NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

June 7, 2013

Rain Gardens to Shoreline Buffers-Why DeFranco Landscaping is focusing on Sustainability with Green Infrastructure

As many businesses are focusing on becoming green, site design and landscaping practices have also been evolving with more low-impact development techniques , particularly using green stormwater infrastructure practices. Established in 1984, DeFranco Landscaping, Inc. is a full-service professional landscaping company that focuses on using these techniques on
sensitive lakefront properties along the Lake George shoreline and surrounding Adirondack region.

DeFranco Landscaping has been using these techniques on many of the properties over the years and were the proud recipient of the 2010 Frank Leonbruno Memorial Lake Stewardship
Award from the Lake George Watershed Coalition for use of native plants in their landscape design.  Some of their native plant designs and lake-friendly landscaping have been featured on the Lake George Association’s website.

DeFranco Landscaping’s shoreline and stormwater expertise and recent projects were featured in The Post Star on June 4, 2013:

http://poststar.com/news/local/defranco-landscaping-inc-works-to-protect-lake-george-by-limiting/article_5dd901e2-ccc5-11e2-888a-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Post Star Photo- DeFranco placing native plants in a new buffer along the shoreline of Lake George.

Anthony DeFranco, PE, CNLP who manages the firm, received a “20 Under 40” Award from the Post Star newspaper in 2011. The newspaper along with Glens Falls Hospital recognizes 20 of tomorrow’s leaders who are not only successful in their careers, but also leaders within their community.

He is a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) who has been focusing some of the company’s staff on green infrastructure installations, such as rain gardens, permeable paver systems, shoreline buffers using native plants to help reduce stormwater runoff from reaching Lake George.

DeFranco is also a licensed Professional Engineer with a degree in civil and environmental engineering is the owner of an engineering consulting business: Anthony W. DeFranco,
PE-Consulting Engineer, which focuses on site design, stormwater management design, permitting and engineered septic systems. DeFranco notes that his area of expertise focuses on areas that are critical to the long-term health of Lake George. He notes that new NYSDEC Stormwater design regulations went into effect in March 2011 that are going to affect all property owners who are building houses or disturbing the ground.

DeFranco notes that the combination of his consulting practice and his family’s landscaping business provides a one-stop shop for clients looking for civil/site design through the installation of the green infrastructure practices to reduce stormwater runoff volumes that potentially could have been entering the shoreline of Lake George.

DeFranco stresses that the landscape industry will need to have a good understanding of stormwater to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Vegetated shoreline buffers help protect the shoreline from erosion and minimize sediment and nutrients from entering the lake. Native plants thrive without fertilizer and filter nutrients out of the runoff before they enter the lake. The buffers also provide privacy by screening out light and noise from activities on the lake. They can also help frame a beautiful view and provide habitat that attracts birds and other wildlife.

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

October 11, 2011

Rain Garden Installations

DeFranco Landscaping installed a 1,100 SF rain garden for stormwater management in Bolton Landing that was designed by Jarrett Engineers. The original vertical log home cottages were torn down and replaced with a modern 2-story vertical log home that sits on the same original footprints. Design and house reconstruction was completed by the McKiernon Group.

 The increase in stormwater runoff from the impervious driveway and roof was handled by the installation of a rain garden that helped control surface runoff along with filtering out contaminants and pollutants. Native plants were used for plantings in the rain garden. They thrive without fertilizer and filter runoff which reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients from entering Lake George. The buffer also provides privacy, screening out light and noise from neighboring properties within the development.

 Runoff from the cottages was directed to the rain garden through a dry grass swale with an under drain wrapped in stone. Erosion control measures were installed to prevent any sediment from leaving the site.  Rain gardens acts as an infiltration measure for stormwater management for roof runoff and surface runoff. They are also in the NYSDEC Stormwater Manual as a “Green Infrastructure” practice. 

 

Rain Garden - Bolton Landing

 

Rain Garden - Bolton Landing

Another rain garden was recently constructed in Sabbath Day Point. This rain garden was installed to control surface runoff from existing roof leaders. It was designed by Anthony DeFranco, PE. It was a smaller 600-SF rain garden. Two small shoreline buffer plantings were also installed to help with the situation.

Rain Garden - Sabbath Day Point

Both rain gardens were planted with native shrubs and perennials. The deeper roots of these plants in the rain garden soak up more water and nutrients. 

 

 

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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