Ben Paepcke, a Calvert Hall lacrosse player who suffered a spinal chord injury over the summer, getting a little help from his friends


by Jeff Dudley

If you live in Maryland, you’ve seen Natural Concerns Landscaping crews and maroon trucks around town. This company has been providing the community the highest quality landscaping for 30 years. Not only are they great at making everyone’s yard look fabulous, they are one of the most generous community members.

Ben Paepcke

On Wednesday, October 2, a group from Natural Concerns took a visit to the Paepcke Family home. Ben Paepcke (Pap) graduated from Calvert Hall in 2018 and was a star lacrosse player. On July 4, 2019, Ben suffered a spinal cord injury bodysurfing in O.C. which left him paralyzed. His athletic spirit, however, is still strong and he has the heart of a lion.

Natural Concerns did a whole home and yard makeover as a gift to Pap. They landscaped the front of the house around the new wheelchair ramp. They planted native grasses, Winterberry Hollies, Japanese Hollies, Black Eyed Susans, Blue Agastache, and colorful pansies. The place looks great (see photos below).

Roland Harvey, founder and owner of Natural Concerns said, “We are Natural Concerns and this is what we do every month. It always feels good to give back.”

The company has been helping all over Baltimore since they started the business, doing gift projects for all types of groups including House of Ruth, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Green Street Academy, Baltimore Lab School, Clifton Mansion, Center Stage, Sisters Academy of Baltimore, Seed School of Baltimore, and Baltimore City with planting more than 1,700 trees throughout the city.

We at Varsity Sports Network, would like to recognize Natural Concerns for their generosity to central Maryland and the sports community. And for the tremendous athletes that these men and women are every day. Landscaping is not a competitive sport but make no mistake, these folks are great athletes. Thank you Natural Concerns.