It’s summertime, which means sunshine, swimming, and barbecues. Unfortunately, the nice weather brings the bugs out in full force as well. Gnats, flies, and mosquitos can ruin a good time, but they don’t always have to.
Did you know you can rid your outdoor space of bugs without the use of harmful sprays and chemicals? You can!
Here are five notable plants for repelling bugs and adding beauty to your outdoor oasis. For some, deterring bugs is the only priority, and they don’t care much for an abundant yard. That is why we chose some fairly low maintenance options for this piece.
Sage has many functions. Lucky for you, warding off pesky pests is one of them. Having a campfire? Drop some sage in the pit for hours of protection. If you want to kick it up a notch, use sage to make a safe, homemade bug spray.
You may have tried this plant before, but in candle form, to repel bugs. Planting Citronella Grass in your yard is a big step toward your next bug free BBQ. Another trick is to plant this near openings of your house to avoid annoying mosquitos from getting indoors.
Anyone who has used this potent spice knows how strong it can be to your nose. The same scent that spruces up pizzas and spaghetti sauces can also foil insects like the asparagus beetle and tomato hornworm. By gently touching the leaves of your basil plants you will release the oils necessary to discourage backyard and garden bugs.
A Jack-of-all-Trades in the bug deterrent game, chrysanthemums (mums for short) are known to thwart even the stingiest pests. Some of this potent plant’s victims include ants, bed bugs, Japanese beetles, lice and ticks. The flower, when pulverized, extracts a natural insecticide called pyrethrin, which is sold as a repellent to bugs.
This perennial plant has mosquito-fighting properties similar to the others on this list. Lemongrass grows in more tropical and sub-tropical climates but is low maintenance and hearty. Studies have shown that the oil contained in lemongrass can deter mosquitoes for over two hours. Just enough time to get a backyard bonfire going or take relaxing dip in the pool without the hassle.
Stagnant Water = Mosquitoes
Don’t let mosquitoes overpower your space through standing water on your property. Mosquitoes love that environment and are known to lay hundreds of eggs in just a tablespoon of water. Eliminating standing water, through better drainage or the use of mosquito rings will help eliminate your mosquito problem.
Take matters into your own hands this summer and plant some of these low maintenance lawn staples. Because you shouldn’t have to worry about your bug problem when trying to relax, and no one wants to swat their way through a cookout. Our Turf Medic lawn experts can help you fill your yard with these bug repelling plants!