NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

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

Hague Veteran’s Memorial Park- One Year Later

We wanted to post a few more pictures of the Hague Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1-year after the project was completed so viewers can see how well the site looks.


Hague Veteran's Memorial Park

Hague Veterns' Memorial

Wild flowers and vegetation were established on the steep banks in the background that had previously experienced erosion problems prior to DeFranco Landscaping’s hydroseeding and stabilizing the banks with the placement of erosion control blankets.

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 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.

May 11, 2012

Paver Patios can create “Outdoor Living” spaces for Docks

Techo-Bloc Paver Patio by DeFranco Landscaping

This paver patio was installed along the lakeshore of Lake George to compliment a new dock that was erected by The Dock Doctors, “the Waterfront Experts” from Vermont. The patio was made out of Techo-Bloc “Aberdeen” pavers set on top of a concrete frost wall.  Check out our website for other great patio ideas. Do you know that DeFranco Landscaping has ICPI certified installers? ICPI is the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute.

Lawn area was re-established with hydroseeding. For more information on paver patios or Techo-Bloc products, please contact your paver experts at DeFranco Landscaping.

Techo-Bloc Paver Patio by DeFranco Landscaping


Paver patios can be an extension of your home and provide that additional “outdoor” living space that your lakefront home needs for those extended family gatherings, barbeques and all of those summer time activities. Let us help you design that patio or outdoor living space that you have been dreaming about or seen in a catalog.

Techo-Bloc Aberdeen paver patio with soldier course-Brant Lake, NY




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 15, 2012

Spring Blossoms can provide Early Season Color to the Landscape

Adding spring bulbs to any shrub bed can provide early season color for weeks in the early part of April and May while the other flowers and shrubs prepare to bloom in the mid to late-summer months. The key to spring blossoms is doing the legwork the season before. The bulbs need to be planted in the previous summer to provide those vibrant yellow, pink, purple, blue and white colors that keep coming back year after year.

Spring Bulbs-Blossoming-1

Spring Bulbs-Blossoming

You may notice that some properties only get one burst of either spring or mid-summer blasts of color.  DeFranco Landscaping’s philosophy has been to provide our clients with as much color as possible out of the summer months. We try to provide spring bloomers and late-season fall color so that your property looks its best which will provide you with great enjoyment while you relax and enjoy the views on your property.

If you are envious of your neighbor’s spring flowers, you need to do some homework and get planting this summer or hire that gardener/landscaper, who knows how to provide those spring blossoms so that your property will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Spring Blossoms-Purple Monarda                                                                                 








One word of caution before you go planting bulbs, deer can wreak havoc on those spring bulbs over the winter months, so make sure that your property does not have a heavy deer population or chances are that some of your bulbs will disappear.


Filed under: General News

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.


March 25, 2012

Spring has Arrived Early in Lake George

It has been a very mild winter this year in the Northeast and the Adirondacks. Very little snow and warm temperatures prevented the ground from freezing. 2012 was another year where Lake George did not freeze over.

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60 to 70 degree range over the last two weeks has many of the spring flowers ready to bloom. If your property isn’t blooming like your neighbors, give us a call. It takes proper planning the year before to make those spring flowers bloom.

It is starting to look like spring and summer without the summertime traffic. Very little boat traffic, other than a few Hacker Crafts being taken out for their 1st spring voyages on the crystal-clear, calm waters of Lake George.

We are looking forward to another Great Summer. We will be attending the LGA’s Lake-Friendly Showcase and a few other seminars in the area this summer. Soon you’ll be seeing our trucks around the Lake George basin. We welcome you back to the Lake. Please stop by and say Hi and let us show you where our expertise and consulting experience in site development and stormwater management can take your property to another level.

Give DeFranco Landscaping a call if you are thinking about building a new home or constructing an addition on your lake house to discuss what you will be required to do for your property’s stormwater managment / run-off requirements. We consult with Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineering to provide proper site design and stormwater management practices and provide landscape planting plans with native plants for shoreline buffers and rain gardens.


Filed under: General News

January 20, 2012

DeFranco Landscaping-Sustainable & Green Infrastructure Article-The Lake George Mirror

DeFranco Landscaping has been featured in numerous publications over the last two years. We were very pleased and honored to have the chance to discuss our family business with the The Lake George Mirror‘s Buzz Lamb.

Attached is The Lake George Mirror on sustainable landscaping : http://www.lakegeorgemirrormagazine.com/tag/dave-defranco/ DeFranco likes to try to save as many resources on each property using many of the principals of low-impact development.

 Anthony DeFranco, PE, CNLP also represented DeFranco Landscaping at the Lake George Association’s 1st Annual Lake-Friendly Living Showcase during the summer. They displayed permeable paver blocks from Techo-Bloc along with highlighting the many types of lake-friendly projects that they specialize in around the Lake George basin.  They also use native plants in most of their landscape designs and received the Frank Leonbruno Lake Stewardship Award from the Lake George Watershed Coalition in 2010 for use of Native Plants. The projects include:

  1.  Stormwater Management (rain gardens)
  2.  Erosion Control/Hydroseeding
  3.  Permeable Pavers
  4.  Shoreline Buffers / Native Plantings

Give DeFranco Landscaping a call if you have a future project that you need completed around the lake. We would be happy to help with our knowledgeable staff and experiences of working around Lake George.

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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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