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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August 23, 2023

Formal Landscape Architecture Receives a Native, Naturalistic Planting Design | Bedford Corners, NY

This Bedford, New York property had significant landscape architecture work done to break up the steep rear slope. A series of terraces were designed to create functional living space in the backyard, including a flat lawn area and an arbor adorned terrace at the top of the hill. This transformation undoubtedly took significant calculation and precise grading, as well as 

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May 18, 2023

Landscape Design for a Shady Slope in Westchester, NY

Constraints become a catalyst for creativity in this Hastings-on-Hudson property. The small, angular backyard is dominated by the existing slope, a mature tree canopy, and the surrounding fence. One can view these traits negatively — steepness, shade, and things to screen – or as opportunities. We chose the latter. Steepness was tempered with terraces; shade was lightened through strategic tree 

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April 13, 2023

Native Plant Landscaping Trends for 2023

Native plants have experienced a PR glow up in the last few years, graduating from their “weedy” classification to pillars of the ecological landscaping movement. Grassroots organizations have been pivotal in changing the narrative around plant selection. Thanks to groups like National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Fund, Pollinator Pathways, and Doug Tallamy’s Homegrown National Park, there is greater public 

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