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

 

June 11, 2013

Native Plantings at Top of Historic Mountain

DeFranco Landscaping was honored to plant native trees and shrubs to screen a cell tower communication building at the top of historic Mount Defiance.

 

Native Tree & Shrub Plantings at top of Mt. Defiance

Berms were constructed to elevate the plantings to help with initial screening. Successful plantings always starts with good soil.

Tree & Shrubs to screen Cell Tower Communication Building

Feel free to give us a call if you have been thinking about screening something in your yard or your neighbor’s yard.  We can develop a solution that works for you.

 

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

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

 

July 31, 2012

Historic Hancock House has Updated Look

DeFranco Landscaping recently renovated the shrub beds at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga. The original beds were overgrown and a bit outdated. Volunteers removed the overgrown evergreens. A new landscape plan was submitted to the Ticonderoga Historical Society for approval. The shrubs and plants were installed in the summer of 2012. An extensive stone roof drip was installed to capture water running off the roof and direct it away from the building’s foundation.

DeFranco Landscaping has worked on the grounds of many of the historical sites in the Ticonderoga region. It requires proper coordination with the client to make sure that the site has been properly checked for historical artifacts before starting work. Even after the site has been checked, there is still a chance of finding a historically significant artifact on these grounds. Our crews have been trained to contact the appropriate person on each site to make sure that no artifact gets lost.

Hancock House-Ticonderoga, NY

The Hancock House is a Georgian Mansion replica of Thomas Hancock’s Beacon Hill residence that was built in 1737 and demolished in 1863. It is located next to the Liberty Monument (Moses Circle). The exterior of the building is constructed out of Weymouth granite. The weather conditions can cause the illusion that the color of the building changes from a green, rose and warm gray at varying times. The Hancock House was placed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES by the United States Department of the Interior on July 8, 1925.

Hancock House-Front View

Hancock House-Front View

For more information on the Hancock House, visit the following link:ahttp://www.thehancockhouse.org/index.htmncock House was a gift to The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA)
from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses. He built the house as a
repository for the purpose of perpetuating “American Traditions in History and
the Fine Arts,” and it served in this capacity for many years as the NYSHA
“Headquarters House,” although it can no longer claim this title. This imposing
Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock’s (uncle to John Hancock) Beacon
Hill residence built in 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863.
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Hancock House was a gift to The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA)
from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses. He built the house as a
repository for the purpose of perpetuating “American Traditions in History and
the Fine Arts,” and it served in this capacity for many years as the NYSHA
“Headquarters House,” although it can no longer claim this title. This imposing
Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock’s (uncle to John Hancock) Beacon
Hill residence built in 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863.

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

Fort Ticonderoga King’s Garden’s Allee coming back to Life

DeFranco Landscaping has started the Fort Ticonderoga King’s Garden Allee tree planting project last week. Planting of (50) ‘Karpick’ Red Maples (Acer rubrum) was completed last week in the Allee between Fort Ticonderoga and the King’s Garden. 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 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.

Check out the progress photos:

Initial Layout of the Allee

 

Tree Plantings in the Allee

 

Dave DeFranco waters one of the Red Maples

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:

http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x333968594/Dunkin-Donuts-returns-to-Ti

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.

 

October 11, 2011

Trees donated to Ticonderoga Central School’s Playground

David DeFranco recently donated numerous maple and oak trees to the new playground at the Ticonderoga Central School. David is a former science teacher at the Ticonderoga Middle School and also served on the school board.

The crews from DeFranco Landscaping also planted the trees at the playground. Numerous people and businesses have donated their time and resources to provide the local children a first-class playground to use. For more information, please follow the link to The Times of Ti article: http://www.timesofti.com/news/2012/jan/11/ti-playground-gets-trees-defranco-makes-donation/

Tree Plantings at Ti Playground

Tree Plantings at Ti Playground

 

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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