December 21, 2023

Landscape Design & Installation ft. Lawn Lift, Foundation Plantings, and Native Plant Gardens | Westchester, NY

The existing conditions at this Hastings, NY home (as with many in the area), consisted of a slope that gets steeper in the backyard, where much of the outdoor real estate is. The client has a young and growing family and wanted to expand their usable outdoor play space. They were also tired of the front foundation plantings and the 

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September 26, 2023

Best Ecological Landscape Designs in Westchester, NY | Archival Project Highlights

Jay Archer has served Westchester County, NY in landscape design, build / construction / installation, and organic holistic maintenance for nearly thirty years! Jay is one of the tri-state area’s leading experts in ecological landscape design, ecological restoration and organic land care. Reflecting on our years of custom eco-friendly design work, we’ve compiled our favorite Westchester County, NY projects to 

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September 21, 2023

GJLD’s Native Plant Recommendations for Shady Sites | New York, Connecticut, New Jersey

The northeast is primarily a temperate deciduous forest biome. Prairie plants often become the poster child for native plants because of their abundant and long-lasting full-sun blooms. In the northeast, however, our ecological heritage comes from the forest and all the persevering woodland plants that carve out their niche within the canopy. To celebrate this legacy, we’re rounding up our 

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July 26, 2023

Lessons Learned from Unprecedented Flooding in the Northeast: Landscape Design, Construction & Stormwater Management Take Aways

The northeast has been hit with a series of bizarre weather patterns in the past few months: a highly unusual drought in spring followed by intense storms and flooding for weeks in July. While the switch to El Nino is partially culpable, the never-before-seen extreme weather events are attributed to our warming climate. The recent storms in Vermont were a 

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July 7, 2023

Phragmites Management and Wetland Restoration [VIDEO]

You are probably familiar with Phragmites australis. It is now ubiquitous in our region’s wetlands, displacing the beloved native cattail. Phragmites is an exotic invasive plant that reproduces by both rhizome and seed, easily outcompeting wetland natives. But, does it serve any purpose? Non-native phragmites in our native wetlands is not such a black-and-white invasive tale. Introduction to Wetland Restoration 

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