Spring, here in Georgia, is full of fresh flowers, warm breezes, and hordes of pests. Pests of all shapes and sizes come out in droves as soon as the temperatures rise, causing damage, stress, and discomfort in and around the lawn. While it is best to invest in pest control services near you, there are ways to boost those services. Properly and strategically planting pest-repelling plants in and around your lawn adds an extra, natural layer of protection. Here are a few of the best pest-repelling plants for your Georgia lawn.
One of the most well-known pest-repelling plants in the world is the chrysanthemum. These beautiful flowering plants produce oils in their flowers that are used in many of the pest repellents that you find at the store. Chrysanthemums are incredibly useful for repelling pests, like ants, ticks, lice, fleas, bedbugs, silverfish, and more. They also make beautiful additions to your Georgia property. Plant these as a border bush or up near your house to make your home and lawn pop. The beautiful flowers also attract beneficial pollinators, like butterflies and bumblebees.
This next plant needs no introduction. Lavender is one of the most beautiful, fragrant, and celebrated flowers in the entire world. Everyone knows the smell of lavender, whether it’s from the actual plant or from the thousands of different lavender-scented products. What many people don’t realize is that lavender is also a very helpful pest-repelling plant. Not only that, but lavender also repels the most dangerous pests in Georgia: ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. This spring, plant yourself a border of lavender around your home or property to create a tick-free barrier. You could also use lavender as strategically-planted accent plants around your windows and doors, keeping the pests from invading your home.
Everybody knows the strong, peppery smell of fresh chopped basil. A staple in most Italian dishes, this fragrant herb makes a tasty addition to your herb garden. Beyond being a fantastic food-enhancer, basil is also a decent mosquito-repellent. The oils released when you chop or crush basil are repulsive to mosquitoes and will send them flying in the other direction. Applying the oils to your skin or clothing is an easy and natural way to keep the mosquitoes back.
Another familiar smell on this list is citronella grass. We’ve all used the candles and tiki torches during an outdoor evening party to keep mosquitoes at bay, but did you know you can grow your own. The oil from those candles comes from citronella grass, an incredibly easy plant to grow here in Georgia. Plant this fast-growing grass in a planter of some kind to avoid the grass spreading out and taking over. In no time, you’ll have tall blades of mosquito-repelling citronella grass. Trim these and either crush or chop them up to release the oils.
Growing garlic in the garden is a good way of adding a layer of natural protection from pests. The strong, pungent smell of this pest-repelling plant is known to keep nasty garden pests, like Japanese beetles, aphids, cabbage loopers, and root maggots out of your garden.
What’s not to love about the crisp, refreshing smell of mint? Well, to pests like mosquitoes, spiders, and ants, mint is just too much. Planting mint around the entrances to your home, like the doors and windows, is a fresh way to keep those nasty pests out of your home. Make sure to plant mint in its own container because this plant is extremely fast-growing and spreads like wildfire.
Finally, there are chives. These fast-growing stalks give off a strong onion-smell that many different garden pests can’t stand. Planting chives around or throughout your garden is a good way to keep pests like Japanese beetles, carrot root flies, and even aphids. Not only that, but you’ll also benefit from having a lot of chives to spice up any meal.
Here at Environmental Turf Management, we know how important it is to keep pests, like fire ants, moles, fleas, and ticks out of your lawn. We also know how difficult it is to do it on your own. By investing in comprehensive pest control services from Environmental Turf Management, you get the best protection from destructive pests here in Georgia.
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