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.



August 15, 2012

Growing your own “Local Produce”

We’ve all been hearing about buying local, whether it be supporting your local businesses which in turn supports your community’s economy. Another is buying local produce at your local farm stands which is a great way to support the local farms in the region. Many people are concerned with where their fruits and vegetables are being grown and what type of chemicals are being applied to them. You can’t get any more “local” if you grow your own vegetables in your backyard. Nothing is more rewarding than picking lettuce and tomatoes that you grew yourself and making a fresh salad for that evening’s dinner.

Gardening can be very rewarding yet very time consuming. Gardening with your children teaches them important life lessons on responsibility  and experiences that will be with them for the rest of their lives. There are a lot of ways to help minimize the effort needed for your “local” gardens. One way is to create a raised garden planter box which elevates the planting media above the existing grade which provide excellent drainage and also allows for the proper mixture of topsoil and compost so that the vegetables thrive. Locating the vegetable planters in a sunny location is key.

DeFranco Landscaping has constructed numerous raised bed vegetable gardens and perimeter fences over the years. One thing to remember is that garden boxes should not be constructed out of pressure-treated timbers if you are going to be planting edible fruits and vegetables due to the chemicals used to treat the wood.

Below is one raised bed vegetable gardens that was creatively decorated.

Raised Vegetable Garden Box

Selecting the right vegetables is also important for making your gardening experience a success. Stick with vegetables that tend to require less maintenance: lettuce, carrots, beets, cucumbers, squash, brocolli and peppers.  Add a few of your favorite herbs too. There are a variety of fruit trees that can also be added for your gardening pleasure as well.

Raised Garden Boxes and fencing to keep the critters out

One last word of advice: After you plant all the vegetables and plants in your vegetable box, you need to consider whether a perimeter fence is needed. Most locations in the Adirondacks will require some type of fencing to keep rabbits, woodchucks, deer and the occasional birds off the blueberry bushes.  The type of fence that you need will really depend on what you plant.

Let our skilled carpenters create your dream garden for you. All we need is an idea and we can “dream” up the design that meets or exceeds your expectations. Garden boxes can be filled with organic topsoil or even “certified” organic topsoil should you desire to go to that level.



August 15, 2012

Memorial Tree in Loving Memory of Anthony J. DeFranco

Chip Holmes, CEO of Inter-Lakes Health, recently presented David DeFranco, of Hague, with a plaque in honor of his  father Anthony J. DeFranco Sr. Mr. DeFanco recently donated a tree to the Heritage Commons Courtyard in loving memory of his father and in appreciation of the great care his father received while an inpatient at Moses-Ludington Hospital.
The plaque will serve as a reminder of the donation and that tree stands in loving memory of Anthony J. DeFranco 1915-2011.

Chip Holmes, CEO of Inter-Lakes Health presents David DeFranco with a plaque in honor of his father Anthony J. DeFranco

Tony W. DeFranco (Jr.) has planted many memorial trees over the years at DeFranco Landscaping. “It was a great honor to plant a tree with my dad for my grandfather. It brought back a lotof fond childhood memories of my grandfather teaching me the meaning of hard work- the only way- a hands on approach . Knowing who I was planting the tree in memory of, even with the tough soil conditions, I was able to get that hole dug for that tree in less than an hour, something I know my grandfather would have been very proud of. He was one who had a very hard old-school Italian work ethic and he measured everything in “work”. He would always ask ‘How you doing?’ and then follow it up with ‘How much work did you get done today?’ “, noted the younger DeFranco.

We are all certain that there are no leaky pipes in heaven now and the lake trout have better be on high alert.

Anthony J. DeFranco-1915-2011-"One of the Greatest Lake Trout Fisherman on Lake George" Thank you for instilling a hard work ethic in many generations of DeFrancos

Memorial trees seem to take on the personality of the loved one that they are planted for. It changes the way you look at that tree. Proper tree selection is also important.

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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