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There is only One Water

Stormwater is making the news In the September 13, 2019 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank Kummer states “On average, Philadelphia gets about 42 inches of rain in a year, according to the National Weather Service. In 2018, it got 62 inches. This year is also proving to be wet, with about 36 inches so far — 8 inches more …

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Estimating the Cost of a Patio

Even through these snowy winter days, we can’t help but find ourselves planning for spring and summer projects. Often, the patio is the keystone to the landscape, with gardens, plants, and lawn acting as the supporting components. If you have been thinking about installing a new patio, or walkway for that matter, read on to find out how much this …

Landscapes at the Farm Show?

Have you ever been to the Pennsylvania Farm Show? If not, you don’t know what you are missing. With free admission and $15 parking, it could be the best deal in the state!   So what is there to see and do at the Farm Show? With over 6,000 animals and over 10,000 exhibits it is difficult to decide! Below …

Green City, Clean Waters

Green City, Clean Waters

Go Philly! Did you know that the city of Philadelphia leads the nation in: Commuter Biking Per capita consumption of sweatshirts and sweatpants Life sciences research and development Stormwater management Pretty cool stuff! And although I certainly have opinions about the whole list, I can only speak intelligently about the last item, so let me explain a little about Philadelphia’s …

Every property needs a shade tree

After this particularly rough winter, I find myself outside and enjoying the sun every chance I get. But heading further into summer, basking in the sun becomes uncomfortable (and unhealthy) after more than a few minutes. Soon the shade of a mature tree is welcome. Whether gardening, hiking, or reading there is an added serenity to the outdoors when you …

April Showers Bring… Rain Gardens?

I love rain gardens. I may be partial because over the last 4 years I’ve designed and built some really cool and successful rain gardens for properties of all shapes and sizes. But to me, there’s really nothing better than a beautiful landscape that’s also highly functional. Now, if you’re like most of the clients, friends, and strangers I talk …

Spring Rain

Rain, Rain, Go Away?

Rain, Rain, Go Away?  In the mid-Atlantic region, we are actually lucky to get the rainfall that we do.  Our “normal” weather patterns of wet springs, hot summers, cool falls, and cold winters have caused the evolution of our uniquely mid-Atlantic flora and fauna, or plants and animals. But there can be problems with our rainy springs, including flooding, erosion …