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Dougherty Landscape, LLC
206 S. Manoa Rd. Havertown, PA 19083    610-449-3734

Tim Marino, 201 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, PA 19428.    610-941-7766

Aberdeen Lawn Garden
214 N. Aberdeen Ave. Wayne, PA 19087     610-687-0258
Nathan Dunn Lawn Care
158 Graves Road, Oxford, PA 19363     484-880-3590

Mark's Lawn Care & Landscaping     610-357-1678
Serving Delaware County, Chester County and North Wilmington
Fresco Landscapes
Philadelphia, Pa 19128                         215-621-7196
A & D Landscaping
8116 River Rd, Pennsauken, NJ 08110    856-665-4025
Blue Tree Landscaping Inc.
2031 Bridge Road Suite 1112, Skippack, PA 19474-1112    610-278-0655
Wallace Landscape Associates, Inc.
1004 Saunders Lane, West Chester, PA 19380    610-430-3323
2011 Old Cuthbert Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08003   856-547-4276
Avant Gardens Inc.
1208 Day St, Philadelphia, PA 19125    215-634-6332
Azalea Gardens Landscaping
8050 Fairview St, Philadelphia, PA 19136    215-333-9159
Blackthorne Landscaping
7541 Valley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128    215-487-2330
Mc Naughton's Gardens
351 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034    856-429-6745
Brennan Tree Service
3561 Shelmire Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136    215-335-9741
Picture Perfect Lawns Inc.
2711 Tyler St, Camden, NJ 08105    856-963-2695
Bustleton Services Inc.
2705 Black Lake Place, Philadelphia, PA 19154    215-673-1100
Young's Landscape Management Inc.
198 Route 130 N. Cinnaminson, NJ 08077    856-303-2828
Circle Landscape Management
553 Kerper St, Philadelphia, PA 19111    215-742-7318
Maple Leaf Lawn Care Inc.
5314 Laurel Ave, Pennsauken, NJ 08109    856-665-5020
Composite Inc.
2024 Fitzwater St, Philadelphia, PA 19146    215-732-4545
Old Country Gardens
414 Wilson Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803    302-652-3317
Corner's Landscaping & Tree Service
824 Rhawn St, Philadelphia, PA 19111    215-745-5470
Sea Scape Landscaping LLC
1202 Winston Way, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034    856-795-0333
J S Cuthbert Co.
Lansdowne Ave. Yeadon, PA 19050    610-623-3099
Natura Lawn of America
39 Brookside Dr, Wilmington, DE 19804    302-652-2000
Del Landscaping Service
7814 Nixon St, Philadelphia, PA 19128    215-487-6544
J M Figueroa Landscaping Lawn
928 N. 6th St, Camden, NJ 08102    856-338-0086
Townscapes Inc.
225 Geiger Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115    215-676-8039
Medpark Corp-ReitTurf
1380 Bartlett Rd, Wayne, PA 19087   610-647-3130
N V Holmes & Son Inc.
2389 Harts Lane, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444    610-828-0367
Disabatino Landscaping Inc.
2111 Bowers St, Wilmington, DE 19802    302-778-1800
Poley Landscaping
325 Saw Mill Lane, Horsham, PA 19044    215-675-0300
D G Decker Landscape & Irrigation
6339 Rogers Ave, Pennsauken, NJ 08109    856-662-3631
Grass Plus Landscaping Inc.
5977 Jannette St, Philadelphia, PA 19128    215-482-3822
Dream Landscaping
3523 Stanwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19136    215-332-0653
Landscapes Unlimited
909 E. Tampa Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034    856-354-2028
Green Design Inc.
118 W Clarkson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120    215-927-9960
Rooney's Landscaping
812 Windsor Dr, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077    856-829-2964
Superior Landscaping Company
6625 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19151    215-474-2315

Landscaping Research

Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills. In addition to adding aesthetic value and environmental quality to your home, a well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce overall energy bills.

Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household's energy for heating and cooling. Computer models from DOE predict that just three trees, properly placed around the house, can save an average household between $100 and $250 in heating and cooling energy costs annually. During the summer months, the most effective way to keep your home cool is to prevent the heat from building up in the first place. A primary source of heat buildup is sunlight absorbed by your home's roof, walls, and windows. Dark-colored home exteriors absorb 70% to 90% of the radiant energy from the sun that strikes the home's surfaces. Some of this absorbed energy is then transferred into your home by way of conduction, resulting in heat gain inside the house. In contrast, light-colored surfaces effectively reflect most of the heat away from your home. Landscaping can also help block and absorb the sun's energy to help decrease heat buildup in your home by providing shade and evaporative cooling.

Shading and evaporative cooling from trees can reduce the air temperature around your home. Studies conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found summer daytime air temperatures to be 3° to 6°F cooler in tree-shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas. The energy-conserving landscape strategies you should use for your home depend on the type of climate in which you live.

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Deciduous trees planted on the south and on the west will help keep your house cool in the summer and allow sun to shine in the windows in the winter.

Orientation of the house and surrounding landscaping has a large effect on energy consumption. A well-oriented, well-designed home admits low-angle winter sun to reduce heating bills; rejects overhead summer sun to reduce cooling bills; and minimizes the chill effect of winter winds. Fences, walls, other nearby buildings, and rows of trees or shrubs block or channel the wind. Bodies of water moderate temperature but increase humidity and produce glare. Trees provide shade, windbreaks, and wind channels. Pavement reflects or absorbs heat, depending on whether it is light or dark in color.

Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses

Everyone can include native plants in their landscaping; from those with acres of land (e.g. corporations, universities), to those with small urban lots, to those protecting a pristine ecosystem during a construction project. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses improves the environment. Natural landscaping brings a taste of wilderness to urban, suburban, and corporate settings by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and other animals. Once established, native plants do not need fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or watering, thus benefiting the environment and reducing maintenance costs. Gardeners and admirers enjoy the variety of colors, shapes, and seasonal beauty of these plants.

Landscaping with native plants improves the environment. Native plants are hardy because they have adapted to the local conditions. Not only is this good for the environment, it saves time and money. A native landscape does not need to be mowed like a conventional lawn. This reduces the demand for non-renewable resources and improves the water and air quality. The periodic burning (or mowing when burning is not practical) required for maintenance of a prairie landscape mimics the natural prairie cycle and is much better for the environment. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses helps return the area to a healthy ecosystem. Diverse varieties of birds, butterflies and animals, are attracted to the native plants, thus enhancing the biodiversity of the area. The beauty of native wildflowers and grasses creates a sense of place, both at home and work. The native plants increase our connection to nature, help educate our neighbors, and provide a beautiful, peaceful place to relax.

Reduced Use of Pesticides

Since native plants have adapted to local conditions, they are more resistant to pest problems. Sometimes individuals use non-persistent pesticides, which break down into harmless components, before sowing native plant seeds to minimize competition from the weeds. Once the native plants are established, pesticides are seldom needed.

Improved Air Quality

Native landscaping practices can help improve air quality on a local regional and global level. Locally, smog (ground level ozone) and air toxics can be drastically reduced by the virtual elimination of the need for lawn maintenance equipment (lawn mowers, weed edgers, leaf blowers, etc.) which is fueled by gasoline, electricity or batteries. All of these fuel types are associated with the emissions of the following air pollutants: carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and air toxics such as benzene. Gasoline lawn and garden equipment, on average, produces 5% of ozone-forming VOCs in areas with smog problems. This equipment also emits toxics and particulates.

Regionally, the NOx and SO2 released from lawn maintenance equipment react with water in the atmosphere to form acid rain.

Globally, native landscaping practices help to combat global warming in two ways. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas and by reducing the use of lawn maintenance equipment, the associated CO2emissions are also reduced. Native plants help to reduce the amount of CO2in the atmosphere by taking in CO2and storing the carbon in the body of the plants, roots and soil. Native plants work much better than traditional mowed grass as a carbon sink due to their extensive root systems and increased ability to retain and store water.

Improved Water Quality

In conventional landscaping, pesticides are often wrongly applied at times when target insects are not vulnerable. Overuse and inappropriate use often kill beneficial insects and other wildlife. Less than 10% of all insects are harmful to plants. Pesticides have the potential to cause serious human health problems when not handled properly or applied according to the label directions. By eliminating or minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, these pollutants will not run-off into streams, lake, and bays. This improves the quality of the water and the aquatic life in it. In healthy water systems. natural controls, such as fish, frogs, and snails will help keep insect populations under control and reduce algae buildup.

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