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:



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

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.

December 25, 2011

Stream Restoration Projects Require Permits

DeFranco Landscaping working in conjunction with Anthony W. DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer, completed a 150-linear feet stream bank restoration project on a small unnamed stream that flows into Slacks Bay on Lake George.

The project took 10-months to complete from submission of permit application to final completion. Design plans, permit applications and all project coordination was handled by Anthony DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer.

A joint permit application was submitted to the appropriate regulatory agencies for approval. The existing stream bed had deteriorated due to a manicured grass swale that was constructed up to and through the stream bed by a prior property owner. Some areas along the stream had collapsed and washed away from heavy rains or where the stream had realigned itself over the years.

Stream Bed-Looking Downstream at Lake George



The stream bed was armored with native stones and the banks will be planted with a buffer of native plants in the spring that will provide shade to the stream bed, which will provide cooler stream water temperatures and stabilize the banks with their root structure to help prevent the banks from eroding and depositing soil and sediment into Lake George. The plants will also attract birds, bees and butterflies and the stone and rocks in the stream will provide great habitat for frogs and crayfish.


August 16, 2011

Hydroseeding is a Great Way to Stop Erosion

Erosion Control is probably one of the most critical aspects of every construction site where earthwork or material is being moved around. It is so important when working near a body of water to establish vegetation on steep slopes or areas around the construction site to prevent sediment and silt from entering a body of water and being conveyed downstream. The NYSDEC has guidelines for stabilization on construction sites especially if a stormwater permit has been issued for a site . Typically an area that is not going to be disturbed for 14-days, should be mulched and seeded to help prevent material from leaving a construction site.

A site in Hague, NY that hydroseeding was used in conjunction with erosion control mats/fabric

Hydroseeding with a grass seed mix can quickly help establish vegetation to prevent or minimize runoff and erosion from occurring. There are numerous techniques that we apply in different situations. No one site is identical, so you may have to apply multiply erosion control measures to help reduce the chance of erosion. Steep slopes that are 1:2 or greater may require additional design measures to prevent erosion from happening.

It is a good idea to talk to a licensed consultant, with expertise in stormwater and erosion control measures, to develop a plan that can be implemented. This happens to be the 2nd attempt at stabilizing this bank. (It’s our 1st attempt and we had been caught by a suprise thunderstorm during the installation and the temporary solution held-up while we waited out the storm to implement the final measures.)

Anthony W. DeFranco, PE-Consulting Engineer can provide a site visit/consultation should your site need erosion control measures. He can be reached at 518-791-9816 or [email protected]

Frank Fontana of DeFranco Landscaping inspects the recently installed erosion control mats



August 13, 2011

Keep the Queen Clean – Lake George Clean-Up Day 2011

Tony and his son James DeFranco participated in the 1st Annual Keep the Queen Clean – Lake George Clean-Up Day. They picked up garbage along the roadside of NYS Route 9N in the Island Harbor area, focusing on the culvert outfalls that lead into wetlands in the Friends Point Association. They found lots of old bottles! They also spent some time cleaning up Peggy’s Point of debri.

James DeFranco participating in Keep the Queen Clean-Lake George Clean-Up Day at Peggy's Point in Hague


James DeFranco taking a break to wash his little feet in Lake George at Peggy's Point

Filed under: Town of Hague

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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