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President’s Message............................................................. 4 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6 Calendar of Events............................................................... 6 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 7

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses

New Members..................................................................... 7

Conducted Weekly

2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Santa Rita Landscaping, LLC. 8

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - DLC Resources, Inc.............. 9 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Sunburst Landscaping........ 10 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Crystal Falls Construction Services......................................................... 10 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Wickenburg Landscape...... 10 2021 ALCAs Excellence Awards - CareScape, Inc. ............... 11 2021 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors................. 11 ALCA Member Profile: The Synthetic Grass Store................... 12

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ALCA Member Profile: Arizona Turf Masters ......................... 12


ALCA Member Profile: Evergreen Turf, Inc............................. 14 ALCA Member Profile: SiteOne Landscape Supply................. 16 ALCA Member Profile: RDO................................................ 18 ACLP Schedule - September/October................................... 19 For the Love of Aloes.......................................................... 20

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Member Mixer: Enterprise Fleet........................................... 21 Member Mixer: All Season Wholesale Growers.................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22





Immediate Past President

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

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

Nickie Velten DTR Landscape Development, LLC

Secretary Kim Kleski

Kleski & Associates

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


Steve Shields

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, September/October 2022





Greetings from the ALCA President



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invest in other areas of your business— or just to give your business some breathing room. The perfect scenario is to refinance debt with lower rates and lower payments, but sometimes you’ll wind up having to choose between one or the other. Again, rates will continue to rise this year. Think ahead a year: your future self may be glad you locked in financing at today’s rates. There are many smart people out there and you should use any and all resources to help you with your individual needs. Change is inevitable, do all you can to weather the coming changes in our market. Position yourself for endurance and success. Talk to others who may be struggling with the same issues you may have. Collectively, and together, we can be successful! ALCA will be promoting some upcoming discussions that you should consider attending to help you make important decisions. As we now move into the later part of 2022, remember, let your voice be heard in November with your Vote! Plan, implement necessary changes to be successful, and let’s finish 2022 on a positive note! Until Next Time Stay Positive Dwight Faires ALCA Board President

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want in their outdoor living environments. Educate your key employees. 3. Lock in at Lower Rates - The Federal Reserve has already raised the federal funds rate twice in 2022, and several more rate increases are expected. Since business loan interest rates often track with this benchmark interest rate, its likely rates for many types of small business rates will rise. Getting a loan now before interest rates increase may be crucial. Even if you secure a loan with a variable rate that may go up in the future, you’re qualifying now based on current rates. That may be harder to do as rates climb. 4. Keep Cash Flowing - One reality of an economic slowdown is that your customers may also pay more slowly. Stress to your staff that finishing projects on time, providing the highest quality service possible, and going a step above customer expectations will make a difference when asking for progress or final payments! Don’t give your clients a reason to drag their feet when paying you. You still have payroll and bills to pay. You are depending on getting paid! 5. Refinancing - If your business is carrying debt, you may be able to refinance or consolidate debt with less expensive financing. A lower rate means more of your payment goes toward paying down the balance, rather than toward interest or fees. And lower payments can free up cash flow to

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uly is gone. Kids are back in school. Football is in full swing and Halloween decorations will be hitting store shelves near you soon! Where has the time gone????? Much has happened this year and ALCA is leading the way with new and exciting additions and changes. As most of you have heard, Judy will be retiring as ALCA’s CEO at the end of the year. Albeit a sad chapter in our history, we knew this day would come at some point. The Executive Board has been working with Judy to find a replacement and we could not be happier with our selection. Please read Judy’s message and announcement of our new Executive Director! On the note of CHANGE: have you as a business owner stopped to consider current and future market changes? Have you noticed that housing stats are showing some signs of slowing with increased interest rates? Have you set up a business plan that will help you survive the next 2 years, 5 Dwight Faires years, 10 years? A good 2022 ALCA President business model should consider and possibly implement the following. I will first state that, I am not a financial planner and if I owned a business, I would be considering some of these items. Please consult with you own financial planner to discuss your specific needs. The ideas listed below came from a blog on written by Gerri Detweiler May 31, 2022. There are numerous ways you can try to prepare for weathering the next recession, from cutting costs to diversifying services provided. Having access to financing may help small businesses when cash flow is uncertain, and can provide funding needed if the business needs to pivot to provide the products or services that are in demand. 1. Line up a Line of Credit - The ideal time to get a line of credit is before you need it. If your business faces a cash crunch, it may be harder to qualify. Banks have the strictest standards for lines of credit, but offer the lowest interest rates, while online lenders are often more flexible on qualification requirements and can make credit decisions very quickly. 2. Finance for Growth - While you may be tempted to slash costs, don’t ignore opportunities to grow your business. Learn about new trends that home owners

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What’s Up at ALCA? Routines are great. You get faster and better at what you do. But it can also be a trap to remain the status quo. So, when members make suggestions or offer ideas, it creates an important opportunity for improvement and growth. ALCA’s Education Coordinator, Heather Taylor, continually updates ALCA’s educational and certification programs. Improper tree and shrub pruning is one of the most difficult challenges to educate not only the landscape industry but the public at large. ALCA members have been asking for detailed pruning schedules to help address this challenge. ALCA has created a publication, “Plant Pruning Schedule - The First 100”, a guide for proper pruning of 100 common plants found in the Desert Southwest. Pruning is the intentional removal of plant parts. Pruning should only be done when necessary and at the right time of year and use the natural growth form of the plant as the goal. Along with photos, each page in the publication will include the bloom period, pruning time, proper pruning techniques and helpful tips for trees, palms, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, flowering perennials, cacti, non-cacti succulents and grasses. You may expect to see a copy by the end of October. Then stay tuned for “The Second 100.” One of ALCA’s goals and mission is to promote continued education and what better way to increase knowledge of hard workers in the field than to offer the workshops in Spanish. Translation for the AZ Certified Landscape Professional workshops has begun. Bear with us as we translate the power points, film new videos, create exams and update the website

to accommodate the online Spanish exams. More announcements to come in the near future. And soon there will be another change at ALCA as I start a new chapter in my retired life. For the past twenty years, I have been blessed to work at a job that I love and with so many people that I love dearly. I am truly grateful for the trust that you have given me to run the Association. While this is not my final farewell speech, I will transition my responsibilities and duties to a new Executive Director by the time I leave at the end of the year. I could not be more thrilled to announce that Barb Shehan, who began her career in March as ALCA’s Business Manager, has accepted the position as ALCA’s Executive Director as of August 1. From the start, Barb has demonstrated her commitment to go above and beyond and do whatever it takes to help ALCA succeed. She has a contagious, positive and enthusiastic attitude that has gained her the respect of the Board and ALCA members. Ladies and gentlemen, I am confident that you are in great hands with Barb leading the association! Until later, Judy Gausman, CEO

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2022 Calendar of Events SEPTEMBER 5 Labor Day – ALCA Office Closed 15 ACLP Irrigation – ALCA Office or Zoom 17 ACLP Irrigation – Randolph Center, Tucson 21 ALCA Member Mixer – Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation 22 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration – ALCA Office or Zoom 23 Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Workshop 28 Drought Prepardness - Efficient Irrigation




Barb Shehan, Executive Director and Judy Gausman, ALCA CEO

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11 ALCA Board of Directors Meeting 13 ACLP Plant Problem – ALCA Office or Zoom 14 Deadline for Sheraton Grand Reservations for ALCA Awards Gala 15 ACLP Plant Problem – Randolph Center, Tucson 20 ACLP Safety & Tools – ALCA Office or Zoom 26 ALCA Member Mixer – Sponsored by Rain Bird 27 ALCA Certified Irrigation Tech (Day 1) – at ALCA Office or Zoom


ALCA Certified Irrigation Tech (Day 2) – at ALCA Office or Zoom 10 ALCA Certified Irrigation Tech (Day 3) – at ALCA Office or Zoom 19 Annual ALCA Membership Meeting 19 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program 25 Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed *Dates Subject to Change*

NEW MEMBERS AZ Home & Landscape Services, LLC

Bryan Reed I955 W Baseline Rd, Ste 113-234 Mesa, AZ 85202 (480) 200-9597 | We are a small business offering complete landscaping services including but not limited to irrigation, sprinkler, lighting, turf and tree care. Contractor Class 1

Design Tree Maintenance

Justin Kett 1635 W Parkview Ln Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ 85085 (602) 550-0471 | Our talented team includes multiple certified arborists, tree safety professionals, and certified tree workers to ensure you have unparalleled care for your landscape and tree removal services year-round. Contractor Class 4

Dusty Landscaping, LLC

Kenya Felix 5425 South 3 St #1, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (480) 749-3789 We provide landscaping and irrigation services. Serving a wide range of customers, including: municipalities, general contractors, shopping centers, apartments complexes and single-family residences. Certified arborist and qualified horticulture professional on every job. Contractor Class 1


Austin Lahr 7032 E Cortez Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (602) 909-0282 | Proprietary chemical technology Associate Class 2

Hillman Workshop

Aaron Hillman 2901 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (480)686-2001 | Landscape architectural practice Architects & Designers

LandCom, LLC

Daniel Moreno 1334 W Angus Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 (602) 515-1101 | Full-service landscaping services. Contractor Class 1

Left Branch Landscape Designs

Jack Dyer 13210 N 21st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029 (612) 889-7722 | Offering tailored landscape design and pool design services, we are committed to blueprinting your dreams from formative ideas into working, collaborative, and fully-fleshed concepts and beyond. Architects & Designers

Lovitt & Touche, a Marsh & McLennan Agency

Patty Cashin 1050 W Washington St, Ste 233 Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 375-8176 | Commercial Insurance broker providing business insurance and employee benefits. Associate Class 4

McConnell Nursery & Landscaping

Lauren McConnell 2545 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716 (520) 990-8578 | We offer a great variety in plant materials including drought tolerant plants. Licensed & bonded for over 45 years & A+ rating with BBB. Contractor Class 3

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Charles Bowen 2354 Meridian St, Falls Church, VA 55046 (330) 703-1848 | OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars. Associate Class 3

Rainbow Ecoscience

Jim Ramos 11571 K Tel Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55343 (877) 272-6747 Founded in 1976, we have been practicing plant healthcare (PHC) for over 40 years. Combining world-class horticultural and arboricultural research with a ground-up understanding of the day-to-day operations of running a service company gives Rainbow unique insights within the Green Industry. We are here to help you understand the issues your client’s properties are facing and get you the tools you need to find the solution. Associate Class 1

Southwest Turf Pros

Maximilian Peoples 8042 E Del Cristal Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (602) 617-6789 | We are a landscape construction and design company that specializes in artificial grass installation and other hardscape. We install irrigation, landscape lighting and other types of softscapes. Contractor Class 1

Yeppis Landscape Services LLC

Lisa Gomez 2212 N 49th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035 (602) 335-9966 We specialize in hardscape and irrigation systems installations. Contractor Class 2

Special Thank You to our ALCA Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Arizona CLA

Horizon Distributors, Inc


Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire

Belgard Hardscapes Civano Growers

LeBaron and Carroll, LLC Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems

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Northwestern Mutual

Evergreen Turf, Inc

Rain Bird Corporation


Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Sims Business Systems

RDO Equipment Co

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Santa Rita Landscaping, LLC

Sponsored by:

DeHerrera Residence Residential Installation $25,001 - $50,000 Award of Distinction

Robson Communities Quail Creek 1793 Model Model Home Installation Under $100,000 Judges Award

Lazy K Bar Ranch Commercial Installation $500,001-$1 Million Commercial Maintenance $30,001 - $50,000, Awards of Distinction




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Casper Residence Residential Installation $50,001 - $70,000 Judges Award

Saguaro Trails Community Park Commercial Installation $1 - $3 Million Award of Distinction


2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards DLC Resources, Inc

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Windgate Ranch Community Association Commercial Maintenance $350,001 - $500,000, Award of Excellence

Verrado Community Association Aussie Out. quarter ad 112619.pdf 1 11/26/19 Commercial Maintenance Over page $1 Million, Award of Excellence

WestWing Mountain Homeowners Association Commercial Maintenance $500,001 - $1 Million, Judges Award

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Crystal Falls Construction Services

Sponsored by:

Ennis Residence, Residential Installation $300,001 - $500,000 Award of Excellence

Wickenburg Landscape

Sponsored by:

Olander Residence, Residential Installation $125,001 - $175,000 Award of Distinction

Sunburst Landscaping Sponsored by: Landis Residence Residential Installation $125,001 - $175,000 Award of Distinction

Gannarelli Residence Residential Installation $50,001 - $70,000, Judges Award


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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Awards CareScape, Inc.

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2021 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors Brilliance LED, LLC

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

Latitude Retirement & Hillspring Financial

Tre Vicino Commercial Maintenance $150,001 - $200,000 Award of Distinction

Stone Butte Commercial Maintenance $250,001 - $350,000 Award of Excellence

Latitude Retirement serves and expresses their flexibility in crafting retirement plan solutions that meet your unique needs. (602) 833-8620 | Hillspring Financial is dedicated to helping people successfully manage their financial resources, so they can pursue the activities they enjoy most in life. (623) 583-6141|

RDO Equipment Co

RDO Equipment Co sells and services John Deere construction equipment, Hitachi, and WIRTGEN GROUP equipment as well as provides construction technology solutions from Topcon, Carlson Machine Control, Sokkia, and more. (602) 415-4700 |

Sprinkler World of Arizona, Inc

Going strong since we opened our doors in 1975, we provide irrigation & landscape supplies. Metro Phoenix: (800) 678-3764 | Metro Tucson: (800) 707-9335

Sun Country Truck

From landscape bodies and flatbeds to hitches and accessories, we provide the best in custom manufactured truck bodies and factory equipment in the Southwest. (602) 438-4956 | Blue Horizons, Commercial Maintenance $350,001 - $500,000 Award of Excellence

The Toro Company/Irritrol/ Unique Lighting Systems

We strengthen our position as a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf maintenance, snow and ice management, landscape, rental and specialty construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Brian Qualls | (480) 381-6901 Brian Whitcher | (602) 509-4501 Paul Tammelleo | (602) 315-3637

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The Synthetic Grass Store


he Synthetic Grass Store, your premier synthetic grass experts, has remained focused on customer service, quality products, and competitive pricing. We offer a one-stop shopping experience where homeowners and contractors can get everything needed to complete a project. This approach has led to our continued success, and we look forward to celebrating our 15th anniversary in 2023. As one of the largest stocking wholesalers in the country, we keep over 4,000,000 sq ft of turf in stock and offer competitive tiered pricing to landscape contractors. The Synthetic Grass Store has four locations in Arizona and two in Southern California with shipping available throughout Canada and the United States. We offer a comprehensive line of international and American-made turfs for every application, and our purchasing power allows us to special order turfs we do not keep in stock. We also carry a variety of infills, nails, glues, tools, and putting green supplies. All of our locations have tools for rent, including power brooms, gas-powered compactors, and drop spreaders for applying infill. Please call ahead to confirm availability of rental tools. Our standard turf lineup includes grasses designed for lawns, pets, putting greens, commercial applications, and our SGS Power Play system for playgrounds. We stock a variety of turfs that have been carefully chosen to provide a broad choice of color, texture, and durability, with options for every budget. As grass technology evolves, we continually evaluate and refine our lineup to make sure we are offering the absolute best turf in the industry. As the water crisis continues to deepen in the southwest, The Synthetic Grass Store has made it our mission to inspire affordable, eco-friendly landscapes through superior customer service and premium materials. We believe that synthetic grass can help homeowners, commercial properties, and municipalities conserve valuable resources while maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces. We can provide enhanced specifications for architects and can provide free samples of any of our turfs. If you have any questions concerning an upcoming synthetic grass project, contact our Business Development Director, Stan Moscrip at 602-828-4918 or Stan has many years of experience in the turf industry, and he is a great resource for your specific project.

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rizona Turf Masters is one of the most experienced artificial turf installers in Arizona, and the sister company of The Synthetic Grass Store. A focus on quality, workmanship, and customer satisfaction has made us one of the most trusted names in the industry. With thousands




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of turf installations completed, Arizona Turf Masters are truly experts in the field. Our team is adept at helping customers realize their vision with artificial turf, whether it is a dream backyard, new putting green, or a spectacular high-rise rooftop. Our experienced estimators are standing by to help customers choose the right material for their application and budget. As the synthetic turf landscape continues to evolve, AZTM has risen to meet new challenges and new customer needs. We have specific solutions dedicated to pets, playgrounds, commercial applications, putting greens, and more. Quality materials and quality installations are what our customers have come to expect. Local and state governments are coming around to the potential of synthetic grass, and in 2022 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2131. This allows homeowners to install synthetic grass in HOA areas that allow natural grass. This is a major positive development, and we look forward to artificial turf gaining in popularity going forward. Although the state of Arizona is one of the best at managing water resources, the drought in the southwest presents an ongoing challenge, and everyone must do their part. Natural grass is increasingly seen by homeowners and governments as an unnecessary drain on water resources, with many areas offering incentives for removing grass. We feel that we have an important role to play in helping to realize attractive, low-maintenance, and water-conscious landscapes. For more information, go to

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rass in the Desert? Why, Yes! Wherever people live and play, there is a need for grass! COVID has taught us a lot of lessons, (most of them we hope to never repeat), but one of the lessons that resonates with our industry, people more than ever, want to be outdoors. They want fresh air. They want to connect with nature. They want to live a healthy lifestyle. For anyone with small children or pets, that means natural grass under their bare feet! Literally! The pandemic brought better than expected sales to the sod industry last year. The pandemic helped increase the rounds of golf, which in turn, created a demand for sod repair work and upgrades to golf courses. Sports fields are increasing in demand as youth sports are at an all-time high. With a little extra time spent at home for many people, homeowners began to remodel and rejuvenate their living spaces, inside and out. Natural grass saw a huge resurgence as people realized that life outdoors is more pleasant with cool grass underfoot. As we face record drought and record heat, many people feel that grass has no place in the desert, but the reality is, if people are going to live in this desert, then the responsible use of grass will be a part of our lives. How do we balance the use of grass while saving water? At Evergreen Turf our first priority has always been to help our customers find the best grass for their specific needs. Evergreen Turf grows more than 10 different grasses, just for Arizona, each with its own specific use to ensure the success of our recreational space in the Sonoran Desert. TifTuf has made a splash the last few years. After rigorous testing in Arizona and California, we can confirm that it is the most drought tolerant bermudagrass on the market today. You will begin to see its use on golf courses and sport fields first. We are beginning to see homeowners request TifTuf as they hope to lower their water bill by using this grass. As landscapes and trees mature, we see shade lines extending into grass areas. No grass can tolerate 100% shade in Arizona, but TifGrand and Palmetto St. Augustine both tolerate as little as 4-6 hours of sunlight. The right grass for the right application! Midiron is still king of our landscape grasses, the main reason, it is the easiest grass to maintain – the easiest to overseed, and the best transitioning grass from overseeding. It can be mowed at 3 inches or half an inch; it is drought tolerant and produces very little thatch. Tifway is still the standard for sports turf and golf course fairways in Arizona. A durable hybrid that makes a great playing surface for athletes – grown on soil or sand. Tifgreen, once the standard for golf course putting greens, it is now used for high quality fairways, home lawns and even a few low use sports fields. Honorable mention: Other grasses that have specialized uses are MiniVerde Ultra-dwarf, TifEagle Ultra-dwarf, TifDwarf, and Kurapia. Evergreen Turf was established 23 years ago right here in Arizona. We now have operations in New Mexico, Southwest Texas, and California. No matter which of our farms you deal with, you can be sure that we will help you choose the right grass, for the right location, grown the right way! For more information, go to




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Three Considerations Before Buying your Next Compact Construction Equipment


ith the market’s high inflation rate, businesses must carefully consider its decision to add to its fleet. RDO Equipment Co. team members share their expertise so business owners can find equipment to get the job done at the right price. Often, compact construction equipment (CCE) helps landscapers to efficiently complete jobs. Both skid steers and compact track loaders (CTLs) are dependable machines that can dig, load grade and move materials. These machines are highly advantageous for landscapers and precisions projects because of their exceptional maneuverability. They can also adapt rather easily to a range of project needs by adding on attachments such as buckets, brooms and pushers. There are any number of reasons to consider adding either machine to a fleet, whether business is growing, or existing equipment is aging out. Before you make that investment, RDO Equipment Co. sales professional Rob Mommsen offers a few suggestions on choosing the right piece of CCE. The first piece of advice from Mommsen is to look at what your current projects might be telling you about your future. “When thinking about buying CCE, consider current and future projects,” says RDO Equipment Co. sales professional Rob Mommsen. “Sometimes jobs completed in the previous months give clues to future opportunities.”

1. Start from the ground up

CTLs are often the go-to choice for many landscapers because of their turf-friendly low ground pressure, reducing disruption as well as clean-up time. With their tracks, CTLs are also high performers in loose, soil, sandy or muddy environments, Mommsen explains.CTLs also offer heft and can push off better and lift more. They also have a slight edge over skid steers for operator comfort. On the other hand, skid steers are great on harder surfaces like concrete and asphalt. They are also a little faster and lighter than CTLs, meaning they are a little heavier to transport but also have higher clearance which may make them easier to load.

2. Count your pennies when it comes to costs beyond the price

Consider that your total cost of any machine will extend beyond just the purchase price. Mommsen recommends paying attention to dealership quote details including warranty and service plans. “Many times, customers buy an affordable machine, and find the aftercare service is lacking,” he says. Mommsen recommends comparing warranty, interest rates and long-term costs.

3. Consider the long-term care of the machine

In terms of skid steers or CTLs, they require a similar commitment to preventative maintenance. Doing so will ensure that the machines perform their best and last as long as expected. “The big differentiating part is tires vs. tracks, and both of those should be checked on a regular basis,” Mommsen says. “Tire pressure on skid steers, track tension and adjustment on CTLs.” Mommsen recommends having the aftercare discussion before buying equipment. There are any number of additional considerations that may influence your decision about whether to purchase a skid steer or CTL. One of the best ways to clarify the decision is to speak with an expert at your local equipment dealership. Learn more about compact construction equipment, parts, and service at or scan the QR code on the page to get connected to the RDO store in Phoenix, Arizona.




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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

Sept / Oct 2022 ACLP Schedule Cost:

$60/ALCA Member $120/Non‐Member *** Non‐Refundable *** Register: Loca�ons: ALCA Office—5425 E Bell Rd #105, Sco�sdale AZ 85254 Randolph Center (auditorium)—200 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85711

Irriga�on— CEUs: 4 = IA        

Common irriga�on components Basic hydraulics Precipita�on rates Irriga�on controller programming Valve troubleshoo�ng Drip irriga�on and smart controllers Pipe repairs & adjus�ng sprinklers Troubleshoo�ng valves, controllers and sprinklers

Dates to choose from:

Sept 15

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—12:30 PM

Sept 17

Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00AM—2:00 PM Or Recording w/Live Facilitator 7:30AM—12:00PM

Pes�cides and Calibra�on— CEUs: ISA = 3.75 PMD = 4 CEUs     

Gather health, safety & pes�cide use informa�on from product labels How to mix, load and apply pes�cides so that the product is applied correctly and evenly Reduce the risk of contamina�on to us, other people, animals and the environment by applying pes�cides responsibly Prevent, recognize & respond to pes�cide‐related emergencies Properly calibrate pes�cide applica�on equipment

Plant Problem Diagnosis — CEUs: ISA = 3.75 PMD = 4 CEUs      

Differen�ate between plant stress disorders and biological diseases Discuss the importance of proper plant care in an urban environment Iden�fy common weeds and recommend appropriate control methods Recognize common insects and determine what controls are needed Determine if a pathogen is present and if it is treatable Iden�fy plant nutrient deciencies and how to treat accordingly

Safety & Tools — CEUs: ISA = 3.75        

Selec�on, use, and maintenance of non‐power tools Hedge trimmer safety Trimmer and brush cu�er safety Chain saw safety DPS Officer will share informa�on about truck and trailer safety and the rules and regula�ons that apply to these vehicles Pre‐trip inspec�ons for trucks and trailers Weight limits and types of registra�on Loading and covering vehicles correctly

Sept 22

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Dates to choose from:

Oct 13

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

Oct 15

Randolph Center—Tucson 9:00AM—1:00 PM Or Recording w/Live Facilitator 7:30AM—12:00PM

Oct 20

ALCA Office or Zoom 7:30 AM—11:30 AM

What is the ACLP cer�ca�on process? Anyone may a�end the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become ACLP cer�ed, each student must par�cipate in all 10 workshops and pass the exams. Students will be declared an AZ Cer�ed Landscape Professional when he/she receives a minimum score of 70% on each of the exams. Ques�ons: Contact the ALCA office at (602) 626‐7091 or email Arizona Landscape Contractors Associa�on • 5425 E Bell Rd, #105 Sco�sdale, AZ 85254 (602) 626‐7091 •


For the Love of Aloes Article by Cindy Odgers


loes are popular plants with a long history of use by humans in various ways, including landscape beautification, medicinal value, and pollinator attractant. Over 500 species are currently identified, with four species known for medicinal properties. Unlike agaves which are New World plants, aloes are Old World plants originating in Africa. Even though they are grown worldwide, aloes are native to sub-Saharan Africa, the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, Madagascar, and other islands in the Indian Ocean. The center of diversity for aloes is South Africa, which hosts more than 120 species. Previously considered part of the lily family LILIACEAE, aloes have significant differences from lilies and are in the family ASPHODELACEAE. Aloes have fleshy spiny leaves arranged in neat rosettes and flowers clustered in groups on candle-like or cone-shaped stalks. The flowers are tubular and come in many colors, from white to yellow to orange and nearred. Fruits are dry capsules containing black seeds. The range of sizes of the species varies widely from small grass-like aloes such as Aloe descoingsii to large tree-like aloes such as Aloe bainesii that can grow to 45 feet tall with a 35-foot spread. Aloes grow in various climates, including deserts, grasslands, and coastal and alpine locations. Aloe polyphylla can grow at 11,500 feet above sea level. Aloes grow in rocky or gravelly soils but thrive in richer soils along-




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side grasses, rock cracks, crevices, or sand. In Africa, aloes are pollinated by sunbirds, while in the Americas, they are pollinated by hummingbirds. Aloes have adapted to their environments in several different ways. They have a unique kind of photosynthesis called CAM that minimizes water loss; they can store large amounts of water in the leaves, and a waxy coating on the leaf surface minimizes moisture loss. Aloes have developed spines along the leaf margins and sometimes throughout the leaf surface, as well as a bitter exudate produced just under the leaf surface to deter feeding upon by desert wildlife. Aloes require little care but do best with good drainage and plenty of sunlight. Fertilize only lightly in mid-spring and late summer. Pests are rarely a problem. Propagate aloes by using seeds or offsets produced at the base of the plants. They are primarily long-lived plants, especially larger species. A specific Aloe dichotoma was estimated to be between 100-145 years old, while some exceptionally tall specimens (over 33 feet) of Aloe marlothii may be over 200 years old. Sometimes aloes may be confused with agaves. Differences in the leaf margin and marginal teeth make a clear vegetative distinction between aloes and agaves. In agaves, the marginal teeth are always of a different and distinct tissue with a fine line of demarcation. In aloes, there is no such border; what look like teeth on closer examination are just elongations of the leaf. In all agaves, the vascular system elongates through the leaf, creating fibers that run the entire length of the leaf. Aloe leaves are gelatinous in the interior, never with the fibers present in agaves. Aloes make beautiful additions to gardens due to their bold architectural forms, vibrantly colored flowers, and ability to attract hummingbirds. They are commonly planted in groups or clusters and serve as accent plants along borders or other succulents. They blend well in perennial, tropical, and desert landscape gardens and as potted plants. They offer some of the best colors for Arizona gardens with their impressive and long-lasting flowers shown during late winter and spring. Some recommended aloes for Arizona landscapes include: Aloe barbadensis – Medicinal Aloe Aloe dawei – Dawe’s Aloe Aloe ferox – Cape Aloe or Tree Aloe Aloe maculata (A. saponaria) – Soap Aloe, Zebra Aloe Aloe marlothii – Flat-Flowered Aloe Aloe striata – Coral Aloe Aloe variegata – Partridge Breast Aloe Aloe x hybrid – Blue Elf Aloe


Enterprise Fleet


nother great Member Mixer in the books! Thank you, Enterprise Fleet Management, for hosting the June mixer at Aunt Chilada’s. With hands-on management, award-winning technology, and the infrastructure and expertise of Enterprise, the world’s largest fleet operator, we’ll show you how far an exceptional fleet program can take your organization while saving you thousands. In addition to some great raffle prizes donated by Enterprise Fleet, $2,000 was raised for an ALCA family member in need. Thank you to everyone that came out and made generous donations.

Fall Is The Time To Overseed, A to Z Has Everything You Need

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All Season Wholesale Growers


big thank you to Beth Postma, owner of All Season Wholesale Growers for sponsoring the July mixer at the beautiful Lou’s Bar & Grill at Papago Golf Club. All Season Wholesale Growers is a full-service, wholesale nursery that specializes in providing high quality trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines. They set themselves apart by providing consistent, premium customer service and quality plant material. Plant brokerage services and educated advice on species selection are advantages they offer to assist you in creating healthy, lasting and valuable landscapes. In addition to raffling off some great prizes, proceeds from the 50/50 raffle in the amount of $500 was donated to an ALCA family member in need.

•Seed •Power Rakes •Mowers •Fertilizer •Spreaders •Blades •Manure Spreaders •Burlap Quantity Discounts On Select Parts * See an A to Z representative for details regarding fleet qualifications.

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Central Phoenix

4050 E Indian School Rd. 602-955-5100

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Macor Associates, Inc. (602) 989-9960 | Please see our ad on page...................22

Professional, Personalized, and Experienced Guidance in the Sale and Acquisition of Arizona Businesses


Irrigation Association (703) 536-7080 https://www.irrigation. org/2022show/?utm_source=website_ ALCA Please see our ad on page...................13

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Arizona Nursery Association (480) 966-1610 | Please see our ad on page...................13 INSURANCE

Hill & Usher (602) 667-1848 | Please see our ad on page...................22 IRRIGATION PRODUCTS & SYSTEMS

Horizon (800) PVCTURF (782-8873) Please see our ad on page...................17 Hunter Industries (760) 744-5240 | Please see our ad on page...................15

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for you.

Hill & Usher’s Trim Risk for Maintenance or Construction

602.667.1848 •

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Metro Institute (602) 452-2900 | Please see our ad on page.....................3 LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT

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

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





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Arizona Olives & Ornamentals LLC (602) 833-8252 | Please see our ad on page...................16 SOD/TURF

Evergreen Turf, Inc. (480) 456-1199 | Please see our ad on page..... Back Cover Southwest Sod (602) 271-4266 | Please see our ad on page...................20 West Coast Turf (888) 893-8873 | Please see our ad on page...................10 SUPPLYING LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

Wilbur Ellis (480) 921-8500 | Please see our ad on page...................14 TRADE SHOW

Equip Exposition (844) 770-2963 | Please see our ad on page.....................2 TREE MOVERS



Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Landscape Materials (602) 353-1020 | Please see our ad on page.....................5

A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales........21 All Season Wholesale Growers..............3 Arid Solutions Nursery........................12 Arid Zone Trees...................................13 Arizona Nursery Association................13 Arizona Olives & Ornamentals LLC......16 Arizona Wholesale Growers ..................5 Australian Outback Plantation................9 AZ Big Tree Movers.............................22 Brilliance LED, LLC................................6 Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Landscape Materials.............................5 Equip Exposition....................................2 Evergreen Turf, Inc................ Back Cover Hill & Usher.........................................22 Horizon...............................................17 Hunter Industries.................................15 Irrigation Association...........................13 Macor Associates, Inc.........................22 Material Delivery, Inc. dba MDI Rock....17 Metro Institute.......................................3 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery......4 Pioneer Landscape Centers.................23 Southwest Sod....................................20 Stotz Equipment..................................11 V&P Nurseries.....................................15 Vermeer Southwest...............................5 West Coast Turf..................................10 Western Tree Company.......................18 Wilbur Ellis..........................................14

Material Delivery, Inc. dba MDI Rock (602) 569-8722 | Please see our ad on page...................17 Pioneer Landscape Centers (480) 739-6505 | Please see our ad on page...................23

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A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales (480) 539-8700 | Please see our ad on page...................21 Stotz Equipment (623) 936-7131 | Please see our ad on page...................11 Vermeer Southwest (480) 249-5111 | Please see our ad on page.....................5


Tree Relocation Service

Australian Outback Plantation (623) 780-8500 Please see our ad on page.....................9 Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (623) 247-8509 | Please see our ad on page.....................4 V&P Nurseries (480) 917-9847 | Please see our ad on page...................15


Brilliance LED, LLC (800) 867-2108 | Please see our ad on page.....................6 NURSERIES

All Season Wholesale Growers (602) 276-0230 | Please see our ad on page.....................3 Arid Solutions Nursery (602) 437-5194 Please see our ad on page...................12 Arid Zone Trees (480) 987-9094 | Please see our ad on page...................13 Arizona Wholesale Growers (623) 581-3100 Please see our ad on page.....................5

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...................18

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