HYDRANGEAS – Did you Know?

The colour of your Hydrangea blooms can be dictated by your soil pH. Acidic soil will turn your Hydrangeas blue while an alkaline soil will turn your Hydrangeas pink. You can “change” your Hydrageas by applying lime (to make your soil alkaline) or Sulphur (to make your soil acidic). Alternatively there are products called “Colour me Pink” and “Colour me Blue” available at the garden center which will help do this for you.



Trends for Landscaping

Spring is just around the corner, and as you look outside waiting for the gardening season to start I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few of the trends emerging for our outdoor spaces.

1 – Creating Outdoor Rooms. Creating outdoor rooms allows you to use your space in a way that makes sense for your family. Outdoor kitchens, lounge areas and recreation spaces allow you to create a unique space for your family.

 2 – Clean Lines. Strong clean lines for a more contemporary look are very popular going into 2016, and work very well with many of the new stone styles.

3 – Outdoor Fireplaces. The addition of outdoor fire features brings a new element to your outdoor living space and lengthens the time of year you can enjoy your new found space.

4 – Vegetable Gardens. More and more people are growing their own produce as they become conscious as to where their food comes from.

5 – Living Walls. Gardening is just done on the horizontal anymore, grow your garden up! Living walls can be both decorative and functional (so go ahead and start growing your veggies on the wall!)

6 – Creating Privacy. Your yard probably lacks one thing, privacy. Creating privacy can be done in so many creative ways from the use of screens to planting of trees selected for your site. We want to create spaces that are comfortable to be lived in.

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Jodie Munshaw CLD

Landscape Designs by Jodie Munshaw



Landscape Lighting – Light Up Your Outdoors!

We take great pride in maintaining the outdoors of our homes. We spend countless hours mowing our lawns and tending to our garden beds only to have our hard work “disappear” when the sun goes down. During the past few years landscape lighting is becoming increasing popular and has changed this. Landscape lighting has allowed us to bring our landscapes to life after dark, showcasing our homes and what’s around them. It’s allowed us to bring our parties outside in the evening without spotlights and motion lights. But best of all, landscape lighting is creating amazing curb appeal!

Benefits of landscape lighting

  • Can be used as an additional level of security for your home – lighting can help deter intruders
  • Increases safety around your home by reducing trip hazards and illuminating important elements such as paths, steps and decks and lighting up your pool and spa
  • Help highlight your homes features, including your house number, doors and architectural features and plantings
  • Create comfortable living spaces that can be used after dark giving you more time to enjoy your yard and entertain your friends and family!

Landscape lighting fixtures come in many finishes and styles, with an option to compliment your existing or new landscape available. Bulbs are LED and offer a long lifespan. LED bulbs also do not get hot which makes them perfect for use in decks and in seat walls.

I can help you design the perfect lighting plan for your landscape. Visit my website for more information. www.landscapedesignsbyjodie.ca

Five Tips to a Better Lawn


We’ve all done it, walked down the street and stopped to stare with envy at the perfect lawn of a neighbour. That lawn that is the perfect shade or green, weed free and every blade of grass seems to be just the perfect height. You ponder how he does it – well I have some tips to help you start turning heads!

  1. Regular Watering
  2. Fertilizer Program
  3. Mowing
  4. Overseeding
  5. Aeration

#1 Regular Watering – Your lawn needs water especially in times of drought. You may consider installing an irrigation system which you can set to water your lawn at a set time and can skip days when there is sufficient rain, or you can use sprinklers and hoses to water. No mater what method you choose you want to be sure to water early in the morning to avoid mold damage to your lawn.

#2 Fertilizer Program – Feeding your lawn is an important part of it’s overall health. By creating a feeding schedule for your lawn you will help to develop a strong root system which, along with regular watering, will help form a strong root system for your lawn and help fend off pests and diseases.

#3 Mowing – Mowing is an important part of your lawn care regime. Picking a good quality mower is the first step, one mower to consider is a zero turn mower. You should always keeps the blades on your mower sharp, this will reduce the damage to the turf and reduce the chance of disease. Be sure to mow frequently, only ever removing a third of the height and mowing to a height of three inches.

#4 Overseeding – Overseeding your lawn allows you to fill in areas that have been damaged over the winter or by pests and disease as well as allow you to introduce more turf species to your lawn that are drought tolerant. Overseeding is best done in the fall however it can also be done in the spring.

#5 Aeration – Aerating your lawn is the process of creating space in the soil for air and water. You should aerate in the spring or fall before you overseed and can do so using a machine that you can rent from your local rental supply store or using aerating shoes. Aerating also allows the roots of your turf to become stronger and this will provide you with a stronger lawn.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

pantone2016Every year Pantone, which in my opinion is the authority on colour, announces their colour of the year. Last year you may recall the colour was Marsala, and we saw lots of great items popping up in fantastic maroon tones.

This year, Pantone has announced the colours of the year. Yes COLOURS! The choices for this year are:

  • Rose Quartz (13-1520)
  • Serenity (15-3919)

So what do these colours look like? Rose Quartz is a warm rose tone (think a soft pink rose) while Serenity is a cool blue tone (think a baby boy’s blanket).

You can find more information on the Pantone Colour of the Year Announcement Page

So, one might wonder how this relates to landscaping? These two colours are ones we see often in landscaping. On first glance I immediately see a number of common blooms in these colour lines:

  • Jack Frost Bugloss
  • Blue Clips Bellflower
  • Forget-Me-Nots
  • Pink Dianthus
  • Pink Hidcotte Lavender
  • Pink Hydrangeas
  • Pink Roses
  • Many, many annuals

I also see the tones of the Rose Quartz in many of the stone products we use in landscaping projects. From natural stone (think granite) to manufactured stone (with the many tones that are blended to create the amazing colours of concrete pavers used).

Rose Quartz and Serenity would also be an excellent accent colour to the outdoor living space through paint, cushions, pots and planters! Let your creative juices flow when using these colours in your outdoor space and have fun!

Slowly….There are Signs of Spring!

This past week the temperatures have been in the double digits, in fact it has been the warmest it has been in 6 MONTHS! I’ve long since broken out my sandals…for me, that is a sure sign of spring! However, now that the snow has finally melted at home here just outside of Barrie, Ontario I am finally starting to see some real signs of spring!

Here is just a sampling of what I’ve seen walking around my yard. My favourite might be how happy my dog Tucker is basking in the sun!