Cycling for Trees

Al Lentz, Lentzcaping’s Vice President, recently participated in the 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees, which took place in Florida this year.  The annual bike tour benefits the Tree Fund and as explained on the official website, “[s]ince 1992, the Tour des Trees has generated more than $7.2 million and has funded a variety of research projects and educational programs for budding tree care professionals.”

Al and the other cyclists began their ride on October 24 in Orlando, Florida.  The week-long cycling tour covered almost 550 miles and ended in Fort Lauderdale.  If you are interested to learn more, please visit:  STIHLS TOUR DES TREES.

In honor of Pope Francis by Anthony Casselli

In honor of the Papal Visit, Lentzcaping crews set to work on a fall spruce up and planting at PECO’s main office building in center city.  The color scheme selected is yellow and white with a splash of purple. Crews tightly planted three tree beds with three hundred yellow and white mums.

After the flowers were planted, crews pruned the existing trees in twenty-one 5’x5′ concrete planters. We then incorporated mums, red kale, ornamental peppers, white violet, primrose, and white and yellow pansies. We also used white and purple angleonia and Hamelin grasses for some height in the containers.

A nice moment was when we bought a friendly younger homeless man lunch and drinks.  He is a familiar face and asked to assist us on JFK Blvd. Unfortunately insurance rules could not allow us to employ him, but it was nice for him to ask and visualize the transformation.

We also received much thanks from the people who frequently travel on Market Street and JFK Blvd.  What better way to honor the Papal Visit! Pope visit MOB 3Pope visit MOB 2Pope visit MOB 1MOB Pope 9MOB Pope 8MOB Pope 7MOB Pope 4

Pondemonium 2015 by Fred Pape

I just returned from Aquascape, Inc.’s annual conference dubbed Pondemonium.  It is a yearly gathering of the country’s top pond builders, retailers, and distributors.  This year’s event was held at the beautiful Q Center in St Charles, Il.  The conference had a jam packed three day schedule of classes, seminars, motivational speeches, networking, and fun.  Brad Barton gave an inspiring and magical talk about overcoming life’s challenges, as he did, on his way to earning the world record in the Master’s Mile.  Mike Powell brought the crowd to their feet after his talk about how to be a real man.  We were even visited by the incredible Dr. Pol of NatGeo Wild fame.  He gave a humorous chat about the challenges of filming a reality TV series.  All of the seminars were informative and entertaining.  The afterhours networking was the most valuable as always.  I was able to catch up with numerous old friends as well as make some new ones.  There are some large and unique projects coming up that Lentzcaping will be a part of.  Pondemonium 2015 was a great event and I am already looking forward to next years!

Net Positive Water presentation by Fred Pape

On Wednesday July 29th, Al Lentz and I travelled into downtown Philadelphia to the center for architecture.  We were there to attend the Net Positive Water presentation put on by the Philadelphia Living Building Challenge Collaborative.  There were four primary speakers discussing everything from creative green stormwater infrastructure to regulations to case studies to composting toilets.  The speakers were all engaging and informative.  One topic of specific interest was Jose Alminana’s presentation on the Phipps Conservatory.  Jose is a principal at Andropogon.  I was very involved with the design and construction of the stormwater component at the Phipps project.  I was able to catch up with him after the presentation and it sounds like everything is working very well and they have been able to cut way down on their dependence on municipal water.  Our customer, Alden Zove from Cedar Run Landscapes was also a presenter.  He focused more on the residential side of things and covered a wide range of projects.  Jeremy Chadwick from the Philadelphia Water Department was also there to discuss current regulations, programs, and tools that they are implementing.  Overall it was a great evening of presentations and networking.

Rush hour Storm on June 23, 1015 by Jennifer Brill

On the evening of June 23, our area was hit by a quick-moving straight-line wind storm that caused mayhem in its aftermath. The rush-hour storm plowed through Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties before raging on though South Jersey. These fast moving storms raced through our region like a freight train leaving 200,000 homes and businesses without power. Amtrak and Septa trains were halted after the storm produced a path of downed trees, wires, damaged buildings and overturned vehicles including a tractor trailer on I-95 in Delaware County. The intense gales were responsible for a collapsed house under construction in Philadelphia.

Lentzcaping was called to action by PECO and its contractors to provide emergency storm assistance. Our crews were immediately dispatched to help perform tasks to enable PECO Utility Trucks to enter areas impassable by the storm. With access the Utility crews could begin repairs to damaged power lines throughout Delaware and Chester County.

Emergency storm services provided by Lentzcaping in Chester and Delaware counties included, installing environmental matting as a temporary road so larger trucks could cross over to sites in need of emergency repair. Lentzcaping also provided land clearing, tree removal and chipping service for several sites as well as restoring damaged lawn areas by hand grading, applying grass seed, fertilizer, and bales of straw. Crews also installed straw matting on the eroded site to promote germination and to prevent washout from subsequent storms.

Earth Day Spruce Up, 2015

Lentzcaping crews volunteered on Friday, April 17, for a beautification project in honor of Earth Day 2015 on Wednesday the 22 of April.  The Yeadon Public Library on Longacre Boulevard had a nice landscape makeover with new trees and shrubs, placed with love and care by Lentzcaping and PECO volunteers.  To compliment the new look outside, Lentzcaping donated a picnic table for visitors and employees so they may enjoy the new setting.