Five plants that bring butterflies to your garden.

A garden is a beautiful addition to any home. 
It brings out a lot of color and vibrancy to the exterior of the house, creating an inviting feeling to any guest who visits. But what can someone add to their garden to make it even better? Butterflies! Though it's not as simple as grabbing a net to catch and bring them to the garden, there are simple ways to bring all the butterflies to the yard. Planting flowers that the butterflies love! Here you will find some of the top 5 flowers for attracting those beautiful bugs to enjoy the garden with the guests.

1. Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) – This flower is so perfect for butterflies that it's in the name! This is the top flower found in any butterfly garden. Butterflies love bright colors, and there's no shortage of that here. The flowers are also strong enough to hold hundreds of the little guys while they enjoy the nectar.

2. Butterfly Flower / Butterfly Weed (Asclepias) – Another butterfly related plant, it should already be evident that this type of flower is going to attract many butterflies to it. The flowers themselves are vibrant colors, and the stem and leaves protect caterpillars thanks to its bitter taste. This keeps any predators away, and cocoons and caterpillars alike can stay safe.

3. Aster – Looks almost like a more colorful daisy flower; the aster plant attracts the butterflies with the colors of the flowers and has dual purpose providing nectar to the butterflies and acts as a host plant for the caterpillars.

4. Coneflower (Echinacea) – Another attractive flower that is reminiscent of a colorful daisy. This type of flower relies on hot, summer-like daytime temperatures to thrive. This is perfect for outdoor garden settings and will keep the butterflies around even on the hottest of days.

5. And last but not least is one often forgotten about, Salvia- These flowers have bright, brilliant blooms that last forever and are tough as nails. The nectar in the flowers attracts many butterflies, but could also bring in some lovely hummingbirds as well!

Planting any of these flowers will ensure that many beautiful butterflies will frequent the garden they're in. Many other types of flowers that will attract them so don't stop at just these five! The more, the merrier, turn the regular garden into a butterfly garden!

Contact Mansfield Landscaping today to upgrade your landscaping! 

Mansfield Landscaping - Residents of The Villages Landscaper of Choice

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It's another beautiful day in The Villages® Community! We know you live here in Florida for the beautiful weather and lovely scenery. When it comes to the scenery in your yard, trust in the name thousands of Village residents have been turning to for many years, Mansfield Landscaping.

We have several different ways to help you with your landscaping needs, whether you want us to do it for you or if you want to purchase the plants and trees to do-it-yourself. If that is the case, we offer delivery and installation.

We specialize in landscape upgrades, hardscapes, and modifications to existing landscaping. Our services include stack walls, curbing, rock, boulders, trees, palms, irrigation repairs and installation, mulch, sod, etc.

We never take deposits or any money, until we are finished and you are delighted. We offer free; same day estimates you can get the following ways;

At your home.

We come to you when it is convenient for your schedule.

Email us.

You can email us a picture of your plot plan, photos of your property and a brief description of what you want to be done. Please include address and phone number, email to Brad@mansfieldlandscapingllc.com.

Come see us.

Set up an appointment to come to our outdoor nursery and showroom, where we have over 2500 trees and palms and over 25,000 plants. We also display our work; patios, pavers, courtyards, stacked wall, putting green and sitting areas. Please bring pictures and a copy of your plot plan to help us assist you.

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We give estimates when you are ready to get the work done. Work starts typically within 1-2 weeks. We offer a 15% discount as long as the job is given at the time of estimate. Note: a 5-10 minute phone conversation is required before scheduling an estimate. During these few minutes, we will discuss you estimate options, how you can find out more about us, get a brief description of what you want to be done and give an idea of your options and possible cost.

Our website has lots of references, helpful hints and internet specials. If you click on the photo gallery, you will see 14 different photo galleries. If you like any specific number, write down the particular gallery you are in and also the number. We can discuss the content and even the price over the phone.

Mansfield Landscaping has been serving Central and North Central Florida since 1982. Steve Mansfield is a self-made man. He started with $54 to put an ad in the paper and knew he had a long journey ahead. Didn't take long for the word to spread that he was dedicated, always kept his word and an extremely hard worker. His dedication to customer service comes from his humble origins. He grew up in 17 different foster homes, so he knows the definition of true family. All of our customers are considered family; that means we will take extra care of all your landscaping needs and go the extra mile.

Mansfield Landscaping Nursery is the closest landscaping nursery and outdoor showroom to Feeney and Brownwood, 18 minutes from Feeney and less than 25 minutes from Brownwood. Within 35 minutes of pretty much anywhere else in The Villages. We encourage you to stop by our nursery to see us. So much so, that for just stopping by, we want to give you $50 per household in free nursery plants. No obligation, stop on by our nursery Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-3pm and pick out your plants!

You can also read about us on Talk of the Villages, Yelp, Facebook and Google. You will find customer testimonials and excellent customer reviews. We have a local tour button on our website for you to take a look at some of the work we have done. You can tour 100's of homes, to give you ideas for your new hardscape and landscape.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our services. Should you have further questions, or are interested in an estimate, please feel free to contact us. Give us a call to set up an estimate today!!

 

 

Attention New Homeowners: Get $50 in Free Plants Today

villages floridaThis offer from Mansfield Landscaping is so good, we had to write about it. For a limited time, we are offering a very special gift to new homeowners throughout Central Florida...$50 in FREE Nursery Plant Purchases, just for stopping by our Nursery & Outdoor Showroom in Yalaha. This offer is valid for all new residents in Lake, Sumter, Marion & Orange Counties, who have closed on a home within the previous 60 days. Proof of residency and closing date required to be eligible. This offer is valid only during regular business hours at our Nursery and Outdoor Showroom only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Please see a customer service rep for details. Offer expires March 31, 2019.

Located just 20 minutes from The Villages of Fenney in The Villages® Community. 30 Minutes from Orlando. Stop by and say hi!

 

What the best eco-friendly mulch?

Tending to a garden is a pleasant, calming hobby for a lot of different people. Eco-friendly mulch An essential part of gardening is mulching. It keeps away weeds, regulates the temperature and moisture of the soil, and is generally aesthetically pleasing. But the mulch you're used to using may be doing more harm than good.

So what are some more environmentally friendly choices when it comes to mulch? There are quite a few recyclable resources one can use for mulching. Some of the more popular options are peanut shells, rubber, pine bark/needles, eucalyptus, even cocoa husks. Any of these are leaps and bounds better than a typical cypress mulch found in some gardens. Shredded Cyprus is one of the worst things to introduce into a growing garden. Don't let the low price fool you, it's a fungal mat it wet areas and can lose its color and decay in less than 1-2 years - especially in direct sunlight.

The eco-friendly types of mulch listed earlier have many different benefits if chosen as a mulch for your garden. Here are just a few top benefits of each one:

Eucalyptus: Has a very pleasing odor and grows in excess, much more than that of a cypress tree. Color stays longer than Cyprus, fading nicely into yellows and reds.

Rubber: Have an old tire lying around? Turn it into mulch! It Provides cushion for a gardener working on their knees. It Doesn't attract any unwanted insects.

Peanut Shells: Easy DIY project and snack all in one. Excellent source of potassium and nitrogen for the garden. When combined with cottonseed oil, peanut shell mulch can withstand rain a bit longer and save from early decomposition.

Cocoa Husks: Low acid and around 3% nitrogen to work well in a garden. Garden pests shy away from these husks. Lightweight and easy to transfer from storage to your garden.

Pine Bark/Needles: Another pleasant odor, especially around the holidays with a rich pine scent. Color lasts the longest out of any natural mulch. Not very rain friendly due to pieces floating if at an incline.

There are many different ways to make sure your garden stays adequately mulched properly. Don't sacrifice the flowers for the wrong kind of much that attacks the environment. Make sure your mulch is environmentally friendly, pest free, and looking great!

The experts and Manfield landscaping can help you get the perfect look while helping the environment. 

Lawn Care During Winter.

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas, and it's starting to feel like it too! Lawn Care During Winter in Florida.  Those temperatures are dropping quickly, even in usually warm and sunny Florida. During the winter months, it's important to make sure anything living outdoors, like various plants and luscious green yards, get the proper attention.

Watering your lawn may not be something you think is necessary as much during the winter, but you would be wrong. You should keep up with the same lawn maintenance that you would any other month out of the years. The amount of water used may change slightly, especially if it's a rainy winter season - which happens in Florida often. But a healthy lawn should get at least 1"-1 ½" of water a week, with waterings being 2 to 3 times a week. So while it's not necessary or recommended to water every day, it is essential to keep up a similar routine in the winter. It is also important to be wary of various frost warnings and making sure pipes don't freeze overnight.

Some may think watering before a freeze comes to a bad idea and could damage their green grass come spring. On the contrary! Watering before a freeze comes in can actually help the grass protect itself from a potentially damaging frost. Make sure to tend to the lawn a day or two in advance to give the grass time to absorb the water and strengthen in time to fight the incoming freezing temperatures.

Just like with watering in the warmer months, it is highly damaging to your yard to over-water or under-water it. Make sure to pay close attention to your watering schedule, especially if it's set on an irrigation system. Seasonal adjustments are part of the maintenance on an irrigation system, so it's highly recommended to figure out the adjustment settings or call out those who installed the system and have it set up for the cold weeks ahead.

Mansfield Landscaping can set you up with a new state of the art irrigation system to help your lawn stay beautiful all year long. Contact us to get started today! 

 

15% OFF All Jobs

Offer Valid Only If Job Given At Time Of Estimate. $5000 Job Minimum Required. Offer Must Be Presented At Time Of Estimate.
We offer estimates at your home or in our landscape nursery & hardscape showroom. Please setup an appointment and come down to our nursery with pictures of your landscaping and a copy of your plot plan. Jon usually begin with 3 - 7 business days following project approval. If you receive an estimate at our landscape nursery & hardscape showroom and it is necessary to visit your home to confirm estimate details, you still are eligible to receive and discounts & special offers as long as at home estimate confirmation is done the same day or the following day.
Offer expires 03/31/19

15% OFF All Nursery Materials

Offer Must Be Presented At Time Of Purchase.
Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Offer expires 03/31/19

$50 in Free Nursery Purchases for New Homeowners

Must show proof of residency beginning within the previous 60 days. Offer valid only in Nursery & Outdoor Showroom in Yalaha only. Closest Nursery to Fenney....Just 20 minutes!
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply. See office for details.
Offer expires 03/31/19

What Your Neighbors Are Saying About Mansfield Landscaping

We would like to thank you and the crew of Mansfield Landscaping for the fine work done at our home. As with the previous work you have done for us, we were extremely pleased. It is unfortunate that it is so difficult to find people these days who take pride and ownership in their work and can be relied upon to do a job well. The Mansfield Landscaping crew was professional, dependable and timely. The hard work you and your crew gave to the project is commendable. The trees, plants and design you suggested have added beauty to our home.

If you ever need recommendations, feel free to use us as a reference.

Steve and Brandee Sullivan (Orlando)

Steve & his wonderful team did a wonderful job at our house. We look so pretty now! Feel free to ride by and check us out. They also work very quickly. People have been stopping in front of our house and they love what they see. We are so pleased with the end result. What a “dream team” Steve Mansfield has put together. I would like to thank each and every one of them for a fabulous job well done.

Bill & Toni

We made our decision to go with Mansfield Landscaping after seeing beautifully landscaped homes. First of all, we were very pleased with how easy it was to get in touch with them and to schedule an appointment in a short amount of time. Steve was very thorough with information about everything we needed to know on the phone, and our meeting with Ron was very pleasant. He listened to our ideas and came up with just what we were looking for within our budget. The work crew were very courteous and the job was completed in the time agreed upon with no payment until everything was finished to our satisfaction. We have received many compliments about our landscaping already. We especially love looking at the gorgeous triple Sylvester palm as we sit in our lanai.

Thank you for a job well done!

Dave and Amy Hibbs (The Villages)

We are delighted with the beautiful landscaping work at our home. The workers were enjoyable to have at our home and the result is even better than we had hoped for. Now we see a gorgeous palm tree and other plantings. It is wonderful to walk in the front door and have our new view. It is a lovely walk through a garden. We couldn’t be happier.

Lee and Judy Jacobs

We saw one of your flyers in the local newspaper and decided to give you a call. Within an hour you were at our home ready to explain our landscaping options and give us an estimate. After driving by other projects you had done, we decided to have you do our landscaping. The project was started on time and finished within 2 days, even though we made changes in the plantings as we went along. We are totally satisfied with our landscaping.

Being new to the area, we were unaware of the care needed for our landscaping, especially in colder weather. The day before a big frost, we were delighted to come home and find that you have come over and covered our Robellini with a frost blanket as well as some other frost sensitive plants. We recommend your services to anyone wanting a great looking landscape done on a timely basis.

Corky and Diane (The Villages, Hadley)

Steve from Mansfield Landscaping did a great job in helping us design our landscaping. Ron and John did an excellent job in seeing that the design was carried out and the final result was way beyond our expectations. They should be very proud of the work that they have completed for us. The entire crew was very hard working, friendly, dependable and polite. They did a great job with the clean up after the project was completed and the job was completed exactly when Steve said it would be done. Excellent and well run company.

Peworchik in Fernandina

We were directed to Mansfield landscaping from a neighbor. She was happy with their work so we decided to give them a try. From our first discussion with Steve and Ron, we knew we were going to be in good hands. They did a fabulous job and we're thrilled with the results. Their knowledge of plants and shrubs was very informative as was their designing talent. We would highly recommend Mansfield landscaping to any one without reservation. Thanks for a job well done.

Peg and Hank