October 17, 2020

Hillside Stabilization Planting with Lakefront Views | Holmes, NY

What a uniquely beautiful site this Holmes, NY property is: lakefront, with an extremely steep hillside directly behind the house leading to the water.  The slope is highly visible from the lake—the front of the house, from the boaters’ perspective—so we knew we had to elevate the landscape’s beauty and color. Hillside stabilization, preventing erosion and preserving the soil were essential 

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October 4, 2020

Organic Meadow Management | Westchester, NY

This organic meadow is now in its fourth year.  Before our change in management practices, this field was a manicured lawn, one of many on the North Salem estate. Jay and the client agreed the area, as a lawn, was squandered potential and decided to convert it to a meadow simply by stopping the weekly mowing practices.   Site Conditions for Meadow 

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October 3, 2020

GJL Hosts Healthy Yard Garden Tour | Rye, NY

Ever wonder what a landscape designer’s home landscape is like? Westchester homeowners gathered on September 13th at Jay Archer’s personal home to tour his ever-evolving wild landscape.  The tour was part of a larger healthy yard garden tour of Westchester organized by Bedford 2020’s Healthy Yard project, an initiative promoting natural and organic landscape practices that work to improve the 

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September 29, 2020

Landscape Design, Planning & Construction: When to Start the Process [VIDEO]

When is the best time to start planning your new landscape design? What goes into the design process, site development, construction and installation? Jay Archer discusses the design process in creating a Landscape Design Master Plan, as well as the importance of a well-thought out and executed installation timeline, especially pertinent when coordinating with home construction. Fall is a great 

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September 26, 2020

Moving to the Suburbs? How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space

The global pandemic has shifted (among many other things) our perspective on our living spaces. There have been anecdotal reports of urbanites fleeing to the suburbs since the beginning of the stay at home orders. Fairfield and Westchester County home prices increased, and inventory shrank during spring and summer, an obvious ripple effect of the severity of the virus in 

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