A rain garden in Short Hills

It has become more and more common for townships to require some type of stormwater management when a new landscape project takes place. At our project site in Short Hills, the original plan called for a concrete drywell to capture rain water – which would then percolate into the existing layers of soil.

Upon excavating for the drywell we encountered nothing but pure clay. We dug down 14 feet to try to break through the clay layer with no luck! Since clay does not allow water to percolate thru, we had to abandon the drywell plan and come up with an alternative solution.

The option for a rain garden with water tolerant plants was designed and approved by the township. A layer of gravel is at the bottom of the rain garden and the top layer is a mixture of topsoil and sand. Our crews started the work last week, and the plants were placed yesterday.

Here are some progress pictures.

New project location

Sneak peak of a new project site we are starting work at next week. We will be doing some planting and site work at a recently finished flood prevention bulkhead along the Navesink River in Red Bank. It’s not everyday we get to look down at the work site from 5 stories up! Check back for updates as we get started…

Summer containers

Have a look at some of the seasonal summer containers and water gardens our maintenance crews have installed this year…

Stone wall progress pictures

Stone walls and bluestone walkway starting to come together at our Bernardsville project…

Lap Pool Progress

Updated progress pictures from our Lap Pool project in Stockton. Pool is plastered and filled, bocce court ready to play on, sod installed, just about finished…

Landscape makeover in South Orange

Here are the before and after pictures from a landscape makeover for a property in South Orange from earlier this year. New bluestone walkway, bluestone treads and stone walls, planting and lighting…

Emerald Ash Borer

We would much rather be posting our typical updates with images of landscapes that are meant to inspire and uplift, however this sad story is worth reading…


Moving and planting massive 30′ evergreens is both science and art.

These 30′ beauties arrived to our site earlier this week. Ok, so where’s the science you ask?  Weight calculations and counterbalance need to be accounted for if these large root balls are to be moved successfully.

Knowing how to grab the tree balls on these large takes years of practice, but Cross River Crew makes it look easy with the Skyjack.

Large tree, limited access.

The Art: Having a good eye for spotting which side of the tree will look best after planting is key – you only get one shot when placing a tree this large into the hole. Project Manager and Master builder Tom Huff stands next to one of the “smaller” tree balls on site. The planting went off without hitch, and Tom and crew are pretty sure the trees were unaware they were ever moved

Trial run of our granite fountain feature in Berkeley Heights. Our stone masons are chiseling a few of the granite slabs to ensure proper water movement into the collection trough at the base of the fountain. Big thanks to Cross River Design Project Manager Tom Huff for making it all happen despite some very challenging conditions.

The “Modern Outdoor Office Space” – coming to a city near you!