Paver Cleaning, Resanding and Sealing

Just like any other exterior surface like asphalt or wood, concrete pavers last longer when regularly maintained. The accumulation of dirt, grime and organic matter in paver joints as well as on the surface can make patios, walks and driveways appear old and dirty. Additional discoloration will occur with heavy traffic and exposure to the elements. One way to moderate discoloration, impede plant growth and prevent future staining is by cleaning, resanding and sealing your paver surface.

Cleaning, resanding and sealing pavers will restore beauty to your pavers while helping to protect your investment from future wear and staining. Cleaning the surface with a pressure washer removes dirt, loose sand and other debris stuck in the joints and on the surface of the pavers. After cleaning, adding new sand to the paver joints is important to help level and stabilize the surface. Once the sand has filled in the voids within the paver joints and the excess has been cleared away, a sealant is then applied which stabilizes the sand joints while creating a protective barrier in a matte or sheen finish.

Paver Patio Before Cleaning and Sealing

Paver Patio After Cleaning and Sealing

With new state of the art products and application process developed by Seal ‘n Lock, cleaning, resanding, and sealing can be done within one day for most projects. These new innovative products can be applied to the paver surface when wet unlike other sealants which must be applied and able to cure under dry conditions. These new sealants release excess moisture from the pavers during the curing process, preventing unsightly white or yellow discoloration that is associated with many paver sealants.

Seal ‘n Lock products help beautify your hardscaping while providing an environmentally safe option that has low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and a child and pet friendly formula. With an easy spray application process the sealer has uniform and consistent coverage and the pavers can be walked on 4 hours after sealing is completed. Prevent grease, dirt, and oil stains, inhibit weed and mold growth, and protect against UV damage and future fading by sealing your pavers.

Project of the Month: Philadelphia Water Department and Permeable Patios

Cedar Run Landscapes has been selected to participate in PWD’s Rain Check pilot program. This program was developed to help homeowners improve their landscapes while managing stormwater runoff. By redirecting this runoff we are reducing the amount of rainwater that enters Philadelphia’s sewer systems and in effect decreasing water pollution and improving our waterways. To learn more about this program, click here.

This month Cedar Run Landscapes installed a 126 sq. ft. permeable natural stone patio. Below are several photos taken during the installation process. Permeable patios are constructed to permit water to soak though the joints of the paving stones where the aggregate base below filters out particulates. This cleans the water as it percolates into the water table.

Here is Keith, one of our supervisors,  finishing the depaving and removing of compacted sub-soil  before the installation of the permeable patio.

The crew is  filling in the patio joints with clean stone which will allow water to seep into the base below and into the ground.

Finished patio after being sprayed down with water.

By installing permeable patios and implementing other types of storm water solutions, Cedar Run Landscapes is taking the initiative in sustainable design. We are proud to be participating in greening our local communities and hope to continue providing innovative techniques for handling stormwater issues. With each project installed, we are reducing runoff and helping to protect the health of our watersheds.

Getting over Winter; Prepping for Spring

What a winter in Southeastern PA — record snowfall, stiff winds, and cold temperatures had quite an effect on our daily lives and activities. The extreme weather has also impacted our landscapes.

Spring is on the way at last, and right now is a crucial time for getting your garden ready for the blooming season!

Below is some information that I shared with Cedar Run Landscapes customers and friends in my last e-newsletter on common problems for plants we’ve seen this winter, and what you can do to help when prepping for Spring:

evergreens

Many small leaved evergreens such as Hollies and Boxwoods have been splayed open by the snow. There are numerous broken branches and stems that will need to be properly pruned to allow for good healing.

yew

Shrubs that have soft wood like Yews and Arborvitae have branches and stems that have peeled apart. These also need careful wound-cleaning.

bamboo

Some plants that are marginally evergreen in our area (USDA plant hardiness zone 6b) such as Heavenly Bamboo, have leaf scorch from the cold winds and reflection of sunlight from snow. Fortunately, most years when this occurs, the plants will drop the leaves in the spring when new foliage appears.

Getting Ready for Spring!

* Over the next few weeks, it will be important to remove broken and damaged branches from shrubs and trees to clean up gardens and prepare for the season to come. Proper pruning, feeding and monitoring of landscape plantings helps them to recover from a harsh winter. Good mulching practices conserve moisture and keep the sun off of plant roots, which also helps. The Penn State Agricultural Extension Service has some great advice on dealing with the winter’s damage in this article.

* Unfortunately, some plantings will need to be removed. Plants that do not respond by regaining their stature after the weight of the snow is removed, or those that are no longer esthetically pleasing may need to make way for new plantings. The PA Horticultural Society has compiled a list of excellent plants that will thrive in our region. These Gold Medal Plants provide some great choices. Of course, Cedar Run Landscapes can assist with your selection, design, and planting.

* The winter has also affected outdoor environments including patios and walls. With all of the excess moisture from heavy snow melt, many hardscaping features are growing moss, some may have shifted or settled, and all could benefit from freshening up. Please give us a call so that we can help with such issues. Visit our website FixMyPatio.com to learn more about the hardscaping services we offer.

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