NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

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

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.

July 28, 2011

Planting Beds Renovated at Town of Hague Beach

DeFranco Landscaping recently removed plantings at the Town of Hague Beach that had been defoliated by the Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni. The viburnum plants were specified and installed under a previous project.  DeFranco Landscaping removed the defoliated plants, re-established the planting beds and installed new plant material, primarily native plant species that are hardy and can survive with limited watering.

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DeFranco Landscaping renovates shrub beds at Town of Hague Beach

The Town Beach has a very high water table and has a blend of fill materials on site. It also is a well-known hang-out for “local” Canada geese due to the large un-buffered lawn area.

If you are experiencing plant or insect problems, please contact DeFranco Landscaping for a consultation. David DeFranco has over 30-years of experience with working with plants and has a science degree (taught science in the Hague and Ticonderoga School Districts). He will be able to diagnose your insect, plant, etc. problem and provide you with the guidance on what mother nature has thrown your way.

For more information on the Viburnum Leaf Beetle, please go to the following link: http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/extension/idl/upload/Viburnum-Leaf-Beetle.pdf


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Town of Hague Beach-Shrub Bed Renovation-DeFranco Landscaping










The beds have filled in over the last year. Take a look at these couple of recent photos:

Hague Beach-Shrub Bed-One Year Later

July 28, 2011

DeFranco Landscaping completes landscaping at Hague Veteran’s Park

DeFranco Landscaping recently completed the landscape installation work at the Town of Hague Veteran’s Park. The design of the park was completed by Elan Planning, Landscape Design.

The scope of the work included weeding and removing the vegetation on a very steep bank that between Overbrook Road and Hague Brook. A prior attempt to stabilize the banks was not as successful and had washed out with deep erosion channelling down the banks. The banks had also been topdressed with a soil containing Japanese Knotweed, an invasive plant.

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DeFranco Landscaping -Town of Hague

DeFranco Landscaping attempted to properly remove the Japanese Knotweed from the site by weeding by hand. The banks were then hydroseeded with a NY native wild flower mix along with placing an erosion control fabric over the area to help stabilize the bank. The lower part of the slope was planted with myrtle, Vinca minor.

The park area was prepped for lawn and sodded  with a blend of kentucky blue grass sod.

Feel free to contact DeFranco Landscaping about your erosion control or stormwater projects. Their crews have a certified Erosion & Sediment Control (E&SC) trained personnel on staff and in conjunction with a licensed NYS professional engineer, Anthony W. DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer they can provide you with the necessary design guidance and recommendations to make your project a success.

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DeFranco Landscaping - Town of Hague

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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