As summer fast approaches, we would like to suggest plants that will repel mosquitoes in your landscape and how to use these plants to enjoy the outdoors during summer. In addition to the plants that repel mosquitoes eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitoes from your outdoor living spaces. The picture above is Ageratum.
Some areas of the southeast have had drought busting rainstorms and even with the tremendous amounts of rainfall, these areas are still considered to be under drought conditions. With the severe amounts of rainfall that comes into an area, and the warmer temperatures of the season that is a sure sign the pesky mosquito is not far behind. The picture above is Basil.
The plants that we are suggesting will repel mosquitoes from your outdoor living space. There are a few suggestions when planning to use the plants mentioned to enhance the natural repelling abilities:
- Use the plants in containers around your patio, deck, or outdoor living space such as patio tables and chairs.
- Use the plants in containers or planted in the ground by your front door and your back door.
- Lemon Grass is the #1 recommended plant to grow in the landscape and in containers to use around your patio, deck or outdoor living spaces to repel mosquitoes during the summer.
- Before having outdoor activities brush the Lemon Grass to release more of its fragrance.
- Lemon Grass can be used in cooking.
Here are a few suggestions recommended to do in addition to using the recommended plants:
- Fix all outdoor facets that drip.
- Drain your birdbath twice a week and refill your birdbath.
Turn your empty outside pots and containers upside down to prevent the containers from collecting water.
Drain your plant saucers that collect water once a week, mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant water.
To reduce numerous other flying insects, including mosquitoes, plant marigolds in containers or in the landscape (shown on left).
There are additional benefits to adding mosquito-repelling plants to your landscape. A few of the benefits are that the mixture of plants listed can be used in addition to repelling mosquitoes, but also used as herbs in cooking, the trees listed will attract additional wildlife such as birds to the garden to give natural predators of mosquitoes a safe heaven, the majority of the plants are nectar and larval food plants for butterflies in your area, and the Silver Dollar Tree can be used in your fresh cut flower arrangements as greens. The picture below is Cadaga Tree.
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