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Bee Friendly Landscaping Ideas

Bee Friendly Landscaping Ideas

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the recent drastic decline in honeybees and may want to find out if there is anything you can do to support maintaining and even increasing the local bee populations. Well, the excellent news is that there's a lot that you, as a homeowner can do to play your part in helping local bee populations thrive.

One thing you can do is use your landscape to feed local bee populations. Planting flowers that provide bees with nectar and pollen increase biodiversity for all bees, not just honeybees. If you have a lot of flowers, whether they are native or not, the flowers provide bees with vital nectar and pollen. Unfortunately, we are so often focused on a beautiful green lawn, free of flowers, which doesn’t contribute ecologically. A plain green lawn doesn't do anything for bees or other organisms.

So, what can you do to contribute to the survival of the bee population? A real kicker for improving your property to become bee friendly is maintaining an unbroken succession of blooms that last all season long. Include an assembly of plants on your landscape that bloom all spring and summer. Bees depend heavily on having a lot of blooms flowering in mid-summer which is the time of year that bees are producing the next year's queens. The real key here is to time your planting calendar to be sure something is always blooming on your property.

Keep notes of the times during the year that are naturally short on healthy flowering plants, and fill in those deficiencies. A good candidate for healthy flowering plants is the sunflower. Sunflowers are a mid-summer blooming flower. They can be planted at a time when there are not a lot of other things naturally blooming. Some sages are also midsummer blooms. Crepe myrtle is another midsummer bloom.

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I got a few estimates before I called Mansfield. I talked to Steve on the phone for about an hour, the next day he came to see the property. He made a couple suggestions and we talked some more. I signed the contract that day and was glad I did. His crew showed up on time and completed the project in two days, as promised, in spite of the rain. The crew was wonderful. I highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping.

Pamela Nye
July 11, 2019

Mansfield landscaping did a great job on our beds. Their process was simple and straight forward. Steve is knowledgeable and capable of getting your decisions settled and their field guys were courteous and attentive on the install.

Go Davis
July 11, 2019

This year we hired Mansfield to replace all grass and existing rock in our new Fenney Courtyard Villa. Prompt, courteous service! Beautiful bushes, trees and all new rock with decorative stone wall. Very happy!

Robert H
July 1, 2019

Steve Mansfield and his crew did an amazing job adding landscape walls, redesigning my beds, disposing of the wood chips in the front and side yards. We are very pleased with the finished job. If there was a delay on the job, whack happened to be rain, Steve called and let us know.

Phillis Siconolfi
June 28, 2019

We didn’t really know what we wanted when we called Mansfield. We walked around the yard and just picked a few products from the things that we thought we might like. We can’t believe the finished product the Mansfield team was able to transform our home into. From trees to bushes and lighting and a patio. Thank you Mansfield.

Dennis Van Nyhuis
June 26, 2019

We put off having landscaping work done for the first four years in our new home. We finally came to the conclusion that we weren’t doing a very good job. We read some reviews and settled on Mansfield Landscaping. That turned out to be an excellent choice. Steve and his crew did an excellent job. Steve is a great designer when it comes to making the yard look beautiful. The cost for the job was comparable to others in the area, and Steve is always available when you call him, which we feel is very important. We’re soon to move to a new house in The Villages and will definitely call on Steve and Mansfield Landscaping to work for us again.

Wallace King
June 26, 2019

Mansfield Landscaping did a fantastic job replacing my rock landscaped yard with a new sodded lawn. In addition, they created a walled-in area with beautiful shrubs. They removed dead palms and planted a lovely magnolia - they also quickly replaced a hibiscus bush that didn't survive relocation. I am extremely happy and would highly recommend their services.

Maureen Henry
May 30, 2019

I found this company from a google search and I'm so glad I did. I spoke with Steve over the phone he was very upfront with pricing. A day or so later he came out and walked our yard and gave me and my husband a great vision for what we were looking for. We were on a time crunch due to celebrating our gender reveal party and Steve and his guys, very professional, came out and finished the work in a day and a half. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for professional landscaping. If I could give them 10 stars I would. You will not be disappointed.

Jael Georges
May 30, 2019

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