26 December 2016

Landscaping Your New Year – Going from 2016 to 2017

New Year’s is always a time for reflecting, resolving, and celebrating. As 2016 draws to a close, we at GPL Landscaping are looking back at what a year it was and making resolutions for next year. We’re also celebrating (outdoors of course) this transition and encourage you to do the same!

Looking Back at 2016: A Year in Review

This past year was both fun and challenging at GPL landscaping. We completed some pretty inspiring commercial landscaping projects while also engaging with our local charities.

  • We completed a large commercial installation project with one of our favorite places to shop, the Destin Whole Foods.
  • We did multiple excited residential installation and enhancement projects, which included bringing on a new Premier Town Center, HOAs and COAs and continued ongoing work with some of the best clients in the area.
  • We served as one of Sandestin’s 30th Annual Wine Festival sponsors and built a tremendous wine topiary for the display.
  • We continued our ongoing work with the amazing Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which is known for supporting many wonderful local charities, including providing multiple homes in Walton County to Habitat for Humanity.
  • We continued supporting our country’s heroes through the Wounded Warrior Project.

In addition to all of this, GPL Landscaping celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Several employees also celebrated their 8-10 year anniversaries right along with the company. In April we grew by combining two administrative offices into one corporate office at Grand Boulevard Town Center. All in all, it was a year to be very thankful for and proud of, but of course, we’re always moving forward, and we encourage you to do the same, which is why we’ve come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions for your landscape. 

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Landscape

Go Greener

  • Start your new year with water conservation by:
    • Adding rain sensors (this is required in some areas)
    • Separating irrigation zone coverage for better water management
    • Use drought tolerant native materials that require less water in your landscape
  • Update your mulch
    • Use a more environmentally friendly mulch. Pine straw (natural by product) is better than hard wood mulches for flowerbeds. GPL Landscaping uses Biotic Environmental Solutions (BES) colored longleaf pine straw for shrub beds because it’s beautiful and environmentally friendly. BES pine straw has the lowest toxicity and pet-safety rating among mulch options.

Enhance Your Landscape

  • Replace old, tired, over-grown outdated shrubbery that the developer installed 10-20 years ago with new, younger, healthier shrubs better suited for your landscape style and for the local environment.
  • Replace areas of turf where it gets too much shade with a shrub bed filled with flowering annuals such as azaleas, camellias, or hydrangeas.

Improve Your Landscape’s Hardscapes

  • Make 2017 the year you add those extra paver walkways to your property’s buildings or to your house where there is high traffic on the existing turf. Consider a pathway to the grill, around the house, through the flower garden, etc.
  • Add a brick or stone patio, fire pit area, special area for sitting, relaxing, and taking in the beauty of nature and the outdoors.

That said, as we all get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve and to ring in the New Year, we want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.


If improving your landscape is one of your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, then contact us at GPL Landscaping. We have experience in residential and commercial landscape installation and maintenance. Let us help you make a more environmentally friendly, enhanced landscape be the resolution you keep. Happy New Year!

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