"Zove is known for his quick, dramatic landscape designs - think lilies and
koi ponds, cattails and cascades, gazebos and footbridges - and for his
cutting-edge landscaping designs and innovations."
~ Philadelphia Magazine
"We’ve used them for over 25 years and find their landscaping services to be impeccable and superb. The owner, Alden, is a consummate professional and a man of his word."
~ Barbara B. from Rydal
"The grounds have never looked better. Everyone at the party was thrilled to be in such a beautiful place. Cedar Run’s landscape design was fantastic!"
~ Beth B. from Gwynedd Valley
"My North Wales neighbors kept commenting about how professional my landscape design appeared, even on the hottest days of the year. I am thrilled with the outcome and look forward to working with them again."
~ Geneva S. from Glenside
"They are the best of any North Wales landscapers we’ve ever had and we’ve had many. The crew is courteous, friendly, and quiet. I don’t even know they had been here. They are an excellent crew and go above and beyond what I ask for. "
~ Michael D. from Fort Washington
"The landscape design was fantastic and the final work exceeded our expectations. Throughout the project the crew took the time to do the job right. Also they always cleaned up after themselves and the guys were always polite and friendly."
~ Gerard G. from Doylestown
"They were excellent. They were prompt, pleasant, stuck to the timeline, and the garden turned out just beautifully. They cleaned up after themselves. Everything was clean and neat and looked like it had been there forever. "
~ Nancy R. from Wynnewood
"Work was done when they said it would be, and they were great at the follow-ups both before and after the job was complete."
Cedar Run Landscapes has been selected to participate in PWDâ€™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 Philadelphiaâ€™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,Â finishing the depaving and removing of compacted sub-soilÂ before the installation of the permeable patio.
The crew isÂ 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.
I’ve been busy this weekend with ordering supplies for my nursery, helping to rototill the new community vegetable garden at our neighborhood synagogue, and partaking in Philly’s biggest weekend for disc golf at Sedgley Woods.
Meanwhile, “Mrs. Rain Guy” is up in Boston for a business conference. Unfortunately, the city of Boston and 29 suburbs have been left without drinkable tap water since Saturday evening – the result of a giant water pipe rupture. It’s been a major inconvenience for residents and businesses, who are required to boil water for drinking, brushing teeth, etc. While this is a temporary situation, it’s an important reminder of the value of our water supply, which is an issue of sustainability that I feel passionate about. Water is often an undervalued resource in the minds of people who are lucky enough to have it readily available, even though it is so precious and vital to our existence.
Less than 1% of the worldâ€™s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars.
An investment of US$11.3 billion per year is needed to meet the drinking water and sanitation target of the Millennium Development Goals, yielding a total payback for US$ 84 billion a year.
Other estimated economic benefits of investing in drinking-water and sanitation :
272 million school attendance days a year
1.5 billion healthy days for children under five years of age
Values of deaths averted, based on discounted future earnings, amounting to US$ 3.6 billion a year
Health-care savings of US$ 7 billion a year for health agencies and US$ 340 million for individuals
By being more mindful of consumption, and/or utilizing sustainable systems like rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and permeable patios, you can help preserve our water resources and reduce costs in capital and conservation. If you are interested in learning more about these topics, join us at the Cedar Run Landscapes Open House on May 15, 10-2 pm at our nursery in North Wales, PA.
I recently had the opportunity to leave behind the frigid temperatures of the Northeast, for a visit to Cabo San Lucas,
Aquascape Contractors on the beach in Cabo San Lucas
Mexico! Because Cedar Run Landscapes is a certified Aquascape contractor company, I was invited to be a participant in an Aquascape focus group,Â helping them to fine tune their “Creating Opportunity with Sustainable Landscapes” Seminar which will be on national tour in January and February. This was an amazing opportunity to be a part of this small group of participants that met with Greg Wittstock, CEO of Aquascape, and Ed Beaulieu, their Chief Sustainability Officer, to discuss the content and presentation. I was asked to use my experience in rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, sustainable landscapes and business practices, and comment on how their presentation promoted these initiatives. The informal atmosphere gave us Aquascape contractors some time to get to know each other and learn more about the different approaches we take towards sustainability on a personal and business level.
Newly hatched sea turtles on the beach
Our meeting was held at the Marbella Suites En La Playa, which also is the host location for the American Leadership Academy a non-profit organization devoted to leadership training for college students. It is a beautiful spot along the Sea of Cortez with lots of wildlife -Â we saw whales in the surf, a flock ofÂ pelicans flying overhead inÂ V formation, and even helped a nest of emerging sea turtles to avoid being consumed by a large group of Bat Rays waiting for them to swim into the surf!
I will be making some speaking appearances in January and February, presenting on our work in rainwater harvesting and gardens, the integration of permeable paver patios with rain water storage, and our Ponds For Kids program. Presentations will be sponsored by The Pa. Landscape and Nursery Association, E.P. Henry, The Penn State Agricultural Extension Service and Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture. Please let me know if you would like dates and times!
A very nice "thank you" from Montgomery Elementary School
The Grand Opening of our pond and rain garden at Montgomery Elementary school was a hit. The kids had a great time, showing their parents what they had helped to plant and build in order to complete the project. It was a great way to get the school and Cedar Run Landscapes together to celebrate the success of Ponds for Kids.
More pictures from the work on the project on Flickr!
Montgomery Elementary school students, working hard to help build their new rain garden
It was very cool to have Cedar Run Landscapes and the students at Montgomery Elementary on yesterday’s NBC 10 Show!Â – check out a video of the broadcast online if you missed it… Today we’ll be back at Montgomery ElementaryÂ installing an LED lighting system for the pond, landscape and waterfalls. We’llÂ alsoÂ go over all the work the students did in the past two days to make any necessary adjustements – we want to make sure that the rainwater harvesting systems and plants grow successfully, and and also look great for the Ice Cream Social/Pond Grand Opening with the students and their parents on Friday night.
Red hoses at our nursery indicate harvested rain water for use
After our most recent water meter reading, Cedar Run Landscapes is proud to announce that we have reduced our dependence on public water supplied by the North Wales Water Authority by 45% in the first half of 2009 over the same period in 2008. Our construction and utilization of our rainwater harvest and re-use system has saved the costs of the purification and transportation of a bit over 23,000 gallons ofÂ one our most precious resources… water. Also, we have reduced the both the electrical demand and chemicals that would have been needed to clean the water prior to entering the distribution system.
As a side benefit, we have eliminated 23,000 gallons of runoff from entering our streams and rivers, thereby reducing the degradation of our waterways. Pretty cool!