ALCA September/October 2021

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September/October 2021

Caring for Plants in a Changing Climate The Secret Life of Agaves Team Taylor “Run With Dad” COVER PHOTO: LANDSCAPING BY ANDRÉ



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President’s Message............................................................. 4


Team Taylor – “Run with Dad”............................................... 4


New Members..................................................................... 5 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 5 Calendar of Events............................................................... 5 Remembering Kevin Oglesby................................................. 6 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - CareScape......................... 8 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - GPM Landscape.................. 9 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Stone Creek Landscaping & Design....................................................... 10 2020 ALCAs Excellence Awards - Landscaping by André....... 10 2020 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors................. 11 ALCA Member Profile: Unique Lighting Systems..................... 12 ALCA Member Profile: SiteOne Landscape Supply................. 13 ALCA Member Profile: RDO Equipment................................. 14

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ALCA Member Profile: The Synthetic Grass Store/ Arizona Turf Masters.......................................................... 15


Caring for Plants in a Changing Climate............................... 16


ACLP Schedule.................................................................. 17 The Secret Life of Agaves.................................................... 18


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ALCA Mixer: We Are Back!................................................ 20 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Chief Executive Officer


Judy Gausman

Immediate Past President


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

Clayton Graham Sundance Landscape & Maintenance Vice President

Nickie Velten DTR Landscape Development, LLC

Secretary Kim Kleski

Kleski & Associates


Steve Shields

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ell I hope everyone is finally enjoying our Monsoon Weather! I must say it is a relief to see all of the much needed water. As this precious resource is NOT in abundant supply, let’s all be mindful of our designs and maintenance habits to do our part to save every gallon possible. Better management of this resource on our part may prevent restrictions in the future that will affect us all. More to come on this topic in the next issue. Speaking of designs and maintenance, I happen to know that our awards program this year is going to be a smashing success! The amount of entries, number of entries per company, and the number of different companies submitting is nothing less than STELLER! I would like to thank everyone who is participating in this year’s awards program. Because of you, we are going to have an awesome night to reward you all for your hard work. Use this opportunity to show your appreciation to you staff - especially in these trying times! More importantly, promote yourselves and gain more business. People like to do business with Winners. Use this to your advantage!

We held our first member mixer in June since Covid-19 shut everything down. I will be the first to say it was great to see all of you who attended. The hugs, handshakes, and in person conversations were refreshing and warmed the heart. Thank you Hunter Industries & FX Luminaire Dwight Faires for sponsoring this much needed event. In July, we 2021 ALCA President once again came together at the mixer sponsored by SiteOne Landscape Supply. Be sure to check out the photos in this issue. Stay hydrated, stay safe in this summer heat, and watch out for the kiddo’s as it is already back to school time. PSA – No speeding in school zones, and stop for buses with their flashers on. Remind your crews… Until Next Time, Dwight Faires, ALCA Board President

Team Taylor – “Run with Dad”


onderful things happen when people are inspired and come together in support of a colleague and friend. Wade Taylor is a top performing sales professional at SiteOne Landscape Supply, husband, and father of three. As a father to his son Lewis, who has special needs, Wade understood how important his personal health was to his family and decided to go on a journey of self-transformation. Encouraged by friends, Wade committed himself to a rigorous training regimen that is nothing short of amazing. Nearly two years ago, Wade joined the community at CrossFit Full Strength and devoted his mind, body and spirit towards health and fit-

Team Hoyt crosses the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts

Wade’s circle of support took notice of Team Taylor’s new endeavor and conspired to provide the duo with their very own custom Hoyt racing chair. Good friends Mark Gabbard with Sunburst Landscaping, along with Ben Mimran with Rain Bird, and Kraig Wilson with SiteOne Landscape Supply led the effort. Along with a host of friends, family, coworkers, customers, and fellow Cross fitters, they raised the money to purchase this amazing piece of equipment. The group gathered on June 22 at CrossFit Full Strength to unveil and present the chair to Lewis and Wade. Many ran alongside Team Taylor as they broke in the chair with a 1 mile run.

Team Taylor “Run with Dad”

Pictured Ben Mimran, Wade Taylor, Mark Gabbard, Kraig Wilson

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ness. In those two years Wade has dropped nearly 100 pounds and gained In his speech to the crowd, Wade said, “We are so grateful and humbled unmeasurable strength by dedicating himself to CrossFit six days a week. to receive this gift. ‘Run with Dad.’ Three words from Lewis sent a clear Years ago, Wade was inspired by the story Team Hoyt – a father and son message and set this journey in motion. My intent is to give back ten-fold duo that participated in many endurance events with by inspiring others to start their own journey and to father Dick Hoyt supporting his son Rick, who has take the first step to improve their lives and create the disabilities, to cross the finish lines as a team. Wade best version of themselves. I still have a long way to was reminded of the Hoyts this spring when the father go on my own journey - but, if I can help and inspire Dick passed away and Team Hoyt was on the news. someone then I have done more than I ever set out to Wade took a look at his own progress and decided do. Here’s to the beginning of ‘Run with Dad.’ The now he was ready to follow the lead of the Hoyts. message here is that there is life and hope beyond He asked Lewis if he wanted to race and Lewis said your disabilities. You are not alone. Just the other “yeah!” in his own voice. Local non-profit “2Gether day a friend said to me ‘you asked for a smaller hill, We Live” got wind of the new racing duo and lent but found a bigger engine.’ That stuck with me. Find Lewis and Wade a racing chair as they prepared for your bigger engine”! their first multi-sport race on April 28 of this year - the Pictured: Taylor family – Heather, Splash and Dash at Tempe Town Lake. Wilson, Wade & Lewis




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NEW MEMBERS Crystal Falls Construction

Caitlin Johnson 7719 E Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 404-2862 We are a design build pool and landscape company. | Contractor Class 3

Encore Landscape Management

Juan Hernandez 2600 S 20th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009 (602) 568-2582 We provide landscape commercial construction and maintenance. | Contractor Class 4

Green Maple Services

Joshua Cuyler Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 489-8299 Mainly focused on maintenance of landscaping in all aspects: shrub, tree, lawn, and garden care. My main goal is to of course be a profitable business but also ensure I’m helping the community through education of plant life and care and in turn promoting more plant or climate friendly landscapes when appropriate. The ultimate goal is to become Arborist Certified as well as certified in good water management practices as well. | Contractor Class 1

Hanson Palms LLC

Jerry Hanson 1119 S Mission Road 190, Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 468-0979 You have at your fingertips the benefit of our 35 years of experience in the landscape, nursery, and agricultural fields. We are located in Fallbrook California, with the world’s most perfect palm growing climate, home to some of the world’s best growers. | Associate Class 1

Lynn Wolf

(916) 708-0589 Affiliate

Paradise Landscape Creations

David Jensen 15235 N 65th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306 (480) 203-6375 We are a design/build landscape company with 30 years’ experience in the landscape industry. Contractor Class 2 | ROC# 332551

Patriot Printing and Promo

Lance Dempsey 201 South Greenfield Road #223, Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 707-3599 Full-service printing - signs, banners, vehicle graphics and wraps, promotional products from pens to apparel. | Associate Class 1

Rubicon Contracting Process, LLC

Thomas Farley PO Box 4770, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 (623) 377-2043 Rubicon Contracting Process, LLC provides consultations in business process for Green Industry contractors. Services for individual companies include budgeting & planning, startups, ownership transitions, bank presentations, job cost accounting, estimating strategies and price validation. | Associate Class 1 Anthony Griego 38735 S Mountain View Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85739 (520) 818-1906 We are a master planned community for active seniors with 3 clubhouses, swimming pools, ballroom, 3 restaurants, arts & crafts center, 2-18 hole golf courses, fitness centers & a performing arts center. | Affiliate

PLATINUM SPONSORS All Season Wholesale Growers

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Arizona CLA

Horizon Distributors, Inc

Belgard Hardscapes

Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire

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

(605) 261-6090 Affiliate

State 48 Landscaping and Lawncare

Daniel Kretschman, 20897 S 214th Place Queen Creek, AZ 85142 (480) 280-7804 We are a new lawn care maintenance company. Contractor Class 1

Turf Tek Landscapes, Inc

Jack Hamilton 4290 N Drake Pl, Tucson, AZ 85749 (520) 631-6080 Turf Tek is a full-service provider of recreational outdoor living for your residential needs. We are a one stop organization to our clients with an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau and no complaints to date with Registrar of Contractors since the inception of our company. Our staff has been together ranging from 24 years to no less than 5 years. | Contractor Class 4

Saddle Brooke Two Home Owners Association

Special Thank You to our ALCA Sponsors

Civano Growers

Sam Lind

Kalamazoo Materials LeBaron and Carroll, LLC

Evergreen Turf, Inc

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Northwestern Mutual


2021 Calendar of Events SEPTEMBER 6 Labor Day – ALCA Office is Closed 15 Member Mixer Sponsored by Belgard Hardscape 16 ACLP Irrigation Tech 1 18 ACLP Irrigation Tech 1 23 ACLP Pesticides & Calibration 24 Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Workshop

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

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ALCA Board of Directors Meeting ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis ACLP Safety & Tools


ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 1 of 3 Workshop 13 ALCA’s Excellence in Landscaping Annual Meeting/Awards Gala 10 ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 2 of 3 Workshop 17 ACIT - ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician - 3 of 3 Workshop 25 Thanksgiving – ALCA Office Closed *Dates Are Subject To Change* September/October 2021




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Remembering Kevin Oglesby


rizona irrigation industry veteran Kevin Oglesby passed away on July 13th. Kevin graduated from Arcadia High School in 1974 and began his irrigation career in 1975 when he went to work for Valley Rain Sprinkler Corporation. Kevin next worked for a new, small little company in the east valley called Mesa Lawn Sprinkler (now the Horizon we know and love). There he learned hydraulics and became one of the pioneers of irrigation design locally. In 1983, Kevin ran a small family-owned business called Oasis Irrigation, along with fellow industry veteran Pete Baldwin. Kevin married his wife Kelly in 1988. That same year, he went to work in commercial sales for ARTESCO, another local irrigation distributor. Kevin was hired by Ewing Irrigation on January 2, 1991. It was where he would spend the remainder of his career. Ewing was new to the Arizona market at that time. In those early days, Kevin did whatever was asked of him to help Ewing get established in Arizona: Inside and Outside Sales, helping customers in the branches, counting inventory, and making deliveries. Kevin wore a lot of hats during his time at Ewing. In 1992, he was promoted to Branch Manager of the Phoenix location. In 1995, he accepted an Outside Sales position. In 2006, he joined the newly formed Water Management Team, helping to promote water efficient irrigation products through his outstanding customer education. Kevin was promoted to National Specification Manager in 2015, where he worked with landscape architects and irrigation consultants across the country. Kevin was promoted again in 2017 to the role of Purchasing and National Technical Support. In that role, he ran a very successful educational irrigation blog called “Ask the Expert”. Kevin was a huge supporter of the irrigation industry that he so loved. He was a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Irrigation Association, Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, the Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants. In 2017, Kevin was recognized with the “Outstanding Customer Service” award at the annual ALCA Awards Banquet. He received a standing ovation from his industry peers as he made his way to the stage to accept his well-deserved award. Kevin retired from Ewing Irrigation on August 31, 2020 after an illustrious 45-year career. Kevin was truly passionate about the irrigation industry. He was a great teacher and had a tremendous impact on the irrigation industry with his knowledge, positive outlook, and great smile. Kevin made a difference. He will be missed. If interested, the family has asked that donations be made in Kevin’s name to Hospice of the Valley or The Salvation Army.




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2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Stone Creek Landscaping & Design

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Adriana Carnot Single Family Residential Installation $70,001 - $125,000 Judges Award

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2020 Excellence in Landscaping Award Sponsors A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales

We provide construction and landscaping equipment, rentals, sales & service. (480) 635-3880

Bruce Wilson & Company/The Radix Group, LLC

We provide business consulting to the Green Industry companies, specializing in challenging, collaborative business, executive and leadership coaching programs for CEOs, Presidents and business owners. / (805) 390-2357 / (480) 251-2366

Courtesy Fleet/Commercial

Courtesy Fleet/Commercial is a full-service Chevrolet, Isuzu dealership that also provides Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Nissan and Volvo vehicles. (602) 604-3040

Cox Cactus Farm

At Cox Cactus Farm, we pride ourselves on having one of the Valley’s broadest availabilities of cacti, agaves, aloes, and euphorbias from one gallon to large specimens. We also grow shrubs and trees and even broker to ensure every need is met with our unsurpassed customer service. (480) 220-1848

Diversified Truck Body

DT Body is a division of Diversified Truck & Equipment Sales, a local Arizona family-owned business established in 1976. At DT Body, we insist on strength, reliability, and quality on all our builds. (480) 854-7373



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Kalamazoo Materials

Kalamazoo Materials has been in business for over 30 years and is the largest decorative rock producer in the southwest with mines that encompass Arizona and Nevada. They currently have nine mine locations with over 20 different colors. Kalamazoo quarries produce the highest quality, true inert decomposed granite that won’t weather or melt over time. (520) 575-9604

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Business, estate planning and wealth management advisors, inspiring and helping clients achieve their goals. John Hunt / / (602) 808-3416 Kent Welborn / / (602) 808-3458

SiteOne Landscape Supply

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

Target Specialty Products

For over 80 years Target Specialty Products has been and continues to be a leading value-added service provider of pest control and pest management solutions, turf and ornamental solutions, application equipment, supplies and education, and training programs. (800) 352-3870 September/October 2021







SMRT Logic


or over 25 years Unique Lighting Systems has provided leadership and distinguished themselves as innovators in the low voltage lighting industry. Their patented HUB system sets the benchmark within the industry and continues to be the best solution for saving time and money. Unique designs, manufactures and supplies a fully integrated and wide range of distinctive low voltage lighting fixtures, LED and Pro-Force transformers, HUBs, Flex Gold Vivid Color Changing LED lamps, SMRT Logic wireless controls and accessories for the lighting professional. Unique sets itself apart with premium cast brass fixtures, a 25 HUB ready wire lead, anti-moisture migration connections, and a leading industry warranty. Unique provides on-site training, contractor business seminar events and elite customer service for lighting design and support. From the initial design process of each product, to the final assembly of each custom-made individual part, their manufacturing process accomplishes the highest level of performance and durability carried through to final delivery to the end user. Durable construction and beautiful styling make Unique fixtures the ideal solution for any residential or commercial application. Unique Lighting already holds numerous product patents and is constantly developing innovative ideas to help expand the lighting industry. Unique has a well-established reputation among lighting designers, engineers, architects, distributors, contractors and property owners for high-quality products and outstanding customer support. Unique’s range of innovative designs and finishes are an ideal complement to residential and commercial landscapes.


Unique Lighting Systems continues to offer lighting professionals innovative lighting solutions that last a lifetime. Unprecedented in the industry, the new Pro-Force transformer offers ease of installation unlike any other in the market today. The commercial-grade 300 and 600 Watt options are designed specifically for permanent, vandal-resistant hard-wired installation per UL 2108 requirements. All models feature 12-24 volt secondary taps to offer more flexibility for longer wire runs while compensating for voltage loss.

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Wire connections are the weakest point of any low voltage installation and are susceptible to wicking and water infiltration. Utilizing the HUB installation method will reduce the number of connections by up to 80% versus standard wiring methods. This means less maintenance, less lamp outages and easier troubleshooting. In addition the HUB method utilizes less wire and saves money.




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SMRT LOGIC® (formerly LIGHT LOGIC™ PLUS) builds on their original Wireless Control System with the addition of an Internet gateway and app. Now you have lighting system control from a mobile device, tablet, web browser or computer virtually anywhere, anytime, regardless of how those devices are connected to the internet (Wi-Fi, Ethernet or Cellular). SMRT LOGIC® uses a secure Internet Gateway, a dedicated website and an app on your smart device to create an integrated lighting control system. This innovative approach provides complete control of one or more lighting systems from any web browser, computer, iOS® or Android™ device without the need to be “on site”. Using the SMRT LOGIC® 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, operate ponds, fountains and more! Now SMRT LOGIC® has the ability to control irrigation when used with popular irrigation controllers from both Toro® and Irritrol® .

Vivid Color Changing LED Lamps

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We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to be your partner. To show our appreciation, we created the SiteOne Partners Program. You can earn points on qualifying purchases, redeemable for hundreds of reward options like gift cards, merchandise, event tickets, weekend getaways, and even charitable donations. You can also redeem points for training programs like SiteOne Universities, our annual Winter Business Meeting and other exclusive Partners Program trips. You’ll have access to Business Solutions for deep discounts on services from Home Advisor, Verizon, Office SiteOne Landscape Supply now has even more of what you need, thanks Depot and more. If you haven’t to three new partnerships. We’ve teamed up with Arizona Stone, Solstice signed up yet, be sure to ask Stone and Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock to give you added exper- about this rewarding program. tise, materials and delivery power. Now more than ever, you can rely on Put Our Experience us, the leading hardscape supplier in Arizona, to help take your projects To Work to the next level. As the largest wholesale landscape supply distributor in More Product Lines, More Locations, More Options North America, SiteOne builds When you need supplies, you need the right materials at the right price on a long-standing tradition from a location that’s convenient to your site. That’s exactly why we’ve of providing quality products added these three new suppliers to SiteOne. With Arizona Stone, you have and service. Ready to put our easy access to the leading manufacturers of stone, brick and pavers, along 45-plus years of experience to with five new locations, plus the Solstice Showroom. Our addition of Solstice work and build something truly Stone, a top supplier of unique natural stone products from around the world, gives you the “next generation of stone”. Finally, partnering with great? Visit to find Cutting Edge Curbing Sand and Rock means SiteOne can be your go-to a branch near you.

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Hard-To-Find Compact Construction Equipment is at RDO Equipment Co.


ompact excavators. Skid steers. Compact track loaders. Compact construction equipment (CCE) has long been popular with professional landscape contractors and is now riding a surge in popularity across numerous other segments of the equipment industry. Once considered support equipment – nice to have but secondary to heavy equipment counterparts – compact construction machines have earned their place in equipment fleets of all sizes. Their popularity really accelerated last year and, with early 2021 outlooks predicting another year of uncertainty, the stage was already set early in the year for CCE to continue its rapid growth. Add the historically high equipment lead times all dealers are experiencing this year, and it looks as though finding compact construction equipment may be challenging for awhile.

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ARIZONA WHOLESALE GROWERS Fortunately, landscape professionals can look to dealer partners like RDO Equipment Co. for these sought-after machines. Early on, RDO recognized CCE’s growth trajectory and was strategic in how every store ordered compact construction machines, attachments, and parts. “Attachments are just as important as the machines themselves because they are the reason compact construction equipment is so versatile and can accomplish numerous tasks,” Rob Mommsen, RDO compact construction sales professional says. “We see compact construction machines, compact track loaders and skid steers in particular, are sold with at least two attachments.” Buyers interested in adding CCE to their fleet should start their search early to be in the best position to get the machine and attachments they want. When a potential machine is found, request a demo. This is something RDO not only provides, but strongly encourages. Stores have dedicated sales teams focused on compact construction equipment so, whether specialized or general use, they know the applications and can help every buyer make the right choice. The ultimate goal RDO has for all companies is to find the right compact construction machines that fit their needs. Learn more about compact construction equipment, parts, and service from RDO Equipment Co., or find your nearest store at




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“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: 1634 W Park View Ln. Phoenix, AZ 85085 (623) 581-3100

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Caring for Plants in a Changing Climate Article provided by Cindy Odgers


any think the high daytime temperatures during the summer are most detrimental to the maintenance and growth of plants but they are not. It is the high night temperatures that cause the greatest problems. To understand why, one must understand the two basic biological functions for plants to survive and reproduce: photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars. The sugars produced by photosynthesis can be stored, transported throughout the plant, and/or converted into energy which is used to power all cellular processes. This process, the conversion of sugars into energy, is called respiration. Respiration occurs in all living cells, including leaves and roots. It does not require light energy so it occurs throughout the day and night, 24/7. Photosynthesis has to have light for the process to continue so it occurs only during the day. The rate of photosynthesis is considerably faster than the rate of respiration. Both photosynthesis and respiration are affected by temperature. As the temperature goes up, the rates of both processes go up. Typically, when the night temperatures go down as the sun goes down, the respiration rate goes down so there is a reduction in the use of sugars produced during the day. So long as the product of photosynthesis is greater than the amount lost through respiration at night, a plant can at least maintain or grow or both. If the loss of sugars through respiration is greater than that produced by photosynthesis, the health of the plant starts to decline and there will be a loss in plant tissues and possible death of the plant. This may occur when the night temperatures remain high during the heat of summer or during heat waves such as was experienced during the summer of 2020. In the 62 days of July and August last year, there were 35 days in which the day temperature was greater than 110°F. There were 27 nights in which the “low” temperature was over 90°F with an additional 14 nights that the low was either 88°F or 89°F. These temperatures were brutal on our plants; plants that are adapted to annual averages for these two months of 105.5°F days and 83.5°F nights. Strategies for maintaining plants during periods of extreme temperatures include: • watering deeply but infrequently, • mulching surfaces to both reduce water loss due to evaporation and to cool soil surfaces, • no unnecessary pruning • no fertilizing • providing shade in hotter parts of day • moving plants to shade if possible • not removing heat damaged plant parts until after the heat wave is past Once the temperatures begin to drop to more manageable levels, the challenge is how to return to normal maintenance practices in the best interest of the plants. • Gradually return to the established watering schedule over several weeks, not several days • Mulched surfaces may prove to be a permanent strategy • Remove dead, diseased or dying plant parts injured by the heat • Check for insect or disease problems and act accordingly • Some plants may benefit from a light fall application of fertilizer but not too much as to stimulate a lot of new growth that could be damaged by colder temperatures later in the fall • Evaluate marginal plants and replace with more suitable plants that may better withstand extremes in temperature or higher average temperatures Although the summer of 2021 does not appear to be as hot as the summer of 2020, there are concerns of increases in temperatures in the future and the impact those higher temperatures may have on existing plants and those plants recommended for future landscapes. Water availability may also be a concern. Sustainable landscape practices should always be the driving force behind the best decisions for the future of our landscapes.




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The Secret Life of Agaves Article provided by Cindy Odgers “Agave stalks mark spectacular end to plant’s 15-year life cycle” states the headline of an article by Kevin Spear in the Orlando Sentinel. The story goes on to describe two Agave americana plants in the front yard of husband-and-wife team of landscape architects, Kristin and Stephen Pategas. Gifted the offsets, the couple chose to plant them in the front yard next to the mailbox. The stalks appeared the end of March and within eight weeks, were 38 feet in height. An amazing end to an otherwise unremarkable or perhaps unnoted life as agaves are a common accent plant found throughout Southwest landscapes (and apparently Florida) and, as at least 15 species are native to Arizona, commonly seen in the undisturbed or natural desert in which we live. Widely known as the century plant, the agave is a member of the genus Agave, with nearly 250 species. The genus is included in the family ASPARAGACEAE. The number of years it takes for an agave to bloom, currently thought to be anywhere from five to thirty-five years and a recent record of eighty years (https://mbgna. contributed to the name as many thought it took a hundred years before it bloomed. Agaves are generally considered as perennials because it takes a number of growing seasons to complete growth and reproduction. The process of reproducing once then dying is called monocarpy. The number of years before flowering occurs depends on many things including the vigor of the individual plant, the richness of the soil, and the climate. Mass plantings of agaves observed in the greater Phoenix area often flower at the same time regardless of the age of the plants at time of planting. A new agave starts its life in one of three ways: from an offset or pup, from a bulbil or from a seed. The first two, offsets and bulbils are clones of the original plant. Grown from seed, the possibility of genetic recombination is great as agaves may cross pollinate easily. This habit has led to challenges in identifying different species within the genus. During the first few years of life, growth is fairly rapid for an agave but the leaves of agave live for a long time, in some cases up to 15 years, often the lifetime of the plant. All water-storage and energy-storage capacity of the plant is in the leaf. The stem is typically small with the leaves forming a rosette. The rosette growth habit is commonly found in desert climates. The goal of all agave is to store sufficient reserves in the leaves




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to support the bloom. Any given individual plant will have old leaves, young leaves and leaves held tightly in the center bud. Rhizomes (underground stems) are common in many agaves and produce buds that once reaching the soil surface form new rosettes (offsets). The offset production varies greatly between species: some are produced in great quantities, some produce only a few, some produce no offsets, some are produced only when the plant is young, some directly after bloom, some during the entire life of the plant. Offsets can be easily removed and planted elsewhere. Bulbils are small plants formed from a bud at the base of the flower on a flowering stalk of 17 agave species. The bulbils can be removed and

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