3 Awesome Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitos in The Villages® Community.

It is warming up in Florida which means we are spending more time outdoors with friends.3 Awesome Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitos in The Villages. Unfortunately, that usually involves some un-invited guest will show up and try to ruin your afternoon. It's a guest we are all familiar with living in The Villages® Community. Yes, if you are outside so are the mosquitoes. With all the diseases they carry this could be quite dangerous. Sometimes even the bug repellant also isn't enough to keep these flying nightmares away. One simple trick is to arm your landscaping with plants that naturally keep mosquitoes away.

Your yard will attract fewer mosquitoes and keep you more comfortable if you plant the following plants that mosquitoes can't stand:

Marigolds: These bright yellow and orange flowers not on beautiful splash hues in your yard but also have a smell that will repel mosquitos. Put plants in spots mosquitoes are most likely to try to enter such as doorways, windows, and porches. Bonus: they also keep other incest away that eat tomato plants.

Citronella: This is a common ingredient in popular repellents but can also be planted on the perimeter of your yard to keep out time unwanted guest. Mosquitoes are turned off from its strong smell. It is a perennial clumping grass that can be planted or put in large pots. 

Lavender: Your yard will not only look beautiful and smell amazing, but it also keeps pesky gnats and mosquitos from crashing your outdoor fun. Bonus: Lavender is great to help relax you on a quiet evening.

Every little trick helps especially if it makes your landscaping look more attractive in the process. Drop by our nursery at Mansfield Landscaping, Just 15 minutes South of The Villages® Community, and we will help you find the perfect plants for your landscaping!

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. 

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 05/31/19

15% OFF All Nursery Materials

Offer Must Be Presented At Time Of Purchase.
Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Offer expires 05/31/19

$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 05/31/19

What Your Neighbors Are Saying About Mansfield Landscaping

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

Thank you for your great service. You did such a wonderful job on our lawn. I recommend you to every one. Mansfield Landscaping knows what they are doing.

Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Favazzo (The Villages)

The Mansfield crew did a terrific job talking with us about what we wanted, and where we wanted the plantings. They brought out a big selection of plants to chose from. The Mansfield folks were very polite and willing to help us in anyway as we determined what we wanted installed. What we wanted moved from existing plants. And care and feeding of the newly installed plants and palms. Ron in particular was very helpful as well as the regular crew foreman. Scott the lighting and irrigation guy was very through. We would highly recommend Steve Mansfield and his company for landscaping work in The Villages.

Jim and Mollie Chritton

We discovered Mansfield Landscaping through our friends in the Village of Hadley. They gave us a good review of Steve's work, so we decided to visit his showroom/nursery. We are from Minnesota and know NOTHING about palm trees! We were looking for an education and lots of information about Florida landscaping.

Steve was so great with us! He showed us many different varieties of palm trees, along with plants that do well in this area. He also has an excellent display of both stone walls and rock--you can really see the different colors so you know what you are getting.

Later that same day, Steve came to our villa, came up with a plan and gave us an estimate. Three business days later, his crew showed up with a truckload of between 70 and 80 plants and the palm trees we wanted. Steve brings many, many plants to the job so you can select the ones you want--which is a real advantage, in my opinion.

The crew finished the job on time, and did an outstanding job! We had both our front and back yards done, so there was a lot of dirt on our concrete. They cleaned up everything and did a great job at that also!

Our job was completed a week ago, and since then, Steve has been back at least 3 times to check on what we think, how everything looks, and to make sure we are watering like we should be. His follow-up service is excellent.

EdandLinda (www.talkofthevillages.com)

I wanted to take a minute to personally thank you for the great job you and your staff did on my back yard at my house. Everything turned out so beautiful. Every time I call you, I receive great, on time service at a fair price. You cannot ask for anything more than that.

Thanks again for having your staff stop by and put out the colorful annuals, just in time for Stephanies wedding. It really added that finishing touch to my already beautiful yard. Thanks for everything.

Mark Sullivan (Orlando)

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)

Our property was starting to look somewhat dated and needed a landscaping facelift. Cannot tell you how pleased we are with the job done by Mansfield Landscaping. These are some of the hardest working individuals we have seen here in The Villages. Since the completion of our property, several neighbors have stopped by and commented to us on how nice it looks and what a change. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and will highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping to others, which we already have.

Mike & Cathy Lafferty (The Villages)