Lawn Care: Mosquito-Repellent Plants to Keep Pests Away
Summertime brings great weather and a chance to enjoy your pool or landscape. However, warmer weather also means dealing with bugs, particularly mosquito bites.
Today, the experts at Nixa Lawn Service list five plants that will help keep mosquitoes away during the warmer months.
Citronella, a common ingredient in insect repellents, has a strong smell that repulses mosquitoes. Also known as lemongrass, citronella plants can be used in pots by the door or in your landscape. Most mosquito repelling plants are also useful for cooking purposes. Before you host an outdoor gathering, trim lemongrass to release more of its aroma.
The marigold’s distinct smell is well-known for repelling mosquitoes. From creamy white to golden orange, marigold varieties bloom brightly in the summer and are easy to grow. Potted marigolds are a nice alternative to bare roots, which can be placed near doors and windows or on a balcony.
Rosemary plants ward off mosquitoes, and their scented foliage is a delight to inhale all year long. These attractive, versatile herbs do best in full sun exposure and they need good drainage. Rosemary is also an admirable cooking companion plant with lots of culinary value.
Basil is the ultimate garden herb that doubles as a pest repellent. You can plant basil in the ground, but it also does well in pots. Unlike many other herbs, you don’t have to crush the leaves of a basil to obtain its benefits. Generally used to improve the flavor of tomatoes, basil is excellent for many homemade dishes.
Lavender’s natural fragrance comes from the oils on its leaves. This plant is great for preventing mosquitoes from crashing your outdoor party. Lavenders also thrive in full sun, so if you have a backyard pool, consider planting these in your garden around the pool area.
Bonus tips to keep mosquitoes away: It’s a good idea to keep your bird baths clean and make sure pots are turned upside down so water does not collect in them.
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If you are not able to grow one of these mosquito repelling plants, let Nixa Lawn Service be your solution. We are a one-stop shop for all your lawn service, planting, and outdoor needs, regardless of the season. Contact us today!