March 9, 2021

How Healthy Landscapes Can Improve and Enrich Our Lives (Especially During a Pandemic)

It is said that in the fall and winter the Earth inhales and in spring and summer the Earth exhales.  For those of us in the nature business, our daily lives follow the seasons, to some extent. In winter, we normally spend a significant time indoors, reflecting, calibrating, planning and designing for the seasons to come. Winter is a good 

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January 7, 2021

Ecological Restoration: Pond & Wetland Native Planting w. Dam Construction | Westchester NY

GJL has acted as the land steward for this property for over ten years! Jay Archer led the ecological restoration of the estate. A decade ago, this property was mostly traditional lawn (read: chemically-supported). Today, it has gradually been restored ecologically to a more natural state delivering many ecosystem services. This series is part of our 2020 Countdown of GJLs 

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December 28, 2017

Protecting Westchester’s Lakes, Ponds & Streams: How To Be a Responsible Steward

I attended the Westchester County Government’s Pond and Lake Management Workshop at the start of the month and learned about the important work of the DEC in overseeing our public water bodies. Pond and lake management is a complicated issue that impacts many facets of the environment and our lives. You may have heard about the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) 

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August 17, 2016

Ecological Landscape Management Practices or BMP’s for Drainage and Water Management Strategies in Chappaqua, New York

We come across water management issues daily in our work as landscape designers and design/build contractors. It seems there is either too much water or too little. Aside from our 20 point property checklist, we continuously look for signs and indicators of flow paths, wet areas or stress in the landscape environment. Sometimes these are simple and easy to improve. 

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March 11, 2016

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 

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