March 24, 2023

How to Prepare Your Landscape for Spring, Creating an Eco-Friendly Landscape Environment 

My how things have changed! We used to work so hard at cleaning up the landscape, the lawns and garden beds in the fall and again in spring. Now, we collectively have a better understanding of how we can manage our resources for our own human health as well as for pollinators and other insects. The Pollinator Pathway Initiative as 

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December 27, 2022

Our Best Landscape Designs of 2022 | Westchester, Fairfield, Putnam & Bergen Counties

We are incredibly grateful for another year in the books doing what we love: designing impactful, ecological landscapes that both improve the environment and inspire a reconnection to the natural world. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing, passionate clients this year who continue to push us with complex design challenges. With no further ado, we present to you 

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December 1, 2022

Landscape Drainage Solution: Rain Garden Design | Westchester County, NY

We were hired to evaluate the landscape drainage issues at this Westchester County property, which proved to be complicated due to some peculiar construction from previous homeowners. Analyzing the Stormwater Problem The previous owners put an addition on the house and reconstructed the driveway to a grade that required an anti-gravity sump pump to re-route the stormwater. This complicated system 

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November 30, 2022

Backyard Landscape: Courtyard Design in Goldens Bridge, NY

This farmhouse-style home in Westchester County, NY did not have a landscape to match the stunning architecture. When GJLD first visited the property for a professional consultation, the backyard was a boring expanse of lawn. Jay observed the existing features—mature trees encircling the backyard—and was struck by inspiration to design a native courtyard garden for the backyard. He named the 

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November 28, 2022

Landscape Design for Steep Slope Stabilization & Erosion Control | Old Tappan, NJ | Bergen County

Newly terraced slope stabilizes hillside. Natural stone steps make it accessible. Our first landscape design project in Bergen County, New Jersey was a complex storm restoration project on a steep slope overlooking a river. During Hurricane Ida, historic rainfall collapsed the side yard slope just feet from the house.  Existing retaining walls began to collapse, and the once navigable slope 

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