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Browse through our blog posts to find interesting architecture we've noticed, projects we're working on, and articles or links you might find useful.

West Village Residential Project: Before and After Video

We're excited to present this "Before and After" video for our West Village Residential Project that was completed in 2017. In this short two-minute video, you'll see the ~2500 sq. ft. terrace transformed from a blank canvas to a lush and multi-functional garden.

MUSIC: "Thank You for This World" by Borrtex

LICENSE: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

LOCATION: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Borrtex/Thank_You_For_This_World/FinalAsi

 

 

The Importance of Safe Plant Treatments

 

Pesticides and fertilizers are an integral part of both our nation’s agriculture industry and casual home gardening. As long-term studies are conducted, however, some products that were once thought of as safe, turn out to be quite the opposite, and it’s important that our regulations and industries adapt in order to protect our air, water, and soil. The weed-killer Roundup appears to be the latest in a long line of products that were once thought to be safe, but have been found to cause great damage, including cancer.

As this article explains, the book:

"...explores how glyphosate and Roundup have prompted legal claims by thousands of Americans that it caused their cancers. Gillam exposes in alarming detail how the powerful agrichemical industry has kept consumers in the dark about the chemical that once was called “safe enough to drink.” The company discredited scientists who dug too deeply into the effects of glyphosate on human health and used its powerful political influence in regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect corporate products and profits rather than people."

At ECLLD, we take a holistic approach to our plant treatments for both insects and diseases. We utilize a licensed Holistic Plant Treatment Specialist to treat the underlying issues, as opposed to using a “magic bullet” approach to simply eliminate the symptoms. These treatments are approved by and reported to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, which regularly updates what treatments are acceptable, safe, and allowed in this densely populated urban environment. We’re aware that the gardens we maintain must be a safe and healthy environment for both families and pets, and take that into account with our treatments.

Click here to read the full article about Whitewash: The Story of a Weed KIller, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.

 

 

IT'S Halloween Decoration TIME!

It's that time of year again: there's a crispness in the air, the sun is setting earlier, and Halloween is fast approaching. For those of our clients who want to get in the spooky mood, we create Halloween displays like this one, which Valerie Strait has been creating and expanding on year after year. Fake snakes and spiders, ghosts, plenty of cobwebs, an LED bat light and LED candles for special effects at night, and a creepy statue wearing a giant witch hat are all part of this year's display. That's all in addition to the fall annuals, pumpkins, Spanish moss, and hay bales brought in for some fall decor. Click on the gallery to scroll through all the photos and Happy Halloween!

Our Company Field Trip to Grounds for Sculpture

Each year, everyone at Evan C. Lai Landscape Design, Inc. takes a field trip that's both educational and relaxing. This year, we went to the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. There are 42-acres of land full of sculptures, plantings, and a few museums. Click through the gallery to see some photos of our day there.