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5/12/2014 8:00:00 AM
Ask the contractor: Landscaping regulations differ depending on the task
Sandy Griffis
Yavapai County Contractors Association

Q: We recently moved to Prescott and want to hire a landscape maintenance company. There seems to be various rules and regulations throughout many states. Could you please give us a clear understanding of what we need to know in order to do it right?-Ed and Molly, Prescott

A: In many states, landscape maintenance and landscaping are unregulated. In the State of Arizona, effective January 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter as administratively feasible, all landscaping contracting L-26, C-21 and C-21R licenses will be merged into the CR-21 Landscaping and Irrigation Systems classification. If a company is going to treat, condition, prepare and install topsoil, plant decorative vegetation, excavate, trench, backfill and grade as necessary for installation of landscaping, a license is required. Preparation and alteration of land for horticulture and arboriculture, installation of irrigation systems and controls also requires a landscaping license. In order to install pavers, a landscaping license is required. A separate applicator license through the Arizona Office of Pest Management is required if the landscape company applies any type of pre-emergent/chemical.

Per Arizona Revised Statutes ARTICLE 2. Licensing - Persons not required to be licensed: §32-1121.A.16 A person who functions as a gardener by performing lawn, garden, shrub and tree maintenance, trimming, some pruning, mowing, edging, sweeping, is not required to be licensed. Unlicensed "landscapers" and/or casual maintenance companies are not allowed to install retaining walls, fences, walkways, or ornamental water features. An exempt "gardener" does not need to indicate "not a licensed contractor" in their advertisements as long as the only services offered are lawn, garden, shrub and tree maintenance. If they offer irrigation repair or tree installation then they need to indicate "not a licensed contractor."

Q: We've heard YCCA talk about a winterization checklist, a fire season checklist, and a weed season checklist. Is there a checklist for this time of the year?-Wally and Kathy, Chino Valley

A: This is a great time of the year in Yavapai County. Our days are warming, and our flowers and trees are blooming. This is a great time of the year to refresh and/or renew interior or exterior paint. Freshen up the deck with a refinish or re-staining application. It is recommended that this process be done once a year to extend the life of the deck and keep it looking bright and clean. Our outdoor spaces are to be enjoyed this time of the year. Take a look at the smoke detectors and change the batteries.

It is always time to check your surrounding property for fire hazards and defensible space. Keep your yard landscaping trimmed and maintained after all this is the perfect time of the year to be outdoors working in the yard. Check the irrigation systems and make sure they are working properly and being directed to all plants and trees. If you do not have an irrigation system, you can save water and time by installing a system. Don't forget to replace those washers in the outside hose bibs.

Add some spring flavor to your home, paint the front door an exciting color, and replace exterior lights or maybe a new outdoor rug. Check all of your window screens and replace any that have holes or deterioration.

Now is also a good time to have the air conditioning unit checked to make sure it is operational in the summer and ready to cool, nothing like turning on your AC and having it crank warm air and clean out those dryer ducts.

Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) is a professional association representing licensed, bonded and insured contractors, suppliers, distributors and business entities. Call YCCA for information on hiring a contractor at 778-0040. Submit questions to ycca@cableone.net or through www.ycca.org.

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