With spring being just around the corner here in Michigan and most of us confined to our homes in the midst of a pandemic, it’s a great time to start planning out your spring planting plan. Spring is an excellent time to plant. Whether it be trees, gardens, grass, or ornamentals, spring is definitely the season of planting here in Michigan. This year, try strategically planting a few pest-repelling plants around your Michigan lawn.
You’re going to find several herbs on this list of pest-repelling plants. That’s not a coincidence. Pests hate the pungent, fragrant smells. One of the best herbs to use as a pest repellent is basil. Oil from basil is an excellent mosquito-repellent. By planting this herb in a window planter or near your doors and windows, you add an extra line of defense against the invading mosquitoes.
Chives are very easy to grow and their strong scent sends many pests running for the hills. Garden and lawn pests like Japanese beetles and carrot root flies can’t stand the smell of chives, avoiding it at all costs. Planting chives around the garden is an excellent, natural pest-repellent to help protect your vegetables and flowers.
Garlic is a strong contender for the smelliest plant in the garden. Just like most people can’t stand garlic-breath, most pests can’t stand it either. Growing garlic around your garden is a great way to protect your crop from a variety of garden pests. This includes: Japanese beetles, carrot root flies, aphids, and root maggots.
As if we needed another reason to plant lavender in our lawn, this beautiful plant doubles as an excellent pest-repellent. In fact, lavender is one of the best pest-repelling plants in Michigan because of what it repels; mosquitoes and ticks. With Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus becoming more common, there’s never been a better time to plant lavender.
Another fragrant herb on our list of best pest-repelling plants is mint. This wonderfully fresh smelling plant is a nightmare for pests. Spiders, mosquitoes, and ants are just a few of the bugs that are affected by mint. The trouble with mint is that if you aren’t keeping it under control, it will take over your garden. Mint is best planted in window planters, containers, or flower pots, then you can place these around your lawn or near the entrances to your home.
Citronella candles are some of the hottest selling items during the spring, summer, and fall. A few of these placed around the deck or patio can help keep some mosquitoes away, but they just don’t last. Why don’t you try growing it? In a planter or a container of some kind, plant your citronella grass. Because it’s a grass, the citronella grows fast. Place these containers around the deck and patio, or even around your doors and windows, for some extra defense. You can also snip off the leaves and smash them up to release the mosquito-repelling oil for a stronger effect.
Finally, the queen of the pest-repelling plants is the lovely chrysanthemum. This incredible bush has beautiful blossoms that attract all kinds of beneficial pollinators while it repels invasive and destructive pests. The chrysanthemum’s pest-repelling power isn’t a secret either. Chemicals and oils from chrysanthemums have been used in popular insect repellents for years now. Plant a few of these beautiful bushes around your property to boost your home’s curb appeal while keeping the pests away.
If you want to give your beautiful and fragrant pest-repelling plants some support, then it’s time to invest in pest control services near you. Here at Custom Personalized Lawn Care, we have the expertise and the comprehensive services you need to keep pests away. Pest control services like GrubPro control, mosquito & perimeter pest control, and flea & tick control programs keep your family and your lawn protected all year.
Don’t wait for the pests to overrun your lawn and garden, call us now at (800) 570-3313 or request a quote here. Don’t forget to head over to our blog for fun tips on pest control, lawn care, and more. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know about our current offerings.
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