Spring Has Sprung!

Now that spring is officially here, we can start to think about spending time outdoors again. In our last blog, we talked about some early blooming flowers, plants, and trees in the Chattanooga area. With the change in seasons, it is the perfect time to do some “spring cleaning” outdoors. The following pro tips will help keep this from being a daunting task for you.

A lot can happen to your yard over the winter months; now is the time to assess it. Prune any broken limbs, clear out any debris and/or leaves that may have collected, and check your grass for areas that may need attention. A bit of raking may reveal the need to seed and/or fertilize your lawn, and cleaning up flower beds will give you a fresh perspective on where to start with any new plantings this year.

Don’t forget your hardscape and outdoor fixtures. Check for any cracks on your patio or damage to decking and, depending on its condition and material, clean and seal the area. Inspect any water features and fixtures that have probably been dormant for some time. This is also a good time to check your outdoor lighting for replacing burned-out bulbs and repairing any breakage. Bring out any existing outdoor furniture and give it a good cleaning before arranging it in your space. Replace or repair any rusted, moldy, or broken pieces for a fresh start.

Consider your plans for the coming months. Are you planning some vacation time away, or are you looking forward to a “staycation” at home? Going out-of-town means you’ll need some maintenance while you’re away. Make sure that you don’t have thirsty plants and unkempt grass by having someone tend to it. If you’re staying in town, plan some quality time in your garden this summer. Perhaps some celebrations are in order and you’re hosting a party or two by the grill. Or, maybe you can’t wait to relax with your favorite beverage and dinner al fresco on warm summer evenings. With a little planning now, you can enjoy all these options worry-free later. For entertaining, adding an outdoor kitchen will turn it up a notch! Tables and seating make it easy to bring your living outdoors when the weather is nice.

Relax and take a breath of fresh air. Spring cleaning outside can breathe new life into your surroundings and even yourself.

With a little TLC, you can feel great about your surroundings, and we can help you with that. Full Circle Land Design is your partner in the Chattanooga area. We can design and install landscapes, create outdoor living areas and build hardscape additions. Our team has the tools and training needed. You can depend on us to create your dream yard. Call 423-385-4955 now to get an estimate on landscaping services or contact us online.

Spring Forward

At Full Circle Land Design, we want to provide residents of the Chattanooga area with service and expertise. Right now, we want to help you get ready for spring and start thinking about your outdoor spaces, and this is the first in a series of blog posts.

 

Are you dreaming of spring yet? Sure, it’s cold out there now, but spring is right around the corner. And though it may not feel like it, soon the trees will be filled with singing birds and lustrous green leaves. Here in Chattanooga, you can already see some new blooms emerging everywhere you look.

 

Below are some of the common early-bloomers to look out for in our area.

 

  • Ornamental Cherry Tree– There are a number of varieties of Cherry trees. The ornamental ones are known for their prolific cluster of white or pink flowers in springtime. In addition, they have a unique bark with thin rims running horizontally around the trunk. In some varieties, the bark peels back in places to reveal a mahogany color beneath. Cherry trees can range from 10-40 feet in height. The ‘Okame’ Cherry is one of the earliest to bloom.

 

  • Saucer Magnolia– The Saucer Magnolia has large fragrant flowers that are white with shades of pink and purple. The tree can grow up to 30 feet tall with a wide, low-branched spread of 25 feet. After its first wave of flowers, you will see broad, dark green leaves; but new blooms may continue through summer. The bark is smooth with a silvery grey color. These are great trees for wildlife, providing food and shelter throughout the branches.  A Saucer Magnolia in your lawn is sure to grab the attention of your neighbors!

 

  • Forsythia– These are easy-care plants that add dramatic displays of bright yellow color to your garden. Among the first plants to start blooming, they are a striking sign that spring is soon to come. Forsythia prefers full sun (6-8 hours of direct sunlight) for favorable blooming and likes well-draining soils. It is best to prune them once per year just after their blooms stop so that they don’t get overgrown.

 

  • Daffodils– These are low-maintenance and reliable bulbs for any garden. Daffodils multiply quickly and come back year after year. They can handle sun or shade and are not fussy about soil types, as long as it’s not too wet. Also, deer and rabbits won’t eat them. They have trumpet-shaped flowers with a star-shaped background. While yellow is the most common color you see, there are also white, cream, pink, and orange ones. Due to their unmatched beauty and trouble-free dependability, Daffodils are some of the most popular flowers; they boast at least 50 species and 13,000 hybrids.

 

  • Creeping Phlox– This easy-care groundcover adds a beautiful spring carpet of red, lavender, pink, white, or bluish-purple to your landscape.  Consider growing between rocks, in tight crevices, or along the perimeter of a plant bed. They can even cascade down the sides of planters. Phlox has a moderate growth rate and only grow 4 to 6 inches tall with a 2 foot spread. They can grow in a variety of conditions, but for best results plant them in full sun with moist, well-draining soil.

 

While all of these may not be right for you, you can start to pay attention to what catches your eye when you are outside, and we can help you translate that into your own garden plans. Call Full Circle Land Design at (423) 385-4955 or send us an email to start discussing your wishes for moving forward with spring.

Fall in Love with Your Landscape

Love is in the air this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Full Circle Land Design, LLC is ready to play Cupid for customers in the Chattanooga area. Could your outdoor space use a bit of TLC? Maybe you and your backyard are well past the “honeymoon phase.” Or, you’re looking to snuggle around a cozy new outdoor fireplace and spark a flame with your sweetheart.

Enjoy the View

Sure, there are plenty of places to go in the “Scenic City” for a romantic view. But why leave when you can enjoy the comfort of your own home? With the ability to take your indoor living outside, you can cook, play, entertain, and relax with an outdoor space that suits your individual needs. Outdoor lighting can set the mood for a romantic staycation and a warming fire pit will keep away the chilly air.

Give the Gift of Beauty

It may not be patio weather just yet here in Chattanooga, but there’s no bad time of year to gift an outdoor living space that you and your loved ones can adore. Water features, custom pergolas, paved patios, and lush plants are enjoyable long-term, and will certainly last a lot longer than roses and chocolates! Full Circle Land Design can bring your vision to life.

Long-Term Relationships

Do you feel like you and your yard are stuck in a long distance relationship? Perhaps you don’t get outside as much as you’d like, or don’t have the time to fuss over your backyard. Quality landscaping should promote sustainability and provide happiness for years to come. With our expertise, solutions to challenges are simplified. We can plant trees to offer shade in the summer and allow sunshine in the colder months. We can create a garden of perennials that will stay with you, year after year. From sprucing up a bit to a complete redesign, Full Circle offers ways to enhance and rekindle your relationship with your land.

Taking the Next Step

Full Circle Land Design is your premier choice for landscaping services in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Our team has the tools and training needed to rekindle your outdoor affinity. Reach out to us today to explore your options. Request an estimate online or call (423) 385-4955. You’ll LOVE working with us!

 

New Year, New Yard

Resolve to make the most of your outdoor space this year.

On January 1 of each year, New Year’s Resolutions are declared, and we set out in a new year with the best intentions. Yet, by six weeks later, about 80% of those resolutions are fruitless. The key to succeed with your resolutions is to make your goals attainable ones. We’re here to help you with five ideas you’ll want to file under #landscapegoals for 2019.

  1. Get outside more. There’s beautiful weather to enjoy in the Chattanooga area, year-round. Why get stuck in the kitchen when summer rolls around? Bring your living, cooking and eating outdoors more! With an outdoor kitchen, you can entertain while also being in the comfort of your own backyard. Think about new pavers under your outdoor grill, a patio with seating to watch autumn’s colorful entrance, a custom fire feature for those chilly winter evenings, and gorgeous stonework to enhance your backyard oasis all year.
  2. Focus on self-care/relax. Life can be demanding; that is certain. There’s nothing better than the sounds of calm water bubbling, the warmth from a cozy fire, or the shade of a pergola on a sunny afternoon. Go ahead! Add that water feature you’ve always wanted. Gather up some firewood for a dreamy outdoor fireplace. Get that favorite corner shaded with a pergola and settle in with a good book. Sometimes, getting in touch with nature can be the best remedy and, with our help, you don’t need to go any further than your backyard.
  3. Start a new, healthy hobby. Grow a vegetable and/or flower garden this year. Not merely a thing of beauty, gardening is actually beneficial to your health and well-being. According to Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: “nurturing plants reduces stress levels.”* With our knowledge of plants, Full Circle can help you to enrich your life with new interest and new growth!
  4. Out with the old and in with the new. To keep it looking stunning all year, make it a point to clear your yard of any debris collected during the winter. Keep your curb appeal with leaf removal, pruning, and bed edging as seasons change. Remove and replace annuals or seasonal flowers. Let us assist you in planning for what will flourish!
  5. Ask for help when you need it. That’s what we are here for! Full Circle Land Design can take your vision for living your best outdoor life and make it a reality. From water features and planting to outdoor kitchens and softscapes, we have the know-how, ability and service commitment to help you carry out your resolutions. Contact us today by phone at (423) 385-4955 or visit fullcirclelanddesign.com.

Happy New Year from Full Circle Land Design!