Cedar Run Landscapes News
February 2011
In This Issue
Winter Damage
Project of the Month
Rain Barrel Lecture & Workshop
Plant of the Month
Purchase Pond Products Online
Pond Special

Winter Damage  
Things to look for in the garden


In the past few months we've endured many snow and ice storms that have been unkind, especially to our friends out in the garden. Taking the time to inspect these plants is an important step in nurturing a healthy landscape this year. Here are a few problems to look for.

Arbs Bent with Snow
Arborvitae weighed down by heavy snow


Snow Load Damage:


Heavy snowstorms can cause damage to shrubs and tree branches and stems by weighing down their branches.  These broken branches and stems will need to be careful pruned to aid in the healing process.


Soft wooded shrubs like this row of Arborvitae will often bend as the snow piles on. This added weight could strain the branches causing breakage and peeling. Several of these bent branches could bounce back once they've thawed out. Be careful not to disturb them in their frozen state as you may cause more damage.


Burnt foliage from desiccation
Foliage damage from a stressful winter




This can be a significant cause of damage especially in evergreens because they do not go dormant in the winter months. You may notice spots where the foliage has burnt, as shown in the image to the right.  Often the plant will drop these leaves naturally so be patient and wait before getting those pruners out. Premature pruning can cause more damage.


Salt Damage:


Salts used on roadways, driveways, and sidewalks to eliminate ice can cause major damage to vegetation. To decrease the damage to your exposed plants irrigate the effected area. Water will naturally help leach these salts out of the contaminated soil. Check out our blog post on "Tips on Deicers" for more information.




When cleaning up your garden it is important to know proper pruning techniques when removing broken and dead branches. Here is a great fact sheet that will aid you in keeping your garden healthy and beautiful.


As always Cedar Run Landscapes is here to help. Let us know if you have questions about winter damage or if you need any assistance in this springs clean up. 

Project of the Month
Before Shot
Before construction began

As the leaves fell this past fall, Cedar Run Landscapes began the  instillation  of a creative and unique project. Our clients wanted to transform the entrance to their backyard with an exciting water feature.

Excavation and Aquablocks
View of storage basin to left and two falls on right 


Finished Stream with water running
Finished stream




Our client also took this opportunity to eliminate stormwater runoff from their roof. To do this we tied a nearby downspout  into the features system. The extra water that will be collected is stored in the basin beneath the ground. This simple step keeps rainwater from the roof on the property while eliminating the need to fill up the water feature with a hose.  












As you can see from the picture to the right, the water flows out of two biofalls boxes, tumbles down into a waterfall, rushes beneath a stone foot path and meanders into the underground storage basin. As the basin fills up with rainwater, the excess water will be directed to a rain garden to allow it to seep slowly back into the ground. Now that the stream has been installed we await spring before we will add surrounding vegetation and aquatic plants. 









Become the next project of the month by calling our office at 1-800-Landscape or

E-mailing us to set up an appointment with our staff. 

Free Rain Barrel Lecture & Workshop Rain Barrel collecting water from roof


February  17th  at 7pm

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

Four Mills Barn, 12 Morris Rd, Ambler

In Partnership with Sun and Earth and URS


Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association for a 

hands-on workshop that will teach you how to make 

your own rain barrel. The materials that Sun and Earth

 have donated will be available on site. The WVWA 

team will work with you to make your rain barrel. 

There will be a fee of $30 for material cost. Limited to

 the first 18 households.   


RSVP: info@wvwa.org or 215.646.8866

Plant of the Month

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' 

Red twig Dogwood

 Red Twig Dogwood


Height: 6-9 Feet

Spread: 8-12 Feet

Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8


This dogwood provides wonderful winter interest that lights up any garden with salmon red stems. These stems begin turning reddish

 in late summer to early fall and continue to brighten as the snow arrives. With the onset of spring, tiny clusters of white flowers begin blooming in May to early June. These flowers mature into bluish-white fruits which attract birds in August to September. In the autumn the dark green leaves turn to a reddish purple.  Use these attractive shrubs as a screen or border in a full sun to part shade. 

Purchase Pond Products Online
Have a hard time finding the pond supplies you need? You can now purchase your pond products online and have them mailed directly to your home.  


Aquascape Pond Supply Store

We look forward to the upcoming season and would love to help you with any of your landscape projects. 




Alden Zove

Cedar Run Landscapes

Lilypad Special 
Lilypad, 6' by 8' pond with 24" waterfall
The Lilypad

Interested in a water feature? Cedar Run Landscapes has a wide variety of features available for installation and this February its running a special on its Lilypad System.  

The Lilypad, a 6 foot by 8 foot pond with 24 inch waterfall, is normally priced at $4999. But if you contact us before the end of the month you'll get the discounted price of $4000. So give us a call or e-mail us to set up a time to meet and discuss your new water feature today.