Cedar Run Landscapes News
April 2010
In this issue:
Attracting wildlife
Meet our employees
Attracting Wildlife
Four easy ways to create your own conservation habitat at home

signAt Cedar Run, we are always looking for innovative concepts and programs to become involved with and also offer to our customers. I recently joined Audubon At Home, a program of the National Audubon Society that encourages incorporation of small conservation areas into residential properties. These areas create successful habitats for wildlife to flourish, while providing beautiful outdoor spaces for homeowners to enjoy. 

These types of habitats, as well as other eco-friendly gardens are planted at our Cedar Run Landscapes office, where we are hosting a
Rainwater Harvesting, Rain Garden, and Ponds Open House, Saturday, May 15, 10-2 pm. Our staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about conservation habitat gardens, as well as our rainwater harvesting, rain gardens,pervious patios, and more.
 Below are some tips for creating a conservation habitat in your garden:

1. Introduce water into your landscape 

fountainsShown here is a trio of bubbling fountains frequented by birds for a bath and a drink in the springtime. The same fountain allows the birds to drink in the wintertime, when most other sources are frozen.




 2. Add native plants
Shown flowering in purple at the top right of the photo is Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), which provides a nectar source for butterflies. It grows well on the edges of wet areas like our pond.

Pond with Joe Pie weed 



3. Create a more natural space with "living patios"
Buddy ZoveNatural stone patios have a base of soil or fine grit, so plants can grow in the open spaces. They can be planted with low growing flowering plants like the native Foam Flower ( Tiarella) , Wintergreen (Gaultheria), and the American Alum Root (Heuchera Americana). You can intersperse larger gaps in the patio with larger butterfly-attracting plants like the Cardinal Flower (Lobelia Cardinalis).    

Water percolates through the joints of natural stone patios and recharges the ground water instead of running off into sewers and streams. They also tend to be cooler than solid paving. (Buddy Zove can be seen in the photo above, relaxing on the patio at our home on a hot day)

** During our open house on May 15th, you will be able to see how we used this type of open gravel-based patio as part of a rainwater harvesting system.


 rainwater harvesting feature4. Utilize rainwater harvesting systems.
Under these spouting cranes at our Cedar Run office is a 500 gallon cistern of rainwater, accessed with the red hose pictured on the left. We use this water around the building to water our landscape. The fountain has flowing water year-round, with a butterfly puddle, where they can perch and drink. Spring Peepers also enjoy this wet area, and find shelter under the decorative driftwood. 
Meet Our Employees 
Kaitlyn DibbleKaitlyn Dibble, Landscape Designer
Kaitlyn recently joined Cedar Run Landscapes as our new Landscape Designer, and she is looking forward to meeting our customers and working with them to create exciting outdoor spaces.
"While growing up in the small town of Wellsboro, PA, I developed a great appreciation for natural landscapes.This interest led me to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. After graduating I moved to West Mt. Airy in Philadelphia. I enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and rock climbing.I also like spending time with my boxer, Toby."
Kaitlyn is out working with our crews in order to see your properties first hand, and learn the culture of our company. If you see her, say hello! And if your outdoor space needs a new look, or a problem area that needs a solution, Kaitlyn will work with the rest of the members of our team to create a functional and pleasing design.
We would like to have feedback on our new e-newsletter, so we can continue to make it interesting and useful for our audience. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions. We will also be adding an "Ask the Expert" column. Please send your garden and landscape questions to me at info@cedarrunlandscapes.com 
And if you are interested in learning more about rainwater harvesting, permeable patios, and rain gardens, please stop by Old York Road Temple Beth Am on Sunday April 25, between 12:15 and 1 pm. I will be speaking on these subjects at their Green Fair. Hope to see you there! 
Alden R.  Zove
President, Cedar Run Landscapes
Free Pine Mulch 
Cedar Run Landscapes is running a special on all pine needle bales ordered through the end of  April 2010.  One free bale for every 10 bales purchased. Not valid on prior orders or to be combined with other offers. 
Offer Expires: April 31, 2010