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! 

 

The best plants for a butterfly garden.

A garden is a beautiful addition to any home.The best plants for a butterfly garden. 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! 

Spruce up your landscaping with colors of Autumn

While Florida may not be a tourist attraction for fall colors like New England is,  we can still satisfy our longing for stunning "fall color" in our landscapes through a strategic use of tropical foliage plants. Spruce up your Florida landscaping with colors of Autumn.You can capture all of Autumn's reds, oranges, yellows and browns by knowing what to plant. With proper planning, you can then carry over and transform your fall display through Christmas and even Valentine's day.

To begin in the fall, consider the always popular crotons or coleus. Typically, Crotons grow up to 4-6 feet high and provide a lasting burst of color to your landscape. Use coleus to add a beautiful kaleidoscope of classic fall hues. These will vary in height from 12-36 inches.

A herbaceous perennial that comes in a stunning array of reds and greens reminiscent of northern climates are Cordylines. Paired with Heliconia oranges and yellows, the combination works perfectly for a fall display.  Incorporate Dracaena marginal for a backdrop of colorful, long leaves. At full maturity, these specimens can reach 10-12 feet tall, but they're easily maintained at 6-8 feet with proper pruning. Dracaena prefers well-drained soils and adapts to light conditions ranging from shade to full sun.

For midlevel color with spiky foliage ranging from orange to brown, you'll want to add bromeliads. Reaching a maximum height of only 2-3 feet, these plants  thrive in our tropical climate. Most varieties of bromeliads grow beautifully within a beautiful shady spot within the landscape. One type of bromeliad is called Guzmania. It provides brilliant splashes of "autumn-rescue" reds, oranges and yellows. Combined with the touches of reds and greens found in the bromeliad called Neoregelia your landscape can quickly be taken from Autumn right over into the holiday season with months of striking color and natural care.

One of the greatest things about all of these tropicals is that they can either be added straight into your garden or placed in containers to decorate patios, porches, and entranceways. To transform from Autumn to Christmas and even Valentine's day, all you need to do is swap out your orange and yellow selections with plants bursting with hues of reds and whites.

So whether you put your plants in the ground or into pots - for gorgeous bursts of fall color, now is the time to do it! Enjoy discovering the beauty of autumn with the colors these tropical foliage and flowers provide. Add a fun, decorative scarecrow, a couple of pumpkins and voilà – instant fall, right here in Florida!

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5 Rules for New Sod

new sodHaving a home you’re proud of is a big deal, but having a yard that gives off that good first impression can be an even bigger deal. For some, grass doesn’t always grow greener on their side of the fence but have no fear because sod is here! Sod is an excellent way to make your yard look like it’s always had a field of green grass. However, there are a few top tips to follow to make sure your sod maintains its value and keeps your yard looking pristine. Here you will find the top 5 rules to follow after having your new sod installed!

  1. Always remember that sod is decomposable and it must be installed into the lawn immediately upon arrival. You can’t let it sit there until the weekend, or when you may have a free moment. If left rolled and untouched, heat can build up in the turf and cause severe damage, and that means no pretty grass and a lot of wasted money.
  2. Keep it moist! No one likes that word, but it’s an important one when it comes to sod care. When installed, make sure to thoroughly saturate the sod until it’s soggy to walk on.  You won’t be drowning anything as it’s near impossible to damage sod with water. This irrigation must be done deeply, at least 6 inches into the soil (hence the soggy part). Even after installation, you must make sure your sod is  frequently watered, up to 6 sprinkled showers a day. The only time to cut back on watering is right before it’s time to mow, so it gives the soil ample time to firm.
  3. Wait two weeks to mow! It takes an estimated 14 days for the sod to be mowed (unless it’s installed in the colder months of winter – which it takes longer then). When mowing, also make sure to mow high as to not put added stress onto the new sod.
  4. Stay off the lawn! To help make sure the sod adjusts properly, it’s best to avoid any  food traffic on the newly laid areas until after the first mowing. This can cause dents and spotting along the grass.
  5. And lastly, though it was said before, it bears repeating, water – water – water! Chances are if something is off with your sod, it’s because it’s not getting enough water. Not rooting? Edges turning colors? Mushrooms??? All usually a water issue. Once watering becomes deeper and less frequent, these little nuisances go away on their own so long as the water intake is right.

Follow these simple rules to keeping your grass looking great, and you’ll always win over any guests, even before they step foot inside!

Planting Mature Trees

mature tree plantingFinding a new perfect home, in the perfect neighborhood, on the perfect street is a once in a lifetime thing. For those lucky enough to experience this, it’s a joyous occasion! Perhaps so joyful you want to throw a lovely outdoor party in your new backyard. That’s when you realize; it’s a big open yard – not a single tree! Not a lick of comforting shade for your guests to saunter under, and planting seeds won’t get you anywhere fast. Well, why not rely on an already mature tree to be placed in your new lawn? It’s very possible, and you can turn your yard into a small forest overnight!

It’s almost like magic, to see an area transform in days with trees that are mature, rather than small plants that will flourish in many years’ time. Trees used for such purposes are explicitly grown  for replanting and are typically grown in large wooden boxes. Many retail nurseries carry various trees in all shapes and sizes to accent your yard with.

Make sure you have the right help handy! Planting mature trees is a very hard working job, and it is not recommended as a do it yourself project. The weight of the trees alone is typically too much for one person, even with the smaller 24-inch boxes. It is also essential that you have a clear path from the transport vehicle to the planting spot. The closer the better, as you’re not going to want to tear up your lawn by dragging the box, or tree itself, to the desired area. Another reason you’re going to want professional assistance, the tree(s) you’ve purchased, were not cheap and should be handled with care and planted correctly. Broken limbs (tree and human) and damage to the tree itself is not something you want to deal with when beautifying your yard.

So to make sure your housewarming party is a hit, keep your guests cool with some shade courtesy of your newly planted mature trees!

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What Your Neighbors Are Saying About Mansfield Landscaping

We agree with Angie. Our landscaping was done by Mansfield Landscaping when we purchased our new home. Almost two years later one of our Sylvester palms was dying. We contacted Steve, and 2 days later the dying Sylvester was removed and new one planted...and at no cost. That is what we call service! We still receive compliments on the landscaping wall, islands, etc. Highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping.

Betty Churn (www.talkofthevillages.com)

We had a great experience with Mansfield Landscaping. We visited the nursery and saw how healthy the plants were and then sat down with Steve and developed our own concept of palm and shrub borders on the side and front of our house The workmen did an excellent job and you cold tell they cared about how the plants were going in. We now get a lot of very positive comments from neighbors and strangers alike People are calling it "The Botanical Garden"! Mansfield Landscaping is a professional landscaper. They did a great job.

Thank you Steve and your crew.

John & Sandy

I first used Mansfield Landscaping a year ago after seeing the unique design work Steve Mansfield did at a neighbor's house. The tree specimens used were more impressive than those typically found in our village and this was the result of Mansfield having a massive inventory and variety of trees, shrubs, and other landscaping materials at his huge nursery in Yalaha-about 30 minutes from The Villages and right next door to the famous Yalaha Bakery. After getting over my initial reservations about Steve's quirky personality, I was thrilled to discover the genuine Steve-a truly unusual individual; a caring and considerate character who gives personal service and attention to his clients! My first job turned out so well that I recently used him and his hard-working crew again to re-landscape an entire house, including the fabrication of a magnificent water fall and stream. While there are many companies doing business in The Villages, Steve's knowledge of the landscaping profession combined with competitive pricing and his emphasis on making his clients happy and satisfied is proven by accepting no money until the job is completely finished. Steve "cranks" out the best landscape design and implementation in The Villages.

Kidzdds (www.talkofthevillages.com)

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

Recently had Mansfield Landscaping add some shrubs, rock etc., and must say they did an excellent job. The crew was very polite and professional. We would recommend Mansfield for any landscaping project regardless of the size. Will definitely use Mansfield for any future landscaping projects. Thanks,Steve!

John & Linda Smith

I just had my yard landscaped by Mansfield Landscaping. Wow what a landscape it is! Met with Steve for about two hours. Road around his nursery and tagged the trees we wanted. Steve made recommendations and came up with a fabulous design for our yard. His landscape team came out the next day and began work promptly. The men were very professional and knowledgeable (and courteous too). They cleaned up before they left and returned promptly on day 2. They made sure we were happy with the location of all plants and trees before they placed them in the ground. When they finished up our yard was completely transformed. No money up front...payment is not expected until job is complete and you are satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend Steve and his team. Give Steve a call (352) 324-2640 if you are going to landscape your yard. Stop by our house and see for yourself!

Anonymous (The Villages)

We are very pleased with the results in both our yard and lanai. Steve warned us some plants were not hardy and when the frosts got them, he replaced a lot of them without being asked, and with no charge. We thoroughly recommend Mansfield Landscaping.

Kit Hughes (The Villages, Hadley)