Pesticides are not healthy for our environment or for your home. Although they are a quick solution, you can find natural remedies to your pest problem that are just as effective. You might not realize this, but homeowners apply 3 times the amount of pesticides on the earth as farmers do. Here are some plants that will help keep insects and pests out of your yard so that you can stop applying chemicals.
Lemon Scented Plants
Lemon is a natural repellent of mosquitoes. Instead of buying citronella candles, you can plant the natural source of citronella – lemongrass. Lemon balm and lemon thyme are also great choices for plants to repel mosquitoes.
Mint Family Plants
Catnip is a plant in the mint family shown to be 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. Growing peppermint will also aid in repelling pests. In general, members of the mint family grow aggressively, so these plants are better suited to pots than ground planting.
Lavender is a wonderfully fragrant flower that we enjoy in gardens, but insects and pests can not tolerate. The soothing aroma and blue flowers repel moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Marigolds and geraniums are other popular choices for gardeners that want blooms to barricade their house from pests.
Herbs are a wonderful way to get multifunctional gardens. Not only can you use them to cook with, their highly fragrant leaves repel all kinds of pests. Among the most effective are basil, rosemary, and thyme. If you have Japanese beetles or flies, plant chives and bay leaves. Dill, oregano, and fennel also work to repel unwanted insects in your gardens and yard. Learn about the powerful properties of many different herbs from mnn.com.
Depending on your variety of garden pest, there is almost always a naturally remedy to repel it. Most of us only deal with mosquitoes, flies, and other small insects which do not require expensive and harmful pesticides to be dealt with. Increase the beauty and practicality of your yard by growing fragrant plants and keep the insects away this season!
Another good way to repel pests from your yard is to stay on top of yard maintenance and landscaping. Contact Supreme Lawn and Landscaping to learn more.