Ecology + Design

Storm Water and Drainage Systems – Bronxville & Larchmont NY

Managing storm water in our landscapes is critical to sustainability. There are many ways to manage rainwater in our landscape.

1. We designed and constructed this gravel courtyard (Bronxville, NY) with an active water feature (a recirculating stone bubbler/fountain) as a focal point of this very natural landscape design utilizing existing stone repurposed to create a patterned walkway and patio/surround in a shady lower terrance.

Water naturally collects at this low spot in the landscape a previously caused stagnant pooling and mold and mildew. This creative design solution solved the drainage problem by improving infiltration, air quality (we also removed select vegetation, trees and shrubs) and by improving the circulation of air and water while increasing foot traffic by creating journey points with a sense of destination. This became a very popular garden serenity spot for our clients.

2) This is an example of the benefits of site visits in the rain. We are always busy on rainy days taking inventory of poorly drained area as well as flow paths.

3) When constructing hardscapes such as patios, retaining walls and the like (as in this case in Larchmont, NY), you may be required by building code to install sub-grade dry wells.


This may require architectural drawings and engineering as a component of the landscape project. It is always good to have a pre-permit interview with the building inspector or town engineer on site if possible early in the design development process. Resources we like for storm water and drainage supplies and materials are….. Conservation Technologies, Cultec, Stormchamberand NDS . These companies may provide technical support and engineering.

Jay Archer, President



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