NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

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


August 26, 2012

Annual Stormwater Managment Maintenance is a Must

A large commercial retailer in Ticonderoga had a bank slide into their stormwater basin and had contacted DeFranco Landscaping for their expertise on how to solve the problem and minimize the chance of it happening again. A 100-foot long steep bank had slid into the large basin. It appears that the slide was most likely due to hydrostatic pressure on the clay soils and shallow bedrock outcroppings which allowed the groundwater to weep right under the clay and eventually making the small amount of soil above the rock to become unstable. When the bank slid, it took the perimeter chain-link fence along with it.

Stormwater Basin's Re-stabilized upgradient bank

It is critical for any designer to consider long-term maintenance on any of their stormwater measures. This site had an access gate to the main basin, but had very limited access around the perimeter for large trucks and excavating equipment. A temporary access road had to be cut into the bank and due to the stability issues-smaller 1-ton dump trucks were used to haul the material out of the basin location.

Spoil material was removed from the basin and hauled to a flat location on-site, dumped, spread, seeded and mulched in a timely manner per the current NYSDEC stormwater guidelines.

DeFranco Landscaping provided the client with a few different options on how to stabilize the bank. The selected option removed the soil material that had slid into the basin and tapering of the upgradient bank’s slope to help alleviate the soil pressure around the basin’s side slopes. After the material was removed, the area was raked smooth and seeded with a grass seed. Erosion control blankets were installed per the manufacturer’s instructions to help stabilize the banks from sliding again and then the damaged chainlink fence was replaced. Hydroseeding wasn’t used in this option, but was provided as another option.

View of the side slope of the re-stabilized bank

There are many stormwater regulations that a commercial property owner needs to be aware of. They must comply with various maintenance requirements depending on the type of stormwater management system that they have on their site. Many of these stormwater management systems require annual inspection and maintenance that needs to be properly documented so that they are in compliance with the latest regulations.

Feel free to contact DeFranco Landscaping about your stormwater needs on your site or current project. Anthony DeFranco, PE, CNLP would be happy to provide you with design guidance to keep your project on track, keep you up-to-date on the current stormwater regulations or provide you with services and/or products that have been used on previously successful projects.

Remember that stormwater is one of the most critical aspects of any construction project within the Lake George basin-whether you are a contractor, realtor or home owner- you will want to work with a company that has a solid reputation and expertise to handle your stormwater projects. With the combination of Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer and DeFranco Landscaping, stormwater projects are handled from the Design and Permitting phase to the Installation/Construction phase. We can also handle your long-term Operation & Maintenance needs of your stormwater management basins/structures.



July 31, 2012

Sod Installation at the Chelka Lodge-in time for the Summer Season

The Chelka Lodge located in Diamond Point on Lake George recently completed a large remodeling project of their lakeside units. The resort is located on 400-feet of shoreline in a very quiet bay on the west side of Lake George and has 25-units.

DeFranco Landscaping was contacted to install sod on a portion of the lawn area that had been disturbed during construction. The timeframe and deadline for completion of the work was tight with Memorial Day fast approaching. All deadlines were met and the irrigation system was extended to provide sprinklers in the new sod locations.


Sod Installation at Chelka Lodge in Diamond Point


The Chelka Lodge is a member of the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Chelka Lodge, visit their website at www.chelkalodge.com

July 31, 2012

102 Montcalm Street-Landscape Renovation Project

The landscaping of the building that houses the Times of Ti was recently renovated. The existing landscaping was outdated and overshadowed the building, blocking sunlight into many of the building’s windows and reducing visibility of the building to traffic travelling along Montcalm Street.

The large tree in the front lawn was in poor condition and growing into the roof of the building. It was decided to remove it to provide better visibility and reduce the chance that the tree would fall into the building. The trunk of the tree was rotted in numerous locations. Many of the shrubs were overgrown and had lost their shape.

102 Montcalm Street

102 Montcalm Street


June 23, 2012

Fort Ticonderoga Allee Project Completed

DeFranco Landscaping has completed the Allee Tree & Pathway project leading to the Fort Ticonderoga King’s Garden. The Allee was planted with (50) ‘Karpick’ Red Maples (Acer rubrum) last month between Fort Ticonderoga and the King’s Garden. The project really enhances the entrance into the King’s Garden from the Fort. Visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org for more information on the King’s Garden and their summer schedule. Admission to the King’s Garden is included in the fort’s admission.

The grass walkway was replaced with a reinforced cell walkway with gravel and stonedust. The walkway is designed to withstand small vehicle loads and the heavy foot traffic from the 20,000 seasonal visitors a year that the King’s Garden receives during the summer season. The clay soils on the site can stay saturated for many days after a rain event so the walkway’s grade was elevated up with a stone drainage layer and the reinforced cells.

View of the Allee looking toward the King's Garden

View of the Allee looking toward Fort Ticonderoga

The King’s Garden is a term used on 18th-century military maps to delineate the Fort’s garrison gardens. The King’s garden was originally designed in 1921 by a leading landscape architect, Marian Coffin. The new trees lead to the nine foot brick walls of the King’s Garden.

A well is the focal point at the center of the Allee


May 11, 2012

Before-After Photos of Dunkin’ Donuts-Ticonderoga

A few progress photos of the Dunkin’ Donuts  in Ticonderoga before work and after the landscaping installation.

Dunkin' Donuts-After Weeding and Bed Renovation


Completed Landscaping at Dunkin' Donuts


April 14, 2012

Dunkin’ Donuts Returning to Ticonderoga with “New” Landscaping by DeFranco Landscaping

The Ticonderoga Dunkin’ Donuts opened and closed abruptly 4-years ago and will now be re-opening for business again. The property has been vacant since it closed on April 2, 2008.

The new Ticonderoga Dunkin’ Donuts will be entirely remodeled and the outside landscaping will be completely renovated. The new owners have local landscaper David DeFranco on board.  “We want to make it stand out,” Greg Sagris said. “It will look great.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts is located near a Walmart SuperCenter, RiteAid Drugs, Subway, McDonald’s and other commercial enterprises.

“We are thrilled that they are investing in the Ticonderoga community,” Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Matt Courtright said. “In addition to getting the building back online, they are working on landscaping plans with DeFranco Landscaping to create a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere. This is one of the first buildings you see as you enter Ticonderoga, and we are excited that it will be coming back to life.”

Dunkin' Donuts-Ticonderoga

Dunkin' Donuts-Ticonderoga-Start of Landscape Renovation

This article appeared on the front page of the Press Republican on Thursday, April 12, 2012. To view the entire article. please follow the link below:


The appearance of the exterior of a commercial property can be critical to business traffic. A business has one chance at a person’s first impression. It can help draw traffic to your business. Landscape maintenance should be looked at as an opportunity to help keep your business’s appearance up, not as an unnecessary expense. The cost for property maintenance is proportional to the amount of maintenance visits. It can cost significantly more to renovate a site that has been neglected versus one that has been consistently maintained.


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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