commercial Installation $750,001-$1,000,000 The Victory Club at Verrado, Buckeye, AZ

Desert Classic Landscaping LLC Commercial Maintenance $25,001 - $50,000 Arcadia Grove, Phoenix, AZ

DBL, LLC Commercial Maintenance Under $25,000 Paradise Village Office Park, Phoenix, AZ

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Sun Country Landscape Commercial Maintenance Under $25,000 Arrowcrest Estates, Peoria, AZ Landscaping Contractors Single Family Residential Installation $125,001 - $150,000 Scism Residence, Paradise Valley, AZ

CareScape, Inc. Commercial Maintenance $25,001 - $50,000 Rosewood Village at the Foothills, Phoenix, AZ

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All Season Wholesale Growers Arizona CLA Belgard Hardscapes APM Landscape Management Commercial Maintenance $25,001 - $50,000 McQueen Lakes Community Association, Chandler, AZ

Civano Growers Courtesy Automotive Group Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock

DTR Landscape Development Commercial Installation $400,001 - $500,000 Conair Distribution Center, Glendale, AZ

DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Rain Bird Corporation DBL, LLC Commercial Maintenance $25,001 - $50,000 Paradise Village Gateway, Phoenix, AZ

RDO Equipment Co. Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply

CYC Landscaping Residential Redesign $50,001 - $75,000 Mohrhouser Residence, Paradise Valley, AZ

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Irritrol Controllers have been the contractor’s choice for reliability and ease-of-use for decades. Leading the industry with over 50 models from which to choose and new control products are continually being introduced, such as the new revolutionary SMRT Logic and, Irritrol provides an edge over the competition, with full access to irrigation, lighting, water features and pumps from a single wireless cloud-based interface through the same controller/s you have installed for years. Irritrol sensors and remotes are designed to save time on installation, save water through automatic controller adjustments and ultimately save money. As for compatibility, the Climate Logic weather system and the new SMRT Logic works with the Irritrol KD2®, Rain Dial®-R, the Total Control®-R and the new blue generation of MC-E commercial controllers. Sprays: Quite simply—Irritrol I-PRO spray heads pop up, do their job, then disappear. Just like they’re supposed to. And they do it year after year, season after season. Durable construction makes Irritrol spray heads extremely reliable. And their design makes them easy to install and use. Compatible with Irritrol fixed nozzles and PRO-VAN nozzles, which feature the industry’s easiest arc adjustment, Irritrol I-PRO sprayheads offer both flexibility and affordability.

For over a half century, irrigation professionals have trusted Irritrol brand products to perform season after season, and Irritrol understands that you put your reputation on the line with every installation. That’s why Irritrol is willing to stand behind the entire line of Irritrol products with a full 5 year warrranty. So install Irritrol with the assurance that you’re backed by a company as reliable as the products it sells. Over a half century in business, countless relationships, Irritrol thanks you. In 2017, Irritrol celebrated 50 years of service to the irrigation industry. First and formost, that means 50 years of partnerships with professional contractors in the trenches every day. From the orginal 205 valve to the SMRT Logic Internet Gateway, Richdel R series to RainDial -R and everything in between, it is professional contractors like you that sparks innovation, drives quality improvements and keeps Irritrol strong in a very competitive space. In short, it is Irritrol’s partnerships that define their legacy. This principle affirms their core decision to stay out of the big box retail / DIY channels yesterday, today and tomorrow. It justifies their decision to maintain original valve and repair kits designs for backward compatibility to day one. It motivates Irritrol to deliver on a promise and innovate for a purpose. For more information on Irritrol products for residential and/or commercial landscapes please contact Jay Black at or 480-416-1834 or Paul Tammelleo at or 602-315-3637 or Brian Whitcher at or 602509-4501.

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All Season Wholesale Growers


was very inexperienced not to mention much younger when I started All Season Wholesale Growers in 2005. I imagined being my own boss, making my own decisions and, basically, working hard towards my own goals, not those of someone else. Fourteen years later and looking back, I had no idea how difficult it can be when you are solely responsible to make all the decisions while building for the future. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do this by myself. I had a lot of help from so many people. Now, after some very prosperous years and reaching major milestones towards my goals, I reflect on how much I have learned and the blessings I never imagined when starting out on this journey. By far, the most rewarding part of my job is the people and the relationships formed over the years. It is a pleasure to greet customers who have been stopping in for years and chatting about family, the

I am so fortunate to have people to work with every day that are always laughing, singing and completely eager to help customers. They never complain and always have a smile for me or anyone that comes in. They are my family. I often joke that I have been with my lead manager, Jose, longer than my husband, Steve. All Season Wholesale Growers would not have succeeded this many years without the generosity of my fellow nurserymen and nurserywomen who have shared their insight and experiences to help me build a successful business. So many in our industry are eager to pass on information, share vendor contacts and techniques that are critical to healthy plants and trees. My competitors are also some of my best customers. Finally, many of you will remember my dog who passed in December, my constant companion, Canela. If you have ever been to our yard, you will remember how she was eager to greet each and every person and inspect the trailers or truck beds for any food wrappers that may have been left behind. She

loved everyone and never stopped looking out for me up until her last day. She is running free, chasing bunny rabbits in the big nursery in the sky. We surely do miss you Canela. And, we look forward to seeing all of you soon at All Season Wholesale Growers. Beth Postma, Owner (602) 276-0230

We do the state of the industry and whatever else is on their minds. Some of you have been with All Season Wholesale Growers from day one and continue to come on a weekly basis. What a blessing to have that loyalty. But, it isn’t just because of me…that brings me to the second most rewarding part - my employees.




September/October 2019

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Hill & Usher • 3033 North 44th Street, #300 • Phoenix, AZ 85018

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Ideal for landscaping or grounds keeping, the new FUSO FE Gas Truck redefines keeping your business moving. With car-like maneuverability and exceptional visibility, our gas trucks deliver high torque and power for effortless hauling, whether navigating city streets or suburban neighborhoods. Available in three models, the FE140, FE160 and FE180, FUSO trucks offer the perfect balance of efficiency and versatility needed to get the job done.



Hill & Usher Exclusive Markets, Special Attention.

About Hill & Usher.


ill & Usher was formed by Richard B Usher in 1995. Richard wrote Arizona’s Prompt Payment statute that was signed in to law in 2001. His speaking on indemnity and risk transfer fairness issues led to reforms in nearly a dozen states. Richard leads a team of 40 insurance professionals in Arizona focused on fairness, family and lifestyle for clients and employees.

Numbers Speak Volumes.

Workers’ Compensation Rates in 2019-2020

Rates are down. Insurance companies across the board are earning 10% returns on Workers Compensation, yet they continue to underwrite accounts individually. With low unemployment, this presents leverage. If you have a high E mod, get it under control with solid guidance. Seek advice. We don’t encourage shopping the renewal among agencies because a good agency will do that task for you. Instead, seek a qualified agency who will leverage knowledge and relationship to conduct market due diligence on pricing. The Workers Compensation line can often be appetizing to new insurance companies – the wrong move to the wrong insurance company will get you dumped next renewal – and paying double what you deserve, without alternative.

Get in touch with Hill & Usher

On your next renewal, get to know Hill & Usher by calling Steve Shields at 602-956-4220 or We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.


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Exclusive access to insurance markets saves dollars. Over two decades, Hill & Usher has saved clients millions of insurance premium dollars with exlusive programs, underwriting relationships and loss control. No Doubt About it: Commercial Auto Insurance is a Conundrum The problem with auto insurance premiums in Arizona is: (1) easy up front premium for insurance companies; (2) hiring difficulties that lead to unqualified drivers; (3) expensive auto repairs; (4) increase in tort activity for bodily injury and uninsured / underinsured motorist claims. The best managed fleets should expect an 8% increase in business auto insurance premiums – regardless of losses, history or careful management. Those landscapers who budget for business costs should wisely factor 10% premium increases for automobile insurance in to cost of doing business formulas at next renewal.

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RDO Equipment Sponsors the ALCA Member Mixer in July Full-Service Equipment Sales, Support, and Rental from RDO Equipment Co.


andscape companies have numerous needs Basic Maintenance and Full when it comes to their equipment fleet. Service RDO Equipment Co. can fulfill all these Daily, weekly, and longer-term preventative needs with a total solutions approach that includes maintenance is one of the best investments in a equipment sales, rental, parts, and service support. machine, and key to avoiding downtime. Whether a company has its own basic PM program or Finding the Right Machine Skid steer or compact track loader? Backhoe would like to take advantage of RDO’s skilled, or mini-excavator? There’s no shortage of the certified service technicians to care for equipment, types of landscape machines available to buy different packages are available to ensure machine or rent. The key is finding the right fit for each health and uptime. The RDO team knows that long-term relationunique company. ships matter and go beyond the sale of a machine. RDO works to understand customers’ needs, Our team strives to live and breathe our Core then advises the best machine. The team also has expertise in equipment technology like GPS Values, one of them to Build Customers for Life. machine control and can provide the training We’re proud to be a full-service equipment dealer and support to make it work for a customer’s and trusted partner to ALCA members. Learn more about compact construction bottom line. equipment, parts, and service from RDO EquipRent to Purchase ment Co. or find your nearest store at www. While many customers take advantage of the benefits of renting equipment from RDO, others start out renting a machine and decide it’s worth the investment to purchase. In these cases, RDO offers a rent-to-purchase option.

Thank you to Evergreen Turf for Sponsoring the ALCA June Mixer.


vergreen Turf was established in April of 1999 by Jeff Nettleton and Jimmy Fox as a small, friendly, locally owned and operated Arizona sod farm. The idea back then was to provide Arizona homeowners and landscape contractors with an elite, golf-quality product. Since then, Evergreen Turf has become the major sod provider not just for homeowners, and landscapers, but for Arizona’s demanding golf courses

and sports facilities. With more new golf courses and renovation projects than we can count, and thousands of commercial parks and home lawns installed, Evergreen Turf has become the major, locally-owned sod farm in Arizona. How did such a young company rise so quickly gain the confidence of an entire industry? The answer lies in Evergreen’s extraordinary people and an overriding commitment to our customers. Nowhere

can our neighbors in Arizona get better information on sod and turfgrass from friendlier, more knowledgeable people. We invite you to browse our website at for the answers to your sod questions or call 480-4561199 if you don’t find what you are looking for. Better yet, stop by and see us at our convenient location at 11407 E Germann Rd in Chandler.

September/October 2019




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ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician (ACIT) Training Opens this Fall!


repare yourself and your business for a lower-water-use future by becoming an ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician (ACIT). Water is life, and here in Arizona, water is not always treated as the precious resource it is. Shortages and rising costs dominate conversations about our water future, especially in our industry. The largest percentage of municipal water use goes to the landscape, so as landscape professionals, we have a duty to increase irrigation system efficiency, while optimizing water use for healthy and resilient plants. Today many of our landscapes waste amazing amounts of water – often using twice as much as the plants need – to mask inefficiencies in the systems. There are not enough qualified landscape professionals to properly maintain, troubleshoot,

repair and maximize the efficiency of these irrigation systems. This fall, ALCA will launch a training to prepare landscape professionals to earn the ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician designation. Hands-on activities throughout the training will focus on the skills and tools necessary to optimize the water usage and efficiency of existing irrigation systems. The program is not intended to cover primary irrigation design & installation.

The ALCA Cer�ed Irriga�on Technician (ACIT) program consists of a 3 day training including hands‐on ac�vi�es focused on the op�miza�on of water usage and the efficiency of exis�ng irriga�on systems.

2019 Calendar of Events September 12 ACLP Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office 13 Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) workshop – ALCA Office 14 ACLP Irrigation Tech I – ALCA Office 18 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by West Coast Turf 19 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office 21 ACLP Irrigation Tech I – Tucson

October 1 ALCA Board of Directors Meeting 10 ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis – ALCA Office 12 ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis – ALCA Office 17 ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office 19 ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis – Tucson 21 Deadline to make Wigwam Reservations for Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program 23 Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Arizona Wholesale Growers 30 AZ Certified Irrigation Technician Part 1 of 3 – ALCA Office

The ACIT training includes 3 modules: Site Assessment, Maximizing Efficiency, and Troubleshooting & Repair. ACIT candidates must attend all 3 workshop modules and pass a final exam to earn the certification. The program is open to ALCA members only at this time. We expect demand to be high for this program, so sign up soon! Questions? Email Heather Taylor, Education Coordinator at

 Site Assessment  Evaluate exis�ng irriga�on system using ALCA’s

irriga�on assessment checklist  Site condi�ons – general plant health, glaring problems, water type  Review plans or draw irriga�on diagram  Irriga�on components – inventory and condi�on  Zoning of sta�ons/controller scheduling  Assess system baseline performance  Determine precipita�on rates (PR)

 Maximizing Efficiency  Determine how much water and pressure is


LOCATION: ALCA Office 5425 E Bell Rd, #105, Sco�sdale 85254

Day 1: Wed, October 30 7:30 am—2:30 pm Site Assessment

Day 2: Wed, November 6 7:30 am—2:30 pm Maximizing Efficiency

Day 3: Wed, November 13 7:30 am—2:30 pm Troubleshoo�ng & Repair

needed  Manage pressure loss  Determine plant water needs and calculate ET rates  Calculate and maximize distribu�on uniformity (DU)  Properly calculate run �mes for maximum efficiency  Program “Smartly” – adjust controller schedules using ET  Use water management technology & techniques

COST: $450—includes lunch MUST BRING A MULTI‐METER

 Troubleshoo�ng & Repair  Iden�fy common irriga�on malfunc�ons  Iden�fy op�ons for dealing with the malfunc�ons  Choose the best op�on for the situa�on  Prac�ce the skills necessary to troubleshoot & repair


Must have a�ended and passed the ACLP Irriga�on Tech l workshop, or equivalent eld experience, including procient use of a mul�‐meter. Program is available to ALCA members only.


To become cer�ed, students must a�end ALL 3 workshops and pass an exam.

November 6

AZ Certified Irrigation Technician Part 2 of 3 – ALCA Office 13 AZ Certified Irrigation Technician Part 3 of 3 – ALCA Office 23 Annual ALCA Membership Meeting 23 ALCA Awards Program 28-29 Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed *Dates Are Subject To Change*

Arizona Landscape Contractors Associa�on 5425 E Bell Rd, #105 Sco�sdale, AZ 85254 (602) 626‐7091 • September/October 2019





ACLP Annuals & Perennials Safety First!


ric Clark, horticulturalist with Civano Growers, presented the ACLP Annuals & Perennials workshop on June 20. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Eric shared his expertise with the students as they learned how to choose the right color for the right season and how to plant and maintain color beds, wildflowers patches, roses, and flowering perennials. Thank you to Civano Growers for providing the beautiful annual and perennial specimens for the class, and for giving them away to the students after class.

ACLP Pesticides & Calibration


n July, ACLP focused on Safety & Tools with three workshops presented to nearly 100 students. Tony Acosta of Agave Environmental Contracting and Bob Franchetto of Horizon led the workshops. In Tucson, Shannon Scott of AAA Landscape was the instructor on July 20. Shannon, Bob and Tony covered how to use hand and power tools and small equipment safely and shared personal stories to illustrate how important it is to never get complacent with personal safety on the job. Officer Chase Livingston led the classes held at the ALCA office through truck and trailer safety and the laws that apply to most landscapers. Officer Larry Peacock presented truck & trailer safety in Tucson. Comments from the workshop included: “Providing information about trailer safety. I learned I need to make some changes” and “Learning new ways and how to actually use the proper tools safely”.


ver 100 students attended the ACLP Pesticides & Calibrations in June. Daniel Monson of BrightView was the instructor on June 13 and Jennifer Weber of Arizona Department of Agriculture was the instructor on a Saturday, June 15 at the ALCA office. In Tucson, Shannon Scott of AAA Landscape was the instructor on June 22. These dedicated volunteers instructed how to properly mix, load, apply, store and transport pesticides. Laws regarding pesticide use and the landscaper exemption were covered, and the class wrapped up with exercises in calibrations.


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September/October 2019


ACLP Turf Care & Installation


n July 18, 2019 Chris Dowdy of the City of Peoria presented ACLP Turf Care & Installation at the ALCA office. Evergreen Turf supplied turf samples so the students could see the differences in the varieties side by side and distinguish one from another. Chris led the students through planting and sod installation, and shared the turf care and maintenance techniques for our most commonly used varieties. Fall overseed and spring transition issues were covered. Proper cultural practices were stressed as the best way to prevent disease and weed problems in turf.

SAVE the DATE Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Recognize your employees, property managers and clients by allowing them to accept awards on stage with you.

The Wigwam Resort Litchfield Park

Receive industry recognition. Have fun with fellow colleagues and friends.

2:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting 5:00 pm Silent Auction and Cocktails 7:00 pm Awards Program

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SLM - Blue Marble Landscape


lue Marble Landscape hosted an in-house Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) workshop for their management team on July 9. ALCA’s Education Coordinator, Heather Taylor, presented the workshop. Blue Marble is excited to offer the continuing education to their team and share the Sustainable Landscape Management principles with their clients. They plan to offer another SLM workshop to their foremen. If you would like to set up an in-house SLM training for your company with a minimum of 15 students, please email Heather at Heather@ or call 602-626-7091.

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Courtesy Automotive Group (866) 980-4543 Please see our ad on page...................16

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...................20 West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 Please see our ad on page...................11


Hill & Usher (602) 667-1848 Please see our ad on page...................14 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply (602) 437-9530 Please see our ad on page...................23 Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) Please see our ad on page...................11 Hunter Industries (760) 744-5240 Please see our ad on page...................18 LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION TRAINING/TESTING

Metro Institute (602) 452-2901 Please see our ad on page...................18 LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT DEALER

Empire Cat 480-633-5320 Please see our ad on page...................15 LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES

Pioneer Landscape Centers (480) 739-6505 Please see our ad on page.....................2 LIGHTING

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

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 Please see our ad on page...................18 Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 Please see our ad on page.....................5 Arizona Wholesale Growers (623) 581-3100 Please see our ad on page...................22 Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC/Forrest Equipment Rentals (623) 935-1859 Please see our ad on page...................21 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (623) 247-8509 Please see our ad on page.....................5

ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS “Growing Forward” since 1982


Wilbur Ellis (480) 921-8500 Please see our ad on page.....................3 TREE MOVERS

AZ Big Tree Movers (602) 541-7762 Please see our ad on page...................22 TREES

Western Tree Company (602) 243-6125 Please see our ad on page.....................3 TRUCKS

Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu (866) 412-2712 Please see our ad on page.....................6 Empire Truck & Trailer 888-616-4303 Please see our ad on page...................15

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

4204 E. Lone Mountain Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-1968


All Season Wholesale Growers............18 Arid Zone Trees.....................................5 Arizona Wholesale Growers ................22 AZ Big Tree Movers.............................22 Brilliance LED, LLC..............................21 Chapman Chevrolet & Isuzu...................6 Courtesy Automotive Group................16 Desert Forrest Nursery, LLC/Forrest Equipment Rentals............21 Empire Southwest...............................15 Empire Truck & Trailer.........................15 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply...... 23 Hill & Usher.........................................14 Horizon...............................................11 Hunter Industries.................................18 Metro Institute.....................................18 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery......5 Pioneer Landscape Centers...................2 Southwest Sod....................................20 West Coast Turf..................................11 Western Tree Company.........................3 Wilbur Ellis............................................3

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

ISA Certified Arborist on staff. We locate plant material of all types and sizes.





September/October 2019

SOME DELIVER ROCKS. WE DELIVER VALUE. We’re here to help your hardscape project go smoothly. At Ewing, we go the distance for our customers. That means providing more than just top-quality rock, soil and landscape materials. We proudly offer same- and next-day product delivery from any of our convenient Arizona hardscape supply yards as well as industry expertise and personalized assistance, helping bring your hardscape ideas to life.