Some August Tips Tricks for Florida Landscapes

florida home palm treesSoil Solarization - In August, the hottest days of summer are well upon us. Temperatures reach the 90’s daily with heat indexes well above 100. In August, some often feel it’s too hot to work in the lawn and garden, but the climbing temperatures can be put to use to solarize your soil. Successful soil solarization takes about 4 to 6 weeks, so August is the time to get your garden ready for fall planting.

August Flower Garden Tips - Weekly deep watering -- from irrigation or rainfall -- is crucial for certain shrubs and trees, especially rhododendrons and azaleas, which are setting flower buds now for next year's blooms. The same goestrue for camellias. Plants that offer showy winter berries, such as hollies and firethorn, also appreciate consistent moisture now. If they get too dry, the immature berries may drop.

  • Roses Prepare everblooming roses for fall flowering by cutting plants back by about one-third. Also, prune any dead stems. Feed plants using a rose fertilizer and renew mulch. Water roses deeply once a week if the drought persists.
  • Impatiens Give leggy, lanky impatiens a haircut, trimming stems to half their length. After cutting, feed plants with a general water-soluble fertilizer, such as 20-20-20. You'll have bushy plants covered with blooms in time for autumn.

August Landscape Design Tips - Study the sun and wind patterns. You might want to place a patio on the west side of the house, but it will get lots of afternoon sun, which means dinner time in August won't be relaxing -- just hot. And wind whistling around a corner will quickly extinguish a fire pit. Those are common mistakes in landscape design for beginners - especially in August. Your plan should take into account what the sun and the wind do at different times of the day and year. 


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We have just completed a large landscaping job with Steve Mansfield and are totally pleased and impressed with the quality of the work, the overall appearance and the end product. The job was completed within a week of the estimate and far below other estimates. With those estimates the jobs could not have been started for over a month, at a much higher cost. We went to the nursery with our outside pictures and chose the specific trees we wanted in our yard. This was a long process, but well worth the effort. Steve likes to talk, but he estimated the job that we wanted with the exact trees we wanted to our total satisfaction.

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We were very satisfied with the professionalism of Mansfield Landscaping. It was a delightful surprise and experience after having pursued this project with four other landscaping companies that did not measure up to Mansfield. They were attentive from first contact. We received a phone call back in under two hours after our first inquiry. All calls were handled in like manner, We had a problem with our irrigation and they promptly attended and fixed the situation. Price was held as quoted no ad-ons or increase for anything.

We received at least three follow up calls to be certain everything was to our satisfaction. It was a breath of fresh air. The house looks new again. We have drive by gawkers.

Karen & Wm L.

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)

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

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)

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.

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I recently had my villa landscaping done by Steve Mansfield and his crew. They worked hard for 3 days and did an excellent job. I am very happy with the job and everyone who has seen it has told me it looks great. I was quoted 20-30 plants but was given many more to make my property look great at no charge. I was so surprised when Steve called to tell me he was having my driveway, walkway and patio power washed so that the dirt from their work would be cleaned up. True to his word, he sent someone over to do the work and not only does my property look great, but he also cleaned the street where there was dirt from the rock piles. I would recommend him to anyone looking to have their landscape done immediately and done well.

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