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 8, 2013

DeFranco Landscaping Provides Seminars & Presentations to the Community

Many Hague and Ticonderoga residents are aware of David DeFranco’s “science talks”. He is a former science teacher with a vast array of knowledge in science and nature. His presentations take him back to his teaching days of lecturing to students in the classroom. He has a history of taking over classroom field trips with his local geological knowledge & insights into nature that even impress the “locals”. Some of his presentations are legendary. His Bat Presentation at the Silver Bay YMCA in 2012 is still the talk of many cocktail parties.  Silver Bay residents are still commenting that: “I cannot believe Dave actually dressed up in a brown-nosed bat costume for the presentation.”

Dave has provided numerous presentations on current gardening trends to the latest invasive threats to our Adirondack trees-Emerald Ash Borers & Asian Long Horn Beetles. Dave has presented seminars to the local garden clubs, Silver Bay YMCA and various other service organizations in the region.

Anthony DeFranco, PE is following in his father’s footsteps to some degree. He has also provided seminars on various landscaping topics to garden clubs and local Kiwanis organizations. He also presented “Stormwater Management and Rain Garden Design” at the 2nd Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium at Fort Ticonderoga on April 13, 2013. The presentation focused on how a homeowner can create a rain garden using native plants and vegetation to control surface runoff from leaving their property.

Anthony has also presented “Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses & Native Grasses” to the Carillon Garden Club.  His presentation focused on having the gardening community select native plants for their landscape settings.

Last week, Anthony presented “Rain Gardens to Shoreline Buffers- The How & Why” at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute’s 2013 Summer Lecture Series in Bolton Landing, NY on August 5th, 2013. The presentation covered many “land” activities that can affect Lake George’s water quality, from stormwater runoff, septic systems, fertilizers, geese populations and native vegetated shoreline buffers. The large audience had many specific stormwater and landscaping questions along with their concerns for the health of Lake George.

Please contact DeFranco Landscaping, if you would like us to “talk” at your next group’s meeting. Dave & Tony’s diverse backgrounds provide for a wide-range of speaking topics. Please understand that summertime events need to be scheduled well in advance. The off-season works much better for our schedules.

June 8, 2013

Entranceways Make Statements

Entranceways can be an extension of your home. Entranceways can help make statement. They lead or help direct visitors into your home. A small flagstone walkway can provide a solid entrance to the home while also act as an functional outdoor space that can be complimented by landscaping.

Flagstone Walkways & Patios created from local stone can provide Adirondack Character

 

Concrete pavers are another great material to use for walkways and patios. They are a uniform size, which make installation easy. Pavers are interlocked together providing a bond between each paver, preventing them from moving. The pavers will act as a system. One great new product on the market that is gaining traction around the Lake George basin  are permeable pavers. The pavers are still solid concrete blocks, but have voids (small gaps) between where the pavers meet next to one another to allow water to filter through the voids into a stone material below the pavers.

Permeable Paver Walkways compliment new construction by reducing the stormwater runoff footprint

Permeable Paver Walkways compliment new construction by reducing the stormwater runoff footprint

The permeable paver systems are designed to store surface runoff that is travelling over the pavers under the paver system, thus reducing the amount of stormwater runoff that is leaving the site. They are considered “green infrastructure” measures within the NYSDEC Stormwater Management Design Manual.  These systems can be designed by a licensed professional engineer so that they meet your required storage volume for your patio or walkway.

Techo-Bloc "Mista" are a great choice for Permeable Pavers.

Please give us a call if you are considering using these products. The design and installation of these systems seem straight-forward, but do require a great bit of experience of installing them to make them truly work properly and last for a lifetime . The proper design will also prevent major “ponding” issues of standing water sitting on top of you patio. You do not want to cut any corners when using a permeable paver system. There also are some maintenance requirements that homeowners need to be aware of prior to installing so that the permeable paver systems last. One reason that we like the Techo-Bloc products are that they meet the Canadian ASTM requirements, meaning they have met the freeze-thaw cycle testing, which means that they will hold up to Adirondack winters!

Patio constructed from Techo-Bloc Mista permeable pavers in Lake George

 

June 7, 2013

Boat House Cottage- Stormwater Design, Septic System Design and Landscape Installation- The Complete Package

We had the unique opportunity to work on a property that we have been involved with for over a decade. With the new construction work for an addition being completed, there was an opportunity to correct many existing problems. It started with Anthony DeFranco, PE designing (2) new rain gardens for capturing and treating all of the stormwater runoff from the existing house along with the addition per the Town of Hague Planning Board’s request.

The rain gardens were shaped into the existing contours of the site to minimize disruption to the banks above Lake George. The rain gardens were constructed and planted by DeFranco Landscaping’s green infrastructure crew. New gutters and roof leaders were installed to collect and convey stormwater to the rain gardens.

 

Rain Garden Installation

During the construction work on the addition, the residents were experiencing problems with their existing pressurized wastewater treatment system. Anthony DeFranco, PE and Bruce Geraw of OK Sanitary did some exploritory work on the alarm system and realized that the pumps were not pumping a large volume of leachate up to the leachfield. It was determined through an excavation that the 1-inch pressure line’s 1/4-inch holes had been clogged. Anthony DeFranco, PE re-designed the system with a new leach field configuration along with increasing the size and capacity of the duplex pumps.

OK Sanitary replaced the leach field with new piping and (2) new 1-horsepower pumps were installed in the pump chamber to better serve the system’s head requirements. Trees were cleared around the perimeter of the leach field to allow more sunlight in and provide better evapo-transpiration. The leach field was hydroseeded after the construction.

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.

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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