Best Plants to Include in Your Landscaping Project for Optimal Pest Control

With spring and summer comes nice weather, beautiful scenery, and pesky bugs ruining our outdoor fun in the sun! While yes, you can always hire someone to come out to treat your home for these pests, wouldn't you prefer to spend your money on enhancing the beauty of your landscaping AND prevent those darn pests from taking over your lawn? Paradise Landscaping has some great ideas on how we can make your landscaping beautiful while deterring pests at the same time - two birds, one stone! Take a look at some of the pest-repelling plants we would recommend incorporating in your next landscaping project at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Lavender - Lavender is a favorite in any garden because of its fresh scent and blooms. It also attracts beneficial bugs and repels mosquitoes, fleas and moths.

Citronella - Citronella is one of the most common ingredients in insect repellents, due to its strong smell, which masks mosquito attractants. The perennial clumping grass grows 5 to 6 feet, and can be planted in the ground or kept in large pots. Citronella plants thrive best in full sun and areas with good drainage.

Marigolds - Marigolds are best known for repelling insects, including mosquitoes, in your garden. Choose marigolds that are scented in order to work as a repellent. Marigolds drive away many bad bugs but they also attract spider mites and snails. French marigolds repel white-flies and kill bad nematodes. Mexican marigolds deter a number of destructive insects and wild rabbits.

Lemon Balm - Also known as horse-mint, lemon balm’s aroma wards off mosquitoes, but attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. It’s fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself, so be sure to get the professional opinion of Paradise Landscaping for the best location in your landscaping for plant to avoid it taking over your lawn.

Nasturtiums - Plant nasturtiums with tomatoes and cucumbers to repel woolly aphids, white-flies, squash bugs, and cucumber beetles.

Petunias - Plant petunias throughout your garden for color but also to repel asparagus beetles, leaf hoppers, a range of aphids, tomato worms and many other pests.

Sunflowers - Sunflowers draw aphids away from your plants. Ants move their colonies onto sunflowers but suffer no damage.

Chrysanthemums - When choosing an insecticide, check the label for pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is chrysanthemums, an all-natural pesticide. It can help control things like roaches, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, and ants. The white flowering chrysanthemums can help drive away Japanese beetles and kills root nematodes.

While some plants will deter beneficial insects that will help to promote a healthy lawn, others may draw in pests you don't want around. It's important to find a healthy balance and to keep around those insects that will help keep out the bad stuff. For example: lady bugs and praying mantises are good insects to have around because they prey on the pests that damage your garden and lawn. If you choose to use an insecticide, you may be eliminating the bugs you don't want to get rid of, just to stave off the bad ones. So rather than relying on pesticides to do the job, let Paradise Landscaping design the perfect paradise landscaping for you that includes these plants. By including these natural pest-repellents, you'll save money on unnecessary pesticides and have a beautiful landscape that is vibrant and pleasing to the eye all season long. Call the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks today at 573-964-6515 to get your landscaping plans started!

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