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Lakewood Landscaping Service

Your yard is an extension of your home and as such, is an extension of you. Lakewood Landscaping design is an art, where multiple elements must come together to create a unified whole. Once the project is complete, a Federal Way landscaper must maintain those elements so the entirety of the design remains coherent.

GPAK Management LLC Landscaping and Design is a full service Lakewood Landscaping Company offering everything from design services to lawn mowing, and everything in between. Your qualified GPAK Lakewood landscaper will transform your ideas into a reality, while making your landscape the envy of your neighbors.

Our Lakewood Services Include:

  • Hardscapes - Pavers, Pathways, Patio Extentions
  • Landscaping - Design, Construction, Maintenance
  • Lawns - Edging, Fertilizing, Mowing, Sod, Overseeding, Thatching
  • Preasure Washing - Driveways, Homes, Sidewalks, Walkways
  • Pruning - Shaping & Sculpturing, Topiary, Trimming
  • Retaining Walls - Brick, Block, Rock Walls
  • Spray Service - Moss, Weeds, Plant & Tree Pest Control
  • Spreading - Bark, Gravel
  • Yard Services - Black Berry Removal, Fall Clean Up, Gutter Cleaning

Lakewood Landscaping Service Experts

Transforming an outdoor space into something truly magnificent starts with help from a professional landscaper with regional experience. This is important because landscaping in the Pacific Northwest is far different than anywhere else in the country. Your landscaping design must reflect the advantages and limitations that a place like Lakewood and the surrounding region offers, if it is to be successful.

Do you need a Lakewood landscaper to bring your ideas to life? Are you looking for a Lakewood landscaping company that you can trust to keep your yard looking great? Do you need some specialized landscaping care? Call us today at (206) 854-2774 for all of your Lakewood landscaping needs.

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Lakewood, WA Tidbits

Lakewood, Washington was an expanse of approximately 20 square miles of land miles known as the Prairie. There is the occasional stand of Garry oak trees and some small lakes in the area. Prior to the arrival of the white settlers, trappers, and hunters, the Nisqually and Steilacoom Indians held gatherings on the Prairie and used it as a ready source of food.

In 1833, the British selected this abundant Prairie, located halfway between Vancouver, BC and the Columbia River, as the location for Fort Nisqually. This was a fur trading post that the HBC (Hudson's Bay Company) operated. In 1846, the boundary between the US and England was finally set at the 49th parallel. In 1869, Fort Nisqually was closed as the result of the increased harassment by American settlers and the decline of the fur trade. For its land, the US paid the Hudson' Bay Company $460,000.

White Settlers started farming on the Prairie. In 1849, after an attack by Indians on Fort Nisqually, the United States Army leased one of these farms, at the current location of Western State Hospital, to serve as a military post. This new fort, known as Fort Steilacoom, was used to suppress uprisings by the Indians. The Fort was used as a protection from danger by white settlers from as far away as the Puyallup Valley. Although, the land was being leased by the United States government to the HBC for $50/month, Indian uprisings continued over this land that they considered theirs. As the result of one such uprising, an Indian Chief named Leschi of the Nisqually Tribe was falsely accused of murder and became a tragic martyr. In 1858, he was hanged in a grove of oak trees close to where the Oakbrook Shopping Center is currently located.

In 1850, the first grist mill opened, and in 1852, a saw mill opened, and in 1855 a flour mill opened. A man named Andrew Byrd opened these businesses in the location at the north end of Lake Steilacoom currently known as the Chambers Creek Estuary. Once Washington became a Territory, in 1853, immigrants started arriving in covered wagons.

In 1873, the financiers of the railroad failed as a result of a financial panic as it became close to Tacoma. The construction crew, who were primarily tough ex-miners from the Cariboo gold fields in British Columbia, established barricades at Clover Creek, at a station that was then known as Skookumville and refused to work with the payroll in arrears and the solvency of the railroad in question. An engineer whose name was Edward Smith managed to convince the crews that the future of Puget Sound was on their shoulders and that the tracks needed to be laid to the western terminus within the time limitation that the United States government set. In late 1873, the last spike was driven in. A mere 24 hours prior to the expiration of the charter, the first train arrived at the prearranged location to celebrate.

The Prairie started to disappear in the late 1800's. With power lines at their sides, roads and homes were constructed. The prolific Douglas fir grew out of control because the Indians were no longer burning them. In 1869, Washington became 42nd state of the US. The white settlers and the Indians were learning how to live together, and sometimes, on the natural picnic grounds of the Prairie, even held joint celebrations during the summertime. A salmon bake frequently accompanied horseback riding contests.

Next to the shorelines of the lakes in the region, many stately homes were constructed. From 1909 through 1911, the most impressive home was constructed on American Lake, known as Thornewood. The Thorne Mansion has been renovated into a beautiful bed and breakfast, was considered one of the most spectacular gardens and estates in the country, and in the early 1900's, frequently attracted some famous people. The Wagner Home and the beautiful Lakewold Gardens on Gravelly Lake Drive were another beautiful garden and home of that era. The summer residents started expanding their lake cottages in their homes all year round, during the roaring 20's.

To attract even more of the famous and the rich, in 1894, the Tacoma Country and Golf Club opened. This golf course offered a trolley to the playground on the Prairie from Tacoma and was the first golf club west of the Mississippi. In 1923, picnic grounds, bathing, and boating became available on Lake Steilacoom at the Oakes Pavilion on. A man named Norton Clapp converted the pavilion into the Lakewood Ice Arena in 1938.

The famous Tacoma Speedway was constructed during the early 1900's. The wooden, mile long track attracted some racing greats, such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Louis Chevrolet, and Barney Oldfield. After WW I, airplanes landed on the inner grasslands of the racetrack. Gradually, hangers were built and the airstrip was improved as part of the Mueller/Harkins Airport.

From the 1930's through the 1940's, Lakewood was starting to take on its own identity. The development of businesses started after the Great Depression. One of the first suburban shopping malls in the nation, known as the Lakewood Colonial Center, was built by Norton Clapp, in 1937. In 1951, the remainder of the building was completed and in 1955 across the street, the East Building was constructed.

From 1939 through 1949, the population of the Lakes District increased to 17,000 people from 3,000 people. The year 1996 brought the incorporation of Lakewood as a city. It was the 2nd largest city in Pierce County and the 7th largest city in Washington State. Late that same year, the first city government was established with the election of seven City Council Members. The first mayor of Lakewood was a man named William Harrison was elected by the council as Lakewood's first mayor and the Deputy Mayor was a woman named Claudia Thomas.

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