Best Plants to Keep Away Pests

Enjoying time in your outdoor living space can be ruined when mosquitoes and bugs are buzzing around and biting your bare skin. You also want to keep fleas and other bugs that can harm your pets out of your yard, as well as rodents that can enter your home. Chemicals can be harmful to your family, including your furry kids. Invest in plants that will help you naturally create a pest-free yard. Here are some of the best options.

Citronella

You will find citronella candles and products to keep away mosquitoes, but why not go to the source? Plant citronella around your patio to create a no-fly zone for mosquitoes and other bugs that do not like the smell. It is a hardy plant and easy to grow.

Mint

Many pests do not like the smell of mint, including mice, ants, ticks, mosquitoes and flies. Planting mint can be useful around the foundation of your home. Be aware that mint can be invasive and spread quickly. Planting it with barriers can help keep it contained in the area you prefer.

Chrysanthemum

Another great plant for patios and even in your gardens to protect other plants is the chrysanthemum. Fleas, roaches, ticks and other pests do not care for the pyrethrum in the flowers on this plant, making it a wonderful repellant.

Herbs

Many herbs are unappealing to pests. Rosemary, bay leaves, basil and oregano are all helpful for pest control and have the added benefit of offering fresh herbs for your kitchen.

Want more ideas on plants that grow well in your region and will keep pests away? Contact your local landscaper and ask about which options they can plant in your yard to give you protection from pests.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Protecting Your Trees from Pests and Fungus

Trees and shrubs can add beauty, shade and dimension to your property, but they are susceptible to certain types of pests, fungus and disease. Varieties that are not native to your area may be even more at risk for attack. Knowing how to protect your tall bushes and trees can help you maintain the beautiful landscaping you desire.

Trees and shrubs often require constant pruning to keep them the size and shape you prefer. Unfortunately, pruning efforts can also leave them vulnerable to disease, insects and fungus. While pruning is needed, there are ways to protect your plant life to prevent loss from illness.

Preventive treatments every year can keep away common diseases and insects that are known to attack certain trees or shrubs. Your local landscaper can treat your foliage annually to protect against many types of fungus, insects or illnesses that are known enemies of your tree types.

Signs of Disease and Fungus Issues

When a shrub or tree is attacked by insects, disease or fungus, there are signs. When leaves fall early, or show yellowing or browning, it can be a symptom of illness. Other signs of problems include overabundance of oozing sap, loss of bark, rotting spots, dead branches and mushroom growth around the roots. These are signs your trees or shrubs need treatment to combat the insects, disease or fungus to prevent loss.

The best option to keep your trees, bushes and shrubs healthy is preventive treatments to protect against illness. However, if you are already seeing signs of disease or infestation, contact your local landscaper that offers tree and shrub treatments. They can help restore your beautiful foliage and protect their health for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Helpful Garden Insects

Not all bugs are bad!! There are many insects that are helpful to your landscape.  Certain insects deter the bad insects from destroying your plants and they can also increase pollination.  Before you go squashing those little critters read on and see why you should keep them around.

Dragonflies are great to have on your property! They eat about 600 insects such as gnats, flies and mosquitoes per day!  They normally live near water areas and can survive up to 2 months.  Ponds will attract dragonflies as well as frogs that will feed on mosquitoes.

Lady Bugs eat about 400 aphids, mites and scales per day.  They are said to be “good luck” if you believe in luck!  Pollen producing flowering plants will attract lady bugs.

Spiders feed on as many as 2,000 insects per year such as grasshoppers, crickets, flies, bees, moths.  They are not so creepy after all!

Beetles come in many different species. They usually hide during the day in dark cool places and feed on small insects at night.  They are attracted to light so you may find them creeping into your home at night! Just shoo them out to do their work!

Green Lacewings are very helpful.  They eat Aphids, mealybugs, scales, spider mites, thripes, and white flies.

Hover Flies look like small wasps but eat fruit tree spider mites, green flies and caterpillars.

Educate yourself on the larva and eggs of these good insects.  Plant some plants that will attract them and carefully plan your pest control based on keeping your good guys naturally on your property.