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In the News: Navy Federal Credit Union Unveils New Public Recreational Area in Beulah

November 17, 2023 8:06 pm Published by

This just in: One of our projects is in the news! We were honored to help Navy Federal Credit Union rethink their Beulah campus, and we’re thrilled to see the recreational area making headlines. The nearly 100-acre property, open to the public, includes outdoor trails, basketball courts, sand volleyball, a pavilion, restrooms, and more. It is sure to prove a valuable community gathering space. Read more about it, via the article from WEAR News ABC 3.

Return to the Office: Supporting Employee Well-Being Through Corporate Landscape Architecture

November 14, 2023 6:43 pm Published by

The past few years have brought lots of changes to our daily lives. Social distancing meant closed restaurants, canceled concerts, and postponed gatherings. The biggest impact for most people occurred in work life, though. Keeping large groups of people from being in close proximity to each other meant that most office environments were shut down rather quickly. Employers across the country sent workers home rather than risk large numbers of employees ending up sick. Today, many employees are returning to the office.  For many people, working from home was a welcome change. It blended work life with time for household chores, family, and pets, resulting in multi-faceted productivity. But for others, the social isolation caused by work-from-home policies has been a challenge. Loneliness has often been mentioned as a negative side effect of working from home and has been the focus of a number of psychological studies. From the perspective of employers, improving teamwork is the most common reason cited for reversing the remote-work policy.  The Role of Landscape Architecture in a Return to the Office  When the subject of a return to the office is discussed, corporate landscape design is an element that is being considered more and more […]

8 Ways Our Nature-Loving Team Is Getting Outside in Pensacola This Fall

October 17, 2023 9:08 pm Published by

Fall in Florida may be the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and Pensacola has so many activities to offer its residents. We’re happy to take this opportunity to showcase some of the attractions, events and places that make our city special and provide wonderful ways to enjoy the sunshine. After all, we’re nothing if not a team of nature lovers who enjoy getting outside.  Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival  The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival provides a perfect start to getting outside in the month of November. The three-day festival includes more than 200 renowned painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, and other craftspeople, while the Student Art Show showcases the talents of the next generation of local artists. The Heritage Arts exhibition demonstrates spinning, weaving, woodcarving, engraving, and other skills found in traditional arts and crafts. Live music, good food, and free children’s art activities round out the day.  Not only is the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival one of the most popular arts festivals with visitors, it is also highly regarded by artists and ranked as the 9th top art festival in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. The festival runs November 3rd, 4th, and 5th in Seville Square.  Veterans […]

Holding Down the Fort: How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Your Commercial Landscape

September 26, 2023 7:12 pm Published by

Once again, we find ourselves in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season. Thankfully, while the number of named storms has been higher than average this year, most of the storms have remained over the ocean without causing excessive damage. The trend should not lull us into a sense of complacency, however. Hurricanes carry the highest costs of any weather-related disaster in terms of monetary damage as well as loss of human life, and there will always be another one. So, what can you do? Well, landscaping for hurricane season is one way to prepare.  When designing for hurricane resistance, a lot of attention is paid to buildings, such as the wind and impact resistance of windows and roofing materials. Landscaping gets less attention, but should be part of the design and maintenance strategy both to mitigate risk to structures and to improve the hurricane survivability of the landscape. Let’s discuss a few design and maintenance tips to give your outdoor environments the best chance of “weathering the storm.” Landscaping for hurricane season can make a difference!  Pay Attention to Trees Trees are the landscape feature that should receive the most attention. Large limbs and falling trees can cause damage […]

The Ins and Outs of Grass Lawn Aeration for Your Green Space

August 15, 2023 5:45 pm Published by

If you’ve done any research into lawn care, lawn aeration is a term that has certainly come up.  When soil becomes compacted over time, this approach can help to provide the best conditions for optimum turf health and beauty. Let’s take a look into why lawn aeration is impactful, as well as when and how to aerate. Why Is Aeration Necessary? The need for lawn aeration arises from soil compaction. Along with organic matter, minerals, and living organisms, pore space is one of the most important factors for soil health. Pore space refers to the openings between soil particles. These openings facilitate the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrients through the soil. Adequate pore space is essential for a thriving ecosystem that provides the right conditions for healthy root growth. Compacted soil lacks pore space and therefore inhibits optimal root growth. Outward signs of soil compaction include: Slow growth of grass in the active growing season Brown or yellowing grass Thin grass with patches that aren’t growing at all Excessive water runoff Water pooling Excessive thatch Weed takeover Exposed tree roots There are multiple reasons that soil becomes compacted. Foot or vehicle traffic are obvious causes. But mowing or moving […]