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.

Tips on Deicers

Keeping our paths safe for our friends, family and the public is a top priority in the winter months. At points it can be a challenge keeping these areas clear and we often turn to chemical treatments (deicers) for help. The overuse of deicers can increase concrete deterioration, stunt or kill plants, damage surrounding soil, corrode metals and increase pollution in our drinking water and the local watershed.

There are several types of deicers available. Calcium Chloride, Sodium Chloride (Common Salt), Potassium Chloride, Urea, and Calcium Magnesium Acetate (More Info) are typical deicers found in stores. The chart below compares these chemicals.

Chart courtesy of University of Minnesota Extension Service

To minimize the effects of deicers manually remove as much snow and ice as possible before applying product. Adding an abrasive such as kitty litter, sand, sawdust or cracked corn to icy spots adds traction and decreases the amount of deicer needed. Make sure to clean up an spills and excess product to prevent damage to your property and the environment. For more information on the effects deicers may have on your landscape and the environment use the links below.  

Deicing Links:

Winter Salt Damage to Plants by Ron Wimanovich http://york.extension.psu.edu/Horticulture/Reading Gardener/salt simanovich.html

Winter Deicing Agents for the Homeowner By Jay B. Fitzgerald  http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g1121/build/g1121.pdf/

Deicing, Strategies for Safeguarding Both Guest and the Environment by Doug Kievit-Kyar                                         http://www.vtgreenhotels.org/articles/deice.htm