NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

August 15, 2012

Memorial Tree in Loving Memory of Anthony J. DeFranco

Chip Holmes, CEO of Inter-Lakes Health, recently presented David DeFranco, of Hague, with a plaque in honor of his  father Anthony J. DeFranco Sr. Mr. DeFanco recently donated a tree to the Heritage Commons Courtyard in loving memory of his father and in appreciation of the great care his father received while an inpatient at Moses-Ludington Hospital.
The plaque will serve as a reminder of the donation and that tree stands in loving memory of Anthony J. DeFranco 1915-2011.

Chip Holmes, CEO of Inter-Lakes Health presents David DeFranco with a plaque in honor of his father Anthony J. DeFranco

Tony W. DeFranco (Jr.) has planted many memorial trees over the years at DeFranco Landscaping. “It was a great honor to plant a tree with my dad for my grandfather. It brought back a lotof fond childhood memories of my grandfather teaching me the meaning of hard work- the only way- a hands on approach . Knowing who I was planting the tree in memory of, even with the tough soil conditions, I was able to get that hole dug for that tree in less than an hour, something I know my grandfather would have been very proud of. He was one who had a very hard old-school Italian work ethic and he measured everything in “work”. He would always ask ‘How you doing?’ and then follow it up with ‘How much work did you get done today?’ “, noted the younger DeFranco.

We are all certain that there are no leaky pipes in heaven now and the lake trout have better be on high alert.

Anthony J. DeFranco-1915-2011-"One of the Greatest Lake Trout Fisherman on Lake George" Thank you for instilling a hard work ethic in many generations of DeFrancos

Memorial trees seem to take on the personality of the loved one that they are planted for. It changes the way you look at that tree. Proper tree selection is also important.

May 28, 2012

DeFranco Landscaping Attends the LGA Lake Friendly Living Open House

The Lake George Association’s 2nd Annual Lake-Friendly Living Open House was held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at the LGA’s office at 2392 Route 9N in Lake George, NY.  The show highlighted local businesses that are experts on lake-friendly living.

Anthony DeFranco, PE and Mark Altwerger attended the event for DeFranco Landscaping with varying lake expertise & experiences. Altwerger has worked for the LGA as a lake steward. DeFranco is a professional engineer who has also worked for the Darrin Freshwater Institute. They provided attendees with information on various products and services for their lake-friendly projects while discussing the latest regulations related to site design, stormwater management and septic systems and the benefits of shoreline buffers.

The combination of Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer and the green infrastructure expertise of DeFranco Landscaping gives a home owner the “complete package” when it comes to lake-friendly living. DeFranco Landscaping specializes in rain garden installation, stormwater management, hydroseeding/erosion control, shoreline buffers with native plantings  and permeable pavers.

(Left to Right) Betty Spinelli, Joe Stanik (Lake George Park Commissioner), Mark Altwerger and Anthony DeFranco, PE discuss the benefits of stormwater management at the 2nd Annual Lake-Friendly Living Showcase.

DeFranco Landscaping received the 2010 Frank Leonbruno Lake Stewardship Award for their use of native plants in their designs.  Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer is a licensed NYS professional engineer who has designed numerous rain gardens and stormwater management structures around the Lake George basin. Rain garden design is not rocket science but it does take someone who is very familar with stormwater design to properly design a functioning rain garden to the NYSDEC guidelines.  A professional engineer is required to design and “stamp” the plans of any stormwater management system for new construction and modificiations to a site/additions to a house.

DeFranco Landscaping has installed many of his designs along with native plant shoreline buffers and screenings. DeFranco Landscaping is in the process of also completing a stream restoration project in the Town of Hague. Permitting and design was completed by Anthony DeFranco, PE and the installation was tackled by Dave and Tony’s crew.

DeFranco started a civil engineering practice: Anthony DeFranco, PE –Consulting Engineer to complement his family’s landscaping and property management business. He has designed numerous engineered wastewater systems, including Pura-Flo Peat Fiber Biofilter Systems, which are an enhanced on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) that provides a 96% reduction in B.O.D, 99.9% reduction in fecal coliform and 90% reduction in ammonia and nitrogen to the leachate before it enters the ground. Enhanced treatment systems require additional operational maintenance, typically annual inspections that can be provided by the manufacturer of the system. A licensed engineer is required to design enhanced wastewater treatment systems. They are ideal for houses located near a body of water with limited space.

“There are a lot of opportunities for us to provide expertise to homeowners and contractors around the Lake George basin. Property owners need to be aware that a roadside ditch or drainage swale along your property can convey pollutants from your driveway or lawn into Lake George.” states DeFranco. Studies have shown that ½-inch to 1 ½-inch rain events, called
water quality events, cause more damage by carrying off pollutants from impervious and lawn areas. Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer has also designed numerous engineered septic systems in the Lake George basin, including Pura-Flo Peat systems, Eljen systems and raised mound systems. He can handle most site design projects from permitting, design to construction inspection.

Please feel free to contact us, if you were unable to attend and have a project in mind.

August 13, 2011

Shoreline Buffers along Lake George

DeFranco Landscaping installed a shoreline buffer of native plants along the shoreline of Lake Georgeto help filter contaminants and pollutants. Additional plantings and a rain garden were also added as future projects along with rip-rap armored swales on the driveway to catch and direct runoff to appropriate infiltration locations.

 Native plants thrive without fertilizer and filter runoff which reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients from enteringLake George. The buffer also provides privacy, screening out light and noise from lake activities, while framing a beautiful view.

 This project has been featured in the Lake George Association’s September-November 2010 newsletter.  Lake-Saving Projects like this helped DeFranco Landscaping receive the 2010 Frank Leonbruno Memorial Lake Stewardship Award for their use of native plants around the Lake George Basin from the Lake George Watershed Coalition. DeFranco Landscaping was featured in The Times Union for their “green infrastructure” and award winning landscaping using native plants.

“DeFranco’s approach is about protecting the lake from harm,” said David Decker, director of the Lake George Watershed Coalition, which is devoted to protecting the lake. “It is about educating the homeowner.”

“DeFranco has taken the time to figure this out, and install the shoreline buffers with native plants,” said Emily DeBolt, education director for the Lake George Association, a 125-year-old lake conservation not-for-profit group that last summer helped convince the town of Lake George to ban fertilizers containing phosphorus, a potent nutrient that can help fuel lake algae.

Read more about DeFranco’s approach at : http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Planting-what-comes-naturally-1316745.php#ixzz1UrxRBsWd


Native Plant Shoreline Buffer - Lake George

 DeFranco Landscaping can provide their clients with a list of native plant material that can thrive in Adirondack region and along theLake George shoreline. Not to mention deer-resistant plant material for different regions. David DeFranco notes that: “We are finding that deer seem to like different plant material in different locations. We are finding that they have different tastes for plants. Many plants that were once thought to be “deer resistant” may not be the case in your location.” DeFranco cautions planting the usual suspects such as many evergreen species, unless you plan to protect them.  Deer especially love Hostas.

Native Plant Shoreline Buffer - Lake George

August 5, 2011

Anthony DeFranco selected to 2011 Post-Star’s “20 Under 40”

We would like to congratulate Anthony DeFranco, who  was selected as one of the 2011 honorees of the Post-Star’s “20 under 40” The Post-Star honors people younger than 40 who have demonstrated success and dedication to their careers and who are role models in their trades or communities.  The Post-Star 20 Under 40 honorees were selected by a committee of community leaders within the Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. A luncheon will be held on September 20 at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George for all the honorees.

Tony has been very involved with his profession over the last 10 years, volunteering and taking on leadership roles with the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the past president of the Mohawk-Hudson Section of ASCE and received the 2010 Meritorious Service Award from the Section.

He is a licensed professional engineer, practicing in the Lake George region and Adirondacks under his business Anthony W. DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer and works full-time with DeFranco Landscaping, Inc. located  in Hague, NY.   He is also a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional with NYSNLA.

For more information on the awards, please visit the Post-Star website.

 Anthony DeFranco’s profile and experience can be viewed on Linkedin at:
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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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