NY Landscape and Property Management around Lake George/Adirondack Region

December 25, 2011

Professionals & Credentials – Can Keep Your Project on Track & Save You Money in the Long Run

DeFranco Landscaping has a well-known reputation of providing professional landscaping service. They have received a few awards for their work around the Lake George basin. They also carry some additional credentials. Their crew foreman/supervisors are ICPI certified and Erosion & Sediment Control Trained-Installer (ESC). This means that our crews have been properly trained to install erosion control measures, which can be critical to keeping sediment from washing away from a site or entering a body of water.  DeFranco’s also have a NYSNLA (New York State Nursery & Landscape Association) Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP No. 2675) on staff.

DeFranco Landscaping works in conjunction with Anthony W. DeFranco, PE- Consulting Engineer, a licensed professional engineer, with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He has consulting expertise in all phases of stormwater management and erosion control and has completed many complex projects in his career. He can provide stormwater plans, erosion control plans, site plans for new development or house additions, along with septic system design. He handles all aspects of the permitting process for the project so that your project is  in compliance along with all necessary design plans and specifications.

For those of you who live around a body of water such as Lake George or within the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) – many projects will require a permit and many can require multiple permits for the work to be completed. It is critical to obtain thses permits prior to starting a project.  Regulatory Agencies such as the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC), APA, Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) typically require permit approval before starting a project depending on site location (proximity to shoreline or other sensitive areas) and requirements. Permit approvals may be required from your local Town or municipality such as a building permit or a variance.  Some municipalities limit the type of work within a shoreline like Lake George.

 If you plan on completing a project in the near future, it is important to talk to a professional. They understand the permitting and regulatory side of your project. If you don’t do this, you may have a contractor complete a project and then have to remove the work.  We have all heard of a few horror stories like this and we hope that you do your “due dilligence” or homework up front and ask for a contractor’s certifications and credentials and if they have completed projects like the one you wish to complete. It is always good to check with your local Zoning Enforcement Officer before you undertake a project so that you are aware of any unforeseen issues that may need to be addressed. This can take time and clients need to understand this aspect. You need to be prepared for some delays. In the long run, you will have less headaches, no fines to be paid and a better project.

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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.

 

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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Mailing Addess: 244 Dodd Hill Road, Hague, NY 12836
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