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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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Mansfield did a wonderful job and made our yard look absolutely wonderful. They did exactly what they said they would and even more. Were right on schedule, very professional and accommodating. The Mansfield crew that did our job were very polite, courteous, helpful and more than willing to do whatever we requested them to do. The pricing was very reasonable and competitive. I would Highly Recommend them to anyone looking for a Quality landscaping job. Steve Mansfield is a man of his word. Dave & Brenda Smith The Villages, FL

Dave Smith
January 17, 2022

Removed previous outdated landscaping. Redesigned new landscape with Hardscape, tree's, shrubs and flowers. Our experience with the owner and staff was beyond expectations in all professionalism and work quality. My husband and I are very pleased and recommend Mansfield Landscape to anyone. The job exceeded our expectations!

Paula Clemens
January 10, 2022

Dealt directly with Steve M/owner. Steve M told us exactly what to expect re: timing. He hit the mark on-time perfectly. Steve steered us away from palms not good for our FL region. We thank him for that too. His team showed up when he said they would. Two and a half days and done. His team was congenial, professional, and did not mind a significant last-minute change. BEAUTIFUL JOB! Had up-lighting installed as well. Team went through everything they installed and told us how to maintain everything. Great company to do business with and competitive pricing.

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January 9, 2022

We are well pleased with the service and found the "gardeners" to be professional, competent and pleasant to work with. The stack wall is beyond our expectations and all work was done in a very timely manner! Great Job! Highly recommend them! Thank You!

Sally Steffy
December 30, 2021

Great landscaping job by Steve and his crew. Would highly recommend!

Carol Bentley
December 13, 2021

Well thought out design and professional installation. Totally transformed our property. Many complements from neighbrs; strangers driving by stopped and made remarks about the beautiful landscape. Work crew was very professional; major efort with no disruption to our daily living.

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December 5, 2021

Steve Mansfield came over within a week after contacting the office and started our landscaping project within another week after sitting down and reviewing our future plans to landscape what we have called home of 32 years. He had crews come to cut down trees, pour new concrete pads, tear out existing landscape, clear roots and check out the irrigation. We had a very large project yet the transformation went seamlessly. Within 3 weeks everything was completed from cutting down, tearing out, spraying the lawn, pouring pads, building walls, planting trees & plants, up to new irrigation & lighting & then having sod laid. Incredible & impressive the transformation. Thank you Steve & hats off to all the crews that made our place look beautiful once again.

Linda Felton
November 29, 2021

Steve Mansfield listened to our landscaping goals and gave us a written estimate on our project. His team appeared two weeks prior to the scheduled time and did a great job! The workers were kind, courteous and neat. I definitely recommend Mansfield.

Christine Baker
November 15, 2021

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