Summer is almost here, and you’ll want to spend more time outside and in your gardens. Unfortunately, so will those pesky bugs! Many aromatic plants can deter insects that might otherwise attack your plants. Fragrant herbs like mint, sage, and basil are useful for repelling insects.
Planting herbs and certain flowers will help to repel those bugs, including irritating mosquitoes, and at the same time add a touch of beauty to your backyard. Plants have unique and natural abilities to emit different chemical substances that can serve as a replacement for synthetic insecticides. The best way to use some of these plants is to crush them in your hand and rub them directly onto your skin or clothes. The scent should help keep insects away from you as you enjoy your time outside, whether you’re hard at work gardening or just relaxing in the yard.
Basil is great herb to plant in a tomato garden, not only because it tastes great in pasta sauce, but also because basil helps protect against tomato hookworm infestations that can wreak havoc on crops. Basil’s aroma naturally deters some mosquitos and house flies.
Spearmint and peppermint are often noted for their ability to repel flies, fleas, and spiders in the garden. One thing to keep in mind when planting mint is that it is an invasive plant and will spread quickly. It is best to grow mint in containers when you have space limitations.
Lemongrass contains citronella and naturally helps to repel mosquitos. Citronella is a fragrant botanical oil found in this grass.
Lavender is a beautiful shrub known for its fragrant purple spikes. It’s also known to repel flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.
Rosemary repels mosquitoes and is best grown near vegetables in the garden. It can be grown in the ground or planted in large containers around the house.
Below is a list that should help keep your backyard a fun, safe, and vibrant place this season.