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!

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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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Can my lawn bounce back from the cold winter?

florida winter grassDon’t be alarmed if your lawn is looking rough after this year's brutal winter. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, your turf probably took a beating this year. It will most likely come back alright, but some great care can prevent any future problems, reverse damage and let your grass grow tall and green. 

Once those temperatures stay steady in the cool 70’s, assess how much of your yard has been browned due to frost or cold temperatures. If there are any brown patches, dig up the patches and fertilize the soil and put in new grass seeds or new sod. Cheaper options out of the two would be to place new seeds, as sod could get costly. When the new sod or seeds are put in, make sure to water your grass regularly. Make sure not to over water the grass as they could make it turn brown also. 

When that new grass begins to show, you can begin to mow the lawn. Only take a few inches off the grass as it cutting off too much could be bad for the roots of the grass and damage it. If you’re going to fertilize, the best fertilization to use is a high potassium fertilizer, as it helps the grass grow with the strength and nutrients the roots need. If you’re not getting the green you would like for your lawn; you could try turf colorants. Turf colorants are used for golf courses and are safe for your lawn. Don’t try it with any paint for your local hardware store, because turf colorants are chemically made safe for your grass.

Your lawn can bounce back from the winter that has just passed; it takes a lot of care and work. At the end that green, healthy lawn you will see will let you know that the hard work and effort you put in was worth it. 

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What Your Neighbors Are Saying About Mansfield Landscaping

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)

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)

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)

I have always had a positive experience with Mansfield Landscaping. We shopped many potential landscapers and none of them had the industry knowledge and level of customer service I received from Manfield. Additionally, we have continued to have great service by this crew AFTER we paid them, and to me, that is the true test of a good company.

Rose of Virginia Trace

Mansfield Landscaping LLC sets the benchmark for professional landscaping and exemplary service. Having received horticultural awards for my self-designed/created gardens and hardscape in Pennsylvania, I met my match with Steve Mansfield. I conveyed my ideas, wants, and needs for my Floridian garden/landscaping project. It encompassed a very large challenging space (front and rear of home). Steve took the task at hand adding enhancements and making it more than what I thought it could be. The attention we and this project received from Steve, Ron, the foremen, crew and Lynn (customer service rep) was outstanding. Their expertise, service, and dedication to this project was beyond what was expected. Steve's work ethics and professional attention are commendable. Once you meet Steve, you'll have no reason to look elsewhere. His word is 'gold'. We invite you to our home to see our beautiful lanai setting (garden and patios) and front landscape.

Regis and Vera Painley (The Villages)

My husband and I had been driving around for weeks looking at various landscape jobs in the villages and found just one place that we both really loved. We happened to be looking through Nursery web-sites and in looking at the photo gallery we happened to see pictures of the house that we loved under Mansfield's Web site. So we decided to go to the nursery to see what trees they had and how their prices were...(after going to a couple of other local nurseries we were shell shocked at the price of palms!) What we found was a great relief! The tree and plant prices were very reasonable and looked much healthier than many we had seen at other places. Being complete novices to Florida plants we sat down with the owner, Steve, and he gave us a very thorough education on palm trees - so we felt confident in the decisions we were making. We had decided that we did not want to do the "FULL" landscaping job all at once and wanted to start with just the trees so we could then fill-in later as we decided on what we wanted to plant...Steve and his son Ron, then walked us throughout the selection and helped us decide on 9 beautiful 18 ft Palms which they gave us an excellent price on. We set up an installation date for later that week - and Steve called and said they could come a day earlier if that worked for us - which was great as we had company coming in the next day! Ron and a crew came out to do the install, finished the planting in one day, removed some bushes etc that we knew we didn't want and the end result is beautiful - it has changed the whole look of the house....we LOVE it! Even though this is only step one of our landscaping - we are certain that we are going to be using Mansfield for our future expansions!

Jim and Rachel Williamson

Steve Mansfield and his AMAZING crew just finished landscaping our yard. We sat down with Steve on a Sunday evening (yes, he came out on his day off!!), designed the concept of the yard, we went to his nursery on Tuesday and they finished the entire project the following Monday (it would have been sooner but it was over Thanksgiving weekend and they didn't work that Thursday). Steve personally picked out our Queen palms and put in the most beautiful triple Sylvester Palm we've ever seen. As other posts have stated before, he brought out almost double the plants used in the yard to ensure we had plenty of choices. They lay everything out in the beds before they plant so we had an opportunity to move things around to our liking. After everything was completed my husband and I have agreed that Mansfield Landscaping went WAY above and beyond or expectations. We live on a street that is highly traveled (across from the Charlotte Pool and mailbox) and so many people have stopped to tell us how beautiful it is. We recommend Mansfield Landscaping to anyone interested in working with a company that produces professional results and cares so much about his clients.

Anonymous (The Villages)