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Top Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Landscaping

Top Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Landscaping

There’s nothing more frustrating than putting your heart and soul (plus a solid chunk of your bank account) into landscaping only to have pests destroy it. Here in Florida, we must be ever pest-vigilant, since we seem to get everything from chinch bugs to armadillos.

Deer, rabbits, snails, slugs, caterpillars, worms and insects can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, trees, flowers and shrubbery in no time. To keep your landscaping intact, you should first make it less attractive to pests. Seal crawl spaces, drain water, cover compost piles, clean up bird seed and eliminate grassy areas that could make good bedding.

Another way to keep pests away is to attract their natural predators into your yard. Your approach may vary depending on the type of pest you’re dealing with. For example, aphids are the prey of ladybugs and lacewings, while ground-dwelling slugs fear lizards, toads and the harmless black racer snakes. Black racers also consume rodents, rabbits and poisonous snakes. Research ways to attract the types of critters you may be willing to live which eliminate your pest problem for you.

Total Elimination – Shooting may or may not be an option, but that involves personal choice and awareness of city and county laws. Smoke bombs and scissor traps kill certain types of pests, but are a gruesome solution. Some orchardists place snap traps baited with peanut butter, nut meats, or rolled oats along mouse runways to catch and kill them. A bait of vitamin D is available. It causes a calcium imbalance in the animals and they will die several days after eating the bait. A more humane and holistic approach is to figure out how to coexist with wildlife.

Poisoning - There are poison baits that can be effective, but they may pose a danger to pets and/or the eco-system. Coffee grounds can be a natural alternative, since wide ranges of pests don’t like the smell of coffee, with the bonus of added nitrogen. Flour, salt, beer is toxic to insects, slugs and snails.

Repellents –Visual, such as high powered motion lights and auditory scare devices can be used to repel animals. Scarecrow sprinklers look like regular lawn sprinklers, except they have a battery-powered motion sensor. Anything that gets in the path of the sensor gets a sudden and intense blast of water. Strong scents such as garlic or pepper spray work wonders. Deer don’t like strong odors like bars of scented soap and cheap perfume. Staking bars of Irish Spring has been known to keep them at bay. Granulated containers of fox or coyote urine can discourage rabbits. Many aromatic herbs, like yarrow, citronella, mint, fennel, catnip, basil, and lemongrass are natural deterrents for garden pests from aphids to potato beetles. As an added bonus, some of these herbs also attract the predators that keep pests under control.

Keep ‘Em Out- For pests like deer and rabbits, blocking access by fencing or cover may be the only real option. Raised beds stop smaller animals. Creeping pests like slugs, snails and caterpillars approach your plants from the ground – so make it a dangerous place. Spread crushed eggshells beneath the targeted plants and creepy-crawlies will move along. Barriers and bushes are another alternative.

Trapped – Trap and release is an additional kind solution if you are dedicated. Some counties will offer traps free of charge.

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Latest Reviews

Just had our home landscaping completed by Mansfield Landscaping. Project was quickly completed and the end result is excellent. Steve Mansfield has years of experience and has completed many projects, so my wife and I appreciated his recommendations. He told us not to worry, that he would take care of us, now and even after the work is done which was true. (eg. after everything was completed, we requested a tree to be relocated and that was done within 2 days) He is a good person and we would recommend him.

David Lacny
June 18, 2022

Justin Giovanni
May 11, 2022

I had a complex project. Steve and his team completed the project as planned and although I thought he was optimistic with the schedule, he and the team were on time and a pleasure to work with.

Chris Johnson
May 10, 2022

Mansfield Landscaping was very professional and made it easy guiding me. I had the old plants & rock replaced in my front yard. I am so very pleased. Steve & John & irrigation fellow were very informative. Thank you Mansfield!

Carolyn Runzer
April 18, 2022

Mansfield Landscaping just completed my landscaping job (April 2022): they did the entire back of the property (which had no landscaping), as well as adding to and replacing plants in the front of the house. The team was professional: the estimate process was clear, they arrived on time, dealt with the irrigation system, completed the job in less time than was estimated, and cleaned up everything after the job was done. I am extremely satisfied with Mansfield Landscaping and would recommend them for any landscaping job you might have.

Cristofre Kayser
April 13, 2022

Just had our front yard landscaping redone by Mansfield - they planted all new greenery and increased our landscape footprint to the side of our house - the new design kept our favorite trees and incorporated stacked stone walls to accent the slope of our lot - they worked fast, were neat, and were courteous - I highly recommend them

Thomas DeStefano
March 14, 2022

Mansfield Landscaping installed a block wall (12”), new trees and plants and landscaping stone in our front yard and a concrete landscaping border around our sides and backyard. They also adjusted the sprinkler system to ensure adequate coverage of the new plants. In addition, they relocated plants from the front yard to the side border areas. We are very pleased with the work performed. Their workers were very professional and courteous. The work was performed at the quoted cost and the yard cleanup was promptly performed. Steve, the owner personally performed a post work inspection to ensure satisfactory performance. We were particularly impressed with the speed at which the work was performed and once again the quality of the work and the professionalism of the workers. Bottom line, great work performed at a price below other quotes in a timely fashion with no surprises. We recommend Mansfield.

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