One of the greatest things about Spring is that nature sheds its dull winter layers in favor of a more colorful display. Though plants and flowers are usually beautiful to look at, they can also be useful at keeping away certain pests from your home. Next time you are looking for ways to change up your landscaping, consider adding some of these plants to your shopping list.
While lavender has a reputation for its soothing scent and stunning purple hue, it can also be extremely useful at repelling a myriad of pests including fleas, flies, scorpions and moths. The most common type of lavender grown is English lavender, and it grows best in dry, well-drained, sandy, or gravelly soils. The best location to place lavender is somewhere it can get direct sunlight.
Lemongrass – also known as citronella grass – has many diverse uses. It is utilized in the creation of many Asian dishes, as well as used for its medicinal properties in India. It can be brewed for tea, used to enhance the flavor of various meats, and its oil has anti-fungal properties. Lemongrass oil also has the ability to repel some pests such as mosquitoes, while attracting other insects such as honey bees. Citronella oil is also commonly used as an ingredient in making mosquito-repellent candles and sprays.
With its fresh smell and flavor, spearmint is an excellent choice to have around your home. Though this plant prefers partial shade, it can grow in any type of sun exposure ranging from mostly shady to direct sunlight. While it repels moths, rodents, and aphids, it is best to grow spearmint in a pot or planter, as it has rhizomes instead of traditional roots. Rhizomes are underground stems that typically grow just under the soil and grow horizontally, and in this case can disrupt the growth of other plants around the spearmint if planted in the ground.
Another plant that is not only pretty but has repellent properties is the marigold. Marigolds are easy to grow and have a strong scent that can help keep mosquitoes and rabbits away. They are also great for insects that pollinate, such as bees and butterflies. Though marigolds are typically known for their gold hue, they can also come in shades of red, orange, and multi-colored!
The narcissus, whose various names include daffodil and jonquil, has flowers with six petal-like tepals and a trumpet-shaped corona. Its flowers are generally white or yellow, but can also come in pink or orange. Narcissi are not incredibly sensitive to soil conditions, though they thrive in soil that is slightly acidic. Aside from having pretty flowers, the narcissus is handy for repelling moles which can dig holes all over your yard.
Now that you have some ideas on how to help keep annoying pests away, the easiest way to make sure your home is protected is to have a comprehensive homeowners insurance package. Contact us today for more information or to request a quote!