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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

I am very pleased with the work Mansfield Landscaping did for me. They completed my project timely and on budget. Plus they service the customer well.

Robert C. “Nate” Natale
June 7, 2024

Steve Mansfield and his landscaping team did a beautiful job. They were available within a reasonable time frame. They put in grass and palms, as well as rocks and smaller plants. Our Tropical Oasis is complete. Thank you Steve. Steve is very knowledgeable in plants and landscaping. See our before and after.

Miss Pearl
June 5, 2024

Steve and his crew were an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. We recently added a pool to our home and wanted a totally new landscape look. Steve guided us through the process and the result is exactly what we had envisioned. We started work three days after signing the contract and entire project was completed in less than two weeks. The Mansfield Landscaping team provided quality work and materials and managed every detail to a successful conclusion. Steve was on the jobsite everyday to oversee the progress of the job and to address any questions or concerns we may have had. We highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping for any landscaping project; large or small.

sevencheck
May 23, 2024

Kathy and I were very happy with Mansfield Landscaping. All the work was done to our specifications.

Don Manuel
April 29, 2024

Project completed in 3 days. Love it

Kathleen Weber
April 29, 2024

Highly recommend! I had a rough vision of a new patio I wanted in my backyard. Steve came out talked it through with me and got a quote on the spot. After signing job started in less than two weeks and was done in a few days. Really happy with the crew that came out as well and Steve checked in on the work. Job well done.

Joanne S
April 11, 2024

We have a home that was built in 1956 that still maintained some of its original landscaping and was in dire need of updating. A phone pop-up ad directed us to Mansfield landscaping and after researching the website and other reviews we contacted Steve Mansfield for an estimate. There is a reason why he says he will be your last or only estimate. Steve was prompt for the estimate appointment and spent over an hour offering suggestions and gathering input from us about what we wanted while also making suggestions of what would work best. Once we agreed on cost and scope of the project, the work started on the date specified and was finished on time with superior results. Steve’s crew provided quality work and materials and paid extreme attention to the smallest details, including a thorough cleanup at the end of each workday. We were extremely comfortable with his knowledge and level of input to the project, and equally impressed by his multiple trips to oversee the project while it was ongoing, as well as coming by for a final inspection to make sure we were completely satisfied. We would highly recommend Steve and Mansfield Landscaping for any project of this magnitude.

Duff Chamberlain
March 18, 2024

Great job on large patio, flower bed rock work and plants.

Brandon McAfee
March 2, 2024

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