NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

January 23, 2016

New Sign!!!

If you have driven down NYS Route 9N-you’ve probably already noticed the new sign.  Here’s a photo if you are away from Lake George for the winter. It showcases our two businesses that really compliment one another.

 

Filed under: General News

January 23, 2016

Patios make great Outdoor Living Spaces

Adding a patio can extend your living space to the outdoors.  Locating the patio in a good location can provide unique views that can only be seen from that spot. They provide a location for entertaining family and friends, whether it be relaxing and watching a sunset after a long day on the water or relaxing in Adirondack chairs with your favorite wine or beverage of choice. Patios should be functional and sized to accommodate family barbeques and other social gatherings.

 

 

Layout and pedestrian flow should be looked at by the designer to make sure that accessibility does not become an issue. Attention to focal points and destinations on the property should be highlighted to create a consistent flow path to docks, entrances, parking areas and viewpoints on the property.

Adding other features, such as a fire pit extend the family time into the evening.  These outdoor locations can be a great morning spot watching the sunrise with a cup of your favorite coffee or watching the sunset with your favorite bottle of wine.

 

 

 

January 23, 2016

More Green Infrastructure around the Lake George Basin

Crews from DeFranco Landscaping have been busy installing numerous rain gardens around the Lake George basin. We have been working with many lakefront property owners and home builders, starting with the designs and then finishing the installations. We have been fortunate to return over the years to maintain what we have built and make observations on what works and what hasn’t worked. This hands-on approach helps us to improve our  rain garden installations with each location’s unique site characteristics.

 

 

Our projects continue to get more complex. We believe that our work says it all, however we do have the credentials and experience that many of the local industry leaders and local environmental groups have come to rely on. It is our expertise and continued dedication to protecting the lake. We know we are doing a good job at what we are creating when we get these type of referrals! We appreciate all of those referrals. Keep them coming… We will continue to impress.

August 11, 2013

Roadside Planting Beds Provide Color & Screening

Road side planting beds can provide diverse landscaping with shrubs and perennial flowers along the border. Annual flowers can also be added to provide summer color throughout the gardening season. Using berms and raised beds can provide additional height for screening and filtering noise/light from dwelling and also providing you with the necessary privacy.

In some high-traffic north country locations- selection of salt-tolerant plants may be necessary for your roadside bed to thrive.

Roadside Plantings beds can provide screening and shielding

Roadside Plantings beds can provide screening and shielding

 

Roadside Plantings screening house from roadway

Roadside Plantings screening house from roadway

 

Roadside Bed with Perennials & Annual flowers

Roadside Bed with Perennials & Annual flowers

 

August 11, 2013

Why is Crabgrass everywhere this summer?

Everyone is asking -why do I have so much crabgrass in my lawn or shrub beds this year. Well, there are numerous reasons for the bumper crop of crabgrass and it goes back to the hot & dry summer of 2012-which resulted in a large amount of seed and stressed out lawns that became thin. According to a study by Kevin Frank at the Michigan State University Extension, the record amounts of precipitation in June provided the young crabgrass a perfect climate to develop roots. Then the high temperatures of late July and August allowed the crabgrass to compete with other grasses in your lawn or bare mulch beds.

 

Crabgrass is Everywhere!

Crabgrass is Everywhere!

Filed under: Turf,Weeds

August 11, 2013

Rain Gardens can be very Attractive

Rain Gardens can be very attractive landscape features when the proper plants are selected. Rain gardens and other stormwater management devices do require annual maintenance. Please contact us for specific maintenance requirements. We do have maintenance plans and specific guidelines for property owners to follow so that your rain garden holds up to the test of time, not to mention that next large rain event.

 

Landscaped Rain Garden with lush vegetation & flowers

Landscaped Rain Garden with lush vegetation & flowers

 

August 11, 2013

Timber Stairways provide Improved Access to Lake Front Properties

DeFranco Landscaping was retained to replace the existing stairways to the main lake house and stairways to the lakeshore and dock area. The property was recently purchased and the new owners had concerns for the safety of their guests when using the old rotten stairways that were in disrepair. The old timbers were also directing stormwater runoff directly toward the lake house.

 

Existing Condition of original Stairway (To be Replaced)

Existing Condition of original Stairway (To be Replaced)

 

New Timber Stariway and Red Juniper Railing

New Timber Stairway and Red Juniper Railing

Timber stairways can be one of the most cost-effective options to constructing new accesses to the Lake. They can be constructed with minimal disturbance to trees/roots and less expensive than many other options.

Looking Down Timber Stairway to Lake House

Looking Down Timber Stairway to Lake House

 

Timber Lakeshore Access with Cedar Railing

Timber Lakeshore Access with Cedar Railing

Open up your property to endless possibilities by improving accesses and let our craftsman design your next access to the Lake. We can work with your dock builder to coordinate all the “land” activities.

 

Timber Shoreline Access from the Lake

Timber Shoreline Access from the Lake

 

 

 

June 11, 2013

Colors Throughout the Season in a Commercial Setting

Dunkin’ Donuts of Ticonderoga has an attractive landscape due in part to the diverse plants and shrubs that were selected for the site. Color is provided throughout the season by numerous perennials and blooming shrubs. Some of the original plantings are still at the core of this renovated landscape. Many of the plantings have been replaced with flowering perennials and shrubs that provide color throughout the season.

Dunkin' Donuts-Ticonderoga-Great Fall Color & Texture with Ornamental Grasses

Is it time to renovate your landscape setting? Are your shrub beds lacking that color throughout the seasons? Are you envious of your neighbor’s landscaped yard? Give us a call. We can put some splashes of color into your landscape to make your yard stand out from the crowd.

Dunkin' Donuts-Spring Color-from Little Miss Kim Lilacs from original site's plantings complimented with various flowering perennials

 

June 11, 2013

Native Plantings at Top of Historic Mountain

DeFranco Landscaping was honored to plant native trees and shrubs to screen a cell tower communication building at the top of historic Mount Defiance.

 

Native Tree & Shrub Plantings at top of Mt. Defiance

Berms were constructed to elevate the plantings to help with initial screening. Successful plantings always starts with good soil.

Tree & Shrubs to screen Cell Tower Communication Building

Feel free to give us a call if you have been thinking about screening something in your yard or your neighbor’s yard.  We can develop a solution that works for you.

 

June 8, 2013

DeFranco Landscaping Provides Seminars & Presentations to the Community

Many Hague and Ticonderoga residents are aware of David DeFranco’s “science talks”. He is a former science teacher with a vast array of knowledge in science and nature. His presentations take him back to his teaching days of lecturing to students in the classroom. He has a history of taking over classroom field trips with his local geological knowledge & insights into nature that even impress the “locals”. Some of his presentations are legendary. His Bat Presentation at the Silver Bay YMCA in 2012 is still the talk of many cocktail parties.  Silver Bay residents are still commenting that: “I cannot believe Dave actually dressed up in a brown-nosed bat costume for the presentation.”

Dave has provided numerous presentations on current gardening trends to the latest invasive threats to our Adirondack trees-Emerald Ash Borers & Asian Long Horn Beetles. Dave has presented seminars to the local garden clubs, Silver Bay YMCA and various other service organizations in the region.

Anthony DeFranco, PE is following in his father’s footsteps to some degree. He has also provided seminars on various landscaping topics to garden clubs and local Kiwanis organizations. He also presented “Stormwater Management and Rain Garden Design” at the 2nd Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium at Fort Ticonderoga on April 13, 2013. The presentation focused on how a homeowner can create a rain garden using native plants and vegetation to control surface runoff from leaving their property.

Anthony has also presented “Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses & Native Grasses” to the Carillon Garden Club.  His presentation focused on having the gardening community select native plants for their landscape settings.

Last week, Anthony presented “Rain Gardens to Shoreline Buffers- The How & Why” at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute’s 2013 Summer Lecture Series in Bolton Landing, NY on August 5th, 2013. The presentation covered many “land” activities that can affect Lake George’s water quality, from stormwater runoff, septic systems, fertilizers, geese populations and native vegetated shoreline buffers. The large audience had many specific stormwater and landscaping questions along with their concerns for the health of Lake George.

Please contact DeFranco Landscaping, if you would like us to “talk” at your next group’s meeting. Dave & Tony’s diverse backgrounds provide for a wide-range of speaking topics. Please understand that summertime events need to be scheduled well in advance. The off-season works much better for our schedules.

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Memberships & Affiliations:

>> NY State Nurseryman's Association
>> NYS Adopt-A-Highway Participant
>> Hague / Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
>> CNLP: Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional
>> Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
>> ICPI Certification
>> Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce
>> Member of the Lake George Association
>> GlensFalls.com
>> Planting What Comes Naturally
>> The DeFrancos of Hague-Sustainable Landscapes & Green Infrastructure

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